Thursday, June 26, 2008

the m.i.a. update

so, i know i have been missing in action (or i should say missing in very little action) these past few weeks. thank you to all of you who have prayed for us and helped us out! your prayers have really been felt and we know that our friends are one of the many blessings we have had through this trial!

a lot has happened since my last post. i am still feeling some of the effects from the ohss, but my belly has shrunk considerably and i no longer look pregnant, just a bit flabby!

we have experienced many miracles during the last few weeks and i am in awe of how truly involved Heavenly Father is in our lives and how much He really cares! He knows us and listens to our pleadings! my relationship with Him has been strengthened and my faith has increased!

a few days after my last post, my belly was still filling with fluids from the cysts on my ovaries and it was causing me to have a difficult time breathing. after going in to see the doctor i was scheduled to have my fluids drained the next day. i was in a lot of pain and sleep was almost impossible. while i was excited to have the fluids drained and anxious to see HOW much fluid they would get, i was still a bit concerned about the procedure. apparently, i was not the only one.

the next morning, the day of the scheduled procedure, mitch woke me up before he left for work to give me a priesthood blessing. in that blessing i was promised that the invasive procedure would not need to be performed and that the fluids would be reabsorbed and leave my body naturally. later that morning when i got out of bed i could feel significant relief from the pressure. by the end of the day my breathing was less labored and the pain was decreasing!

each day i measured a little bit smaller and my weight began to come down. i know that it is because of our faith in the blessing that i was healed, not immediately, but with patience i will return to my normal pre-ohss self.

once i started feeling better, i was anxious to get out of the house and get some things done! i had been couped up and in pain for so long that with any sign of improvement i was ready to go! that wasn't the best thing for me. i am a stubborn woman at times, and it took me about 3 set backs to learn that even though i may feel better, i still needed to take it easy. so, after going out three different times and doing too much, then being forced to lie low for several days after each trip, i realized that i just needed to stay down until this was gone.

i have been on husband and self-imposed "bed rest" for about a week now. though it has been an irritant at times, i must admit that i am feeling much better and i am consistently improving!

our girls have been troopers through this whole ordeal! i am amazed at how nani has really stepped up to the plate and taken over many of my responsibilities. she has even begun to change kawena's diapers, something i particularly enjoy! the girls have been getting along surprisingly well and playing together more peacefully! and thank goodness for great friends (elizabeth, renae, and heidi) the girls have had fun play dates all week!

things are looking up, way up! and the best thing is that tutu lady is coming for an extended visit on monday! we can't wait for her arrival!

i am hoping that as i feel better, i will be able to blog more! i've got great pictures i want to share of the girls, i've just enrolled in school, and we have some great changes on the horizon....

so, stay tuned....

25 comments:

Siouxsie said...

I'm SOOOOO glad to hear news of your improving condition. That sounds like a truly challenging experience to go through. Hopefully you can be leaving it behind permanently. I've definitely missed your posting and look forward to all the pictures & news you have stored up.
Lots of love from Texas!

ashley said...

i was wondering how you were doing. glad to hear things are on the up and up. hope you are back to yourself soon and no more pain!
have fun with grandma- love that you guys call her tutu lady.

Bridget said...

So glad to hear you are on the upswing. It must be very frustrating being confined for so long. Maren had a fever and was sick last night so all our plans today were canceled. I have a hard time being home all day for one day!

Have a great time with your mom!

Scott-n-Allison said...

I think bodies are amazing...that your own body can make you feel so horrible...and then your own body can repair itself.

A blessing and some faith mixed with that always help!

So glad you are feeling better.

Nana said...

This was good news - although I was sad to hear the extent of your suffering. I'm so glad your mom can come. Wish I was close enough to have some play dates with those adorable girls - or at least send a meal. You continue in my prayers.
Rhonda

Erika said...

Yay for priesthood blessings. So glad to hear you are doing better. And what a wonderful treat it will be to have your mom in town.

Lauren said...

Thank you for sharing about that wonderful priesthood blessing and your testimony of the gospel and how much our Heavenly Father loves us. :)

I am glad you are improving. I am sorry it has been difficult.

Oh, on a completely unrelated topic...you commented on my blog that you served a mission in Texas! I did too but I served in Houston. I think I am a lot older than you are (I just turned 38) but, I was tickled to read that you were in Texas on your mission :)

Becca said...

I have been wondering where you were. I am sorry to hear of your struggles. I am glad that you are feeling better.

Malia said...

Im glad mom can come visit you! And I hope you feel better so you can do some fun stuff but not over do it. Same thing happened with my wrist... i thought it was getting better so i used it more and then it started to hurt again. I love you!!!

jessica said...

YAY!!!!! You are back! I am so glad you are feeling better! It is so true that it's during our times of trial is when our testimonies are strengthened. I too am so grateful for the power of the priesthood...

Happy healing!

Melissa-Mc said...

I hope you continue to feel better and that this is all in the past. Have a great visit with your mom.

Rachel's Roost said...

Oh my goodness Mahina, you've been through the ringer. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you out. I'd love to see you and the girls soon!

Danielle said...

Like everyone else, I have missed your blogging, but can understand the hault in posts.

So, glad that things are getting better. I will keep you in my prayers that hings continue to get better. And yeah for moms! They manage to pick-up the pieces when we need them the most.

Take care and let us know if you need anything.

Elizabeth said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better. I mean, how many Mary Higgins Clark novels can you read? :-) It's great to see you up and around, but not too much.

tutu lady said...

Haleluia! I'm so happy that our prayers have been answered and you are feeling better. But still take it easy. Remember, "Dust keeps"! You can save some for me.

Teresa said...

Wow, that is a long time to deal with all of that! I guess I didn't realize you were still suffering from it. That was a very neat entry and uplifting...very glad you are feeling better. Hugs to you!

Mandy said...

Happy to hear you are feeling better and your condition is improving. I too have missed you blogging and can't wait to see the pics

Ilene said...

I'm glad that you are feeling better. Hooray for prayers and blessings. Good luck easing yourself back into the swing of things!

Amanda D said...

I'm so glad to hear that you are feeling a little better. I can't imagine what you have been through. Keep us posted on the health issues and the job front.

Looking forward to your pictures!

Sarah said...

That sounds rough Mahina! I'm glad to hear that things are looking up. I can't wait to hear about these great changes!

Darilyn said...

I'm glad you are feeling a little better. I've been missing you my friend.

Tonya said...

I am happy to hear that you are feeling better. That is such an uplifting story of the miraculous healing power of God. I am so grateful for the preisthood. You are so positive and a great example, but do take it easy!

Kristi said...

Welcome back stranger! You were missed!

Michal said...

i missed you. i'm so sorry to hear that you haven't been well, but grateful that you are doing better. one thing that i love about trials (i hate most things about them) is the way that they draw me closer to heavenly father and help me to recognize his love for me.

Chelle said...

I haven't blogged for a while so I'm doing some catching up and I just have to say ... YOU ROCK ... your sacrifice and strength is amazing. Hope things only improve.