Thankful

I’m a little late, but today my list is much much longer than it would have been if I wrote it yesterday.

I am thankful for…

A good hospital less than a mile from my house.

Doctors, specialists and nurses who couldn’t have been any nicer and never once acted the least bit annoyed to be working on a holiday.

Narcotics.

A healthy baby girl who refuses to be bothered by anything from contractions brought on by pain to surgery. Maybe I should add Super Woman to our possible name list.

Excellent health insurance that allows me to get all the care I need. Total out-of-pocket costs: $9 for two prescriptions. Score another BAZILLION points for socialized medicine.

More narcotics.

A husband who is an active participant in childcare duties and has no problem single parenting for two and a half days.

A bedtime routine with Little Evan that doesn’t include me, so when I have to stay in the hospital for two nights he doesn’t freak out.

Friends who might live 500 miles away but send their mom over with Thanksgiving food. Turkey, stuffing & three different delicious desserts FTW!

Text messages, emails, and comments wishing me a speedy recovery and offers to help from so so many people, many who I only “know” through the internet. I have the best friends in the world.

Even more narcotics.

My king sized bed, hot shower, super comfy couch and a week’s worth of TV on DVR.

Awesome Black Friday sales from some of my favorite Etsy/Big Cartel sellers so I can support handmade AND get my shop on from my couch.

FINALLY getting to decorate for Christmas, even if that means making E haul it all down from the attic and put it up while I point and say “No no, the COLORED lights go on the banister!”.

Only 30 more days until my due date.

Only 22 more days until my mommy gets here.

Just one more teeny tiny narcotic before bed so I can get a full 8 hours for the first time in WEEKS.

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In case anyone cares, here’s what ended up happening with medical stuff (meaning full of TMI):

The horrible painful pain in my right side was being caused by a medium sized kidney stone that had traveled down my ureter and blocked it, which is why when Man Doctor poked me in the actual kidney I said it didn’t hurt. They waited overnight to see if maybe it would come out but it didn’t budge so they went in with a ureterscope and a little basket to pull it out. To prevent any further blockage, the urologist left a stent – a plastic tube – that goes from my ureter to my bladder in place for a few days. I go in on Wednesday to have it removed…which I fear is going to involve yanking it out by the little string that’s attached. I will bring my narcotics with me, just in case.

An ultrasound shows I have at least two more large stones on the right hand side that will have to be broken up, but it’s safer to wait until after the baby is born. The real problem is I have a few small ones on the left hand side to that could either pass with little/no problem or also get stuck. The urologist couldn’t believe I had never been diagnosed with kidney stones before considering the size/number I have now. So I’m on strict orders to drink a zillion gallons of water a day and not take any more Tums – turns out the calcium in the Tums (combined with pregnancy in general) is probably what caused the stones. So pregnant ladies, watch yourselves. As bad as my heartburn is I would take it a zillion times over instead of 18 hours of undiagnosed kidney stone pain. A BILLION ZILLION TRILLION TIMES.

Thanks again for all your thoughts, prayers and well wishes!! xoxo

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21 Responses to “Thankful”

  1. Meg says:

    Glad you’re better, and how lovely that people brought food. I’m sure you’re delighted to be home.

  2. i’m so glad that you’re on the mend!!! i’ve been thinking of you bunches. hugs and loves and poppy kisses for you! XOXOXOXO!!!

  3. Alison says:

    So glad that you are home and feeling better!

  4. bellegourmande says:

    So glad you’re home, so glad you’re OK, and so glad baby girl is OK too! What a trooper, you should definitely add Super Woman to the list of possible names. Here’s to a speedy recovery and an uneventful last few weeks ’til baby girl arrives!

  5. Natalie says:

    “I’m afraid you’ve got Kidney Stones…”
    “Uh, well, what else could it be??”
    “It’s Kidney Stones.”
    “OR?”
    “Kid-ney stonesss”

    Once again…Friends can be applied. One day, archeologists will uncover ancient scripts from the show, and it will be “The Gospel According to Friends…”

    It will be epic.

    But seriously, so happy you are getting better and have answers (and drugs!)

    It is also my belief that second babies are just born tougher, especially those second babies born so close to the first ones. ;o) That way they can withstand the “love” big bro/sister inflicts on them.

    • bebehblog says:

      If I hadn’t secretly heard “kid-ney stonesssss” every time someone said it, I would have spent a LOT more time crying. Friends: a proven medical treatment!

    • FourInchHeels says:

      As I’ve been reading S’s tweets and posts for the last few days, that is ALL I can think about. And it’s the only voice in which it can be read.

      Also, Suzanne I’m so glad that you’re feeling better! Ouchies :(

  6. Lalaland13 says:

    Some years from now, you’ll tell Not Piper/SuperGirl the story of how, a month before her arrival, you had to go into the hospital with kidney stones. And she’ll think, “Wow, my mom is one tough broad.” In this she will be correct.

    Also, thanks for the warning on the Tums. Not pregnant, but I guess I’ll stop popping them like candy whenever I eat something stronger than oatmeal for dinner.

  7. Ashley R says:

    Glad to hear you are feeling better!

  8. Amanda says:

    I am so happy you are at home and comfy on your own couch now! Get some rest lady, things are about to get pretty hectic at your house soon! Way to go to E for taking good care of things. And of course the porch fairy can work a miracle or two from great distances!

  9. Cole says:

    I’m so glad you’re home and that you AND Baby Girl are both okay… And having a valid reason to be a dictator from the couch? Definitely not worth having kidney stones to get there, but not a terrible way to spend a few days…

  10. Gretchen says:

    What a dramatic beginning to your Thanksgiving holiday! So glad to read you are feeling better. I was at the same hospital last year on Thanksgiving night and remember appreciating the kindness of the holiday staff. Hope you were able to bunk in the Birthing Center. Thank god for pharmaceuticals, the healing power of home and Christmas decoration cheer! I’m making your recipe for thumbprint cookies this morning, by the way… {Thank you!} Take care of yourself :-).

  11. SOOO glad you are feeling better!!!

  12. TMae says:

    Yay for being home, and for awesome health care, and for friends, and food, and husbands, and comfy beds, and Christmas decorating, and pain killers.

    I am SO GLAD to hear that you’re on the mend.

  13. Kidney stones, making labor feel not all that bad since forever.

    I am so glad you are feeling better and VERY glad you have such wonderful friends and family. And narcotics.

  14. I just read both posts and since I have been on a self-imposed twitter-break I had no idea you were going through this! I am so glad you are feeling a little better and that you are back home bossing those boys around from the couch (Baby Evan is helping hand the lights, right?). Ohio missed you…but it will always be here for your next trip…this time with Baby Sandy in the back next to Evan and not in your belly :)

  15. Barbra says:

    I’m so glad to hear things are looking up!! hooray for drugs!! and healthy babies!

  16. andrea says:

    Oh friend, this sounds horrible! I am so very sorry you had to go through all this one month before your little lady is born. I am glad the situation is under control and that you are recovering fine. I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers and will keep checking twitter/your blog for more updates. Take care of yourself and try not to stress out. Tons of get-well wishes and much much love!!
    a, k & b

  17. merin says:

    This whole ordeal sounds terrible but I am so glad to hear you are on the mend!

  18. ryan says:

    Gaw! So glad you’re feeling well enough to order your husband around.
    A suggestion re: heart burn – you might want to try slippery elm bark. It comes in a lozenge and worked miracles towards the end of my pregnancy. My practitioner suggested I wait to try it until 35 weeks because of its “slippery” energy (crunchy, I know) but you’re already there, right?

  19. I too am thankful for narcotics!!!!!

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