Around 28 weeks my hands started hurting and continued to get worse and worse as the weeks went on. I had carpal tunnel again and by 31 weeks it was wearing me out; I was not sleeping and could not find anything that would help the pain. I tried so many different things and nothing seemed to work (KT Tape, all different kinds of ointments, ice/hot, and more) my legs had started to swell as well, so I made an appointment with my doctor to see what I could do.
They gave me a referral to a hand specialist and I got an appointment with them a week later. I met with Dr. Green on Monday April 27th. I let him know what was going on and it was becoming hard for me to do daily things. I did not think could make it 8 more weeks and be then go through labor and postpartum (the pain did not go away for 2 weeks after I had the other kids).
He told me that doing steroid or cortisone treatments were not safe for pregnancy, so I only had two options, I could use some braces and suck it up in essence or I could have the carpal tunnel release surgery. I told him that I could not make it the rest of the pregnancy with how things were going so I opted for the surgery. They scheduled it for the following Friday May 1st.
A little side note was that I had gotten tickets to go to Florida with just the kids and I on May 4th; this was before all the carpal tunnel stuff. I decided that it might be best to keep the tickets and if there was some way I could make it to Florida, I could recover there.
After I made the decision to do the surgery I had a lot of second guessing and questioning. I talked to my sister Tiffani and she told me that she had done acupuncture with her pregnancies and it was something I could look into; it was something that I looked into but did not have the finances to start and possibly keep it up until the baby comes. I went over to my mom’s sister’s house that Wednesday and talked with her about some of the things she does. She uses acupuncture and some herbal medicine; she gave me some ointments that she uses as well to try. She had a massage person actually give my hands a massage and it felt good while she was doing it but they still hurt so badly after. I left even more conflicted on to what to do. I wanted the pain to just be gone. After talking to my husband and having another sleepless night, being up crying my pretty little eyes out (or weeping as Sam says), I decided to go ahead with the surgery and then try and make it to Florida a few days later.
Thursday I had gotten tickets to the Payson Temple Open House; it was suppse to be a family thing but Sam ended up not going; Teddy was so excited to get his church clothes on but that was short lived; he fell asleep in the car for a few minutes and when he woke up, he was upset and wanted to go home. I had already driven halfway there, so I decided to go forward. It was hideous at the beginning. I dragged him up to the chapel and he actually bit me as we were walking through the doors. I sat down on a chair and tried to talk to him but he became un-consolable; I somehow got him calmed down enough to walk to one of the rooms where they were walking a movie about the temple. I carried him to the room and the kids did really well during the video. We then walked over to the Temple and had a tour. It went great; once we got through the doors the kids I think felt the spirit of the building and enjoyed going room to room.
Beautiful Building; i'm glad that we went; it was hard but I think in the end, the kids got the picture that I love the Temple and how special it is
My little brother picked me up at 5 am on Friday the 1st of May. The surgery was scheduled at Orem Community; I got there and got all settled. They were only doing local anesthesia not general, since it’s safer for a pregnant person. I remember them wheeling me in and I can remember the doctor starting on my right hand; I felt a lot of pressure, it was not intense pain but I was worried I was going to be this aware the whole time. The moment I had that thought, it went away and I drifted off and then remember waking up in the recovery room. The moment I woke up I noticed that the carpal tunnel pain was gone and I was so happy; that happiness subsided 20 minutes later when the big pain medication wore off and my hands where the incision were started to hurt. It was still a different pain, it was a bearable pain; in contrast to the unbearable pain from before. I had a regular nurse and also an OB nurse monitoring me. The regular nurse said I was good to go, so they called Sam and let him know that he could come get me; right after that, the OB nurse came in and said they need to hook me up to a machine and when they did so, she noticed that I was having regular contractions; they gave me a medicine to stop them, it seemed to be working but they needed to monitor me for a while longer. Sam was already on his way to he took the kids to a park while we waited; the contractions stopped and we were able to go home. The pain was getting stronger so I took some medicine and rested. I had to keep my hands up as much as I could; Sam had to keep reminding me. The rest of the day I just say around; it was so nice to be able to get some sleep. My hands hurt but like I said, I was able to sleep and that was heavenly.
Im a hot mess...lol