A Nice Spring Day

Today was a good day. I went back to work after having a week off. I was sore but made it through. Then I came home and Jarrod and I went and bought a new grill, and went out to lunch at Panda Garden. Then we came home and put the grill together and grilled our supper – hot dogs, brats and burgers. We all 8 sat outside and ate together, and then all the kiddos played on the trampoline together. I love days like this.

Out with the old grill, in with the new!

Fascinating

It’s so fascinating to me that for over 12 years I had clips on my Fallopian tubes that kept me from having any more babies. And after all that time, all it took was a 90-minute surgery resulting in this tiny incision under my tummy tuck scar, and I’m whole again. Dr. Monteith has given Jarrod and I the opportunity to grow our family, and I couldn’t be more excited to get started.

My Tubal Reversal Experience

(The Whole Story, original posted on a previous blog)

Jarrod and I got married very quickly. Within 10 days of making our relationship official, we had run off and eloped without telling many people until it was already done. In the days leading up to our marriage, the entire trip there and back, and the months since then, we have discussed the possibility a few times of having more children. The first couple times it came up, we knew we wanted to have a baby together, but we also knew our relationship was very new, and we needed to have some experiences and life together before we made any more life-changing, permanent decisions. Not to mention our 6 kids needed to live together and get to know each other as well. Lots of changes occurred all at once, and we all needed time to adjust to that new life as a family.

Earlier this year, the topic came up again, and Jarrod and I really got into the details of it all. We talked about how having a baby of our own would affect our relationship, our kids, our careers, and all other aspects of our lives. We discussed how we both yearned to have a baby together, in a stable and healthy relationship where we would share parenting responsibilities 50/50. We know we are a great team in the other aspects of our life together, and we decided we would be amazing parents together to a new baby. Not to mention the great help we would have from the six older siblings!

The problem with this plan: I got a tubal ligation when I had my youngest son Cory back in 2005 (a decision I regretted immediately). And Jarrod had a vasectomy a few years ago when he and his ex wife divorced. So, I started doing research to get those surgeries reversed. Within a few days of starting the research, I had applied at 3 tubal reversal clinics with my surgical report and medical history. I was denied by one place because of previous c-sections and scar tissue. I never heard back from one. And the place that accepted me was the one I wanted to go to anyway – lucky me!! For Jarrod’s reversal, there really was no acceptance process since vasectomies are typically all done about the same. We just chose a reputable place closer to us at an affordable price.

And that, my friends, is why we went to North Carolina this week! I think everyone was just under the impression we went on a small vacation. But really, it was for my tubal ligation reversal surgery. The rest of this post will be about the story of our trip, so read on to know how it all went!

Jarrod and I flew out to Raleigh, North Carolina to go to A Personal Choice‘s surgeon Dr. Charles Monteith. When we arrived in Raleigh, we checked into our studio suite at Hyatt House, which we got for a very reasonable discounted rate through A Personal Choice. The room was absolutely amazing. The bathroom had a very large walk-in shower, it had a very comfy king sized bed, and there was a living room area with a couch and TV, and a full kitchen complete with stove, microwave, fridge with freezer and dishwasher! The neighborhood was urban, but new and clean. There was plenty to do right within walking distance. Movies, restaurants, entertainment, and even a pharmacy for my post-op pain meds. To get to my appointments, there was a driving service set up through the clinic. I was able to get rides back and forth to my pre-op consultation on Tuesday, my actual surgical procedure on Wednesday, and my post-op check up on Thursday through their service. They were prompt and courteous, and made Jarrod and I both feel important.

On Tuesday, my pre-op consultation was pretty simple. I got all checked in with my ID and a few remaining papers to sign, as most of the paperwork had already been done from home with their guidance. Jarrod and I met with a couple nurses and Dr. Monteith himself, and we had the procedure explained to us. Then we went back to the hotel and found a few things to do to keep busy. We went out for supper, and went to a movie, and enjoyed the much warmer weather.

On Wednesday morning I checked in at 8:45 am for outpatient surgery, and was released around 12:30 pm. It was a very quick, easy process. All of the nurses, anesthesiologist, and doctor were very knowledgeable and proficient in the process. It was like clockwork. As I was being prepped for the operating room, I was given a pin to put in the patient map. Jarrod was given detailed instructions on how to take care of me postoperatively, and was even tested on it when I was in recovery. As I was getting dressed and preparing to be released, they let us see the clamps that had been on my Fallopian Tubes, but they wouldn’t let us keep them.

Once back to the hotel room, Jarrod and I ordered lunch through GrubHub and just layed in bed and watched TV most of the day. At on point we went and sat on the patio outside because I didn’t want to miss the delightful weather. At supper time we ordered in Italian food and Jarrod ran to the pharmacy and rented a couple of Redbox movies to keep us entertained. Unfortunately I couldn’t sleep that night more than just a few minutes here and there, though the pain really wasn’t too bad at all. It just felt like bad menstrual cramping.

On Thursday morning we got up, got our stuff all packed up and ready to go home, and took advantage of the Hyatt House’s complimentary hot breakfast buffet, which was delicious! Then we went to my post-op appointment where they changed my bandage and made sure I was set to travel back home. I was okay until we spent several hours in airports and airplanes… by the time we got home I was in a great deal of pain. I went to bed very early and slept over 10 hours. Jarrod woke me up a couple times overnight for pain meds. He really has been absolutely priceless. The best caretaker I could ever ask for!

Anyway, so we kept the whole process hush-hush because we didn’t tell the kids about it until today. Now all the kiddos know, with mixed reactions. So we decided to release a blog post about it for all our family, friends and followers. Jarrod will write a post about his reversal experience when his happens in May, so stay tuned for that.

We’re super excited that we’ve been able to start on this process, and are looking forward to what our future holds. Thanks for reading along!

Note:

It also needs mentioning here that flying out to Raleigh and back was my very first time ever in an airplane! I had never before experienced flying and I must say, I really enjoyed it!

PZAZZ

The review I posted for PZAZZ!: My husband and I took our 6 kids this week for a 2-night stay and some entertainment for a small spring break trip. We booked a room with 3 bunk beds and a king bed. The king bed was horrible – hard and extremely uncomfortable. The bunk bed frames were all dirty with gum or food or some other substance stuck all over them. There was one very small bathroom in the room. There was a sliding glass door that opened into Ballocity and NO FRESH AIR. The a/c didn’t work even a little, and our room was easily 25° hotter than the hallway with no way to cool it. The cafes and restaurants were overpriced, as well as everything else in the entire “resort.” The main cafe near the arcade had high prices, and our waitress was awful. Not only did we have a drink spill that no one would give us extra napkins to clean for a good 5 minutes, not only did it take 20 minutes for anyone to even take our order, but then since we have a family of 8, we were automatically charged 18% for gratuity. I have no problem leaving a great tip for those who deserve it, but with service like that, she certainly didn’t deserve even half of what she got. The arcade charges $1 – $1.50 per play, no continues for winning. Lazer Tag is $5/person for 10 minutes of play. Go Karts are $7/person for 10 minutes of play. Ballocity is $10/kid per day, but the kids were bored with it after 20 minutes, and one of my kids got really hurt on a slide. The indoor “pool” was small and designed mostly for toddlers or kids under 10, and was absolutely filthy, with green algae growing not only in the water, but on the walls. We went there to have a couple days of fun and we ended up spending a couple hours the first night, and about 3 hours the next day doing activities, and then we were out of things to do. We came home before staying a second night because not only were we broke and bored already, but we could not stand to sleep in that hot, stuffy and uncomfortable room one more night. We will NOT be returning. The only reason I’m giving this place 2 stars is because we had SOME fun. It just wasn’t worth the trip or the money. We could have done much, much better elsewhere. I recommend anyone else do the same.

Despite the bad review, the kids did have a good time for as long as we could afford to entertain them.