Saturday, November 10, 2007

Outside help

Everything is back to normal, right? Well, not quite. Felix is still struggling with croup (big bad nasty wheezy cough), and my belly still feels like I got trampled. Since Brent took most of the week off to deal with me and Felix, he has lots and lots of work to do, and it's due early Monday morning.

Problem is that I still can't take Felix for a lot because the poor kid tries to crawl all over my belly. I can't pick him up or put him down, but I can hold him (as long as he's not trying to get on my belly). So we asked some nieces to help us out this weekend. Lauren is brilliant with him. She loves holding him and playing with him and I actually trust her, so even though she's only 10, I feel comfortable leaving him with her. Becca is coming a little bit later today to help out and if Lauren is still here we'll have Becca help us clean up. Brent has been a working machine - trying to catch up for the essentially 4 days that he missed. My parents were kind enough to take Felix last night so we could get some uninterrupted sleep, so I actually woke up at a normal time today.

Often I would be just waking up about now.

I still haven't really eaten since Tuesday, but it's for two reasons. First, I get horrible heartburn if I eat anything that has serious flavor. Second, everything else sounds completely unappetizing. I am getting lots of liquids at least and little tiny portions of food (before my body says "enough!"). Heck, maybe this is the impetus I've needed for a long time to change my eating habits and actually lose some weight...

The moral of the story is, family rocks. Thank goodness for all the physical support they've been able to give us during this difficult process. It's been so necessary and appreciated!


Karin said...

Oh Heather, I'm so sorry that you've had such bad luck this past week. I wish I were closer to help. I know I can't do much from here, but please let meknow if there's anything that would help.


CarrieAnne said...

It's so cool that your family is there to help you....and that you like them. There aren't a whole lot of people in my family that I would LIKE at my house...and when I'm feeling sick that number goes down because my tolerance for annoying is lower.

Unless I have pain meds...lots and LOTS of pain meds! ;-)

Denae said...


I am so sorry that you are going through this! I actually work on the 6th floor of the hospital. I am not sure where you were but i can't beleive I missed you!

Just some words of encouragement. Get up and walk at least 4 times a day.. and when I say walk I mean take a 5 minute walk. Its great for your body. It will help you get better faster and one of the only ways to work out the gas they use during laproscopic proedures.

Another thing. Try to eat, if its not going so well try clear liquids. you really need alot of protien and carbs to help your body heal. So maybe ramen noodles or other bland things with broth.

I know from personal experiance what a pain (literally) these procedures are. But there is a reason we make you walk at the hospital, it works.

Good luck and let me know if you need anything!

Dirtius Wifius said...

That's funny Denae, because I was on the 6th floor. I wondered if I might see you there. Allison was the CNA assigned to my room (669).

They didn't have me walk at all or even tell me I should. I don't remember the nurse, but she wasn't all that helpful. I had to beg for them to find the doctor so I could find out what was going on.

Thanks for the advice. And the encouragement (everyone!). It means a lot.