Thursday, July 30, 2009

Stephanie's Neck

Well for those of you that don't know I have been having quite an issue with my next ever since Maks was born. I have been experiancing neck pain and headaches ever since he was born. As we got farther out from the birth the headaches started to get worse. I finally gave in and called my Dr. after a few days of no relief. She told me to go ahead and just rest for a few days and continue to take my medicine.
After 2.5 weeks I was still in pain. I called back in and decided I needed to go to the ER to be checked out by an anestesiaologist on Monday (7-27) due to having severe headaches and neck pain. When I arrived to the ER they decided to do lab work, CAT Scan, x-rays, and a spinal tap. These were done to check for infections or other noticable problems. The results for all the tests came back negative. However after having the spinal tap done I was in an extreme amount of pain. The Dr. decided that I needed to have a blood patch done to help cause the headahces to go away. The ER doc decided that there was a leak in my spinal column that was causing me to have spinal headaches, therefore, when they did the spinal tap and took out more fluid the headaches got worse. After the blood patch was complete (the process to get a blood patch is to take blood from my arm and inject it into my spine to cause the blood to clot in the hole, this helps to stop the leak) I had immediate relief. I was able to go home on Tuesday morning. The headaches and neck pain were gone until Wednesday morning. On Wednesday I started to have the headaches again. After waiting all afternoon to get back into my primary care Dr. I was finally able to see the Dr. and he decided that I needed to get a second blood patch. After getting the second blood patch I have experianced no more headaches. My lower back is still a little bit sore and there is still some neck discomfort but it is not near the pain I was in before. Hopefully in the next few days all the pain will go away and I can get back to normal!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Not alot to update you on but things are going very well in our home. Maks is doing well and already growing! He is starting to eat and sleep more. He is also staying awake longer periods of time during the day.

Kale is loving his new brother. He loves to help feed him and give him kisses. Anytime Maks is crying Kale makes sure that Erin and I get to him as quickly as possible!

I went back to school on Saturday for the first time since Maks was born so Erin was home with the boys by himself. They enjoyed their time together and then went up to see Grandma and Grandpa Dreilings house to play with them along with Monica and Marisa.

Monica is getting to the end of her pregnancy she is doing well but is ready to be done, a feeling that I remember having just a few weeks ago!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Welcome Maks!

Well it has been a few months and lots has changed in our family!!!

On July 9th, 2009 Maks Ryan Dreiling was born. He weighed 8 lbs and was 20.5 inches long. He was born at 11:26 AM. He is happy and healthy. Kale is proud to be a big brother and enjoys the new addition to the family. Kale loves to hold Maks (but only for short periods of time ....about 30 seconds!) and give him kisses as well. He is very gentle with him, we couldn't have asked for him to be a better big brother. We came home with Maks about 26 hours after he was born, boy is it different than being stuck in the hospital with Kale for so long! Maks is going about 2-3 hours at a time during the night between his feedings so Erin and I are adjusting to the lack of sleep again! Kale has been sleeping through the night for over a year now, but the last few nights he has been waking up. So that makes it even worse! Last night he did sleep through the night again so hopefully he will keep it up, and we will not have any set backs! I am going to be on maternity leave for the next 12 weeks. So hopefully I can remember to keep this updated better!

Dreiling Family Slide Show! Compiled December 2010