Saturday, May 26, 2012

Overcoming the Fear

I have a deathly fear of needles. Long ones, short ones, skinny ones, fat ones...they all make me want to cry and run for the hills! The first IV I received through this whole ordeal put me close to passing out. A mix of chemicals that my brain releases makes my veins pull back into my arms and become rock hard so I have had to get the extra big IV needles for the last month and a half because the tips are a lot sharper so they can penetrate my stubborn veins.
Well, I decided that it is ridiculous to hyperventilate every day when David puts my Zofran needle in my hips or my arms and even more ridiculous than that is my dramatic, light headed, woozyness when I get an IV. So lately I have been trying to look at the needles and talk myself out of being such a big wuss. I even took some pictures! So far my accomplishments have consisted of no more temper tantrums when David does his daily poke and the last 2 IV's I have only had to be poked once (compared to the 3 and 4 times for previous IVs).

Here are a couple pictures to prove that I actually looked at the needles.

This first one is a picture of the Zofran needle. The site has to be switched everyday and once it is in my arm or my hip, it stays there for 24 hours until we have to switch it again. It is taped down to my skin with something called Tegaderm which is like a second skin. 
 That is my pinky finger next to the needle. It really isn't that big but it stings like a bee! 
 This is the IV that was taken out yesterday (my new one is in my other arm). The new catheters are so big that they are leaving little round scars on my skin. I don't really mind because the IV is so useful. If I'm feeling pretty sick that day then I just hook up to my IV, sit down to a movie or a good book, and relax. The cold fluids can't be warmed up so they make me really cool, which has been extra useful on the hot summer days!
 We now have this cool decoration in our house called an IV stand! It looks like a coat hanger so I might just put it by the door. 

 Ahhhh, my new best friend. This sweet thing goes with me everywhere I go. That includes shopping, the bathroom, work, sleep, and anywhere else you can think of! I mostly wear it on m hip like a fanny pack. The bag is full of Zofran in liquid form and the pump just gradually pumps it just under my skin where my body absorbs it. Cool, huh?
 OK, I think the camera made these IV needles look half the size they really are...
I have never been able to look at the needles before, during, or after they are in my arm but lately I have been watching the nurse remove the catheter and put the just-used needles in the red needle box. 

Well, that's the beginning of my story of how I am overcoming my fears. Who knows, maybe next time I will watch the nurse put the IV in! But probably not...
More updates on baby will be coming soon. Next ultrasound is in July!!!!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

First Ultra Sound

This was probably the most rewarding and amazing day of our lives! We got to see the baby move and wiggle, which made everything so real. The ultra sound tech cropped some of the images so it would be easier to identify see the baby. 
We aren't sure how we feel about the 3D pictures, but the 3D video is really cool. 
This first one is of the baby facing straight forward. The head is just under the very top of the cropped image. Right above the U shaped lighter part of the picture you can see the baby's little feet. 
 This is the baby facing the right. The baby is resting in the C shape sitting up. You can see the little nose and chin!!!
 This one is just kind of creepy...
 This is my FAVORITE! Baby is laying down and the two plus signs mark how big the baby is. 
 The really light colored dot to the right of the line is the heart. It was beating so fast! 

Well, David and I couldn't be more excited! Our next ultra sound is scheduled to be in about another 8 weeks, then we find out if its a boy or a girl! 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Fanny Pack at Disneyland

We got all the medical stuff sorted out just in time to go to...CALIFORNIA! 
We arrived at LAX on Friday afternoon after a 3 hour delay in Idaho Falls. We hit up In N' Out the first day, Disneyland and California Adventures the second day, and stayed in a beautiful condo in Carlsbad for the third day. 

This is my cool new fanny-pack with a pump of medicine. Everyday I have to change the site and I get to pick from my hips and back of my arms. David is a good sport about it and sticks me because it is hard to reach back there. Plus, I can't look at needles puncturing skin, it grosses me out.
If anybody knows where I can get a bright neon fanny pack that looks like it is from the 90s, I would love that. I need something to switch up the wardrobe. 
 My awesome parent's-in-law on the tram with us headin' to Disneyland, the happiest place on earth!

 We are outside of California Soarin'. When we got out of the ride Kyle and Alesha surprised us with delicious churros! 

 David and Brooks stood at the exit to the ride and started swinging on the rails ;)

 David picking his nose... Just kidding, it was probably just an itch. 
 Duck face and orange hat waiting for the Bug's Life show. 
 The gang! It took forever to get this picture taken. People kept walking right in front of us. The guy taking the picture set his drink on the ground so he could hold the camera with both hands and some random girl wasn't watching where she was going then...bam! She kicked that drink clear down the bridge. 
 Kyle and Alesha after the Lights Show.