Saturday, August 28, 2010

Really, a Kidney Infection?

So..... on the 19th we got back from a wonderful family vacation to Bear Lake. The next day around midnight I started feeling really cold. I thought to myself... our house is like 75 degrees, how can I be cold. I soon fell asleep and then woke up to feed Zach. My chills continued and my skin was very hot but I had goosebumps. Never having had a fever before I did not know that is what I was experiencing. I laid there for about four hours before waking Tim up. I told him I knew something was wrong.

The weekend went on and I spent all of Saturday and Sunday in bed. Tim was great at taking care of Zach through the nights so I could rest. I had been taking Tylenol and it would help the fever for a while but then it would shoot back up. After three days I knew this was bigger than I thought and I needed help.

The next morning we went to urgent care. My fever had gotten up to 105.8. They said that was one of the highest temps they have seen. The doctor felt that it was a kidney infection, so they put me on and IV with medication. We went home and I felt pretty good the rest of the day and then the fever came back that night. The next morning we went back to Urgent Care to get more medication through my IV. I told her the fever came back. She said that should not have happened. She was confused and said that maybe my uterus was infected. The next day we went back again for more medication and she said that she wanted me to do a CT Scan to find out what really was the problem.

After 4 hours at the hospital, they discovered that it was indeed a kidney infection. They also found a 8 cm mass on my liver. They said that they will check in 6 months to see if it has grown. If it has then they will test it, if not they said I wont ever need to worry about it. We got home around 5:45 and I got a call from urgent care saying that I needed to go there immediately for further treatment even though they were closed. People stayed after hours to help me. I am so thankful for that.

So now I don't have to wear an IV! Three days of that dumb thing in my arm made it hard to hold Zach. I am now on antibiotics for 10 days which sadly forces me to stop breastfeeding. I struggled through 6 weeks of breast feeding with a low supply, doing everything I could to produce enough to feed him. In a way I feel relieved because it took a lot out of me, but I also miss having that bond.

Can I just say.....It's been a crazy week!


Jeanette said...

Goodness...that is a crazy week!!! I am glad they figured out what was bothering you. Being a sick is hard enough, but being sick and being a new mom is even harder!! I am sorry you had to stop breastfeeding Zach. I know the feeling of not producing enough milk. You are a wonderful mom, though, and Zach will still bond with you because you have so much love for him! I hope you feel better soon!

Lytles said...

I'm so sorry you had to go through that! I'm glad that you and baby Zach are doing fine! I hope you recover quickly!