Monday, December 8, 2008

Surviving and Thriving

We have made it through 5 days now, yeah, small milestones. McCall is doing very well and is a pretty good sleeper, she wakes up about every three hours so we won't complain about that at all! She dropped 8 oz and is on her way back up now. She is doing very well, probably the best in the family. The day we brought her home was great, then things went downhill fast. Our boys got sick with the flu and Ryan has been dishing out Motrin and Tylenol like candy. Not to mention cleaning up nasty flu bi-products from the kids. Poor guy, I think he got more than he bargained for.
Then I ended up with a spinal headache, no doubt from the 6 tries it took to get the epidural in my back. I have to wonder at this point, was it worth it for only an hour and a half? Oh, well, not much I can do about it now. So I ended back up at the hospital for a blood patch to fix the hole in my back that was leaking spinal fluid and giving me great headaches. That got fixed with another epidural puncture and depositing my own blood around my spine, that fixed the head aches immediately. But I had to lay down for two days and not lift anything so I was another patient for Ryan. He has been a trooper through everything, took care of all the kids, meals, laundry, cleaning, etc. I think I will keep him around!
Today things are looking up though, I was able to do a load of laundry all by myself and feed the kids breakfast! It's great to be back to some kind of routine and it has made me very grateful for health!

5 comments:

garybeckyandkids said...

Kara- You are amazing, still positive after all that. What a week. Congratulations. Can't wait to see more pictures of the cutie.

Teija said...

Hopefully the worst is over! Now you can all be healthy and enjoy Christmas! What would we do without our good hubbies?!

Elena said...

Oh man. I had a spinal headache with Garrett. Know what that feels like and I'm so sorry (That's pronounced with a Canadian accent on the "o" so you can understand.) I wish I would have known so I could come help. You have a great one in Ryan. Hope you are doing better.

The Nielson Family said...

Congratulations!!! You have such a beautiful family--I am so sorry about your headache--that sounds really awful, but glad that you are all recovering. Just keep taking it easy! :)

Amy said...

Yikes! That doesn't sound very fun! Glad you are doing better!