I’m home! We made it home a few hours after I finished blogging on Saturday, May 28. Didn’t have many answers when we left but we had some great pain killers. My motto has quickly become, “You win some, you lose some.” I spent the rest of the holiday weekend sleeping and relaxing. Thank you so much to everyone who has brought us a meal. That has been unbelievably helpful. I cannot even describe how much easier that has made life around here. And thank you to my parents who have taken our girls for countless overnights and day trips. Thank you, thank you! And to our friends and family for visiting and loving us in so many ways: Thank you!
You need friends and family you can text at 2:00 a.m.
After staying off my feet and healing quite well Saturday, Sunday and Monday, I decided to do some laundry on Tuesday. Not much, just a little. And the dishes. And I picked up Haven for about two seconds. Big mistake. Huge. I was literally off my feet for just a few hours that day. By dinner time my body was angry at me. I started bleeding again, after not for almost a day and a half. I thought I was almost done healing from the D&C, but I wasn’t. The bleeding became heavier and heavier as the evening went on. And the cramps started and eventually were taking my breath away.
By 1:00 Wednesday morning I could not take it anymore. I called my OB and explained the entire situation and she had me check into the emergency room right away. I called and texted around to see if anyone was awake and could stay with our girls while they slept because Tim refused to leave my side. He’s a good guy. Praise the Lord, my good friend Steph was wide awake with her kiddos and ultimately won the “Babysit the Burkey kids at 2:00 in the morning contest.” I bet you didn’t know those sort of contests exist. Seriously though, you need friends and family that you can text at 2:00 a.m. Mine are amazing and Steph is incredible for saving the day. Or night, technically. Thank you! Soon after, my sister-in-law Lauren was up and able to come and relieve Steph. Thank you, thank you!
At the ER they did all their tests again. They found something in the ultrasound, but again, couldn’t really tell what was going on. They gave me a very nice shot in the booty that helped me sleep those cramps away. I guess stay off your feet really means stay off your feet. This is something I have yet to totally learn. But what wife and mom who works full-time ever has time to catch up on laundry? It was very hard to stay totally off my feet for more than two days. So hard that I didn’t. Lesson learned. Anyway, we were on our way home around 6:30 a.m. with great news that my hemoglobin is up, which means I’m good to go and start chemo!
Also, there was no chicken salad. Too early in the morning I guess. Bummer, I know.
I was able to go to work for a little bit on Friday morning. That was a little rough, only because you can’t be on pain meds and work. But it felt good to get off the couch for a few hours.
Thank you so very much for your words of encouragement and your prayers, your amazing prayers!