Wednesday, September 17, 2008


So hello again everybody! Sorry it has been so long since I last posted. I have unfortunately been in the hospital. So without further ado let me explain.

I got sick on Saturday (the night after I hung out with my girlfriends) really sick fever, sore throat and fatigue. I haven't been sick like that in a long while. So on Monday I went to the doctor. Doc Johnson originally thought I had mono or strep. Which was bad enough in itself. She told me to stay home on Tuesday as well.

So I went back to work on Wednesday. All was fine until I got this headache like you wouldn't believe. Well Doc J told me that with mono headaches were possible. So I called her back like she told me too and left a message to get the headache medicine prescription called in. (She hadn't yet because I hadn't had any headaches and I generally just don't like taking medicine if I don't have too). She called me back on my way home to pick up the kids and told me that it wasn't mono or strep and that all the test had come back and that I needed to go to the emergency room immediately because they thought it might be something more serious.

Needless to say it was. After a long night in the ER (and ridiculous amounts of needle sticks more on that in a minute) they discovered I had meningitis. Which is a big long word for very sick stuff.

I was in the hospital for 4 days. Missed my sister-in-laws wedding and missed seeing my babies boogie at the reception. However I did receive an award from the nurses. Most needle sticks in the shortest stay in almost a year for the 7th floor! Isn't that exciting (pay no attention to the sarcasm that is dripping from those words). I am feeling slightly better now. I have a backache monster from the spinal tap and I get tired extremely easy but I am an not dead and no one has to worry because it was viral which means not contagious.

However some prayers for my arm (see pictures below and remember these were taken today which makes those markings and bruises a week old) would be lovely. I apparently have crappy weak veins (the award given explains that) and the medicine they were giving me through the IV apparently ruptured my veins (one IV I had for less than 3 hours) and some of the medicine made it's way into my muscle tissue causing a separation of the muscles. It is incredibly medical and disgusting to look at but more importantly it means no lifting for the next week or so. Which all of my mommy friends know is hard to do when you have little ones at home.

So for those that already knew of this and were praying for me! Thank you so much and for those that didn't thanks for reading and for your prayers for my arm now.

Much love


Casey said...

Oh my goodness, Shay! I am so sorry you've been so sick! Ahh! If you're ever in the hospital again, you'd better call me!! I hope everything is getting back to "normal" for you. I'll be praying that you recover quickly. And, for the record, I'm very glad you're not dead! :)

Shaybplus3 said...

I am glad I am not dead too! Josh was the caller this time. I told him to call and let people know but between me and the kids and his sisters wedding (which both children were in) he admitted last night that he didn't call very many people at all.

As for normal well I am working on it!

smac said...

Your poor arms and back!! You are one trooper that's for sure. Please, please call if you need anything, anything. I'd be more than willing to help do whatever. I'm glad you are feeling better. Hang in there and please don't try to do too much too soon. :)