Saturday, July 17, 2010

Pumpkin sightings

So my first patient noticed the baby bump! It was on Wednesday, my mama's birthday. :) Then today a lady at the grocery store asked if this is my first. It took me a second to understand what she was asking!

It's been a rough week for little pumpkin though. Wednesday night we had a nice thunderstorm and he was kicking away. Then Thursday I thought it was a good idea to get my allergy shots (as I have been doing for 3 years). Turns out that was a REALLY bad idea.

I am still waiting to talk to my doctor to see what he thinks happened, because about 10 seconds after getting the same dose shots that I've been getting for a year, my eyes started itching, my face felt like it was on fire, my ears felt full and swollen. Then the nausea hit and I told the medical assistant and nurse that I was not feeling so great. They said I looked warm and red and I said I felt warm and red. They put me on an office chair STAT and wheeled me into an exam room and made me lay down. That made the nausea worse, then the doctor asked for Epi, which just makes you feel even worse (but helps you breathe and nice things like that). Lunch made an appearance and I felt mildly better. Vomiting really sucks when you are around a lot of people you don't know well, but they were all so wonderful to me - wiping my face and rubbing my back! Children's Hospital Allergy is the best. They kept reassuring me that I was going to be fine and I kept thinking that I was feeling calm and not too worried. However, my heart rate was in the 130s, so not so calm. Then I got some albuterol to help with the breathing and some oxygen and then a nice little trip to the ER.

The EMTs were so kind (they even thought it was really funny that my spaghettio lunch was better the first time around-only in healthcare is that really funny!!). I say this even after 4 attempts to start an IV - in their defense, apparently your veins start to close when you are an in anaphylaxis (which makes sense, everything is closing up, airways included!). Luckily I have no problems with needles.

I do have to say that it is kind of cool riding in an ambulance (this is of course because I was stable and in no immediate danger at this point). I spent about 15 minutes in a trauma room while the ER was cleaning a room for me, room 32 in the ED for me. I spent the next 5 hours there. Worst idea of the night: giving the pregnant lady IV fluids. My apologies to the poor tech who kept having to unhook me from all the machines every 45 minutes! My dad met me in the trauma room and stayed with me for most of the night. Jerry rushed over after work - very upset - poor honey. No one really knew what was going on, they only knew that I had reaction and was going to the ER. And of course, my dad beat us to the hospital, so then he was really worried! My mom tried calling my work to see if they knew where I got my shots. They didn't, but my awesome coworkers did some work to see if Froedtert was diverting. All the while, I was being checked in, so the ED was able to update my coworker and everyone else :)

Observation in the ER is really boring. But I guess I needed some boring after the afternoon's excitement. The nurses listened to baby's heart, which was just fine. There was talk of an ultrasound, but the ER doc spoke with my OB and she said there was no need. You can actually get a couple doses of epi and be fine (I was content with my one dose!). I was a little disappointed, because my dad could've seen our lil' pumpkin :)

Jerry and I left for Taco Bell (because dinner in the ER is nothing fancy-and yes, Taco Bell seemed fancy after that). I was given a prescription for prednisone to keep the reaction at bay (which even after one dose made me feel a lot better). So today, I'm just exhausted! A little bruised and tape marks all over, but breathing almost normally.

Now to find a thank you fitting the deed - to the nurses, doctor and MA at the Asthma/Allergy clinic CHOW in New Berlin for saving my life!!! I'm thinking cookies and a lot of thank yous. I spoke with them on Friday. The MD that took care of me there was going to talk to my allergist. Apparently I was on top of the list for grand rounds (where all the MDs get together and discuss interesting/difficult cases) on Friday.

Monday, May 31, 2010

17+ weeks

The cats are LOVING Memorial day weekend - family home all the time!! They are very sleepy though, having to keep up with us for 3 days straight.

I swear it's getting bigger, it doesn't look like it, but it is. I know because nothing fits!

Friday, May 14, 2010

15+ weeks

Maternity clothes are washed and ready to wear. Belly is almost ready! (I am this excited because I have had very little nausea all day-here's hoping we're over that, but I've done the roller coaster thing a couple of times all ready!!)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

15 weeks

Don't tell anyone, but it's almost 8:30 p.m. and I am NOT nauseous

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The pharmacy America Trusts

I've decided that my new favorite past time is to be in the pharmacy. The good news is that they also pay me to be there. And almost as much as my job that I got a degree to have. What am I doing with my life? Great question.

Anyways, I want to blog my experiences in the pharmacy, because people with drugs are so entertaining.

1. Week 1 (we're going way back 2004) - lady with cast on leg gets so angry at Carly (I can't remember why she was so angry, but my guess is that her pain meds were too soon to be filled). Angry lady throws her casted leg onto the counter to demonstrate to Carly as to why she needed those medications. Vanessa steps in and saves Carly which is so nice, because it's only my first week.

2. Last week, Mike getting "gobble gobble" from a patient.

3. The guy with his girlfriend telling Rebbeca how are are his FAVORITE WALGREEN'S EVER, because his copay was less than he thought (ummm we have nothing to do with the copays, that's all the insurance), then guy goes on to tell Rebecca about his lady friend's daughter who doesn't want to pay for car insurance, so she is going to sign the car over to them and they're going to tell it and move to Vegas. Ummm hope they like the Walgreen's there as much as they like ours. Better yet: Rebecca asking me if I saw the woman's teeth and I said "oh no, I was avoiding eye contact at all cost!"

4. The patient that walks up to the counter and loudly declares that he did not get any information on his viagra prescription (note: there are about 3 other patients at the counter at this point). I honestly thought he was joking for a minute, but no, so I printed some information for him.

More to come as they come to me.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

T minus 1 month

So we have about a month to MOVE OUT. We accepted an offer on our condo (an actual GOOD offer!). Basically after all is said and done, we are breaking even since we put money down and have obviously paid off some of the mortgage. We are very happy considering the market, plus we can turn around and put that money back into a down deposit. Now we can get a nice house for a good price. It's doubtful that will happen before we close on the condo, so we're packing up the house and kids (okay cats) and moving to my parent's house for awhile. Deja vu, but we're VERY lucky to have that (very inexpensive) option before us. And I think my parents, especially my mom misses her grandkitties. :) They are very sweet I must say.

It's a little bittersweet, since it is such a nice condo. Jerry and I are so ready for the yard, the family, the expanding... so it's time. We are ready and that is ALL that matters (I can't even tell you how many "you're moving all ready?!?"s I've been getting! It's our life people!!!!! Get over it! ha). Plus I REALLY want a basement to put the litter boxes and husbands in (those would be guitar playing husbands that need basements).

The idea of cooking dinner and not smelling kitty waste is within reach! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think that was the one big trouble area that we didn't think about when buying our condo. And it's not awful, it's just difficult to scoop litter while cooking :) I can multi-task with the best of them, but that's going a little too far.

Happy Halloween

Sunday, October 25, 2009

You're so new.

Jerry and I have officially begun a new phase in our life. INTERNET AT HOME! Oh my. It's been a long time since I've had the internet at home. It's a great feeling, no more forcing myself to go to school at the last minute to take a test or finish some online homework. I can cook dinner and do homework all at the same time. Right now, cookie dough is in the fridge. LOVE multi-tasking.

Jerry and Bogey playing with one of Jerry's broken guitar strings (and I am worried that Bogey will poke an eye-so far so good). This is great, because here Bogey is teaching us that little creatures (i.e. cats and babies) really prefer cheap, broken stuff over expensive toys.