Wednesday, December 31, 2008
On to WONDERFUL news, I went to the NICU after work and got there in time for her PM cares, so her CPAP was off, and she was wide awake, and she was Feisty... She is so cute, I think I love her more and more each time I see her. I would talk to her and tell her not to pull her feeding tube out, and I swear she would get this crooked little SMILE and pull right on the tube! Thursday her mommy and daddy and I are having lunch and then going to spend some time with her, and lucky for me I work Friday, Saturday and Sunday so I get to visit her each night for her PM cares!
Today I had my second appointment with the Fat Doctor, not the one I used to see, I'm seeing a new one, and he is a cutie... Anyhow, I start my new diet next week, I was anticipating starting it this week, but the new Doc and I discussed me seeing my PCP first, so I am going to meet with her on Monday so keeping my fingers crossed to start on Tuesday, because I want to be thinned down just a titch before I get on the OR table again.. YIKES!!
It's been so fun being home at night!! Even last night, coming home and everyone was still awake!! Ahhhh this is going to be good....
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Then the kids got ready and went to midnight mass. Mindy and I stayed behind and hung out with our mom talking.. We all decided in advance that we were going to stay the night at my parents.. They recently redecorated our old bedrooms, so we were excited to try out our new rooms..
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Praise to God, for protecting Heather and baby Giovanna! Giovanna was born on 12/12 at 1256pm today! She is absolutely gorgeous! She weighs 3 pounds 4 ounces. She was born at 28 weeks even! Which was our original goal date for her. She extubated herself within minutes of being intubated, and she is only on CPAP. Thank you all for your prayers, please continue to prayer for her fight!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I continue to ask God to hold this baby in his hands and protect her while she grows strong inside her mommy's belly.
Monday she was measuring 2 pounds 7 ounces!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
I spent most of yesterday sleeping because I couldn't sleep Friday night. Once I had the house to myself I cleaned the house and decorated the house. It was a bittersweet moment for me because as some of you know from last year, I really really wanted to do the theme of my Christmas tree red and silver. We have always had themes to our trees, and it was time to purchase a new tree and change themes, so after much MUCH debate, I compromised and he won and we did a bright colorful tree (BLAH) not what I wanted.. I knew I would be buying a house within the year and so I had been stockpiling red things for the new house, kitchen towels, rugs, pillows, candles, measuring cups etc. So anyhow, because I couldn't justify donating all new stuff so soon, I decided to keep the tree and the colorful stuff, and put it up last night... So sure there are a few memories tied to him with it, but what can I do right? Next year I will have the tree of my dreams, with red and silver ornaments and trimmings! I actually am really excited to hit the sales this year the day after Christmas and buy all the RED and SILVER stuff I can :)
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
She is 24 1/7 weeks pregnant with a baby girl now, and her water broke yesterday. She is in our hospital and we are doing all we can to help her. We watched the baby on ultrasound last night and it was a moment that stirred all of our hearts to watch this little girl moving and swallowing fluid it was such a relief and yet very scary.
She is now 24 2/7 today, please pray to keep this little "baby bean" inside of her mommy and healthy for as long as she can stay inside.
I want so badly for this pregnancy to last for this couple, they are one of the most amazing loving spiritual couples I have ever met, I just adore them and more then anything they want to parent a baby that lives here on earth with them.
(Due to HIPAA I can't not release names of the patient, however baby bean is not the name of the little girl, but just her nick name)
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
On to being sick... I am so over being sick, I have no voice still, and a bad cough, headache, fever and a runny nose, I am thinking about going to a homeopathic Dr. any thoughts or suggestions? On Tuesday, the Nuero Diagnostic place confirmed what I knew all along, that I have carpal tunnel in both wrists, which I knew already.... So now I am waiting for the verdict as far as what I do from here. I tried to explain to the VERY rude Dr. at the imaging place that I need my hands for my job, and the importance of having full function in both hands, he brushed me off and said "yeah yeah I know" RUDE very RUDE, luckily for him I was deathly ill so I just sat there, had he had the real Brittney in his presence I would have spoken my mind and walked right out! PS, no that is not me in the picture, it just describes how I feel lol....
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Her baby Stellan was born at an interesting time in my life as a labor and delivery nurse. I will share a brief glimpse at her story:
"MckMuffin is our sweet newborn son S! In the womb, he was diagnosed with heart failure: premature atrial contractions at 20 weeks; supraventricular tachycardia, hydrops, and intermittent advanced secondary heart block at 23 weeks; and enlargement of the heart at 32 weeks. When the doctors told us at 24 weeks that our very ill baby would surely die, we chose to give our son completely to God, for He alone knows best. We have not stopped praising our Lord since then, for MckMuffin was healed and was born a well and whole full-term baby!! "
The faith that this family has exerted is amazing, please look around her blog, see the pictures of Stellans name all over the world, the people who know this baby only through a blog, who were praying for his life, the people who were trusting in the Lord. McKMamas blog is real, she takes us through her hospital stays, and NICU visits, BPP's, NST's etc.
Here is one more excerpt from her blog:
Here is her link, enjoy her blog:
"Exactly 13 weeks after being told by the doctors that our gravely ill unborn baby would surely die...
...our MckMiracle entered this world, completely healed!!!"
Another blog I found through McKMamas blog was: Bring the Rain
I can't tell you how many times I have read her blog and shed tears... I have attached a you tube video of a song her husband wrote. They were told their sweet baby girl would die as well, and they also chose to continue with the pregnancy... Yes, their sweet Audrey only lived a short time, however they left that decision to the Lord, and not to the Doctors to decide....
Please scroll down and stop my current music player before you play this video, so you can listen to the music...
I Will Carry You
There were photographs I wanted to take
Things I wanted to show you
Sing sweet lullabies, wipe your teary eyes
Who could love you like this?
People say that I am brave but I'm not
Truth is I'm barely hanging on
But there's a greater story
Written long before me
Because He loves you like this
So I will carry you
While your heart beats here
Long beyond the empty cradle
Through the coming years
I will carry you
All my life
And I will praise the One Who's chosen me
To carry you
Such a short time
Such a long road
All this madness
But I know
That the silence
Has brought me to His voice
And He says...
I've shown her photographs of time beginning
Walked her through the parted seas
Angel lullabies, no more teary eyes
Who could love her like this?
I will carry you
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday Nov. 1st was Zacks homecoming party, it was a great time.. The day was a titch hairy, Bethany had to be picked up from work because she was violently throwing up, so she was put to bed at 7 with phenergan. Danielle has been battling a headache in the base of her skull for 7 days, and that day was no exception, so the night before she was put to bed with percocets! My parents had to come over and help me. Thank God for my parents and for my sister Mindy for coming over and getting it all together, because there was only so much I can do. Kris D. and Chad came over early as well, I just needed my BFF there to make me feel better as the world was crashing down around me, I made her yell PINK PINK PINK to me, and believe it or not it helped. Pink is a key word to relax, your getting uptight lol atleast its a keyword for Kris and I. She brought over delicious food it was soooo yummy, that made me feel better too.
Here are some party pics:
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I have been off of work since last Wed. it has been WoNdErFuL!! On Thursday I went to work for 6 hours to "special" a friend of mines daughter, it was a great experience and Destinee delivered in 3 short hours, she was amazing, and her mom (Venus) and Andrea (Michaels mom) were such a big help.
Friday I got to baby sit Joaquin aka Jac Jac, 12 weeks old, what an amazing age, The Cpl and I babysat him from 1p-10p, we had so much fun, we played with him, and fed him and snuggled with him for 9 hours it was a little piece of heaven.
Saturday was a girls day and we had a Move and Booze day, we went and saw Sex Drive, which was completely hilarious, and I am sure the little bit of vodka and lemonade helped ;) That movie is absolutely quotable, and a must see.. They have killer lines like "the one wearing a belt for a mini skirt" Ok, guess you had to be there. Then we went to Kris's house and played Wii and ate dinner and polished off a bottle of wine.
Sunday I woke up and made waffles with blueberry topping, bacon, eggs and hash browns for everyone, what a wonderful breakfast it was!! YaY!! For breakfast it is my favorite meal... Then we lounged all day, I read, and napped and watched some football... We carved pumpkins later that night, Jami came over and brought some cider, and we listened to halloween music on the tv, it was a really good time!
Monday the girls and I met for tea, and a tea house, it was a fun time.
Today so far has been the best day yet from my time off... It started with me waking up feeling good (will discuss in another paragraph) I took the dog to get her nails done and her face cleaned up a bit, and wouldn't you know she by far is the cutest dog I have ever seen?? I just love her so much, and then I met the cleaning lady at the condo, let her in to get to work and started on my shopping venture. My plan is to have the entire house finished before we host the welcome home party for The Cpl. I bought a desk for the office, and everything that we needed for the office, I straightened up the guest room, moved around furniture, put bedding on etc. I bought a coffee table and end table for me "living quarters" The Cpl helped me put things up that needed to be hung. I then went to the condo around 730 and inspected the house cleaning, it looked immaculate, if your in need of house cleaners, just ask me for the info, I was blown away by the sight of the house. I then came home we ate dinner all of us home together, and then I finished my book "Change of Heart" by Jodi Piccoult.
One last side note, so I have been ill for quite some time now, I have been to the doctor, and we have run a zillion tests, well I got the news on Friday that I have Mono AGAIN!!! However it explains so much, my sleeping for almost 3 days straight, the swollen lymph nodes later in the day, the headaches, etc etc etc I could go on and on, I can't believe I didn't suspect it sooner, since this is my 2nd round with it... The good news is, my doc said I am fine to work as long as, I am getting plenty of rest, no kissing patients (LOL), no sharing drinks, food etc. and no contact sports, or accidental mishaps of patients legs spearing me in the abdomen.. ha ha ha... Hooray for a diagnosis finally!!!