First Checkup

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Yesterday I had my first checkup since leaving the hospital on Thursday afternoon. I was a wreck just thinking about going back to the hospital. I was so afraid he'd say, "well, you're going to have to stay the night." Luckily, I had some medication for that. LOL

Anyway, I made it to his office and thankfully got a good report. He was amazed at the weight I had lost. As of yesterday, I had lost 40.4 pounds since coming home. He just shook his head and said he's never seen a recovery this fast. My blood pressure was great and most of my swelling is gone. I still don't really have ankles or feet, but you can almost tell they are there. We discussed going forward (by the way, I hate that phrase, but it fits the sentence so...) with my meds and eventually weaning me off of some of them. One of them is a headache preventative, which I need for my migraines, but the other one actually causes headaches. So, go figure.

I have another 6 weeks before he'll consider officially releasing me, but I am allowed to start easing back into some things. I can take a walk, drive, and go back to work. However, all of this is dependent upon my strength. So, a walk may be to the end of my road and back. A drive may be the same. And working will probably have to start with some half days while working my way into a full day. I'm still really sore and pretty weak, but I do feel a little stronger each day, so I was so happy to know I can begin to work towards some normal things.

Once I reach the six week mark, most of my lab results should be back. I'll probably still be waiting for a couple, but we may know a little more then. I have been tested for so many things it makes my head spin. Plus the test results on Josey should also be back by then. At this point, I'm not sure it will matter what the results show. Shannon and I are absolutely terrified of getting pregnant again. As much as we would like to, it is the scariest thing on earth right now for both of us. Maybe if I hadn't been so sick that I almost didn't come home too, then it would be different. Of course, we've got time to talk about this and we will, but it's just too much at the moment.

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  1. I've been thinking about you! I hope things continue to improve and you can get back to a normal state of health!

    {{HUGS}}

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  2. (((HUGS))) I felt the same way as your TERRIFIED to even go back to the doctors as well! I am 5 months out from the passing of my daughter and I will say month 4 I started to actually feel the want to be pregnant again. Before then I was terrified. Like you I almost did not come home either. So its been very scary!

    They since have diagnosed me with Factor V (which is a blood clotting disorder) that can be watched during Pregnancy but it can also lead to PE...like 400 other things can as well. Hopefully with some tests that you had done you will have some answers! Hang in there :)

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  3. Wow, that fluid is just falling off. I bet physically that is making such a difference. That's a good endorsement that your doc is impressed huh? And I think you were brave heading back to the same hospital - but at the same time, it's a connection point with Josey in some ways too.

    How are you feeling about returning to work? Obviously it goes without saying that that wasn't the plan and all those associated feelings go with it. It's all so soon huh? I went back to work the week after my son passed (4 weeks after c-section) but honestly I wasn't much use there, but it was better than sitting at home staring at the walls... and I was getting a pay check. Do you work with a lot of people? Have you had a chance to think about how you might handle co-workers well meaning comments?

    Terror about being pregnant again in the future. Um, yeah. TOTALLY normal. The results of those tests will be really helpful though - if there are actually some thing(s) found (mine came back clear - didn't help explain why what happened happened, which frustrated me). When and if you're ready to go there, and if it would help, I have a locked blog that outlined my pregnancy after PE. Maybe, when you're ready, it'd help you to read it. Just let me know.

    Thinking of you lots >:D<

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  4. I am glad you are feeling better but take it slow you have been through alot. I know it must be terrifying to you I know I would be to me maybe adoption is a route you can take too.
    But just a suggestion remember it is who raises the child that makes the difference. So just a thought but you and your husband have to make that choice I wish you the best in what ever you decide for the future.

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  5. If they tested you for underlying conditions, they may have to re-do those again. Both my obgyn and MFM told me that they couldn't test for underlying conditions until I was at least 6 weeks postpartum as the pregnancy hormones can throw things off or mask it.

    Just keep hanging in there, one day at a time.

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  6. Kerry, I'm glad to hear that you are doing better. I know about missing the sight of your feet :)I felt like mine looked like Hobbit feet (well without the hair). I hope the road to physical recovery keeps going quickly and smoothly for you. I have thought about you everyday but I know you're going through so much and I didn't want to intrude. You and Shannon are always in my prayers.

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  7. I am so glad to hear youre doing better health wise, I remember being a huge "hot air balloon", my hips were just huge I never felt so huge before, and after coming home from the hospital, I remember just continuing going to the restroom from the lasix (sp?) and just all the water weight came off of me, i was amazed by what 2 days can do. I was happy to be back to a normal size again.
    Just take things slowly, ease back into things, dont push yourself. I am always checking on you, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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