Saturday, February 9, 2013

Health Scare and Keeping Faithful

So at work last week, I had a slight headache, just on the left side. I had a meeting to attend and while at the meeting I was "trying" to talk to my co-worker Marge, but my words were getting jumbled and wouldn't come out right. After about 10 times of trying to to say the same thing, Marge walked me back next door to my classroom, a minute later she and my boss came to check on me and drove me home. I was feeling so frustrated because I have never experienced being unable to communicate like that before. On the drive home my right arm went numb and then my lips and gums did too. Jeremy met us out front when we got home and he drove me straight to Urgent Care, the staff at Urgent Care thought I was possibly having a stroke so they sent me to the Emergency Room. After taking blood and doing an MRI, they said it didn't look like a stroke, but more like a complex migraine, usually you can't see evidence of a migraine on an MRI, but my blood vessels on the right side were constricted and they could see several small spots from that. They offered pain meds, but I refused them because it didn't hurt bad, just uncomfortable. I have had migraines before and this was nothing compared to those. It was so odd. They thought I could possibly have a hole in my heart and they wanted to schedule me for an ultrasound of my carotid artery and my heart. The ultrasound of my neck arteries showed the blood flowed fine through the arteries, but there was some plaque building up in the left artery which they said was unusual because you don't usually see any plaque in the neck unless it has spread through the heart. That was a little concerning. The next day I had my heart ultra sound and it seemed to go fine. I just had to wait on the results. Yesterday my OB doctor called me since he had gotten the results. He said it was completely not what he expected. My neck ultrasound looked fine, but the heart one was extremely concerning. He said I had four different things going on, I had Mitral Valve Regurgitation, Tricuspid Valve Regurgitation, my left atrium was enlarged, and the part that had him very worried was I had mild Pulmonary Hypertension, I didn't know what that meant, but he said it would pose some serious problems come time for delivery...With it being a Friday at closing time, he said he would have to call the heart specialist who sent him the results next week and get more information from him,  then he would meet with me soon. One word of advice, never search the internet when you are worried, Jeremy and I are so terrified now. Everything I have looked up about Pulmonary Hypertension while pregnant is very very scary. I have read at least 20 different hospital websites, research articles, etc and everyone of them says "You must avoid becoming pregnant if you have PH." They recommend terminating the pregnancy as soon as you find out. Obviously we would never do that, I can feel my baby moving now and I know she/he is meant to be a part of our family. A large percentage of mothers die within 12 days of having their babies. I will post more about what we find out after we meet with the specialist, for now it is just a matter of remaining faithful and knowing everything is in the Lord's hands.

Our HUGE news!

So Jeremy and I have wanted another baby for about 8 years. We had so many hurdles in our path and didn't know if it would be in the cards for us. We are so blessed to have our sweet son and our beautiful daughter, but we felt like someone was waiting to join our family. We have contemplated whether or not to start trying, finally after much prayer, I decided to turn it over to the Lord, we ended up getting pregnant that month. We know this baby is meant to join our family. I waited to take a pregnancy test until my birthday, November 26th, 2013. At 3:00 am I snuck off to the bathroom and hooray those two lines appeared, I had a little life growing inside of me, I immediately teared up and went back to bed. I lied there dreaming about how this would change our lives, worrying if we could manage it with me working, hoping Jeremy would continue to be free of his seizures, just so many thoughts, but mostly gratitude. I woke Jeremy up and he got emotional and so excited, it was such a special birthday. We thought we would hold off on telling the kids until Christmas, but that didn't last. We took them shopping in Dec and told them that after we got our groceries we would let them get an early Christmas present, they liked that plan. After we had our groceries, we took them to the diaper aisle and told them to pick a pack, they were confused at first and then Skyler says, "You are going to have a baby!!!!!!!" "Kenz after digesting it say, "What, YOU"RE PREGNANT????" "Oh mommy" (she runs and hugs me). It was so special. Now the date is February 9th, 2013 and we find out in 11 days what we are having! My due date is July 28th, it will be a busy summer, praying everything will go alright, we have some VERY scary things going on right now with my health, I will post more about that next, I don't want to taint this happy post!

Proud papa!

December 2012

Biddulph family Christmas party nativity!

Grandma and Makenzie

Our kids ready to dive into their presents Christmas morning

Christmas Eve reading of Thomas S. Monson's The Christmas Train

Me and my babies, I LOVE MY FAMILY!

Our beautiful home at Christmas

This Christmas was a special one for us. We had some amazing miracles come our way after Thanksgiving this year and we enjoyed celebrating the birth of our Savior in our home. We did miss spending the holiday with our extended family, however we loved not having to travel during our short 2 week break.Another year has come and gone, it was one of the best years yet!!!!!!!!!! We will see what 2013 brings~

November 2012

Pit stop to see Brigette's family on our way to Saint George, they were visiting Wade's family for Thanksgiving.

Oops, Wayne broke the turkey, it was quite comical.
Seth Arnold with his SJ and sister Reagan and brother Johnny, so cute!

Grandma Priscilla with Heather Hally, and Aunt Dru

Skyler and cousin Kiley ready to feast!

Kenzie with Grandma and Grandpa Devey

Priscilla with Reagan and MaKenzie

Visit to Cove Fort on the way back to Logan, AWESOME!

Cove Fort
We had a great Thanksgiving at Aunt Dru's house. I had a freaky foot problem, so I was hobbling the whole time, but it was so great to be with out family. Wayne took Jeremy and I Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving night, we got some great deals, but were ready to go home right away, we are not into the big crowds. We were able to go to the St. George temple to perform some temple ordinances with Wayne, Priscilla, Seth and Heather, it was wonderful! Kenzie kept with tradition and got the flu the last night of our stay, that was stressful, but all in all it was a wonderful Thanksgiving and we are so grateful for our wonderful family and all of our many blessings!

Pictures from September and October 2012

Our Family was able to attend the Brigham City, Utah open house, it was amazing! Kenzie and Skyler both felt the Spirit and talked about how excited they are to be able to get married in the temple one day!

Brigham City Temple

I ran my first Top of Utah Half Marthon, I did it in like 130 minutes, I was proud of my time for it being my first one, I didn't walk at all during the whole event! I can't believe I was able to do it! My mom cried and cheered as I crossed the finish line! My feet were so blistered, but I was flying high all day!

I met two of my college roommates (Kristal and Miken) in Heber, UT for swiss days! Wet and rainy, but sooo much fun!

Had a great time riding jet skiis at Willard Bay, thanks Glen and Genette! We love grandma Sharon!

Race for Hearing with Justin Osmond and lots of my Sound Beginnings coworkers!

My boy's handsome football pictures!

Mustang basketball, she LOVES basketball now!

Me and my best friend Shelly at her sister Tiffany's sealing, I LOVE THIS GIRL!

Tiffany, Nick, Jayson, and Chloee Blank's sealing, a beautiful family forever!

Our friends came to Utah for a few days to visit, it was great!

Date night! I love my boy!

One of our last hikes before winter came, LOVE Logan and all the beautiful hiking trails!

My sweetheart!

My rocker and Raggedy Anne!

Sound Beginnings staff obviously at Halloween, so much fun!