To Love a Rose: An Ethiopian Adoption Journal

Monday, October 3, 2011

Something's Gotta Give

So, M and I just got back from a hellacious week in Iowa...great way to start off a new blog post, right?

We went up to finish up as much as we could for B's baby shower on the 22nd of this month, but ended up spending nearly all of our time in hospitals.  Oh joy.

First, my grandmother (mom's mom) ended up in the ER, then ICU for what turned out to be e-coli poisoning; which threw off her insulin levels and messed with her heart.  (She's still in the telemetry unit, by the way.)  Then, my mom had to go to the ER an hour and a half away since no one near us knew what to do with her.  It ended up she had a bad bladder infection caused by a really bad bacterial infection which was probably caused by her STILL untreated nasty gall-bladder.  Last but not least, W, had to go see a new doctor who specializes in catamenial seizures to get new hormones prescribed to her - mind you, this was at a totally different hospital, 3 hours away.

Yeeeeaaaaahhh.  We were losing our minds.

When we left on Saturday afternoon around 3, we thought things were fairly under control.  At least, the sh*t storm seemed to be passing, and even mom was looking (if not really feeling) better.  We were all feeling a little relieved.

M needed to get back in time for her nephew, N's, 4th birthday party on Sunday; and I needed to get back for my one-year check-up from my LEEP procedure.  So, off we headed back to Branson...feeling much better about things and as though things were looking up.

Then, today happened.

Mom still isn't feeling well, and with all of her symptoms, her doctors are thinking she hurt herself badly when she fell in the shower a week and a half ago (did I mention that she FELL IN THE SHOWER?!  yeah, because she did.) OR her gall-bladder has wrecked havoc on her internal organs and is parading around amongst them leaving behind a ticker-tape barrage of infectious bacteria.  Delightful.

To make matters worse still, W wasn't able to get to the compounding pharmacy to get her new hormones until today...and of course, it was too late.  She had one seizure this morning around 7:30 a.m., then another one a few hours later on the way to the pharmacy to get her meds.  Dad got her to the back seat of the vehicle (this is the second time she's had a seizure in the car - ugh!), and she said they weren't as terrible as they normally are; but still not fun.

***UPDATE: While waiting for mom to get a room in the ER in Iowa City, W had her third seizure of the day.  She was admitted herself, and mom has had pretty much a full-body scan AGAIN to see what exactly is wrong - kidneys, liver, gall-bladder, etc.  My poor dad is all alone in the ER running back and forth between the two rooms trying to figure out what to do about it all.

Now, M and I are left wondering if we should have left at all.  Of course, I do understand the necessity of having my one-year exam.  I'm sure everything's fine, but I have had a really whack-a-doo cycle this past month...  Since this is the first cycle after finishing the Chinese herbs, I was cutting my body some slack; but I'm beginning to get a little worried now. 

First, I had a 5-day period.  Fairly normal, no big issues.  But, then, 6 days after that, I had a 9-day period.  Now, I'm a little over a week past that; and I'm spotting - just a little, not too much, but it does have me worried a bit. :-(   I'm trying not to freak out, because a "persistent, drippy period" was one of the side-effects of the herbs I was on; but if something is wrong, our adoption could be postponed again.  I will freaking lose my mind if that ends up being the case.  Literally...I might as well go buy a straight-jacket right now.


I guess I'll find out tomorrow...but seriously...something's gotta give.

Psalm 34:19-20 - "A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; He protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken."

I Peter 5:10 - "And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast."

Holding strong,

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh, how incredibly stressful! I'll be praying that everyone is feeling better soon.

    Good luck with your appointment. I'll be sending you lots of good thoughts.