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Well hello there :-)

20 Aug

Phew, has it really been that long?  I suppose time really does fly, doesn’t it?

Let me give you a quick run-down of the last two months:

I went on annual leave on the 30th of June. I decided to only start my actual maternity leave as of the day my baby was to be born.  My gynae and I had decided that going for a voluntary caeserean section would be the safest route for me due to my chronic high blood pressure which seemed to get even  higher with each visit. We set the date for the 13th of July and I arranged that I would take two weeks annual leave and then go onto maternity leave as of the 13th.

Prior to going on leave, I obviously got really busy at the office trying to get as much done as possible before going on leave, which explains my total lack of blogging.

Right, now for the real story.

I was to go for my final scan on the 6th of July, a week before the c-section. Hubby was away for a few days on tour with the band and I decided to go stay with my gran while he was away.  It was probably the most relaxing time I’d had throughout my pregnancy with my gran spoiling me to death. (I got breakfast in bed every morning!!)  Hubby was set to return on the Saturday and I arranged for my grandparents to take me home (I didn’t have my car) late afternoon.

My mom came over to visit in the morning as we were set to go baby shopping before my grandparents would take me home. While we were sitting outside having tea, I realised that I didn’t seem to have any taste on the right side of my tongue and I had severe ear and neck ache. I thought nothing of it, thinking that maybe I had just hurt my neck while sleeping and that it would go away once I was in my own bed again.

My grandparents took my home after a wonderful shopping spree (thanks Mom!!) and I was left to unpack everything and make the house pretty for Hubby’s return.  He arrived home at around 8 that evening, at which time I realised that I had developed pins and needles on the right side of my mouth and I still didn’t seem to have any sense of taste on the right side of my tongue. Again I just brushed it off as a symptom of my sore neck.

The next morning Hubby and I had a chance to sleep (ahem..) in a little and we just lazed around for an hour or so.  I realized though, that the pain in my neck hadn’t gone away, in fact, it seemed worse.  The pins and needles in my mouth had also intensified.  I got out of bed and went to the bathroom to have a glass of water, only to find that the water ran out of my mouth on the right side. I looked up to the mirror to see what was wrong with my face and got the fright of my life.

The entire right side of my face had sagged. I looked like I had had a stroke (which is entirely possible considering my high blood pressure). I had no control over any of the muscles on that entire side. I couldn’t smile or frown at all. I ran back to the room and told Hubby that we needed to get ready to go to the doctor.

An hour later we were on our way to our local GP to see what the problem was.  His diagnosis was almost instant. I had Bell’s Palsy. The entire right side of my face was paralyzed and there was nothing the doctor could do about it because I was pregnant. He advised that I ask my gynae about treatment at my appointment the following day.

What happened the rest of that day is a blur to me.  I think I may have been in shock.

The following morning Hubby and I left for our appointment.  My gynae immediately said that I have Bell’s and to me through to her examination table.  I was still in terrible pain in my right ear and down the side of my neck. This was evident in my elevated blood pressure which obviously freaked my doctor out.  She took my blood pressure one more time and the next moment she sent me down to the labour ward to be admitted.

Everything happened very fast from there. Hubby went home to fetch my hospital bag, just in case, as my doctor said that she was only admitting me for observation but that I should bring my bags anyway. She also had me put on a cortisone drip to start treating the Palsy and had my blood pressure tested every 30 minutes or so. I sent Hubby off to work after a while and told him I’d let him know if there were any new plans.

I spent the rest of the day reading and napping while I waited for the neurologist to come and see me (he never did manage to make it, but I saw him a week later). At around 2 that afternoon, my gynae came to tell me that I would be having an emergency c-section within the next hour and a half. I called Hubby and told him to get to the hospital as soon as possible.

At 3pm I was in a hospital gown, prepped and ready to go into theatre with Hubby in tow. (I’ll tell you all about the actual birth and hospital stay in a separate post.) At 15:30 on the 6th of July 2009 my daughter Sienna Jade was born. She was 4 weeks premature.

She is now 7 weeks old and very healthy and happy. I however still have no control over the right side of my face. The neurologist said it would take about 6-8 weeks for the nerve to heal and for me to regain control of the muscles in my face. Fortunately I don’t have much pain anymore, something that nearly sent me over the edge the second night after Sienna was home.

I’m now waiting patiently for the control to come back to my face so I can smile at my baby for the first time.


Truth be told

9 Jun

I’m terrified.

Things have started happening very fast.  One moment I was still happily swimming in the river of denial, the next I was thrown into the vast barrenness that is reality.

But let me back up a little….

You’ll remember I mentioned briefly that things were a bit iffy with our company.  I never went into details, but the gist of it is that our local office is too small to be cost effective so they would be closing down our branch.  There was a light at the end of the tunnel though, with the possibility of a local investor taking over the responsibilities of our office locally.  He promised to take over everything, including all staff (pregnant staff as well), in return for getting agency rights and setting up a better business model than the one we run currently.

All of this was discussed and decided in the middle of January. We would’ve moved over onto our new boss’ payroll by end January…then we would’ve moved over by end April.  Now we’ve been told that we’re moving over at the end of June. You see a trend here?

In the past week, since head office said that we’re finally doing the shift at the end of the month, things have started changing rapidly.  It seems that we’ll actually be following through with the plans to move over to the other company as we’ve already made arrangements regarding our office space.  This would’ve been fabulous, if it happened 3 months ago…..before I needed to start planning for my maternity leave.

Yesterday, another problem made its appearance. I’d planned to put off talking to my company about my maternity leave until the end of June, thinking that I’ll work until middle July.  That was before I found out that I may not have the option to give birth naturally anymore.  My blood pressure and a few other things are worrying my doctor and she’s making me monitor a few things very closely as well as take even more pills than I’m already taking.  I have to report back in two weeks time, and again two weeks after that. If I don’t show the type of progress she’s looking for, I’ll have no choice but to go for a Caesarean (a fact that I’m not to stressed about, strangely).  I’ve also been told that I have to stop working at the end of June.

The same time that I technically start at a new company…..

So basically, I’m going on maternity leave without an idea as to whether I really do still have a job or not.  Lack of job means lack of salary.  (Not that getting a salary from your employer is compulsory per SA law) The best case scenario is that I get to claim from UIF, but you can only claim for a third of your full monthly salary.  I have bills to pay and I’m scared….more than I could ever had imagined.

I don’t know what to do.

Could it be?

27 May

Am I slightly depressed?

I’ve been prescribed anti-depressants before, but I managed to get out of the situation that was causing my depression before I needed to fill the script.  It doesn’t seem as clear cut this time.

I have a couple of reasons why I suspect mild depression. First off, my total lack of motivation to do anything whatsoever…unless there is little or no effort involved, that is.   I can lay reading in bed for hours, as long as Hubby goes to fetch my book from wherever it is, as I’m too lazy to get up and fetch it myself.

It’s my birthday tomorrow and I’m not excited in the least.  It seems like too much effort to try and organise anything.  I’m usually a complete party animal who can’t wait to spend the whole weekend celebrating. Now I couldn’t care less.

I’m busy planning my baby shower but, in truth, I wish I could just ask everyone to post whatever gifts they want to send. Social gatherings seem to scare me off at the moment. (sorry ladies, that and my birthday are the reasons why I won’t be at Bloggirls this month)  I’m an extreme extrovert who loves being around people. This is very weird for me.

The most tell tale sign though is that it feels like I haven’t laughed in ages. So much so, that when I do laugh I sound strange to myself, like my laugh has changed and has become very strained.

I hope this is just a temporary side effect of my pregnancy and that it doesn’t last too much longer.  I kinda miss being a happy person….

Protected: What’s in a name?

6 May

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21 Apr

Man, these short weeks can really screw you over!

This is the busiest I’ve been in months with tons of boring work to do in the shortest possible time.  The nice thing is that lots of work tends to make time go by faster. So I get laze around and enjoy the many public holidays and feel like there’s only a few hours between each.

A lot of you will know that we went for our 5th scan on Monday.  It seems we have a bit of a hyper child growing in my belly.  We could barely get any good still shots of her because she was moving around too much (which she does all the time).  There was one moment where she kicked the spot where the probe was so hard that the doctor got a fright.  I could actually see her foot as it kicked.  I had to fight to control my laughter.

I have bit of good news too….we finally have a full name for our baby girl (who is still a girl according to the doc).  Hubby wants to announce her names when she’s born, but I’m slowly getting him to admit that it would be a good idea to tell everyone now already.  This probably seems like a silly thing, but just finding a name was such a big issue for us that making a fuss about announcing it seems only natural.

Sooooo, if you see a protected post in the near future – you’ll know what it’s about 😉

P.S: I’m voting tomorrow – I hope you are too!! Have a good Saffa election day….:-)

What if it’s a boy?!

14 Apr

I barely slept last night.

My days have been filled with looking for a name for my daughter. I’m very specific about what I want….okay, maybe not that specific, but I do have certain criteria.

First of all, it has to be a bilingual name. I don’t want a name that sounds all pretty and exotic in English but sounds like a brand of toilet cleaner in Afrikaans.

Secondly, it can’t be the name of or bear resemblance to the name of anyone Hubby and I know or have known in our lifetimes.  This is partly because I’m full of crap and partly because I don’t want anyone to think that I named my child after them. I also associate past experiences with names. If you were an evil bitch at school, I’m sure as hell not naming my daughter after you, I don’t care how pretty your name is.

Thirdly, it has to have a good, strong meaning. I believe that the meaning of your name(s) has an influence on who you become in life. Mary (and many of its derivatives) is a pretty name, but it means Bitter. Same with Cameron…stunning name, but it means Crooked Nose. Not happening.

Add to this the fact that I want my baby to have a first and second name (to strengthen the meaning, of course) and you have quite a task ahead of you.

So the past few weeks have been spent trawling hundreds…nay, thousands of names on the interwebz and in baby name books, looking for the perfect set.  I’ve spent many an afternoon staring at my PC screen, willing a name to jump out at me and bowl me over. Sometimes I would strike luck, finding a rare treasure of a name….only to have my hopes dashed by Hubby. (Sometimes being polar opposites is a pain in the ass)

Finally last night, after reading through another bazillion names, I came across one that grabbed me again.  I temped fate and ran the name past Hubby…..and he liked it.  A lot!  “We have a winner”, I almost shouted out.  At last we have a name.  Now to find the second name.  Crap.

Luckily, having one name narrows the search for a second name down quite a bit.  We can now eliminate certain letters, amount of syllables etc.  The list is much shorter….right? Especially since I’ve already come across a whole plethora of names that could work…right??? Wrong.

We ended up throwing names at each other until well after midnight last night. I’m not sure what time I finally fell asleep, but I know I was still trying combinations of names as I drifted off. Only to dream of more names during the night…and even ending up having a mini-nightmare about my child’s name.

So after a miserably restless night I awoke with the most terrible thought. I turned to Hubby with a look of gravest concern. What if the scan was wrong?

What if it’s a boy?!

And the winner is….

23 Mar

…the female chromosome.

Yes everyone, we’re having a little girl.

Now to start the name-hunting.

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