Saturday night after I fell asleep I woke up and knew I had a fever. I felt lousy but figured it was part of recovery. I was sweating but freezing and I knew I had a fever. The next day I tried to ignore it but finally took my temp and it was 101.6. The nurse and discharge instructions told us if I got a fever over 101to call the Dr. So we called but of course it was the weekend and the answering service told us to go to urgent care and I most likely had a breast infection, even though there were no signs of one yet except the fever.
J took me to urgent care and we had to leave our sweet newborn baby with Grandma Thornburg. Thank GOODNESS she was there or I would’ve panicked. I didn’t want to take my sweet baby to a hospital or leave him with someone. But if you have to leave your baby with someone, Grandma is the best! And thankfully with all of my struggles with breastfeeding I had been pumping plenty and Linc was great at taking a bottle (probably another answer to prayers that I had pumped and he knew how to take a bottle)
When we got to urgent care they said that they didn’t feel comfortable seeing me and they sent us to the ER. BOO! So we headed over to the ER. Once they got us settled they had to draw blood and put in an IV port in case I needed an IV. Well I HATE IV’s and I told them this. I warned them that I get sick occasionally and sometimes pass out. So the nurse attempted to start one when she says, “whoops, it didn’t work. Oh, and you’re going to have quite the bruise.”
WHOOPS?? Don’t tell me WHOOPS! How about an, I’m so sorry or an apology of some kind? UGH!
Thankfully the second time was the charm.
Then you’ll never believe all I had to go through just 1 week after having a baby. They had to do a catheter to get a clean urine sample – NOT FUN after having a baby and being swollen down there! They also had to do a pelvic exam – yep, once again NOT FUN! It was awful and I didn’t get a reward like a baby afterwards like I did after labor.
My fever continued to go up and all of the tests came back with no conclusive results. Very frustrating. They also kept the room freezing cold but wouldn’t let me have any blankets because of my fever. How rude!
They told me to continue taking Tylenol and IBprofin to keep the fever down and to call my dr the next day. Well thanks for nothing. After a $100 copay and leaving my baby all day that’s all I get? I was disappointed and felt awful.
Well my fever seemed to go down some with the medicine but 2 days later I still had it and my left breast was sore, red, hot, and very painful AND I had awful awful cramps, so I called my Dr and got in to see them. It is no fun going out after just having had a baby and feeling awful. I also was so nervous to take Lincoln out because I didn’t know when he’d need to eat etc. Thankfully Grandma came with us and was my support!
The doctor reported that I had a breast infection and the beginning of a uterine infection and I got a Rx for antibiotics. I was grateful for some answers but frustrated that I was feeling so crummy and wasn’t able to enjoy each second of my new baby boy. I think we are blessed that we caught it early on, especially the uterine infection because I don’t think I could’ve handled much more.
My mom was so great at helping to take care of me, especially with J back to work. She would bring warm compresses for my breasts, keep me hydrated with lots of fluids, feed me, keep the house spotless, and tell me that I was doing great. I couldn’t have survived without her. Thanks Grandma! We sure love you!
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I’m just glad that all ended and now I can finally completely enjoy my precious baby!