Family & flights & Florida & flushots and…Fluck


Things with me and the monsters are so far so good from what I can tell.  No spotting, no major symptoms other than very sore breasts and nipples and sometimes feeling a tugging or tightness or “muscle pull” from mah ladybizness when I turn over in bed in a weird way or twist my body around in an unusual manner.  Today is 5w1d.  1 week and three days until the official first-look ultrasound, but oh wait…didn’t I tell you about my insane horrible week?

The week was going along relatively fine, the film production was crazy but pretty stable.  Some fires being put out on a daily basis, but no majorly “out of control, evacuate the area” scenarios.  We achieved a pretty nice balance between me and the Associate Producer to make things easier on this “newly pregnant woman” when I got a phone message first thing Thursday morning from my SIL.  My brother had complained of shortness of breath while on a business trip in Florida, he was being rushed to the local emergency room.  By the time I picked up the message and talked to my mom, dad and sister-in-law the doctors diagnosed what happened.  He had a pulmonary embolism.  Due to a very long time sitting at the airport and on the plane, a blood clot formed in his leg.  A couple of days later, while he was out on a business trip in Florida, the clots dislodged and traveled through his heart and into both lungs.  It has bruised his heart and caused so much obstruction in his lungs he can barely breathe.  I found out the details of his condition at 11:15 am. 

My brother is married and has 4 kids ranging in age from 8 to 15.  His wife, while she wanted to come out to be with him, needs to be home and take care of the kids.  My mom is on kidney dialysis and can't travel, my dad just had an operation on his elbow and also has to take care of my mom.  It's just me and my brother.  We don’t have any other siblings.

I discussed options with MrBeep, who is very nervous about me travelling across the country, going through airports, hanging out in hospitals, etc. while being pregnant during flu season.  We weighed the pros and cons and discussed how my brother would require an escort to return to LA.  In the end we decided that I would go and try to be as careful as I possible.  I was on the plane from Seattle to Miami at 1:15 pm.  I arrived that evening 10:00 pm EST, grabbed a rental car and drove another couple of hours out her where I currently type.  Naples, FL. 

My brother is awake and mentally perfect.  My brother (MrBeep calls him “The Bro-ham”) is typically very healthy and as strong as a horse, now he can barely walk from his hospital bed to the bathroom and back without almost passing out due to lack of oxygen.  He is really scared and before I got here was totally alone in a place where we have no friends or family.  I am so glad that I was able to come out and give him some companionship and comfort.  The doctors are doing everything they can, but it is very frightening that you could be fine one minute and in a dire situation the next.

While I am here I am checking into getting both the seasonal and the H1N1 flu shots, but can’t find the H1N1 in the county so far.  The  local “help” line isn’t very helpful at all, the operator bordered on moronic.  I explained I was from far away, didn’t have a doctor or clinic and asked how I would find out who had the vaccine. She suggest that I visit a website that I explained I had already read and it gave no locations.  She suggested that I listen to the radio, but had no idea what station, etc., then she gave me a number for the county health department that was so old, it had a number change recording.  I will try to talk to my brother’s doctor tomorrow, but from what one of the floor nurses said, it sounds like even the staff at the hospital has not yet received vaccination for H1N1.  In another week I’m going to have to travel through 3 additional airports before heading back to Seattle.  I would really prefer to be vaccinated well before I have to travel again.

I have so much more to say, but I am so very tired…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. *snort* WHA? Eh fluck, I’m off to sleep.  More on H1N1 and pregnancy tomorrow.  G’night.

16 comments on "Family & flights & Florida & flushots and…Fluck"

Photogrl on October 25, 2009 at 6:09 AM said...

How scary for your brother and your family!

He's lucky to have a sister like you...

Hope you find the H1N1 vaccine before you travel back, they're just starting to get it here in the Northeast, so maybe you'll find it before you leave.

I'll be praying for his recovery and your family.

((HUGS))

Mrs. Gamgee on October 25, 2009 at 6:22 AM said...

I hope your brother starts to show improvement really soon and that you are able to get him home!

Sending prayers and good thoughts your way... for healing for your brother, safe travels, and for continued health for you! I hope you are able to track down the vaccine soon.

meinsideout on October 25, 2009 at 7:23 AM said...

Wow, I hope your brother is on the mend ASAP.

I had to travel for work and my stepson's graduation from AIT - I have been in like 12 airports since I have been pregnant. The worse was Atlanta when I had horrible morning sickness.

I wiped down all of the hard surfaces on the plane with clorox clean ups and used hand sanitizer from bath and body works like a maniac. So far, so good but I am scared too.

Pie on October 25, 2009 at 7:35 AM said...

Oh no, I really hope your brother is ok, and getting better. That is serious, I'm glad he has you to be there with him.

And please please take care of yourself too. don't overdo it, those monsters are making you tired to tell you to take it easy.

Send both you and your brother all my well wishes!

Sunny on October 25, 2009 at 9:44 AM said...

OMG! What a nightmare. Your brother must be terrified... and your SIL beside herself that she can't be with him. I hope he feels better very soon. Glad you are taking care of yourself, those simple things (like washing your hands) can make all the difference.

Kate on October 25, 2009 at 10:33 AM said...

Yowza, this is definitely an unexpected bump in the road. How long do they think your brother will be in hospital for? I imagine it'll be a long time before they'll allow him to fly, unless he's on supplemental oxygen throughout the flight. How scary! If the clots had been way bigger, they'd have probably had to give him clot-busting stuff directed at them, so if he's just on heparin or low-molecular-weight heparin or coumadin, hopefully that means he's really not too badly off. At least his oxygen levels aren't so bad that he needs to be ventilated!
How stressful for you to be the only one able to be there for him though. Maybe you can beg his doc for a couple N95 masks to take home on the plane if you can't get the vaccine before then? And take along a small bottle of alcohol hand rub to keep your hands totally clean.
A friend just sent me the Canadian Ob/Gyn society's recommendations for H1N1 vaccines, and they recommended it to pregnant women over 20 weeks or pregnant women less than 20 weeks with underlying medical problems. So you may just be early enough on in pregnancy that you're not in the highest risk category.
Hope he makes a quick recovery!

jill on October 25, 2009 at 10:45 AM said...

Sending fast recovery thoughts to your brother. How scary. You are an awesome sis for traveling out to see him. I think you should buy some of those germ masks and wear them in the airport!

Beautiful Mess on October 25, 2009 at 11:54 AM said...

OH NO! I hope your brother feels better, soon! Sending you all lots of thoughts and prayers.

Take care and get some sleep! If anyone coughs in your direction, kick em!
*HUGS*

Kate on October 25, 2009 at 12:48 PM said...

He's lucky to have you. Seriously. Your brother and you and your monsters are in my thoughts. I hope you can get the shots very soon.

Angie on October 25, 2009 at 1:13 PM said...

I want to congratulate you and pray that all goes well with your brother, many blessings for you and family.

I'd love for you to share your story on my site: www.ivfdiaries.com

Please stop by and visit.

Angie

Rotten on October 26, 2009 at 12:00 AM said...

So happy to hear your brother is doing OK. What a scary scenario!!

Good luck with the travels!

WiseGuy on October 26, 2009 at 6:22 AM said...

Your brother is lucky to have a sis like you. But you take good care of yourself too.

Best of Luck.

One Who Understands on October 26, 2009 at 7:37 AM said...

They have to have the vaccines somewhere. You are pregnant, you need them!

Thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog. It has been a rough week. Totally never thought about an IF counselor. I will have to look into that. Thanks!

Praying for you and your brother.

K on October 26, 2009 at 9:15 AM said...

So sorry to hear about your brother. It does put you in a difficult position but I'm glad you were able to go. Just remember to WASH YOUR HANDS all the time. ;)
Looking forward to your ultrasound...hoping I'm going to have some company in this whacky ride.

K on October 26, 2009 at 4:37 PM said...

Oh, and I accidentally got a Mr. Beep comment on my blog! I think it was supposed to be Mr. W. But thought you would think it was funny. :)

My verification word: Mormin. NOT!

The Steadfast Warrior on October 26, 2009 at 5:45 PM said...

Glad you were able to make it to be there with your borther. Hoping he gets better soon.

In the chaos of bringing our little girl home I missed your wonderful news!! Congrats on the monsters and can't wait to hear about your u/s!!

Take care of yourself.

 

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