I am tackling mastitis…
Saturday morning, I woke up to two discoveries. One, my seven week old Olivia had slept through the night – from midnight to six am! And two, something was very wrong with my breast.
It only took me a couple of moments to figure out that I had mastitis. My right breast was hot, swollen, red and intensely painful and I felt terrible. My head hurt, my whole body ached, nursing Olivia was agony – yes – this was mastitis alright.
My initial fear was that I wouldn’t be able to nurse with the antibiotics – which was silly because I know that there are some antibiotics that are safe to take while nursing. But in the first few moments, all I could think about was if I would still be able to nurse. In the “old days” when my mom was nursing Susan and me, my mom’s doctor insisted that my mom stopped nursing when she got mastitis. We were only three months old and she had to wean us. I can’t imagine how painful that must have been to wean while having mastitis! I am sooo grateful that the doctors know better now and that we have antibiotics!!!
After a visit to the clinic to get some antibiotics, I nursed again and then went to bed. And that is where I stayed all weekend – nursing and sleeping. I can’t believe how sick mastitis makes you! Wow – I was absolutely miserable. I had the chills, my entire body ached, my head screamed, and I was so weak. Even my skin hurt.
But thank the Lord for antibiotics! By Sunday evening I was feeling much better. I still have a large, hard lump in my breast. I am massaging it and nursing as often as possible, but I am definitely on the mend.
So, I have no other tackles to show today. As I said, all I accomplished this weekend was nursing and resting. Thankfully it happened on the weekend so my husband was home to help me and I didn’t have to drive Jackson to school or activities.
It sure isn’t an exciting tackle – and I certainly don’t have any photos to show of it! LOL – I don’t think I want to photograph the before and after of my inflamed breast! But that is what I tackled.
How about you? What are you tackling this week?