It’s been a long week.
I know I say that here sometimes (because any mom has those weeks that feel really long!), but this week has topped them all in quite awhile.
I woke up Wednesday feeling fine, got up and exercised, got dressed, and no sooner started devotions with the children, when I suddenly had chills and a fever come on. I went to bed, and it wasn’t long before my fever was 103. By early afternoon I needed help just to walk to the bathroom, and blacked out and fell to the floor.
I told my husband an hour later that I couldn’t walk to the bathroom again, and he got a chair to roll me to the bathroom. I never made it there, as I passed out over and over again in the chair. Fun times, right? It was pretty scary.
We called my doctor and the nurse said to go to the hospital right away. Sean carried me to the van, and we quickly took our children over to my sister’s house and headed to the ER. I grew up going to the ER more than I care to think about because of my mom being ill with epilepsy and Lupus. I kept telling myself it wasn’t the same thing, and to just be calm. The only thing I did tell Sean is that I hoped they would not have to do a spinal tap.
When we got the hospital I was having trouble breathing, and was so close to passing out again. They did an EKG because of the trouble I had breathing, and quickly got me hooked up on an IV with fluids. Some tests came back and they were able to rule out the flu. Finally the doctor said she hated to ask this of me, but she needed to rule out meningitis and wanted to do a spinal tap.
Just lovely. I manage to birth six children without an epidural and now I have to get a needle stuck in my back!
Sean and I talked for a long time, and finally agreed it was the best thing to go ahead and rule it out. I was scared, but yet wasn’t nearly as anxious as I thought I would be. Church friends were praying for me, which was so wonderful. The doctor did a great job, and it wasn’t as painful as I was anticipating. I’m sure she thought I was crazy, but I told her it was too bad I wasn’t getting a baby out of the deal. 🙂
Praise God, the test came back negative, so they released us to go home after I had lots of fluid. They did a blood culture test and we are still waiting the results of that. I’ve been in bed since we got home, and church friends have been bringing meals to us. My sister has had 2-3 of my girls all week, so it’s been rather quiet here. I had to stop nursing Sophia for awhile as I was so weak, and at one point thought we were totally done. Amazingly, she took to a bottle and organic formula without complaint. We are back to nursing and using formula, for which I’m thankful.
I’m gaining my strength back, but struggling with feeling like my head will explode whenever I sit up, or try to get up. I’ve been told it’s from the Spinal Tap, and I’m hoping it goes away very soon!
Obviously, there is no traditional Modest Monday post as I’m still recovering, but the link up is below like normal. Thanks for being patient, and hopefully I’ll be back to normal here soon!
I’m feeling Spring trying to come here in the Midwest, even as I lay in bed and it’s wonderful! To celebrate, you can take 10% off any order at Deborah & Co. through Wednesday, March 9th! Just use the code SPRINGISCOMING at the checkout.
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