This past week has yet again proved that our time is not in our hands, as I landed back at U of M for observation for about 24 hours. Thankfully I am feeling so much better after some medication changes. All of my tests came back clear, except I do have PVCs, which are extra or abnormal heartbeats that insert themselves within the normal heart rhythm. Those wouldn’t necessarily be causing all of the symptoms I have been feeling, but needless to say, it was good to see those in action. I started with a low-grade fever again, but hopefully my body is just fighting off whatever is bothering it! I feel okay, so at this point I’m not going to get too worried. Overall, my heart is doing excellent! There are a few minor or kinks it’s working out, but it is doing really well!! YAY!!
Meanwhile, God continues to provide healing in my body, working my cells together to make my body whole again. This past week, I was finally able to lay flat and sleep, which was huge. I wake up often due to being uncomfortable, but at least I am sleeping! My ribs are still broken, as I can feel them move, but I think that will be a long process. My incisions look really good and I am more and more mobile every week. I feel I am gaining strength which helps and am starting to look more and more like myself. Though really, I have a whole new body in a way, since I have been able to rid my body of all the excess fluid. I had no idea I was carrying around so much probably for many years. I can see noticeable differences in numerous parts of my body because they aren’t fluid filled. So thankful for the healing God has given me!
Here’s what our week looked like!
This is our little fish…who now enjoys putting on her goggles, holds her breath, and swims under water. This girl is ready for summer again!
I had started coloring this after my first surgery, and I decided to pull it back out the day before I was admitted again. Truly, I can do all things through CHRIST who will give me STRENGTH. Sometimes when I feel so weak physically and mentally, God continues to give me strength! He has proven Himself faithful!
On Tuesday I did not feel well and that happened to be the day U of M called to see how I was doing. I had a low-grade fever, loss of appetite, blood pressure was ALL over the place, and they said it was time to get checked out for a longer period of time, than just the ER. They feared I had an infection with the symptoms I had. It was a little strange to be wheeled up to the floor where I spent a lot of time healing from both of my surgeries, seeing patients who had been there when I was there 3 weeks ago, but also seeing PAs, nurses, and nurse techs who we got to know. Of course they were very surprised to see me again, but obviously looking better. I had another “different” roommate whose outlook on life was a bit grim according to her, but thankfully I didn’t need to spend too much time with her. Her negativity I think would have gotten to me, much like my other roommate did my 2nd surgery.
My stay was filled with a NUMBER of tests, but all came back clear, which we are thankful. Though it doesn’t necessarily give us an explanation as to why I hadn’t felt well. Hopefully with the medication changes, things will continue to look up though! I go back next week for my post-op appointment and I hope to walk in there without a wheelchair for the first time in awhile!
This Little Miss had her ENT appointment this past week, to check on her tubes. They are hanging out in the canal, so it’ll be interesting to see if she gets any infections this year! Since she received her tubes when she was 1, she has not had one single infection – isn’t that amazing? Much to be thankful for. Don’t let that smile fool you – she wasn’t a huge fan of the doctors looking in her ears this time!
Daddy combing Mazy’s hair after her bath! She sure is a daddy’s girl, especially right now!
We received our first solid SNOW of the season! Mazy is in LOVE with the snow, which I don’t blame her! Unfortunately I can’t play out there with her and the cold hurts my broken bones, so my time is limited out there, but that girl would be out there all day if we let her! Plus, doesn’t she just look adorable? I know, I’m a little biased!
Saturday night, I could NOT get warm. I didn’t think of it until Sunday morning when I took my vitals for the day and had a fever, realizing that I probably had one Saturday night as well. I sat like this in our home for awhile with the heater basically on top of me, with a blanket too. Ya live and learn…
Mazy also likes to comb her own hair too…
This girl and her love for cheese…
One thing we missed about living in Minnesota was the lake effect snow! Oh how fun it is to see it snow so hard and so quickly! Though, there is nothing that compares to the blowing and drifting that happens in Minnesota! Wowzas! The frigid temps of MN I can’t say I miss though! I had to chuckle when 20s in Michigan is COLD, where in Minnesota in the winter, that is considered a bit on the mild-er side. Gotta love the different weather patterns God has created around His world!
This week will hopefully be one of the last weeks with some of my restrictions, such as driving. I’m thinking I won’t be able to lift Mazy for awhile yet due to my ribs, but maybe I will be able to drive after next Wednesday? Not going to get my hopes up though, just in case it doesn’t happen. We’ve managed, but it would be nice to get back to some normalcy in our lives! Though, in reality, thinking back to where I was just a short month ago, to even be sitting here typing this, we have so much to be thankful for! Definitely brings on a new perspective this Christmas season. It’s just a little more special.