Since we’ve moved, it seems I’ve had to deal with one ailment after another. I think with the whole hype of buying a house, the stress of it all, the packing and cleaning and taking care of kids and the fact that you can’t really take your time on it because you have a closing date (and that means a moving date) and things just have to get done and there are no excuses, has really done a number on my health. Now I am generally a very healthy person. Except for when I was pregnant with Baby B, I got sick 5 times with that child and then decided I’m done with the sickness and pulled J Myster out of Sunday school just so I could catch a break. Well to be honest we haven’t been back to church since. But we’ll get there. It just seems I am so much sicker with J playing in that play room and so is he.
Anyway, so when we finally moved back on May 26th, the day after, my eyes just started killing me. I assumed eye allergies. I had eye allergies the first year I moved to Flagstaff, but then didn’t have them again after that. The Friday after we moved my husband got the flu. He was so ill and then I caught it Sunday evening and was totally bed ridden, so unable to do anything it hurt to freaken blink! Even when I held a full-time job, I never really called in sick. I took pain meds to deal with the pain, but I always just dealt with it. But this was a kind of sickness I hadn’t felt since my freshman year of college that landed me in the hospital. Now I already blogged about this earlier in the week, but I’m gonna recap, because since then, my eyes have gotten worse. Well just one eye. I thought for sure it was an irritation from pollen, dust, or fiberglass from the electrician that was in the attic the Sunday after we moved. I bought allergy eye drops. Didn’t work. Now I could have sworn that you couldn’t take any allergy meds because it would diminish your milk supply so I was certain I’d have to deal with this for the entire season with no relent. I got extremely desperate. I found out on Kellymom.com that breastfeeding moms can take Zyrtec and Claritin and it usually has no effect on milk supply. I made a trip to the store and bought $35 worth of eye stuff, from eye rinse, to eye lid cleansing cream, to eye ointment, the hubs even special ordered me allergy eye drops. Well after two days, nothing was helping. I did some more research and before scheduling a doctor’s appointment I concluded I probably had bacteria related pink eye or conjunctivitis from something that got into my eye and then my eye got infected. So now I have antibiotic drops and they are the first drops that don’t sting when I put them in.
So I’ve been to the doctor twice within a week’s span. This time for eyes, but the first time for a huge golf ball sized Mastitis that made up home in my left boob. Yep. I thought I knew what a blocked milk duct was. I didn’t. Blocked ducts can lead to Mastitis and this was definitely it! It hurt so bad!! I massaged it, I used hot compression on it. I nursed on that side constantly to get the milk blockage out and no such luck until I went to the doctor and she prescribed me an antibiotic in case I had developed an infection and she told me I was massaging it wrong. I learned that you kinda have to treat it like popping a pimple and use a lot of pressure. I did it, it hurt so bad, but finally it came out. It felt so good to have it out because as you know if you’ve nursed before, every time you nurse your boobs get bigger and when the milk isn’t going anywhere….I looked like a lopsided Dolly Parton. I seriously could not hide that one of my boobs was clearly a cup size larger. Funny, but not so much at the time, just imagine seeing your favorite actress from somewhere like tubev.sex lopsided due to having a blocked milk duct… Funny, but not if it’s you.
So now if I can only get my eye working again, I think I’ll officially be able to call myself super mom!
I think sometimes you have all these little things happen to you that are supposed to help you appreciate those little things in your life. For example having the mastitis has helped me appreciate my breastfeeding relationship with my son more. Having this pain in my eye has made me thankful that I even have eyes to see with.
In the grand scheme of things, I think that I just pushed myself so hard to get so much done, that my body was so tired and by the time I collapsed on the couch after the move, my body just fell sick. I don’t normally get sick. I take my vitamins, I’m generally a healthy human being, but I had it coming to me.
So now if I can get myself feeling somewhat normal…I will be excited to spend some time outside with my kids. I just need my eye-ball to not feel like someone is poking it with pins and needles! And not to mention staring at a computer screen isn’t really making it feel better. So I’m gonna go. But I hope everyone has a great weekend And I will get the Weekend Showcase up in a few!! So come back here and find some great blog posts to read and link up your own!
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