So I got sick. Like Really, Really sick. I had been fighting an annoying cough the past 4-6 weeks. Nothing I couldn't really work through. Basically, like any mom I just pushed through, pretending I really wasn't sick. When I was probably feeling under the weather since October anyways. And then just over a week ago, I noticed that my face was starting to look a little strange. It was starting to swell. It wasn't hurting or anything (yet).. but it was strange, and it had never done it before... so I just took some anti-inflammatories and I figured I'd wait to go to the walk in the next morning. 

By the time the next morning rolled around, I was wondering if I should have gone to the ER. But I waited it out, because I basically didn't want to go to the ER and wait forever when I could possibly be seeing a Dr at the walk-in within the hour... 

Long story short, the Dr we saw at the walk-in wasn't helpful at all. Basically he just googled "mumps" which is what we thought I had and had told him this before, so he kind of just went with it... and he had us look at the computer over his shoulder. We had already seen the sites and what he had found, because we spent some time the night before, and that morning doing the same thing.  He pretty much said "good luck" and sent us on our way. 

By 2:30pm we decided it was getting worse, and we'd like a second opinion, so we had family come and watch the little man while we headed to the ER. 

After 6 hrs in emerge, blood tests done, and morphine prescribed, the ER Dr believed I had parotitis. Which is major inflammation of the glands between the earlobe and jaw line.. and then just under the jaw as well. At this point my face was nearly doubled in size... and I was in a lot of pain (hence the morphine)... Bloodwork came back a week later saying I also had a mycroplasma infection... but this strain seemed to clear up without antibiotics. 

Over the course of the next few days my face and throat got even bigger, and my hubby had to crush the morphine and any other pain meds for me as I couldn't even swallow. My throat was so swollen... 

Scariest thing ever... 

But I'm just about better now. I'm taking it easy with recuperating, as in trying not to put too much on my plate... but I look back to normal now and not like a "puffer fish" as Owen had put it. I made sure to take pictures of the progress of my face swelling... It wasn't pretty. I won't post them here... to give you an idea though, I had to remove one of my necklaces as my neck was getting too swollen :( 

Everyone has been so great though. See the flowers posted? My knitting girls sent them to me... such a nice surprise! And I also had a chance to work on a selfish knit... 

This is my hitchhiker, pattern by Martina Behm, yarn is wollmeise... but more on that in a later post. 

And it has been so nice... so the healing process has been kind to me. My in-laws have been carting Owen to his kung fu lessons, and I've had a chance to take it slow. 

And now I've started getting back into a normal routine. Even enjoying solid foods again! And knitting! ahhhh how I missed knitting!  So hopefully you can look forward to some new posts from me soon! 

To those of you who have been keeping in touch with me, thank you! Your patience with my (lack of) blogging is really appreciated too.. xoxoxo 


  1. Wow what an ordeal. I am glad you are on the mend. Relax and knit : )

  2. Oh golly. Sending happy healing thoughts your way.

  3. What a scary experience! So glad to hear you are doing better! As for a doc googling "mumps" in front of a patient.....I have no words!!

  4. OMG, thank goodness you were finally correctly diagnosed. And how terrible that the first doctor looked up mumps on the Internet (what on earth did he go to med school for?). I suffered from severe hives as a child and can remember how awful it felt to be so puffed up and unable to breathe or eat.

    Luv your Hitchhiker. I've got to "win" a skein of Wollmeise one day soon.

  5. Agh, swelling! Glad to hear things are on the mend. Lovely colours for you new knit. I've often thought about that pattern, but haven't checked it out yet.

  6. Oh gosh, that sounds awful! I'm so glad you're feeling better!


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