Saturday, December 4, 2010

Never in My Life

have I been so sick before. I caught the flu and then it turned into pneumonia. 11 straight days of an on and off fever, with chills and sweats.

During those 11 days:

I spent Thanksgiving by myself, at home, in bed. No family get to together and no family picture of Ivy's first Thanksgiving. No pumpkin pie.

Our day after Thanksgiving tradition of myself cooking my mini day after Thanksgiving meal, with Stove Top stuffing and garlic mashed potatoes didn't happen. Or our putting up the Christmas Tree and listening to Christmas carols, while the turkey cooks.

Still a little bitter about all of this.

Instead, I went to Urgent Care the day after Thanksgiving. The Dr. said I had strep throat, an upper respiratory infection and bronchitis, all of this by barely looking me over. He gave me an antibiotic for the strep, that was safe for nursing, but I continued to get worse.

David called the families long time physician Sunday and he was really concerned about how long I had been sick. He had me come in on Monday and I had blood work done, chest x-ray, exam and the diagnosis was pneumonia!

He told me that I could try and continue the antibiotic the previous Dr prescribed, so I could continue nursing. But my Dr wasn't very optimistic that it was going to be strong enough.

I really didn't want to temporarily stop nursing, pump and dump and Ivy to have to have formula, so I stuck with the original prescription and spent two more days of being sick.

Come Wednesday night and I was still really sick and not getting better. I was starting to have issues with my supply. I think my body finally decided that it had to do something to get better, but not even that was enough.

I had had enough and made the switch to the stronger antibiotic. And then finally no fever!

It's been 3 days since switching and I am feeling much better! Still hacking up a lung and tired, but so, so glad to not have a fever anymore.

Ivy so far has done really well with the switch to formula. She hasn't had any tummy issues or anything. But the poo, oh my! I have already gagged several times from the foul smell.

I am pumping and dumping, which is a pain in the butt and sucks. My supply is going back up. I finally ventured out of the house, for lunch today. It was nice to be able to get outside, but it was tiring.

I'm not looking forward to going back to work on Monday. I probably need a couple of more days of rest, but I have already used all my sick time. This past week was all vacation hours.

I am ready for life to get back to normal. Two good friends had babies while I was sick and I can't wait to meet the little guys. I also want to get start decorating our place for Christmas and finish our shopping. Just ready for normal.

One lesson learned from the whole experience, I don't think I will ever go with out getting a flu shot. I don't want to ever go through that again.



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