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Friendship Bread

Friendship bread success. Thank you Tammy Foster Rodriguez for giving us a starter again! It is sooooo good. The kids had fun mushing it all week.

Jan 31st

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Pre Superbowl Party

We have have plans to go and hang out with Norm and Deb and their grand kids for a Pre Superbowl Party tonight.  We never watch the Superbowl really, but we love to get together and the Superbowl was on a Sunday this year, so we just decided to get together on the day before and just play games and eat lots of food 🙂

But my headache continues, so I decided to take Vicodin because I know that it has always been good in the past and the Tylenol 3 wasn’t really working.  On the drive over to Norm and Deb’s I was so nauseous.  Apparently Vicodin was not a good choice.  So for the first hour of the party I didn’t fell very well.  Luckily I had Zofran for nausea in my purse.  My headache finally got a bit better, or I just stopped caring about it and we had a great time.

 

 

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Urgent Care Visit #2

Headaches sure can be debilitating:(. Home today after a 3 day battle with a headache caused from work  stuff. Physically not stress caused. But a headache nonetheless. My brain feels like it is swelling. I am
ready to just be better and healthy!!

Chiropractor or Urgent care?!?! I called our chiropractor and they’re not open so I decided that the unusual nature of headache will land me in urgent care. So much has happened in the last week that I just wanted to make sure this wasn’t from meds, alleIMG_3986rgic reaction and more drugs. No relief by any meds or Dan adjusting me for 4 days. The swelling is all encompassing in my face, head and down my spine. So could be out of alignment could, be anything. Ugh!

So I went to Urgent care and the doctor pretty much just prescribed me Toradol in pill form (which didn’t do anything) and said t
o take Benedryl.  When that didn’t seem to do anything for the headache, I called back into the Urgent Care and they prescribed me Tylenol 3 with Codeine.  The doctor at the Urgent Care also said it might also be helpful to go to the chiropractor, so I found one in town that was open and went straight there.  That didn’t seem to help either. So I’ll just keep taking the Tylenol 3.

 

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Prednisone

Getting ready for the Winter Invitational 2015 in Charlotte. Go Tiger Sharks!!!  Loving being a swim mom! I had fun today helping at the swim meet and Josiah did so great.

So glad both of my boys are loving swimming!!

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I got to feel the full effects of Prednisone today and thank goodness for it.  I was running around like a crazy person at the swim meet, the fogginess was completely gone and so is any sign of the migraine.  I felt euphoric, like I was floating on a cloud!

Jan 24th

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Migraines Suck

Migraines suck! I woke with a migraine, took some meds and went back to sleep. Finally coming out of it now but man was it a doozy. Luckily I had enough sense to take Excedrin when I woke up with it. When I woke up, I thought I could head to work because the migraine had subsided, but I haven’t had one in so long that I completely forgot about the crazy fog/haze that remains for some time.  I think I have taken so many drugs this week with the allergic reaction that my body is just a mess.

Ugh! I did read that the steroid I am on from the allergic reaction is often prescribed for migraines…so I am going to go take it and see if it will lift this haze!

So apparently some of the super fun side effects of Prednisone can explain the crappy couple if days I’ve had. Trouble sleeping, heart burn, blurred vision, nausea, the awful migraine like headache this morning and the foggy feeling for the rest of the day. I am like a textbook of side effects. My family is ready to have me back and able to function again and I am ready to be back. I could use some prayers in general but especially tomorrow morning when I am working at Josiah’s swim meet.

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January 21st…the day our lives changed

I had a Dr. Apt with Dr. Avula my allergist on Jan. 21st to discuss further testing of foods and other possible allergens.  It was also my day to get my regularly scheduled allergy shot.  But because I was also seeing the doctor a different nurse did my allergy shots.  There are three possibilities that could have happened during this particular set of allergy shots: 1) the dose was just too high for my system, 2) I was given the wrong dose from the correct set of vials or 3) the next set of vials were mixed up and the dose I was given was actually 10 fold higher than I should have been given.  We will never know.  When the shots were about to be administered I asked the nurse if this was going to be my highest dose so far.  I was wondering because I had been having increasingly more swelling around the injection sites.  As soon as I asked her the question, she responded with “oops” and she put one vial down and retrieved a different one.  It was strange, but I just thought I was ask about it later.

I got the injection and then the Dr came in and we started our discussion about options. when my first sneeze came.  Throughout the conversation, I became more congested and kept trying to sneeze.  Both of my arms began to itch very badly (which normally doesn’t start happen until about 2 hours later).  I started scratching all the way up and down my arm.  No one seemed to notice anything.  By the time I checked out I was sneezing. This was about 30 minutes after the injection when I checked out.

By the time I got to the car I knew something was wrong and I took a Zyrtec to help the allergy like symptoms.  And then we went to pick up Gideon from day care about a mile from the doctors office during which time my nose started to run and my eyes were starting to burn and then I started to cough.  Josiah instantly recognized that something was wrong when I started coughing because he suffers from asthma.  So I called the doctors office and headed directly back to the office but the doctor had already left and was not answering his phone.  I sat at the office for about 5 minutes waiting to hear from the doctor or to figure out what I should do.  Instead I googled anaphylaxis and immediately left the doctors office and headed to Urgent care.  I still had not heard back from my doctor and as it turns out he had not turned his phone back on and his staff were freaking out, even his wife because they knew that he needed to get a hold of me.

In the Urgent Care, I still had to fill out forms even though I told them I was in anaphylaxis, but once they called me back they moved fairly fast.  I itched everywhere, especially on the palms of my hands and the bottoms of my feet…I even bruised the bottoms of my feet from trying to scratch them with my big toe.  I could no longer breath through my nasal passage and my air way was beginning to close off.  My face had also began to swell.  Oh and I had both boys with me through all of this.  Luckily they both had electronics and sat quietly in the corner…although they were very interested when they started giving me shots.  Dan was still at work and was on his way.

I learned a very valuable lesson from this visit to urgent care…when you are facing a life threatening situation GO TO THE ER!!!  But as soon as they had me in the back they gave me a shot of epinephrine and gave me Benedryl and Prednisone.  And then they left the room.  I was not hooked up to monitors and they had not started an IV.  In fact I was on a chair like table that I couldn’t even lay down on.  Pretty sure they should have sent me to the ER (especially since they were in the same building).  But the first shot of epinephrine didn’t work, so they had to give me another one…and soon after I could begin to breath again and the itching on my hands and feet were starting to calm down.  On the flip side the effects of the two shots of epi were taking full hold.  I was shaking everywhere, even my butt cheeks were shaking.  So weird!  And then they just let me go home and said I could drive.  Again I am pretty sure they should have sent me to the ER and a good lesson about going to the ER instead of Urgent Care for any kind of allergic reaction.  Instead of driving right away, we dropped off the script for Prednisone and went to Taco Bell for some dinner.  Once we picked up the script I was feeling a bit less shaky and decided I would just drive as carefully as I possibly could.

So we headed home having no idea what this day would lead to in the very near future.

April 17th