Monday, June 27, 2011

Kidney Stones.

Yeah, I got the stones. And they were what I'd presume death feels like? Yeah, pretty much.
It all started Sunday morning. I woke up with a weird feeling in the lower right side of my back, but to be honest, I just thought it was a gas bubble (TMI? Don't worry, it gets worse) so I didn't worry too much about it. But as the day went on, it got progressively worse. I'd get sharp pains and it hurt so bad to lie on my back. Chad kept asking if we should go to the doctor but I didn't think it was think it was necessary. Then around 5:00pm I was in so much pain I couldn't breathe. And because I couldn't breathe, I started having a panic attack. I finally told Chad I thought we should go to the ER, something definitely wasn't right. As I went to put on some jeans (of course I had no make up on, greasy hair and was in old, nasty sweats), I really thought I was going to pass out. I looked at myself in the mirror and looked almost translucent. I immediately thought I was going to throw up from the pain and I fell to the toilet. I was so shaky, had a fever, chills and virtually no strength. I just lied on the ground waiting for Chad to get ready. I was so scared about driving to the hospital because it was a good 15 minutes away and I really didn't think I'd make it. At the time, I thought it was appendicitis and I prayed the whole way my appendix didn't burst! I was curled in a ball holding on to Chad's seat belt/hand the entire time. Oh, and we hit every red light- I'm not even kidding. It was hands down the worst, most painful experience of my life!
When we finally made it to the hospital we had to check in, get my insurance stuff on file, etc. Luckily it was a slow night so I got right in once we got everything figured out.
When I got in to see the doctor I was feeling a bit better so I was able to stay calm as I explained what was going on. He knew right away it was kidney stones but he wanted to take an x-ray to see how big they were and where they were located. He said a lot of the time they don't show up on x-rays but he wanted to check to get a better idea. Well they saw it! I wish I had gotten a picture of the x-ray, but he told me it was 2mm big. Anything over 4 mm isn't big enough to pass and has to be surgically removed. Bummer. Is it bad I would've rather had it surgically removed than pass it? I was so scared because all he said was "it's been said that it's more painful than childbirth", or "the pain you'll experience is more painful than childbirth" "CHILDBIRTH, CHILDBIRTH, CHILDBIRTH!!!". Okay! I get it! When he said he'd give me stuff for nausea I said, "Wait, am I going to throw up?" and his response? "Childbirth, Kate." Well that's comforting. What an exciting experience I had to look forward to! They gave me a shot of pain killers in my hip and two other pills of stuff to widen my urethra (yum) and help with the nausea so at the time, I was feeling great! I couldn't imagine it being as bad as he had described, and luckily it wasn't. He gave me a prescription for three drugs, Dr.'s orders to stay home and rest, and a strainer to pee into. Umm, WINNING! Finally after two hours, we were on our merry way.
It took another hour before we were able to go home because we had to pick up my prescriptions and there was only one pharmacy open at 8:00 on a Sunday night so it was busy and full of unhappy, anxious people.
I had to pee so I took my lovely strainer and did my bidness. And what did I receive? Nothin but pain.A few hours later, I did the same thing and look what I found!
See that little orange dot? Isn't it precious? No, it's not. It's disgusting. But I'm keeping that bad boy. You betcha.

Lessons learned:
When something doesn't feel right, go to the Doctor. Don't wait.
and more importantly, drink more water, Kate!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I guess it's summer...

So when I got in my car to drive home from work, this is what the thermometer said...
I thought to myself, "Wow, 95 degrees is pretty stinkin hot. Especially considering it was in the 60's four days ago". And it's true, 95 degrees is pretty hot.
Then I walked in my door and was overcome with blasted heat. It almost felt hotter inside than out. I ran to check the thermostat and this is what I saw...
Okay, I understand that 86 degrees is somewhat less than 95 degrees. However, 86 degrees inside...? That's another story. It feels like death. Where is my escape?
I want one of these...
Minus the little girls, obviously.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Trip to Utah

So in my past post I said we weren't going to be able to see my mom for her birthday... well that was a lie. Chad and I drove down to Utah to surprise her! We left work early on Thursday (her birthday) and got to Utah around 8:00pm. I told my dad a few weeks earlier that we were planning on surprising her so he had worked out that we'd surprise her at the Utah Bee's baseball game. We picked up our tickets at will call, got settled in our seats, and a few minutes later my mom and dad showed up. They came to their seats and there we were! Her jaw dropped and she didn't say anything...she just stared. So hilarious! It was such a fun surprise!
We had awesome seats!
My dad had a few other arrangements made as well! I don't know if you can tell, but it says "Happy Birthday Patrice Eyre". Pretty sweet.
Give us a break, we'd been driving all the live long day.

We had so much fun, even though the Bee's lost...

The next day we went to downtown Salt Lake to visit my dad's work and see the new Joseph Smith movie. We also did a tour of the Beehive house, which was really cool to see. If you haven't done the tour, check it out! Three prophets lived there, including (obviously) Brigham Young. There's some seriously awesome stuff there.
Emma and her baby
Here's Bailee cheesin' it up. So cute.
This is the Beehive house. So pretty!

That night we had a BBQ to celebrate my mom and Clancey's birthday.
Tim, always showin' off!
They were so cute eating their cake together!

It was such a busy, but fun trip! I'm so glad we were able to spend time with the family for a few days. Love you all!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today is June mom's birthday! I'm not able to actually be with her for her birthday, so I decided to do a blog post about her. How lucky is she? Pretty lucky. SO lucky, in fact, that I uploaded her favorite picture of herself. Below, you can see us keepin' it real. Doin' our thang. It's pretty apparent I liked the camera. I'm not so sure about my mom...

Okay, the picture below is a teensy bit better.
But for reals, I'm so grateful to have such an amazing, beautiful, caring mother in my life.

She's taught me so much:
- how to cook
(I don't know how many times I asked her to help me make grilled cheese. [Granted, I mostly just didn't want to make it so she'd "show" me, but really I just let her do all the work])
- how to clean
(Who knew baseboards needed to be cleaned? I sure didn't...)
- how important it is to laugh
(us kids give her a hard time, but she always laughs along with us)
- that "damn" and "hell" aren't real swear words
- to let your children blast wilson phillips and sing along using hairbrushes as microphones...even your son...

But more importantly she taught me:
- patience
- unconditional love
- how important service is
- how to fully engulf yourself in the gospel
- to always see the good in others
- to trust my instincts
- to step outside my comfort zone
- to listen
- how to have a good relationship with my husband
and some day,
- how to be a good mom

If I'm half the mom she is, I'll know I've done good. I can't imagine my life without her and I'm so grateful for her amazing example.
I love you mom!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer Lovin'

My favorite things about summer:
The fair
Snow cones
Cute toe nails
Boating (I need to be friends with someone who owns a boat...)
The sun not setting till after 10:00pm
July 4th
Night games (they're HAPPENING I tell ya!)
Late night walks
Being able to wear skirts, summer dresses and capri's to work- this shouldn't be a "favorite", but it is. Pants are so lame.
Freckles- I'm so excited that mine are starting to reappear!
Watching the sun set

These are just a few. I can't wait! This summer is going to be bomb-diggity. I can feel it in my bones :)