Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I am Back....Well Sort of

What a freaking month. I had my baby on October 9th. Thomas James was 8lbs 12oz and healthy. After two days in the hospital I was able to come home to adjust to having 2 new kids. I felt great however 5 days after I started to suffer from extreme back pain that moved to a pressure headache. The headache was so intense I rushed to the ER. After a few days in the hosptial they finally figured out what the heck happened to me. I had an abscess growing on my spine from where I had my epidural as they saw in an MRI. I had meningitis but they weren't sure what type I had. While they let the cultures grow from the spinal tap I sat in the hospital with such intense pain I was on a iv drip of pain medication stronger than morphine. It was terrible! I could never be a drug addict, I was hallucinating and in and out of consciousness but without the pain meds I was miserable.

On Wednesday I started to feel ok so I took a walk, well apparently it caused the absess to start to spread and by 5pm that night I could no longer stand up. A few MRI's later they saw the abscess was growing and taking over my nerve endings in my hips and legs. I had to be rushed to emergency surgery or become paralyzed.

Next thing I remember I was in the recovery room. They got the entire abscess out, drained it and pumped my spine full of antibiocs. They were able to grow the infection and found it to be a type of staph infection. I am on an IV of antibiotics for four weeks to kill off the rest of the infection (although I think they got it all in surgery) and I am finally home resting.

The chance of this happening is about 1%. Such a freak thing but I am glad I rushed to the hospital once I felt something was off. I feel totally fine except from my incision point in my back and well my poor stomach from having a baby. Need to walk around to regain my muscle tone but I think in a few weeks I should start to feel like myself.

So that in a nutshell is where I have been, I can't wait to obsess about fun stuff again, you know get my priorities straight :)


  1. Wow, you poor thing! I feel so terrible for you. The last thing a new mom wants is to spend time away from her newborn. I'm glad to hear you will be all better soon and are on the mend.

    Your new little guy is adorable! I love the 'hands' picture. So sweet! Enjoy your cuddle time with him! And congrats!

  2. OH MY GOODNESS! That is insane! How scary! I am so glad that you are okay!! ANd you new little baby boy is so handsome! Congratulations! Hopefully now you can relax and enjoy him :)

  3. Oh momma! What a crazy crazy thing! Thank goodness they caught it! So glad to hear you are resting up and healing. And the little man???? Oh the cuteness! Congrats!

  4. Oh my gosh, that sounds awful! So happy you are okay and can finally enjoy your little one...and blog life again:)

  5. Oh my gosh Erin! I knew you were in the hospital but I didn't realize it was that bad!!! I am glad you're starting to feel better, what you went through must have been horrible. On a brighter note, Thomas is SO adorable and he looks so sweet!

  6. Just found your blog, fun! My older son is Oliver James... too funny the similarities. Hoping we get together one day still!