A Broken Leg

This postpartum period has been both easier and more challenging than it was with Mila.

Teegan is such a good baby. He is not fussy like Mila was. He loves to be cuddled, snuggled and held. At night he sleeps right next to our bed and he will open his eyes every so often to look at me to make sure I am still there as he drifts off to sleep. People told me that little boys have a special connection to their mamas and I can already see it. He still gets up every 2.5-3 hours overnight to eat, but he goes right back to sleep pretty quickly. I can’t hardly complain about anything.

However, the same cannot be said for my body. I’m having a harder time recovering from this pregnancy. My lupus was much more active, requiring lots and lots of medications, in high doses. I was hoping I would be able to taper down off the medications right away after he was born but unfortunately things are still flaring.

The high doses of steroids caused me to have high blood sugars, necessitating insulin during the pregnancy. As I’ve started to go down on the steroids my sugars have not gone back to normal as I hoped and it’s possible I may end up with pre-diabetes. Nothing is for sure yet because I’m not completely off the steroids, but I’m a little nervous. I’m hoping my body will recover over time.

Also, the steroids weakened my bones. I started running after my postpartum visit which was so nice after being sedentary for so long (first for preterm contractions and then after the c-section). On my third run/walk I developed severe pain below my left knee and couldn’t finish my run. Turns out I fractured my tibia right below the knee. It’s a horizontal fracture that luckily didn’t displace the bone. So now I’m on crutches for the next 6 weeks. Luckily I have great help with the little ones. My mom was able to extend her stay for an extra week and now Jake’s mom and sister are helping out. It takes a village, right?

This is just a little bump in the road- I’m very blessed to have two adorable, precious babies and an amazingly supportive husband and a wonderful family. Hopefully I’ll find some time to sit at my sewing machine since it is my happy place….

With my mom and my babies at the LA zoo, before crutches.
With my mom and my babies at the LA zoo, before crutches.

-Erica

4 thoughts on “A Broken Leg

  1. Erica,

    You look wonderful. Your face is fuller, which I know is due to steroids. I’ve been on prednisone for several years for RA, and my face is rounder than it was. But, you look happy and you have two beautiful children and a great husband. Enjoy your time. And, I look forward to the new things you’ll be sewing and posting.

  2. Erica,
    sorry to hear about your leg… so not what you needed right now, right?
    Still, be thankful for the help and delegate as much as you can. 🙂
    Hey, it could be worse, you could be shoveling snow like we are in Boston.
    Take care of yourself,
    Elena.

  3. Hang in there Erica. What a lot to go through in such a short amount of time! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Enjoy your little ones and surrounding family.

  4. Erica Dear,

    I know how hard it is to recover from things (how did you break the bone anyway?) and we think it should happen yesterday, but how lucky that Teegan is a dream baby. All this too shall pass, and you’ll be hop, skip and a jumping with your wee ones. Just try to relax and treat yourself to an occasional massage. That was quite a list of unintended consequences, but you’re strong and I know it will soon turn around. In the meantime, we’re all rooting for you and can’t wait to meet the new baby. How is big sister taking all this in? Miss you a lot … and hope to see you soon. Lots of love,
    xoxomiriam

Leave a Reply