Because life hasn’t been very exciting I decided that an ER visit was needed last night.
In the evening I nursed Ember while Allan made us a frozen pizza and we watched Beyond Survival together.
About ten minutes after eating I started having severe pain all through my chest and upper back and could barely breathe.
It was pain twice as bad as labor.
After I had Payson I started having gall bladder attacks. I remember the first one I had I thought I was having a heart attack! I didn’t know anything about gall bladders back then.
So last night the pain was much worse than any gall bladder attack I’d ever had but I still figured it was just that… a gall bladder attack and though I felt like I was dying I figured I’d just sit and wait it out. The longest attack I’ve ever had was 30 minutes. I could do thirty minutes of pain.
But the pain didn’t stop at all. In fact it felt like it got worse. My chest and back were on fire and I couldn’t breathe well. It was so scary!
Allan and I were standing there in a kind of panicked uncertainty. Should we call an ambulance (me= no way!), should we call (and wait for) a babysitter, should we call Allan’s parents, should we just drive to the hospital with the kids and have Allan drop me off??
After more excruciating pain we got the kids up and loaded them into the car to head to the hospital. Allan called his mom to meet us there. I was in so much pain I was starting to feel like I was going into shock.
Allan kept asking me questions about my pain and where it was and how bad and what I thought was wrong and I was getting SO upset! I wanted to scream, “I have no idea what’s happening!!”
I really felt like I was dying. I was scared. It’s crazy that something not deadly can hurt that bad.
Allan kept telling me to just focus on breathing since I kept holding my breath from the pain. That was really helpful! I forgot to breathe during the car ride! lol
At the ER Allan’s mom held Ember in the parking lot and stayed at our car with our kids while Allan came in with me to figure out what to do. I told him where my breastmilk is stored and how to heat it up and the doctor told Allan as much as she could (they seemed to think gall bladder attack, too) and then Allan went home with the kids and his mom.
I got an IV and pain meds. My goodness pain meds are awesome! I got a catheter for a urine check (holy crap those hurt! Luckily I was in so much other pain I didn’t care!) I got a chest xray and a full abdomen ultrasound.
It was my gall bladder after all. And my stomach. My poor stomach and gall bladder are pretty upset.
I felt so bad for waking Allan’s mom up in the middle of the night to come help. She left our house at 2am so probably didn’t get to sleep until after 3 and has to get up early for work (she teaches first grade). I feel awful for how tired she must be today 🙁
Allan decided to work from home today to help me out in case I was feeling yucky and also because he only got 4 hours of sleep.
I have a prescription for an acid reducer for the gastritis (what I have, involves the stomach lining) and vicodin for the chance that there is another attack (hopefully with diet there will be no more! I’ve successfully helped my gall bladder in the past with diet).
Today I feel okay. I mostly just have a headache, one I’ve had since Ember was born, and I feel a little nauseated from the acid reducer meds. It’s a pain to pump and dump for a few hours after I take the acid reducer but it’s only once a day so that’s not too bad.
I took a couple pictures of the kids yesterday afternoon when they were playing outside. I also managed to snap one of them all together.
The kids just love their baby sister.
Yesterday we did manage to do a little bit of school. We did math and writing and Sierra did this little game where I blew a bubble and she had to shout out a word that starts with the letter ‘b’ before it was done.
I put Ember inside while I washed the kids’ feet (they’d played in water and grass and dirt) and Payson really wanted to see her.
I’m glad Allan’s home today. I feel alright but Ember’s wanted to nurse ALL DAY long. She’s unusually cranky today. Allan’s helping with the other kids while I basically nurse her nonstop.