Friday, May 30, 2008

Much!

Well, it has been an action packed couple of days!! Where to start?? At the beginning I suppose...
Well, my sister went into labor at about 12:30am Wednesday morning. She had Lark Kalynne Wall at 1:30pm the same day. Lark was 8lbs 11oz., and 20 1/2 inches long. She's got a head full of dark hair, and Mom says she looks like her daddy, but I haven't made up my mind yet. Ask me in a few months, when the rate of Change has at least slowed down a little. There were no complications, except a really sucky anesthesiologist, so she got stuck a total of FIVE TIMES with that big ole long needle, and had to stay still, in heavy labor, for forty-five minutes. Can you IMAGINE???? Yuck!! But mom and baby are fine, they're home already, and doing well.
I had an appointment with my good doctor, the one I've been going to since I was ten, on Wednesday. Very serendipitous, since he's in the same town as my sister's hospital, so I was able to just nip over after the appointment and visit her and my new niece. My doctor is just simply wonderful. He decided to put me back on antibiotics...for the next three months. He believes in a more aggressive approach with this particular disease. Not a moment too soon as well, because the day after I saw him, and he pronounced his prognosis, I got sick again. Yup, that was yesterday. I'm feeling better today, but really really tired. I lost all ground with my stamina, but I am on orders to start exercising gently 4-5 times a week asap, so I intend to gain that ground back. I'm sick of being....well, sick.
So, mostly good news!! I'm really excited for my sister, and my new niece. One down and one to go Renae! (who, for those of you who don't know, is my sister-in-law, and she's due June 28) I'm excited to finally be in good medical hands, and have the end of this nightmare in sight. Soon, maybe in as little as three months, I'll have my life back!! Hurray!!
The Almighty Liz

14 comments:

Dana Cheryl said...

Yay for good doctors! They are worth they're weight in gold maybe even platinum. We sickly folks know that better than anyone I reckon.

I'm so sorry you've lost ground. That's utterly frustrating. I both sympathize and empathize. A valuable lesson I learned while in the hospital once is that dignity is an illusion. The thought used to depress me but not anymore.

Somehow I learned a true joy in living. Each good day is a blessing. I actually enjoy getting out of bed.

Of course there are hard times that try to rob me of my hard earned joy but friends like you remind me that I'm having a "good" day so enjoy it. And I promise with everything in me I'll support you as best I can while you're having a few "bad" days. The good ones are just around the corner.

Much love!

Bruce said...

as to that whole dignity thing, i watched what a woman goes through when she has a baby. you talk about no dignity. i am thankful i am a man. i am also thankful that i don't know what its like to be sick a lot. injered i can tell you all about but not long term sickness. so i fell bad for people who have to deal.

lizS said...

thanks dana! you are such a sweetheart. honestly, aside from flashes of frustration every now and then, i'm pretty good. especially since i was diagnosed. sooooo good to actually know what i've got! and i know i can get back up to my old self, and maybe better, i just need to be patient, something i'm not very good at!! my favorite saying is:
patience is a virtue i don't have time for!
but seriously, i'm happy. we have a great new house, great new job, we're closer to family, (but not too close!), and i'm finally in good hands. AND, there are no more ifs ands or buts, i HAVE to get in shape now! so, i think that's a good thing too. i dunno if anyone else ever feels this way, but one of my bigger stumbling blocks to exercizing is guilt. guilt that i'm leaving my kids, guilt that i'm taking away from family time, ect ect. now, i don't have a choice. it's do it or die, literally. and to me, that's a blessing. (albeit of the scarier and more menacing catergory.)

lizS said...

thanks bruce! wow, we are seeing the softer side of bruce alot lately! keep it up man, it's refreshing.

Trisha said...

Liz, I know exactly how you feel. I'm sick of being sick myself. I don't remember what it feels like to "feel good.:
And I'm tired of being diagnosed with random things at such a young age. I do hope that the antiobiotics do the trick for you this time.
But, if I've learned anything since being diagnosed with the pseudotumor cerebri and the 2 strokes, it's to be thankful for every day that I've been given. I have been given another chance at living a full life. And unfortunately, the weight loss and getting into shape are 2 things that I have to do as well. I have been hiding behind work and everything else that's been going on, instead of holding myself accountable for my own health.
Let's do it together! For your babies and for the ones waiting to be born to me! :)

lizS said...

you got it trisha! i have an idea, that hinges on a certain lady named dana getting me your email address, or vica versa, but women exercise better together. i have to get a stationary bike or a treadmill, perhaps you and i could set a time of day, and talk our way through the exercise! i have unlimited long distance, so it's not as ludicris (sp??) as it sounds. hmmmm, if somebody has three way calling, we might even get a group together, OOOOOR, we could rotate, so we have a new partner every day! or something. anybody interested, or am i nuts?

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear you were feeling sick but I'm so excited for Virginia and Apollo. Tell them congratulations for me. Is Lark a red head too? We passed Pacific on the interstate going to and from my parents last weekend and I thought of you. :)

Jeanette said...

Yikes that last comment was from me. :) Jeanette

Renae said...

Get better quick! If we lived closer, we could get together to work out for a while. I'm way excited to be seeing the end of the tunnel. I can't wait to strap on my running shoes again. (However, I'm not excited to see what all this time of non-running has done to me. Oh well, we all start somewhere.) Well anyway, you go girl. I'll keep an ear out for a stationary bike or a tread mill. And remember, there are always stairs. I'm assuming you have stairs in your house. But I don't know. That's always my fall back workout, when I can't get a sitter. It sucks, but it is a heck of a work out! Just walk up and down. Don't even try to go fast to start out. It'll be plenty, I promise. Well maybe too much to start out with. I don't know, work up to it. Okay, I'll shut up my blabbering!

Bruce said...

i don't have a softer side. you can ask my wife. i have always been just the way i am now. i know one of the reasons i have not been working out lately is that im not even close to what i could do last year and its very discouriging to have to start over. but like i tell every one that i try to get started working out, you have to start where you are not where you once were or where you wish you were.

lizS said...

i can't really do stairs right now. the rheumatic fever has affected my joints, and they pain me. so, i'm looking for more joint friendly options, ie a stationary bike. a pool would be great, but the doctor thinks that consitancy is more important than ideals, and i don't think i could do a pool more than once or twice a week. so, since the orders are 4-5 times a week, a bike it will be, and then the third option is, if i can't find a bike, a treadmill. i'll save the stairs for when i'm a little better. but thanks renae!

Dana Cheryl said...

Dude! Why do we have to live so far apart?! I have a stationary bike (brand new) that I'm giving away.

Dang it! Are ya'll driving out here anytime soon? It can be taken apart.

Now that I have a dog I actually get out of the house and walk and walk and walk...

Bruce said...

if you can i would try to get a recumbant stationary bike. they are more comfertable and you can do other things like read or whatch tv while you do it. and if you can i would get a tredmill too because it is hard to be consistant if you get board with your work out. also muscle confusion is good to keep your workout progressing at a good rate.

lizS said...

dana are flippin' serious????!!!! jeez, i wonder how much it would cost to ship. i would totally foot that bill! i think i'll call you tomorrow. or maybe after i get my extremely cranky kids in bed tonight. cause, shoot, that would be awesome. and i plan on getting closer to normal on the bike, and then mixing it up once or twice a week at a pool, if i can find one, and walking. but that's when the old joints are better, and swimming and a bike are the best for that. but woohoo! good stuff, good stuff. and i think it's a sign that dana really belongs in the stl area. heehee!