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PSA: Moms, Remember To Take Care of You. Here’s Why.

For the past two weeks, if not maybe a few days more, I’ve been battling some serious health problems. Not just one, but a few. Of course I am not going to sit here and bore you with everything, but I’d like to share a few details.Being sick makes life really difficult when you have an 11-month-old scooting all over the place along with four other kids too. During these past few weeks, I probably wouldn’t have survived without my family and the help that has been given. Literally.

A few months ago I had a bit of a life fail when I slammed my head on our low attic ceiling. I got a little dizzy and had a headache but didn’t think anything of it. The next morning, I couldn’t get out of bed. I could hardly see, I was throwing up, and I could barely walk. Because I am severely anemic, I immediately thought it was my anemia, but decided to call my doctor to check anyway. I told her about the head bump and that I didn’t think anything of it. She immediately rushed me for a CAT scan. Sure enough, damage was done and I had a severe concussion. I wasn’t allowed to do anything for a week but rest in a dark room. This is so hard for a mom. A working mom. A mom of five. It’s like torture. 

Fast forward a few months and here we are, and I’m still having problems with my head. It started when I literally couldn’t stay awake because my head was hurting so badly. All of my symptoms were coming back, but much worse than they had been before. After a hospital stay and many, many trips to the doctor’s office, a number of issues were discovered.

So here is what’s going on, for the many of you who have emailed, sent gifts, cards, texted, etc. (which I so appreciate!). For anyone who follows me on Instagram, you probably knew something was up. Here it goes:

- Because of my concussion, I do have swelling on my brain. This requires rest so that it doesn’t get worse in any way. It’s scary because well, if it gets worse, it won’t be good. I wake up almost throwing up and have terrible vertigo. I can’t wait for it to go away. Zofran allows me to get out of bed, so I am thankful for that. I have a headache everyday, sometimes so bad, I can’t even stay awake. I can’t text a lot, and I’m only allowed on the computer 30 minutes at a time.

- My kidney isn’t working properly and we can’t figure out why. It’s painful, and annoying.

- I have two very large cysts on my ovaries. One of them, stubborn little guy, is large (4cm) and growing inside my ovary. No bueno. I just found this out today after my second scan so I have an emergency appointment tomorrow to rule out cervical cancer. Yes, rule out, because I am thinking super-positive on this one. The cyst is causing a lot of problems, bottom line. I will shed you from the TMI on this one.

- I am still severely anemic and now have to have a IV-infusion of Iron. Basically it’s a 4-hour IV drip in hopes to increase my hemoglobin level. I am not looking forward to this. Not to mention, my blood work is all kinds of wonky. No fun either when your white blood cell counts are high and your red blood cell counts are low. Can I just be normal? 

- Oh, and I also have pneumonia. Fun.

- I am currently on 11 different medications. Antibiotics, pain medication, and well, the list goes on. I can’t wait to throw all of these nasty prescription bottles away.

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I know I probably seem like negative Nancy right now and I promise, I don’t mean to seem that way at all, but it’s a lot for one person to take on while I am trying to still manage to stay in-tune with my family and my business. My point in all of this is:note to self: take care of YOU! While us moms are so busy taking care of our families, we tend to forget to take care of ourselves and that is pretty much where I am now.

Now, I’m praying for the best as I head to the gynecologist tomorrow. I have  a lot of questions in regards to Mr. Stubborn Cyst. Will I end up having my ovary removed? How will this effect my body moving forward? Will I ever not be in pain? I’m a pretty young mom. I’m not even 30; I shouldn’t be living in what feels like 90-year-old’s body some days. I feel like I’ve wasted so much time in doctors’ offices, hospitals, waiting rooms. I had an MRI, 2 CAT scans, an ultrasound, x-rays, and enough radiation for a lifetime.

I miss my kids. I miss Grayson. I miss being able to drive. I still can’t do that until we repeat the MRI after the medication and rest. It’s just been a bumpy road lately, but a lesson learned in the end and reminder to drink more water, get more rest, and hug your kids more. Because well, you never know when the little things will be taken right out from under you. Like your health.

Thanks for all the prayers, support and love always. I will make sure to keep you all updated.

See all of Casi’s Babble posts here, check her out on Spearmint BabyThe Little Style File  and Rags to Stitches.

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