Thursday, October 18, 2007

Boy Does This Suck - and other random points

My fever kept spiking up to 102 all day, no matter what I took for it. I was not enjoying it. I hate having a fever. Consequently, while I pumped as much as I could today, I didn't attempt to nurse any of the babies at all today. I hope that doesn't cause a set back because I imagine tomorrow will be more of the same. None of them are good breastfeeders, but I was thinking we had started to make progress with Ellie at least. Our little guy is totally too lazy anyway and I'm sure he was relieved that I wasn't shoving a breast in his face half the day. Abby's so little that while she's got good technique, she's not physically strong enough to breastfeed effectively anyway. None of them would have done anything to help unblock any blocked ducts today, so I just pumped as much as I could and left it at that.

I hate having fevers. Pain I can handle (and boy is this a LOT of pain), but fevers are so miserable to me. Yuck.

I heard some bad news about a friend of mine today and I will hopefully write about it tomorrow. I feel just awful about it.

I completely copped out and Tuesday I had a baby nurse come for three hours. The advantage was that she fed the babies while I SHOWERED and then she organized the nursery for me and then she gave the babies baths. She was awesome and worth every penny. I don't know WHAT I would have her do if I had her here for 12 hour shifts, but she's pretty good at self-directing, so I'm guessing she'd figure something out. Anyway, her three hours here left me feeling completely calm and in control all day Wednesday. I would still have felt that calm and collected today, except that I felt like death all day. Fortunately, I had a friend here in the morning who rushed over when she heard about the mastitis because she said what I really needed was to get into the HOT shower immediately, but I couldn't shower without another adult here because of Ellie's heart monitor. And then this afternoon a teenager came to help for a bit. And finally, the baby nurse came from 4-8pm which was terrific, because I got a nice long nap to sleep off the fever a little, and she fed the little ones while I pumped pumped pumped some more.

I feel a little guilty for not taking care of them much today, but honestly, I was lucky to be upright at all. I'm just lucky today happened to be a day I had lots of help. Normally I don't have people here during the day, but I happened to accept an offer of help for the afternoon just yesterday, even though I had no idea what I would have her do with me. And when the baby nurse emailed me yesterday to say she could give me a couple hours this evening, I debated not having her come, but I'm so glad I took her up on it. She will probably come for at least one feeding tomorrow also, which makes her an angel or a saint as far as I'm concerned, considering that she's working overnight with twins tonight.

The good news is that this will pass. No one ever had permanent mastitis, right?

14 comments:

Jackie said...

Hey, this mastitis sounds awful. I'm so glad you have help around to allow you to get back into tiptop shape. Feel better soon!
J

In and Out of Luck said...

The mastitis sounds painful. It shows my baby obsession that I read the word "fever" and was worried and then I was like, "Oh, it's just KAREN who has the fever! Not one of the kids! Oh, well then..." But I am sorry you are going through that pain and I hope you feel better and the pictures are beautiful.

Ewokmama said...

I hope the mastitis clears up soon. Some things that I have found helpful in my multiple bouts:
hot shower, then pump or breastfeed and massage your breast(s) while doing so. You can also manually express in the shower and that can do the trick sometimes. You can also take a soy lecithin supplement to avoid plugged ducts. I think I've read something about a raw potato helping? Might want to google that.

Your babies are beautiful, by the way. And good for you for accepting help. It's just crazy not to, especially when you have three little ones!

batya said...

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Rachel Inbar said...

Don't feel bad about the help - just enjoy it! Your recovery is very important to the babies!

How's J doing?

pam said...

eeep! take care of yourself so you can get better - no matter how much help you need to get there.

Shelby said...

I'm so sorry you're feeling so horrible! I'm glad you were able to get some help with the little ones. Believe me- there were days when I would have done anything to get some help, and I only had one to take care of. I never had mastitis, so I can't offer any advice here. I'd definitely call your OB though and see what they suggest. Though I'm sure you've already done that!

Feel better fast!

Diana said...

So very glad you had help. Hoping you get better very soon.

Cheryl said...

When my son was born 15 years ago, I got mastitis. It was HORRIBLE. You feel like crap and your boobs are huge. I hope that it resolves soon!

Casey's trio said...

So bummed to read this Karen. I hope it clears up fast and soon...I had one little duct clog up once and it was horrible, so I can only imagine what full blown mastitis feels like. I am really happy to read that you took advantage of some help, especially right now. Getting some rest will make a world of difference.

Changing Expectations said...

Sounds painful. I am glad that you have some help and can get some rest.

The babies look beautiful!

Jen4 @ Amazing Trips said...

Seriously ... is there a reason you're not taking Keflex?? You don't want to mess around with mastitis. I've had it SEVERAL times and the first time was the worst with a fever up to 104. I was on Keflex within 24 hours and was feeling 90% better within 12 hours. My good friend had mastitis and she didn't do anything for it. She wound up in the hospital, hooked up to IV's for 2 days.

Don't make me come over there. CALL YOUR DOCTOR!!!!

ms. c said...

Uuhhh... I don't think bringing in the nurse was a cop out! You sound like you got some much needed rest out of the deal. YOU are still important too, you know.
The mastitis sounds like a not fun thing- I'm so sorry. I will be thinking healing thoughts for you and your boobs.

Jennifer from Arkansas said...

I posted my last comment on the wrong date I think. Sorry. Anyway...
I SO hope you havent ended up in the hospital. Please let us know how you're doing when you can.