October 9, 2018

Waves Of Life

It's been awhile since I have been able to sit down and write about life. I have been thinking a lot lately about how life is like a wave. As we go through life we have our ups and our downs, we experience joy and pain, happiness and sadness. It is my belief that as we experience the lows that come with hard times we have a greater appreciation for the good times. The last several weeks we have been at what we will call the bottom of the wave.

Someone takes after Mom and likes to brush their teeth.

The First Wave

Andy, Bubba and I all caught a nasty virus that we like to call the plague. The plague lasted nearly three weeks. Life was more or less put on hold and we just survived. When the plague came on Andy was in the middle of making some major changes to the computer system at work. He was working 12-15 hour days and was sometimes up in the middle of the night trying to fix something that failed, I think the crazy hours finally caught up with him because he ended up missing several days of work.

The symptoms of the plague were all over the board: fever, nausea, vomiting, severe sinus pressure, headache, sore throat, extreme fatigue, dizziness and feeling incoherent.

Before we knew we had the plague we hiked up Spencer's Butte, it took awhile to get to the top but we did it. It was nice to get outside and enjoy the fall weather.

When you're pregnant and your exercise clothes no longer fit, you wear your husbands.

Other than hiking the butte, we have pretty much been hunkered down at home.

The Second Wave

Earlier this year Andy went to see our family doctor because he snores a lot. His snoring has become so bad that Bubba wakes up screaming in the middle of the night (our rooms share a wall) and I have had to ask Andy to go sleep in the office.

The doctor didn't think Andy's snoring was a big deal but at Andy's request she sent him to see an ENT and referred him to the hospital for a sleep study. Andy has met with the ENT a few times now and learned that he has a deviated septum (which is why he can't breath out his nose) and he learned that he has extra large blood vessels in his nose which cause lots of nose bleeds-- luckily both of these things are correctable with surgery. The ENT didn't want to make any definitive plans or decisions though until we had the results of the sleep study.

We received the results of the sleep study and they weren't good. Andy quits breathing an average of 48 times an hour and his oxygen level drops significantly when he sleeps. It was highly recommended that he get a CPAP machine.

We did some research and weighed the pros and the cons. We didn't know that sleep apnea is such a dangerous thing and that it causes added strain to the heart-- kind of scary to think about. The CPAP machine will be coming this week and surgery will be taking place about 2 weeks before my due date. It's a lot of unexpected change all at once.

We had budgeted earlier this year for the cost of my labor and delivery, but Andy's surgery (he will have to stay overnight in the hospital because of the added risks of the sleep apnea) and CPAP machine were not part of our budget. We are dreading the thousands of dollars worth of bill that will be headed to our mailbox soon, but we know that our health and well being is worth more than the costs. We also know that somehow, things always workout. The Lord is always mindful of us and our needs.

Bubba loves garbage cans. Every time he sees one he says, "Eww. Yucky."

Hopefully a third wave isn't headed our way anytime soon. Knock on wood.