I woke up at 2 AM with back pain. I have had a kidney stone in the past and it felt like the same symptoms, so took some Tylenol, and hoped that would get me rest till morning, when I could go to Convenient Care. I woke back up at 4 AM hurting badly, so called Patient Advisory, who forwarded me to Labor & Delivery, since I am over 22 weeks pregnant. They advised me to go to the Emergency Department as Convenient Care was not going to be able to diagnose and treat a kidney stone. Luckily, my mom was spending the weekend, so stayed back with the kids. I vomited in a leaky bag on the way up to the ER. Brian and I went to ER, where urine sample showed blood in urine and some white blood cells present. They skipped the CT scan due to pregnancy, but did an ultrasound to check my kidneys, bladder, and baby Jeremias. Jeremias was fine, moving about, heart beating normal, and showed no signs of stress. Someone from OB department came down before I left the ER, just to check on Jeremias, and again showed no problems. They gave me a bag of fluids and low doses of pain medication while I was there. It feels like the MOST severe pain is out of my kidneys/upper area, it has worked itself down through the ureter, and the pain is mostly in my lower bladder area now. They gave me an antibiotic, a medication to relax my ureter to allow the stone to move more freely out, and some low doses of pain meds. I would rather deliver a baby medication free that deal with the pain of a kidney stone. ARGH! I slept most of the morning and feeling better, but still not passed the stone. I am taking it easy and flooding my body with fluids. Jeremias just gave me a kick to let me know to get better quick..he is tired of laying around today. :)
Hi. My name is Carla. I am married to Brian. We have been married almost 10 years. We had 3 children in 2.5 years: Gareth (6-06), Zane (9-07), and Iris (1-09). Brian works as a web programmer. I used to be a social worker for people with developmental disabilities, but now stay home with our children.
In June 2009, we moved from a nice, cookie cutter subdivision to a humble, little, farm house, on 10 acres, in rural east central Illinois. We are interested in living a simpler life moving towards self sufficiency. We are interested in homesteading, gardening, beekeeping, and atheism/secular humanism/skepticism. I am a crafter of all sorts of creations - love to sew and quilt, and have many other interests, including weaving, pottery, painting, scrapbooking, among other things.
Our family feels complete - we are very done having babies for ourselves! My husband had a vasectomy to ensure that we would not be surprised with another baby.
I started thinking about becoming a gestational surrogate during my second pregnancy. The feelings I had did not fade, so here we are now. We were lucky enough to conceive quickly/naturally and have "easy" pregnancies. I have friends and have read about many people that have fertility issues and it does not come so easily for them. It saddens me that they can not fulfill their dreams. I was able to help a couple complete their family, delivering a baby girl, in December 2011. I am now on my second and final journey, helping 2 men from Argentina become daddies, with additional help from an egg donor.
Feel free to ask any questions. I tend to be an open book as long as there is genuine, sincere, respectful interest.