#MBBChallenge Day #2: #GirlsNightOut Foils Workflow, #Parenting Emergency Snarls #Fitness Flow

 Screen shot 2015-01-15 at 1.05.05 AMI know it’s not on Max’s Best Bootcamp 6-week challenge, but it was my best no carb option for hospital food. Don’t worry, I didn’t eat the fruit. This is not going as planned…..

Day #2: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Little did I know when deciding to pull an all-nighter for my “real” job, that Day #2 would involve rushing my son to the emergency room for a ruptured appendix a few hours later. With no sleep and reaaaaaally bad pain in my calves, thighs, butt, arms, chest….. basically everywhere except my eyeballs and toes. I thought it best to cancel the personal training session I had set up with Jess for today.

I work for an online news publication and when there is bad weather we are expected to get up early and post breaking news alerts like this……

BREAKING NEWS: Ruptured Appendix Breaks Workflow, Co-workers Step In to Help

I was supposed to do that on Monday morning, but after Girl’s Night Out and being up with my sick son (who I thought had the stomach flu), I woke up at 8 a.m. instead of 5 a.m. and was subsequently placed at the top of my boss’ shit list. I didn’t dare make that same mistake twice in a week so I figured staying up late would remedy that. Only problem was it didn’t snow. And I didn’t sleep.

My son was still having pain in his side Tuesday afternoon and now had a fever, so I decided to bring him to Urgent Care after dropping off my daughter at dance. He has “cried wolf”  before which is why I delayed bringing him right away. I thought they would say he just had the stomach bug like they did last time. I thought I would drop him off, shoot over to interview people for an important news article, then quickly go back to the doctor, who I was sure hadn’t seen him yet due to the large amount of people in the waiting room. I thought wrong.

Within minutes, he called me saying we had to go straight to the emergency room– it was appendicitis. Scrambling to get my daughter a ride home and make sure she could get in the house, I got him to the ER. My husband works nights so I do Mom’s Taxi duties alone Monday-Friday.

The hubs finally arrived from work right before the doctors told us this would not be normal “routine surgery” for appendicitis where the patient is in and out in a day. No. He had a hole in his swollen appendix which caused an infection. He needed two full doses of antibiotics before they could operate. They said it would be 5 or 6 a.m.before they’d operate.

We fidgeted in our hard-as-a-rock chairs and tried not to show our son the worry clearly painted all over our faces. We ate a lovely hospital food dinner (note: sarcasm) and tried to remain calm while we waited for the surgeon to come tell us “it’s time.”

Finally, 8 1/2 hours and four nurses later, a semi-observant nurse noticed out discomfort and exhaustion and offered us recliners. She made us cozy with warm blankets and pillows at about 3:45 a.m. Aaah, sleep. FINALLY after two days without. We finally drifted off into sweet slumber when a man in a white coat woke us up literally ten minutes later telling us it was time to go.

He went under the knife at 4:30 a.m. and wasn’t finished until after 6:30 a.m. I couldn’t sleep. The worry, the noise and bright lights of the hospital waiting room were not conducive to dreamland. The hubs didn’t have this problem. When the doctor finally came to tell us  he was “okay” he gave us more bad news…. they removed the appendix but after opening him up, they saw there was also a tear in my son’s intestine that could possibly rupture over the next two weeks.

There is nothing worse than watching your child in pain and not being able to do anything about it. Despite all that he went through, and going through his third surgery in three years, my son has an amazing positive attitude and I am so very proud of him. I am so grateful he is okay and will breathe a huge sigh of relief after the two weeks are up and I know he is going to be alright.

The outpouring of support we received from family, friends, co-workers, and even my new Max’s Best Bootcamp family was also incredible. Thank you all.

Needless to say, after all the chaos and worry, bootcamp and Max’s diet was not at the top of my mind, but I did manage to stick with a modified version.

Day #2 stats:

  • Breakfast: MBB vanilla protein shake
  • Lunch: Caesar salad with grilled chicken
  • Dinner: Hospital food…ick! It was tough to choose from the many fatty high-carb options, but I did find some chicken salad and cheese squares. Not on Max’s 6-week challenge plan, but the best no-carb option I had to choose from
  • Workout: none – stretching throughout the day to relieve some pain
  • Starting weight: 1×6
  • Lost 2 pounds
  • 18 to go

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