2.22.2015

Checking In

Hey, girls! I hadn't popped in for a few days, so I thought I'd let y'all know how things are going.

I'm still trucking along, but we still don't have many answers as to what's going on with my heart. We go to Little Rock this week to see my longtime cardiologist there. He's one of the top cardiologists in the country, so I feel confident he'll be able to help. I'm beyond ready to get his take on all this and start feeling better. Because, if we're being honest, I really don't.

I've never had to take meds for my heart (or anything else) in my entire life, so adjusting to that is kind of a slow process, too. One of the medications makes me so tired, which doesn't mesh well with my usual get-up-and-go routine. Unfortunately, some of these meds put an abrupt halt to breastfeeding because they aren't safe to be passed on to baby. I was pretty bummed about that at first, (and still am), but they are necessary medicines for my heart and we just don't have another choice. Plain and simple. It's not the end of the world though, and Ainsley seems to be adjusting to her new formula really well. I'm grateful for the nine weeks we were able to nurse together and will always cherish that time.

I've definitely had to force myself to slow down and let my family take the lead on things around the house. I'm ready to have the energy to chase Caroline around the house and ready to have the stamina to cook and clean again - something I never, ever thought I'd miss ; ) (Please remind me of this in a couple months when I'm griping about scrubbing toilets, ha!

I feel so, so fortunate that we've never dealt with major health issues in our family before, though. I realize that health is a precious gift and I certainly don't take it for granted. There are so many people dealing with things far, far worse and I'm - we - are positive that things will get better really soon.

One of the things this little medical fiasco has also shown me is the importance of encouraging others who may be going through tough things. The emails, words of encouragement and prayer have been so appreciated, and it has been a great reminder that I need to do more of that for others. I'd love to be able to incorporate the blog into that somehow and I'm excited to explore that idea more. We could all use our own personal cheerleaders sometimes, don't you think?

Have a great Sunday evening and I hope to check in with you all later this week!

36 comments:

  1. Sending lots of virtual hugs & prayers your way, Leslie! I will be thinking of you & your family.

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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  2. It was wonderful to hear from you! Sending positive vibes!!!!! Take care. Wish I were closer and I'd bring a dinner over!

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  3. So glad for the update! And so sorry that you've been dealing with so much, sweet girl. That must be tough! Hoping your cardiologist will have some good answers for you this week and that all will be well!

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  4. Thank you for updating us. You're so right about slowing down to take care of you. If you're not healthy then you're not going to be able to care for those sweet girls. As a mommy taking care of "us" is beyond difficult. I was sick this past summer and out of work for three months. It was a huge eye opener for me to see how busy I really am and how important I am to my family.
    Praying for some good news and a feeling of relief with your cardiologist visit this week. xoxo

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  5. Oh sweet girl.. thank you for the update. I'm so sorry you are dealing with this. I can't imagine how difficult it must be. Good luck at your next appt. And i'll keep praying for comfort and answers! Hugs!

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  6. Praying for you! I know what it's like to not know what is wrong!

    www.loveprettyis.blogspot.com

    xo,
    -Megan

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  7. Thank you for checking in as I've been thinking of you and wondering how you were doing. I can't imagine how difficult it is to be dealing with health issues while carrying for a newborn and a toddler. Praying your appointment goes well this week with your cardiologist and that you start to feel better soon! Big virtual hugs for support!

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  8. such a positive attitude Leslie - shining in the face of uncertainty! all the best to you + your family.

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  9. Thinking and praying for you Leslie!

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  10. i love your positive attitude. hang in there and good luck at the cardiologist. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  11. So sorry to hear that you haven't been well, and praying you get good news from the cardiologist! I have Crohn's Disease and I know how difficult it is when you have a health setback--I am still recovering from a hospitalization I had back in May.

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  12. Praying for you! I hope your Dr. in Little Rock gets you back on the path of feeling normal! Your girls are beautiful.

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  13. I'm glad you have an appointment to see your cardiologist; having doctors that you trust is so important when you're dealing with big issues. I had a similar experience ten years ago when I suddenly had to stop breastfeeding my son and resume medication for a chronic medical condition. It was a difficult few days, but once he adjusted to formula and I got used to the medication we all started feeling better. Ask for help when you need it and rest when you can. I hope you turn the corner and start feeling like yourself again soon. Best wishes!

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  14. Praying for you! I hope you get some answers at your appointment this week so that you'll be feeling better soon! You have a wonderful attitude and inspire me to be a blessing to others. Take care!

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  15. Love you, sister! Glad you're staying positive! Hoping that your long time doc is able to help for sure!

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  16. praying for you <3 here's to hoping all is well my dear

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  17. Thinking and praying for you and your health! Having heart issues and 3 surgeries myself, I know how draining it can be.. and the medications can sometimes just make you d r a g .. I hope things get more manageable and I pray for wisdom and guidance for your cardiologist!! Feel better soon!!

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  18. Thinking of you and your gorgeous family! I hope everything gets figured out so you can go back to just being YOU! Lots of love to you. :)

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  19. É para mim uma honra acessar ao seu blog e poder ver e ler o que está a escrever é um blog simpático e aqui aprendemos, feito com carinhos e muito interesse em divulgar as suas ideias, é um blog que nos convida a ficar mais um pouco e que dá gosto vir aqui mais vezes.
    Posso afirmar que gostei do que vi e li,decerto não deixarei de visitá-lo mais vezes.
    Sou António Batalha.
    PS.Se desejar visite O Peregrino E Servo, e se ainda não segue pode fazê-lo agora, mas só se gostar, eu vou retribuir seguindo também o seu.
    Que a Paz de Jesus esteja no seu coração e no seu lar.
    http://peregrinoeservoantoniobatalha.blogspot.pt/

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  20. I've been following your blog for a few years now and I've never commented before but I just wanted to say that I feel like I know you and your family personally and I really hope that everything is ok with you and your health right now. I've been checking in daily to see if you've posted anything new but haven't seen anything. Sending love and prayers to you and your family. -Crystal

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  21. Prayers and good thoughts from the West Coast. I'm older than you, but I started following your blog, because we have similar coloring and your makeup suggestions are spot on. I kept on reading because I love how you talk about your sweet family, and you seem more down-to-earth than other fashion bloggers. Pulling for you to make a quick and full recovery!

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  22. Praying and thinking about you!!

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  23. Keep checking back to see if you have posted any updates. Hoping and praying things are getting better.

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  24. Hope you and your family are doing okay. We're thinking of you and those sweet girls.

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  25. Checking in for an update. Happy Easter. Hope you are going well.

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  26. Still hoping you're on the road to recovery and keeping you in prayer. We miss you, sweetie!

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  27. How are you feeling? Hope everything is okay!

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  28. I hope you're doing well! I miss seeing your posts and IG pics.

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  29. Just checking in to see how you are feeling.....it's been lonely around your IG feed! Hoping you are failing strength and getting your health on track. Hoping for an update soon!

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  30. I check this page almost everyday to see how you are doing. I pray you are getting better. I've been a quiet follower for several years now so you probably don't have a clue who I am.

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  31. Was just thinking of you - Hope all is well! Sending prayer to you and your family.

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  32. Hey Leslie! Hope you are ok. I have been checking in with this blog and your IG account to get updates. Praying for you and hope that no news is good news in this case. Take care.

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  33. It's starting to scare me that you haven't posted in so long. I sure hope you are your family are ok. Prayers!

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