Friday, December 26, 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS

I had originally planned to post this Merry Christmas greeting to you late on Christmas Eve, BUT my evening took an unexpected turn...

John, Allie, Drew, and I attended the 6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve church service. I had taken my cane instead of my walker which was a first. I wasn't feeling real well by the end of church and on the way home, and thought I had simply overdone it with my foot. When we got home I had the most excruciating pain in the right side of my back. The intense pain had me in tears and sobbing (quite loudly!). The pain subsided after a few minutes, and I was able to enjoy our family meal. The pain came back in the middle of opening presents. I thought I was having a heart attack, and the only thing I could compare the pain to was child birth!

To make a long story short, John ended up taking me to the emergency room where we spent the next 4-5 hours. After many tests and lots of morphine, the CAT scan showed that I had Pleurisy. I had never heard of it before! In case you haven't either, Pleurisy is inflammation of the double membrane that lines the chest cavity and surrounds each of your lungs.

John and I returned home in the middle of the night, and I ended up missing our Christmas Day family celebration with John's family. Today, I'm feeling less "drugged", and the pain has not returned. Hopefully, everything will stay that way while I continue with anti-inflammatory and pain medication!

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed good times with family and friends ... without making strange Christmas memories like I did! LOL! MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

41 comments:

Dottie K. said...

Oh my goodness I hope that you're feeling better and keep getting better. You sure have had a time of it, so just rest and take it easy. I hope you get to enjoy the rest of the holiday with your family. :)

Vicki said...

Nancy, Hope you are feeling better soon!

Debbie Pamment said...

Hi Nancy, Thought I'd send you some get well cyber wishes - hope you feel much better soon! Take care

Lisa Brown said...

Oh my! You poor thing! I sure hope you are feeling better! hugs and prayers...Lisa

Anonymous said...

You poor thing! I had Pleurisy once and the pain came during work... you should have seen the looks on the faces of my customers when they saw me all of the sudden in tears! It wasn't funny at the time but looking back I had to be a sight! Hope all is better! Merry Christmas~

Jackie Pedro said...

I'm so sorry you didn't feel well, Nancy! Merry Christmas to you, my friend! Hope you're back to yourself soon!!

Sylvia said...

Ouch I feel for you. I had pleurisy once. I don't remember having the intense pain you did but I couldn't put my arm up to reach for things in the cupboard. Get well fast.

Anonymous said...

I hope you get feeling better soon. Have a happy new year.

Melanie

ChristineCreations said...

Oh Nancy, I'm so sorry about the pleurisy...I think that's close to how you spell it! My mom had it once too and talked about how painful it was! Not exactly the Christmas you were thinking?!

Blessings on your recovery!

Dawn Easton said...

(((((Nancy))))
Oh girl how frightening! I hope it doesn't come back again! Sorry that Christmas was not what you had hoped it would be. I'm thinking of you my friend!!

StampingNewbie said...

I hope you feel better soon. Make sure to rest and enjoy your weekend.

Merry Christmas!
Karla

2stampis2b said...

That's no fun...I'm sorry to hear you weren't feeling well. Take care and get some much needed rest.

Heather Summers said...

Oh Nancy! I'm so sorry you're day wasn't as planned! I hope you are back to yourself sooner than later. Take care!
Heather

amazingpapergrace.com said...

Oh Nancy, please take care of yourself!! I'll say a prayer for you and hope the rest of your holidays are spent resting in the care of your loved ones!
--Hugs Becca

Barbara Welch said...

Nancy, I can't believe you spent Christmas in the ER. I hope you are feeling better and continue to heal. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Diane said...

How awful! So glad you're feeling better. Will continue to pray for healing and full health!! Blessings for the New Year!

Ret said...

Oh Nancy, that's awful. I've had that, and it is not fun at all. I can see why you thought you were having a heart attack!! It is a HORRIBLE pain, I sure hope you're feeling alot better now. Take care & hopefully, 2009 will be much better for all of us!!

Kristin said...

I am so sorry! I had it once in college and never thought I'd live through it (until they started giving me the meds!). What a terrible thing. Hope you continue to improve!

Love your blog- visit often and rarely comment.

Jessie/knightrone said...

I have had it too, so I KNOW how you feel(scary right)!!! I hope you are feeling much better and SOON!

Linda said...

Oh my gosh Nancy, I am so sorry to hear that. I hope the next week is much better and you begin to feel like your young self again. Take Care!

Carolina said...

Hugs and good wishes coming your way...so sorry to hear about your very painful ordeal. Hope you feel better soon!

manicstamper said...

Oh how awful for you.
I do hope you start to feel better soon.
Hugs
Sheila-x-

nitestamper said...

OH my, nancy, I am so sorry about what happened...do get well and do feel better soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hugs,
chat

Kriss said...

Oh, Nancy, what a way to spend Christmas Eve! So glad you're doing better.

Dale said...

Nancy I happy to hear the pain has not come back but I am so sorry to hear you missed Christmas and you had to experience this (not to mention 5 hours in the ER on Christmas Eve on top of it - yuck).
So what casued the Plurisy in the first place?
Here is a big ((((HUG)))) and sending prayers for a healthy recovery. Be well.

Cheryl Lynn Hirzel said...

So sorry to hear oh your heath issues and that you missed so much of Christmas, but I am also very glad to know that you are on the mend and remember, you can have Christmas in your heart every day!

Jennifer Meyer said...

OMG Nancy I am so sorry to hear your news, I hope you are much better now! Please know I will keep you in my thoughts and if you need anything please let me know!

Hugs to you and best wishes for the New Year, Jennifer :)

PS I ditto what Cheryl says, you can have Christmas in your heart every day!

Hugs xxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy, so sorry to hear you were sick on Christmas and had to go to the ER. Glad to hear you are doing better and hope all is going well for you. Have a Happy New Year.
JoAnn B. scrappingnana4@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy, so sorry to hear you were sick on Christmas and had to go to the ER. Glad to hear you are doing better and hope all is going well for you. Have a Happy New Year.
JoAnn B. scrappingnana4@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy, so sorry to hear you were sick on Christmas and had to go to the ER. Glad to hear you are doing better and hope all is going well for you. Have a Happy New Year.
JoAnn B. scrappingnana4@yahoo.com

Kathryn said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you have been sick -- I hope you get better soon!!

Take care
Kathryn

Gailanne said...

Pleurisy is no picnic...I've had it and it scared me silly. The good news is that your meds will clear it up in a jiffy, and you'll have no more pain. Happy New Year!

Stamp and Smile said...

O'Nancy I hope you are feeling better!! Not much fun for sure. I've been under the weather since Christmas night and still hanging low... I got the nasty flu bug! I did get to celebrate Christmas on my side, but missed out on Mark's family Christmas. I feel so bad for you!!

On a happy note, I want to thank you again for linking my blog on your iPICKS! I have added 6 more subscribers and lots of comments and hits. Monday was a big smile on my face seeing this. Thanks so much for the great gift!!! Michelle :)

Anthonette said...

What a scary ordeal for you and your family. I have heard of pleurisy. Sounds scary. I'm glad you're on the mend.

Gail S. said...

Hope you are feeling better...my what a terrible ordeal to go through! You are in my thoughts to a better day ahead!

Gail S. said...

Hope you are feeling better...my what a terrible ordeal to go through! You are in my thoughts to a better day ahead!

Stephanie said...

OMG Nancy, what a nasty affliction! I hope you heal quickly and can enjoy a little family time before the holidays are over! Take care - you will be in my thoughts and prayers!!

Cori S said...

Oh no Nancy!!! I am glad to hear that you are doing much better!

I think you are in need of some much needed happy RAK! :)

silkeledlow said...

Oh my - Nancy!!! Hope you are doing better by now??? Sorry to hear it was not the best Christmas ever....as you know already our Mimi was sick too...hopefully the New Year will bring you much better health!!!!

Big hugs my friend!!! ~S~

Amanda said...

OMG! I do hope you're feeling better! I'm a little behind in my blog reading so I am just now reading about your very eventful Christmas!! Hope you're recovering quickly!!

Scrappin Cheryl said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear about your painful Christmas! I sure hope that you are feeling better! Your posts are so full of awesome stuff - I really appreciate all that you do!