Friday, December 28, 2007

Happy Thought For The Year

This is good to remember for the relationships in your life that just don't work for whatever reason.

For those who understand, no explanation is necessary; for those who don’t understand, no explanation is possible. (-an Irish friend of Bill)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

A link.

I've had some calls and emails about my health, so I'm just gonna post a link you can read if you want. This one is probably the easiest to understand. Like it says, it's not a medical emergency, but it can become more serious so we're being cautious. Bed rest really seems to be helping. I see my midwife tomorrow and my cardiologist next week, so we'll see what they say. Being at my moms 2 days was difficult (even though they don't stress me out), but now that I'm home I'm feeling much better. I didn't go to an in-law get together last night and I'm sure I offended a bunch of them in the process, but I know the visit would have landed me in the ER so I don't really care. We never have much to talk about anyway. But I haven't had any bad chest pains the last 2 days and that has been encouraging. I just wish I could have a few days off from this to get my home back to it's pre-Christmas state and finish the projects we had planned before baby arrives. I think God's telling us to stay here a little longer and I'm hoping it's because of a certain planned community we're learning about. More about that later.

EDIT: Here's the reader's digest version of the link so no one else thinks I have cancer :)

A pericardial effusion is a fluid collection that develops between the pericardium, the lining of the heart, and the heart itself. Most of the organs of the body are covered by thin membranes. The membrane that surrounds the heart is called the pericardium. Normally, only a few milliliters of fluid sit between the pericardium and the muscle of the heart. Any larger, abnormal collection of fluid in that space is called a pericardial effusion. A pericardial effusion can interfere with the normal contraction and expansion of the heart muscle, which decreases the heart's ability to pump blood effectively. A smaller or more slowly developing pericardial effusion causes chest discomfort. Although chronic or smaller effusions are not emergencies, they do cause discomfort and can become more serious.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Just in time for Christmas

So you may have noticed I haven't been posting much. I've been having some health problems and haven't been feeling too well and I didn't want to say anything until we knew more. Though we still don't know much. So this week I had a bunch of tests run by my cardiologist and they found some excess fluid around my heart. Today they told me it was still mild and they weren't too concerned right now, they'd keep an eye on it, and what to watch out for in case it gets worse. I had a Holter monitor on yesterday and this morning and they're going to look at that as well. But because of Christmas it didn't sound like I'd hear the results of that for a while. So I go back in first week of January and meanwhile I'm on modified bed rest. I basically have to avoid getting my heart rate up which means I'm done Christmas shopping whether I'm actually done or not (I'm not). I'm also missing holiday parties and that sucks! But holiday guests are banned from my home which I'm okay with. I get so anxious when people come over, I have a 3 year old, it's never clean! Part of me is annoyed there's no definitive diagnosis yet, but I'm also relieved that it isn't more serious at this point, even though I feel like I'm having a heart attack. Baby's doing well, so we're all happy about that and it's only about 8-9 more weeks before she's expected to come. Hopefully we'll get this figured out before then.

Monday, December 3, 2007

"Vermont must be beautiful this time of year...all that snow"

We finally got some snow! Hooray! I'm hoping it'll stick around this year. last year it was just cold. Cold sucks without some snow to make it worth it! The boy is definitely his father's son. He was out there for 2 1/2 hours and still didn't want to come in. Crazy Alaskan blood. We loved watching the falling flakes most of the day Saturday and building a snowman in the storm.

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We also hit up the Festival of Trees, our family tradition. I've been going since I was a kid and hubby and I worked as volunteers there our first year of marriage and have gone every year (except right after the boy was born) since. Our 2 favorites this year were the Nightmare Before Christmas tree img_0924.jpg and the Darth Vadar tree img_0925.jpg. Otherwise, we've decided we like the smaller trees and wreaths better, they're generally more creative. Despite missing dad like crazy and a rough pregnancy, I'm getting into the holiday spirit. Snow helps. I hope we get more!