Worst Vacation...EVER!

Well I have been MIA for a few weeks, thanks to all who have linked up to the Back to School Goals Linky!  It is still open, so feel free to link up!

This is how we eat on the road!

We went to Arkansas and Oklahoma to visit my in-laws this year for our family vacation.  That's right we drove across country with three small boys....CRAZY!  Our trip was off to a great start, the boys were doing well, considering, and we spent three days at my mother in laws in Arkansas.  While there my hubby worked on redoing her front flower bed. It quickly became a BIG project!

The fourth day we headed on to Oklahoma, eight hours away.  The trip was okay, no major melt downs or events.  We arrived at my father in laws at dinner time, which was delicious homemade noodles!!!  We spent the next two days visiting and working on the go cart he got my boys, or really my hubby!

Whatever keeps him from screaming!

During these first few days in OK my hubby started feeling weak tired, and not normal.  On the morning of July 4th I took my husband to the ER because he thought he was having a heart attack (Praise God it wasn't).  He was admitted that day to complete some testing, therefore the kids and I spent the 4th of July with my husband's family.

Waiting to find out if daddy was okay.

Stopped by to visit before heading to the fireworks.

The next day my husband was released and did not feel good when he left and went back into the hospital.  They said all his test were normal and there was nothing they could do.  So, his dad brought him home.  That night we had another family get together at the pool (my husband's aunt owns the town pool) and my husband looked awful and felt awful.  His cousin's hubby is an EMT and took him to a different hospital.  He was admitted.

They pumped him full of fluids and he felt a little better, but was extremely fatigued and still having chest pains.  He was referred to a cardiologist in OKC, 2 1/2 hours away.  We went back to his parents, took a nap, and packed for our stay in the city.

The next day I dropped my hubby off at the cardiologist and took the boys to Chuck E. Cheese for two hours.  There wasn't anyone available to keep or watch our boys.  After two hours there, (*Note: NO ONE goes to Chuck E. Cheese on a Monday), we went and did some retail therapy at Target.  I can always count on Target to take my stress away!

Hanging out at Chuck E. Cheese and I think I successfully taught him about retail therapy!

Well, the doc didn't like something he saw during the stress test and we were told my husband would have an angiogram in the morning.  Yep...I was stressed, exhausted, worried, confused, and trying to hold everything together all while trying to keep my boys busy.

My in laws came that night so they would be there for the procedure the next day.  We went to the hospital with bags of toys and snacks the next morning.  While in the waiting room the nurse came out to speak to me about how the day would go and what to expect...this is the moment I realized I am the adult.  Now, yes I do know that I am an adult but what hit me like a ton of bricks is the nurse was talking to me, the wife, and not his parents.

During the procedure I was able to go to a waiting room separate from the one my kids and in laws were in, this is what I needed.  I was finally able to ONLY be a worried wife.  The doc came out and said my hubby had a small build up in one artery, but not a major concern, a heart flutter, and an enlarged aorta.  He said a CT scan would be needed when we got home, and that my hubby was clear to travel the next day!  Relief!

We have been home for a week now, but my hubby still doesn't feel well.  He's been back in the ER twice and saw a doc this past week.  He did have the CT scan and found that there is no aneurysm, and has a referral to a cardiologist here and a referral to the GI.  He has lost 18 lbs since the 4th (I am jealous!), still tired, and not 100%.  The newest docs believe his chest pains may be pressure from his stomach, and that the issue lie in that area.

Heading Home!

They love hotels!

I do want to share that through all of this my BBBs were there for me!  They listen to me vent, prayed for my husband and me, asked for updates, Christy even tried to help me find childcare help in OKC, and most of all supported me through all of it (and continue to as we continue through this difficult season in life).  I am very blessed to call them my friends, not just my "Best Blogging Buddies"!

This week I hope to share with you somethings I am working on :)


  1. That's so scary! Please make sure to update us on your husband's health status. I'll be praying for him!!
    Are We There Yet?

  2. I am so sorry to hear this! I understand a million percent, my husband has a heart condition so I have been through some similar situations.

    I also realized I was an adult when a doctor talked to me about his heart surgery instead of his mom. It is such a crazy feeling knowing you're the one who they have to talk to instead of your own mom/dad telling you what is going on and telling you it'll be okay.

    Please let me know if I can do anything to help! I also mapquested it we're only like 2 hours apart.

  3. Oh gosh Jess, I am so sorry. I hope they are able to find something out quick. I can only imagine how much stress you are under. Praying for you!

  4. Thank goodness you were visiting with family! I agree, being the grown up really sucks in those type of circumstances:(. I am so sorry! Praying that the doctors figure out what is going on and that your husband is on his way to recovery soon.

  5. Wow, I'm so sorry your vacation was so stressful! I hope your husbaand finds out what is causing his problems soon. It's hard enough to have health problems, but not being home makes it 100 times worse.
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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  7. Oh no! That's terrible! I'm sorry to hear you are all going through this. Sending good vibes your way!

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  8. Hope they figure out what is wrong soon! Sending good vibes!

    The Math Maniac

  9. I hope your husband feels better soon. I will be keeping him in my prayers!
    ~Amanda from His and Her Hobbies

  10. Oh, Jess! That IS a horrible vacation! I'm glad everyone is safely at home now, and I hope that things will return to normal for you!


  11. I am so sorry to hear this! I hope your husband continues to get well. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    Fit to be Fourth

  12. It's times like this when it stinks that we're all spread out over the country :( Praying that you find answers soon!

  13. Oh Jess!! I hate this for y'all!! Traveling is tough on it's on, but dealing with this too, I couldn't imagine! I am praying for y'all and sending positive thoughts your way!!

    A Tall Drink of Water

  14. I'm sorry you had such a stressful vacation! I hope they figure out what is going on, and I hope that everything goes well for your husband!

  15. I'm still thinking of you and hoping there are definite answers soon!
    You know I'm here whenever you need me!
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