3/2/09

The Young and the Restless


What started on Friday night as a hoarse cough and watery eyes slowly elevated to a runny nose, refusal to eat much of anything, and a warm bath after losing the small contents of his stomach all over mama during a terrible coughing fit. I'm not one to rush to the Dr. but by Sunday night, I was counting the hours. Sebastian and I got up extra early this morning to take Brett to work so we could then scoot on over to pediatric urgent care after a fitful night of sleeping on the big couch with my little one tucked into my side. We gathered our diaper bag gear, made sure we had the insurance card, cell phone, wallet, and directions and took off.

We made it to our googled destination only to realize they didn't open until noon. Noon! The nice lady at the hospital information desk next to Urgent Care told me to try the place down the street. Get in, drive down the street, get out. Not open for 30 more minutes. Sebastian is crying and coughing like a 70 year old smoker. Sit in car and watch the tractors. Get out, ask at front desk if we're in the right place. No. Try the other Urgent Care place down the road. We were just there. Oh. Well, there's another place down this other road.

We finally made it to the correct Urgent Care waiting room and got checked in. We're expecting a short wait as we're #3 in line and it's only 8:40 a.m. at this point. Thankfully, Diego was on and then Wonder Pets and then 20 more people in line behind us and finally it was our turn. Go in, check temp, ask questions, go back out and wait some more. No problem. Sebastian thought we were going home. No, more waiting. More Wonder Pets. Are you still with me?

The nurse called us back and we waited for the nicest doctor in the world to examine S and tell us he had the start of an ear infection (his first) but that his lungs were clear and that we'd have to ride it out with a prescription available just in case it got worse. Great, thank you. Wait for the nurse. Billing lady comes in, does her job, leaves. Wait for the nurse some more.

I'm not sure if it was my bedhead that put the billing agent in a sour mood or the terrible task of hauling around a computer/credit card machine on wheels but the most she could muster as I yelled out the door that I was about to faint was, "Well, you should probably sit down then, shouldn't you."

Super doctor rushed in an told me our paper work was almost ready and then realized I was as white as a ghost and went and got me some water and crackers remembering that important part in our conversation earlier. I started crying. The kind of crying that just happens to you and you're not sure how to explain yourself. No, I'm not in pain, no, I'm not sad. Exhausted, hormonal and experiencing low blood sugar? Yes.

Needless to say, we made it home in one piece.

I suggest eating breakfast before any sort of adventure that includes medical attention, urgent or not. I appreciate all hospital staff, minus the billing lady, and wonder at the magic they've been given that allows them to deal with snotty-nosed, virus-infected, hurting, moaning people all day.

And yes, I'm pregnant. :)

120 comments:

Annie said...

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Congratulations! Way to drop big news in at the end of a blog post...!

Kirsten W. said...

Sorry for your long morning, and CONGRATULATIONS! :)

clara said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you!

Rachel said...

Congrats, Rach! Saying my prayers for you all.


Rachel
www.rachelcox.blogspot.com
Mountain Baby Blankets
- donating quilts and handmade blankets to teen moms in Appalachian Kentucky

Peptogirl said...

Oh my gosh, who knew that would be the end of your story. Congratulations! Glad the ordeal is behind you and hoping Sebastian is feeling better! P.S.) I've been know to break down in tears in strange place too ;)

Anna-Karin said...

Sick little children are no fun at all, and waiting and waiting and waiting to see a doctor isn´t eighter - but a pregnancy is!

Congratulation!

michelle said...

YAY! Congratulations! and what a crazy morning! = )

alittlebitofscrap said...

Congratulations!! Such happy news :) I hope that you and S get better soon!

Amber said...

Congratulations again! :)

Seriously so happy for you guys. Enter the yucky part, but I'll be praying the sickness passes soon!

Violet said...

:D

Suzanne said...

Congrats to you! And hope your wee one gets better soon :)

Allison Drew said...

Oh this is wonderful news! How about a virtual baby shower? Haha. I'll keep your family in my prayers.

Marni said...

Hooooraaay!!! <3 Congrats! :)

Sandy said...

wonderful news amidst the yucky news.
congratulations to you and your family!

Toni Brockliss said...

I am so happy for you! Everything is going to be ok.

I am so sorry you cried. It can be so hard for Mums sometime. At least you got it out.

misadventuresofkellyandkelly said...

congratulations!!

hollysarah said...

oh I knew it!
so so happy for you! I wish you the most enjoyable and comfortable pregnancy!!!
<3<3
holly

Jenna said...

yay! congratulations! I had a hunch that was your big secret! bummer of a morning. hope you guys feel better and stay healthy! ;)

abbeyviolet said...

yippee!! so excited for you! (about the baby of course not the rough day, hope that gets better!)

steph anne said...

hi! i just started reading your blog.

congratulations!!! i look forward to reading more from you.

-steph anne
http://www.luxechandelier.com

katie said...

oh goodness, what a morning. gotta love the public teary breakdown; I started to embrace it during pregnancy. and yeah, congratulations! :)

Bekka said...

Hoped this was the case a couple of posts ago! Congratulations! Stay healthy! :)

Eeffie said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Oh, that is such wonderful news! Hooray!

Is Sebastian feeling any better? Earinfections can be really bad(my daughter had one last Christmas and she was feeling terrible)..

EliseBlaha said...

hooray!
i should always come up with prizes for folks who read long blog entries.
(your post was excellent without the big news though.)

congratulations!

emilyruth said...

love the little sentence at the end...
now you'll see who really reads long posts:)

congratulations!
two is fun...
cr-azy
but fun:)

Genevieve said...

Congrats Rachel!! (and I totally knew this was your big news) :) Sorry you had a bad day, but they pass, hopefully soon!

Our Green Nest said...

Congrats - that's wonderful!!!

TaMs* said...

yay for you!! congrats.

Mallory Phillipy said...

what a morning!

congratulations!

elliebelle said...

Oh yay! Congratulations on your pregnancy. I'm sorry for the crazy morning! I hope little S is feeling better soon.

Jaime said...

I had a feeling you might be announcing this... given some *hints* in the Pretty chat yesterday. Congrats! : )

Dawn said...

I kinda wondered if you were pregnant as I read that you fainted...You dropped the big news at the end of the post...In newspapers, they call that burying the lead!

Congrats! ;)

Brooke said...

Yay! Congratulations!

margot said...

awwwwww what a great post!!!!!
lol, the end being the best!!!!!
congrats congrats congrats!!!

It's me! Jocelynne B! said...

the kidlets being sick is draining. i'm glad they brought you water and crackers. you need to stay healthy to get your little one healthy! but i know how easy it is to ignore your own needs to help the littles.

hugs!

and congrats!!!

Miss Wanderlust said...

yay Yay Yay!!! So excited!

Jessica Turner said...

congratulations lovely lady... I wondered if that was in the cards. xoxo Praying for this season!

sarah said...

Congratulations! My son had that same thing last week ... coughing until he threw up a bunch of times yuck yuck. I hope your little one gets better soon.

Jennifer said...

I'm so happy for you. I was hoping that would be your exciting news. I'm praying for you.

RachelDenbow said...

Thanks for all of the prayers and well wishes everyone. We're more than excited, and working through the natural anxiety that we could lose this one, but trying to hold the excitement before us instead.

We're due November 4th so technically, we could be having another holiday baby if he/she comes early.

smauge said...

YAY for you! Congrats and much joy!

mrs boo radley said...

Congrats! When you said something about the bedhead...I just knew!

I love fall--what a perfect time for a new baby to arrive!

Ashley Ann said...

I just knew that's what the secret was going to be!! Congrats mama!!!

I hope everyone is feeling better soon!

Tami said...

best wishes to you all

amber ulmer said...

yeah!!!! Been praying for you sweetie!! congrats!!!! xoxo
Our lil Josephine will be here any day now!

Lacey said...

Congrats!! and sorry about the rough weekend!

danilouwho said...

ohh! congrats!!

LEXI said...

I was SOOOO hoping that was your secret news!! Congrats!! I was just there at that exact previously mentioned Urgent Care this past thursday..we could have passed the time together :)

aninspiredpeace said...

YAY!!!

Congratulations Rachel! I'm SO happy for you and your family! Hope you and Sebastian feel better soon!

Melissa said...

Congratulation! Hope the little man starts to feel better soon!

Sharmaine said...

What a night/day. I hope he is on the mend and that you stay well too.
Congrats and thinking of you all.

mama*thayer said...

Congratulations! I know I don't really KNOW you, but I've been reading your blog for a while now and I'll definitely be praying for you! Both my sister and mom have lost a baby, and I've seen how nerve-wracking it can be when you get pregnant again. Also- I feel ya on everything! I'm pregnant with my second and due Oct 25- so we're at about the same point. Fun time! Blech. Congratulations again!!!

madison said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!
rachel!!
Im so excited for you!

I think I knew when you posted the secret blog. haha.
:] Congrats to you and God Bless you and your family!
His will will be done!

xoxo.

mAdi

Freckled Nest said...

LOL--- i read the post thinking, poor R & S and yep, i think she's pregnant....and then at the end when you said it, i let out a weird exhaling laughter/ohhhh and excitedly told Keith :)

Congratulations Rachelllll!

Kari said...

yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

:)

congrats congrats

:)

photography4me said...

I knew it!!!!!!!! Yay congrats!!!

I sooooo know about the coughing and hurling... I went through that for 3 weeks. And 3 weeks of some of the best antibiotics and nothing was making it go away. By week 4 I was in the hospital for 13days. When my diagnosis turned out to be Wegeners Granulamatosis Disease. I'm still off of work from the recovery. Now I have to have my galbladder removed on Wed. Lots going on. So I totally know what you mean about...how can these nurses and deal with this kind of stuff all day long. I couldn't.
I hope S feels better soon. Take care Rachel and am glad to hear about your happy news.

Carrie said...

Oh my goodness what a mix of emotions while reading that post but you certainly ended on a very high note!!

Many many congrats to you my dear!!! I had a feeling when you hinted the other day.

I hope that S is feeing much much better and you too :)

big hugs!

Mandi said...

woo hoo! I was wondering if that's what it was. :)

TeamKeiling said...

Woo hoo! That's great! Congrats :)

Jogirl said...

hahaha,knew it, wish it was me! Well done you. xo

Kara said...

eeeeeeeeek!!!! congratulations! :D

Melonie said...

YAY! Congrats to all of you.

astrid said...

;-)

Rachel, how wonderful. Congratulations. Hope that S. is better soon. All my wellwishes for both of you.

Sarah said...

congratulations!!!!

Holly said...

Sounds like a long long day. Congrats on your pregnany tho!

julio n carla said...

yay rachel and brett! (and i kind of figured you were... fun!) blessings to you and i hope you all feel better soon! :D

xo!

Sugar Sweet Sunshine said...

Wow Rachel! Congrats....as soon I read that you started to cry after the long morning...I knew you were pregnant before even scrolling down to the end! YEAH! Congrats! xoxo

P.S. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I CRIED FOR ANYTHING and also got bouts of the super "hungry/fainting!"

jen renee said...

Awwwww Rachel! CONGRATS to you! And the fam! I have soooo had days like that (when you forget how important breakfast suddenly is) and then something goes wrong or someone is not very nice ... then wooziness, lightheadedness, possible tears. Totally feel ya, girl. Love ya lots.

Samantha said...

yay!! so excited for you :)

Lacey said...

I couldn't be more excited for you and your family!!!!! You have been in my prayers!!!

kerry lynn said...

congratulations sweet lady!!
so happy for the three of you.
senidng all my love.
xoxo

shaka said...

Oh congrats!!

michelle and brittany said...

I KNEW IT!!! CONGRATS! i'm extremely happy for you! and yay for Sebastian getting a new baby sister or brother!

Melody said...

I knew you were pregnant...just knew it when you started to mention about the feeling of almost passing out.

J for Jendetta said...

wow wow wow CONGRATULATIONS!! I don't think I am alone in guessing and wishing! Lots of love and blessings!!

lindsey said...

yay for you. boo for s. i pray that his sick bugs don't get to you and your tiny one.

dainjb said...

i had a feeling this news was coming! congrats to you & the fam ... my thoughts are with you guys & i am so so happy for you!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the pregnancy! But now more than ever you need to find a pediatrician's office that you like and plan on visiting them instead of an urgent care place. You would be in and out without a problem or attitude from a peon. guaranteed. They all will work with you on the prices of visits and immunization shots. Esp. with another little one - you can't be going to urgent care with a newborn or infant in tow. Doctors leave openings for babies and children for "emergencies" like this. Scheduling their well-checks is actually harder b/c they leave their schedules so open for the sicks ones. My bf is a ped. nurse at a dr.s office. Good luck!
Amy from TX

Klara J said...

Ohhhhhhh!!!! I didn't want to speculate but I was SURE that's what the secret was!!!! I'm really thrilled for you and your family... exciting times! Hoping and praying it's not a rough pregnancy for you :)

Steve Rodli said...

YAY. Hey, you already have the photo and journaling, lickity-split done and in the album for another first for S. Prayers. Happy happies. Joyce

Veronica said...

You butt! heheh I opened my eyes so huge for that last sentence. Congrats girly. I will keep you in prayer that all goes well.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!!!

I hope Sebastian is feeling a bit better.

Janet said...

woohoo!!

pcelamaja said...

I am so happy for you all and wish all the best...I will pray for you...Hope Sebastian is better now and I congratulate you and your hubby...send some storks my way....we desperately need it :)

JessHart27 said...

Congratulations! I love how you spilled it.

Kayla Grace said...

Oh!! That is too exciting (minus your son being sick ;)

I have definitely got the awkward crying at the doctor's office checked off of my list of things to do. My doctor thought I was crazed.

RachelDenbow said...

Amy in TX,
I'm actually surprised no one else wondered why we were at Urgent Care.

After we moved to Springfield last July I had it on my list to find one but since Sebastian hasn't needed any more well baby check ups since then, and hasn't been sick yet, it got put off and put off. We did ask for a list of peds who were accepting new patients yesterday and the billing lady told us the nurse would bring it in.

We never got to that part with all of the excitement towards the end. However, it's getting done this week.

And...if anyone has a midwife story of their own, I'm in the market and would love to hear how things went for you.

That's almost another post!

JenCoen said...

Oh my goodness gravies Rachel, Congratulations!

TheresaK said...

Congratulations!! Hope your little one is feeling better too!!

Just Mandy :-) said...

This is such amazing news! I always love it when people who SO want to have another baby finally get pregnant. He/She (or both) ~snicker~ with be healthy and blessed. Congrats!!!!

Jenny said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations you guys! :)
Much love!
j

Jordan Radojcsics said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

Dani said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news though sorry the little guy is sick!

Laura said...

Aww I'm so excited for you!!!!! I was totally not expecting that at the end of the post. Great way to build suspense!!!!!

Congratulations Rachel, Brett and Sebastian.

Anonymous said...

YES!!!! WOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I'm happy for you and Brett and Sebastian. You take care of yourself and I hope lil' man gets to feeling better! Ur in my prayers~

Maggie said...

Congratulations to a growing family!

Michelle Sanders said...

Great story telling! LOL! And I love how you outed yourself on the preggo news. Great way to tell! he he! Hope all is well now or at least on the mend!

Stephanie Baxter said...

CONGRATULATIONS! That's so exciting!!

Stefan, Sarah and Lukka said...

Congrats!!!!

alexandra said...

I'm not great in many/most hospital/clinic type situations - on one occasion I actually ended up in the bed beside the patient I took to emerg - not a good thing - and I wasn't even pregnant!!
I agree with your suggestion to have breakfast first - and I need lots and lots of juice!!
AND... so happy for you... love the way you snuck the news in at the end! Congratulations!

ashley said...

Congratulations!!! so so so happy for you! :)

twinklescrapbooks said...

Congratulations!!! Happy news. :) I am so excited for you and your family.
tina

Michelle said...

What a day! Congrats on the wonderful news. I hope Sebastian's ear infection disappears immediately. You'll be in my prayers. :D

miesmama said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!

onelatenight said...

OH My Goodness!!!
This was the best post ever :)

I'm so happy for you.
Congratulations!

Liz V. said...

congratulations!! that is so exciting!!

sorry you had a horrible morning though :[ I hope Sebastian gets well soon!

brontoxrar said...

:)

anne esquibel said...

Yay, super sweet girl!! You're such an excellent mother!!

I'll be praying you have a comfotable preg Rachel.

ox

Flo. said...

Congratulations!!!

jenwcom said...

seriously?? all that and then some. :) congrats.

Anonymous said...

Aw, man I KNEW it!

Lisa Leonard said...

So, so glad to hear. Smiling with you--even after a crappy morning. xo

Cali Girl said...

congrats!!!

jeremyk123 said...

yay!!

congrats.

Meg said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations :)

Laura said...

Oh my! I had to read your post 3 times because I thought I missed something by the way it ended! But I didn't, you just surprised us, haha! Congrats! :)

Alexa said...

OMG congrats!

Trish said...

Terrific News!! Congratulations and big (((hugs))). Hope you and Sebastian are feeling better:)

emma said...

so happy for you !
love,
emma

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Darling! How fantastic! I wish you the utmost best this time around! Big squishy hugs!
Mara-May*