And no, I’m not talking about common sense. It’s smell! We had a terrible upper respiratory infection run through our house the past week and we are still in recovery mode. On Monday as I was eating my dinner I realized that I could not taste anything – it was so strange. Then I tried smelling anything around – dirty laundry, diapers, toothpaste – and nothing. I got worried because although I was stuffy, I’ve never lost smell completely before. The next day I went to see my ENT. He scoped me and cleared out all the mucus in my nose and told me how inflamed everything was. This is the third time in the last year that I have battled a really bad sinus infection (this one was the worst). I haven’t been able to take any decongestants or use any nasal sprays because I was either pregnant or in this case, breastfeeding. I suffered through the weekend pretty badly. I worked at Banfield Saturday morning and then performed at a wedding Saturday afternoon when I probably should have been resting. Sunday afternoon I was supposed to perform at another wedding but I had to find a sub and thank goodness Paul was here to help with the girls because I felt like I was hit by a train.
So back to Tuesday after seeing Dr. Mallon – he prescribed antibiotics, steroids and nasal spray. As you probably know, steroids are not safe to use while breastfeeding but at this point I was pretty concerned about my own health and worried that I may never smell again (which I think could be pretty awful as it does happen to some people). After I got home from the appointment, I pumped all the milk I had and then started the steroids. I will have to feed Savannah a combination of what I have stored in the freezer thats DF/SF/GF and a hypoallergenic formula (we have Elecare right now) for the next week. So far she is doing okay. I’ve been giving her breast milk during the day and formula once during the night. Today I have (thankfully) regained most of my smell and taste and since I’m not breastfeeding I have been eating anything that I want. Cheez Its were just so good – oh how I have missed them! I think tonight we will order pizza from Fireside Cafe in downtown Palm Harbor – sooo yummy. I figure I have one more day of eating anything I want and then I will have to go back to the ole diet to give the proteins time to leave my system before I start breastfeeding again. I will need to wait 8-12 hours after taking my last dose of the steroids before I start again. I found a good website for exclusive pumpers to help me with a pumping schedule which you can find here.
The website recommends 4 pumps a day for 6-11 month old. I feel a little bad about dumping so much milk but it would only be safe for an adult to drink. I told Paul he should drink some to help him recover from this sickness. He didn’t get it as badly as the rest of us but he is prepping for a HUGE race out in Utah on Friday. Maybe I’ll freeze some of the steroid milk and he can take some Momsicles to go, lol. Apparently there is a decent market for selling breastmilk to men/body builders. That’s gotta be weird though – meeting up with a stranger and giving them your milk to drink….. I even feel weird about my husband drinking it. I have never tried it myself, though I have thought about it a few times.
I was supposed to travel with Paul to Utah for the race and we were planning to take Savannah with us but unfortunately I am unable to go. My sinuses are still not healed and getting on a plane would aggravate them even more. I am sad to miss his race. We will all be cheering for him from home.