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It’s Complicated

So my dad is here in Phoenix…10 days earlier than he planned.  If you don’t know my dad he is a homebody and would always rather sleep in his own bed and be home to do his own thing.  I am grateful that he was able and willing to come here and be ‘out of his element’ for much longer than was planned.  My mom is back at home watching our dogs and getting my sister ready and moved in at Pitt.

The real mess with all of this is my insurance.  They will only cover 50% of the costs if I am out of state and they will cover an ER visit but only if it’s life threatening which to them means a heart attack or broken leg (not my example but the insurance lady).  She said delivering a baby would not count and that kidney stones might count as life threatening?!? That means that I need to stay here until I start on Jason’s insurance; incase I would have any more issues.

Well the same day my dad arrived I saw the urologist.  He said I could have more issues with them or none at all and their is not a whole lot they can do for me since I’m pregnant. But either way he scheduled me for another ultrasound to get a better look at what is going on.  I was also able to capture some fragments so those are being analyzed to see if we can get any more information about what kind of stones I have.  They would prefer to do a CT but that’s not really an option for a pregnant person, apparently ultrasounds do not give them the best picture and the size measurements can be off.  He is hoping that the hospital scan is off on the 6mm size because he said that’s on the big side for being able to pass on your own.

Back to the complicated plans…now I am no longer driving with my dad, in fear I go downhill.  My brother Zack is flying out on Saturday the 20th.  On Monday he and my Dad will start the drive back east, the moving truck will get loaded and my Mom will fly out to stay with me in AZ at a hotel.  During the week I have some doctor appointments to get results from the testing.  Then on Friday the 26th my mom and I will fly to Boston.

So here we are waiting for something to happen but hoping that nothing does!

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All our plans get thrown out the window

First let’s recap what’s been happening…

I left Arizona for my annual summer home in PA on July 3rd.  During that time Jason accepted a job in Boston.  I got to see him when he dropped the dogs off for a few hours and won’t see him again until the end of August.

The grand plan was for me to come back to Phoenix on the 27th of July.  Jason’s family was going to spend part of their vacation here helping to pack things up. My dad was going to fly out to Phoenix on August 20th so that he could drive back east with me.  Everything was going according to plan until the night of August 9th.

At this point I am here in Phoenix by myself, Jason’s parents were in California enjoying their vacation and I was finishing up my summer masters classes.  I had gone to the midwife appointment earlier in the morning and complained about a dull pain on my left side.  The midwife checked things out and thought that maybe it was the start of a bladder infection even though my tests were fine, so I went on an antibiotic and went on my way with instructions to call if it got any worse.  I carried on with my day, dull pain and all until about 8:30 when I was talking to Jason.  The pain got so bad I couldn’t stand anymore and I thought that this pain was very similar to three years ago when I had kidney stones.

I tried to tough it out but within the hour it becomes excruciating and the pain was worse than the last time.  I called the midwife and she told me to come to the ob triage at the hospital.  I had no one here with me and was positive that I could not drive myself with the intensity of the pain not giving me any breaks.  I called Alma (a friend and coworker) she left the baseball game that she was at with her family and came down to the house to take me in.  I was admitted and they began hooking me up with IV’s, monitoring the baby, and doing tests.  It wasn’t long until I was given my first dose of morphine.

Not that it helped…the pain was not dulled very much by the morphine so they combined an IV dose with a shot and then we waited.  During this time I don’t remember much but I am pretty sure that I scared the crap out of Alma, Sonja (another friend & coworker that came to the hospital), & Jason (who was not here but got the occasional update).  Alma & Sonja stayed with me while I waited for some relief and for my ultrasound (I can’t ever thank you both enough for being there for me, you are AWESOME).

During this time I was given more morphine and it didn’t seem to be working at all for the pain.  I had my ultrasound and it showed a mass in my left kidney that is 6mm in size.  They couldn’t definitively say it was a kidney stone but were assuming it was because I have had them in the past and have a family history on my mom’s side.  I was then being given vicodin in hopes that it would stay in my system longer than the morphine.

The next day I went home with my vicodin prescription and called my parents to fill them in.  The next thing I know my Dad is here in AZ, the plans are changing and getting complicated….



While I was home Jason accepted a job offer in Boston.  So this meant the beginning of the craziness.  Jason packed up some items and our friend Adam flew out to Phoenix to drive home with him.  They pulled a small uhaul trailer filled with gear and drove themselves and the dogs across country.  They arrived so late to my parents house that they did not get as much rest time as they would have liked.  They left the dogs with my parents and continued on to Boston a few hours later.

Jason had been living & working in Boston by himself for a few weeks, during that time he was looking for a house to rent.  Luckily he found one that he thinks will work for us.  It is located in Randolph and Jason gets to take the train into work each day.

I will say that it seems Jason did a good job picking out a house for us all by himself.  I haven’t seen it in person yet but hopefully I will be there soon to check it out.

Jason has been living in the house for about a week now with no real furniture but some camping gear while he waits for the moving truck to be loaded here in Phoenix.  The truck is getting loaded on August 22nd and should be there before September 1st (fingers crossed)!

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Catching up…July

I was home in PA for most of July. It was a month full of ups and downs.  I was, for a lack of a better word, grateful that I was able to be there with my family.

We attended the Causgrove’s annual Fourth of July, Sheila went all out with her decorations and my Mom got Sheila her favorite…cake!


I was lucky enough to have a baby shower, given to me by my Mom, sister Hannah, and Aunt Carol and not to forget all the help from Sheila! It was great to spend time with family and friends to celebrate our upcoming new arrival.

Here are a few pictures from the baby shower.

My Mom, Dad, Wedge and I were also able to make it down to see my Grandparents & Coco!  Aunt Carol and Uncle Tom joined us for part of the visit and we took Nannie out to get her nails done.

My Mom, Nannie & Carol almost getting run over.

I will try to post more to update you on what has been happening since.

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