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14 August 2017 @ 03:47 pm
random update: life after the 17th of July  
Okay. I am writing this post right after the last one, but I will post it tomorrow because I don't want to make too many posts in one day, especially since the last one was quite dry. If you missed it: HERE is a full on summary of my 2017 so far.

My last official random update post was posted on the 17th of July and it was written in ah hotel room in Jacksonville, FL, right after I came back from the USCIS offices and they took my biometrics 3 days prior to my scheduled appointment (they are so nice, I didn't even have to use my pregnancy as an excuse).

Random gif because I love these 2...

This is what happened after that:

♨ (18th of July) I was hoping on a good journey back to Italy since the one to Jacksonville was a disaster (you know, fainting and stuff) but 5 hours prior to my first connection I receive an email from Airfance that says to me that my New York-Paris (second flight of 3) has been cancelled due to I'll never know what reason. So I ran to the airport and I go to the Delta chiosk and show them the email. They didn't know about the flight and the poor girl at the counter had to stay on the phone for 20 minutes in order to receive confirmation of the cancellation. I felt quite powerful knowing stuff before them LOL. The Delta girl changed my itinerary and my new connection was in for DAMN ATLANTA where I have to run not to lose my connection...AS BLOODY ALWAYS!!! Running in the airport is never fun but running while over 6 months pregnant is awful! I won't deny it I was mostly upset of this change because, when I checked in the day before, I managed to get some awesome seats... luckily the Atlanta/Paris one was not too bad, but just because the plane was half empty... But I could not sleep due to my seat, and that was a problem since I had to spend 7 hours in Paris to get to my connection and last flight to Genova. I was a mess when I finally got home on the 19th as you can imagine!

The first ob/gyn appointment on the 20th was very good! The Doctor is AMAZING and very thorough. We like him. Baby Christopher played shy as he did at his first appointment with the Doctor in the US, and he didn't want to show his face, but the Doctor checked everything and he said everything looks great, and there's no need to see me every 2 weeks but we can continue seeing each other once a month. He prescribed some blood/urine tests because in Italy they test your blood every month (while int he US just the urines) and because we found out my Doctor in the US didn't get me tested for some stuff she should have had, like Toxoplasmosis, CMV, Thyroid ... So he was able to see that my iron levels are VERY low (he prescribed some pills) and that my thyroid is in range, but a little bit high so here it comes another pill. Low Iron and an high Thyroid can get you in trouble in the delivery room as you can have an severe bleeding and an higher chance to suffer of postpartum depression. My dislike for the american health system makes me think the doctors want you to go through that, so they can make more money out of your insurance (I'm very bitter on the matter). So if you want to get pregnant and have an healthy pregnancy ask your Doctor to check your Thyroid and Iron levels often! (If your Thyroid is high you risk miscarriages or not to get pregnant) My next appointment is in a week and I cannot wait to see Baby Chris again! I'll make an update about him as soon as I am out of the Doctor office. I always get nervous before that... He kicks like crazy, so I know he's okay, but I want to see him, and I want the Doctor to say he is fine! -9 weeks and 5 days to the day I'll be able to actually see him and hold him... It's so exciting and terrifying at the same time!

Eric left yesterday for the one an only guest trip the boat is going to have this season and he'll be back home by the end of the month! He will leave me again in September to go visit his mother and take over his step dad with the daily care she needs! Things are getting problematic over there at the moment. She has 3 sons but they all have busy lives and she needs a lot of care, but she doesn't want a nurse. Her husband (76 years old) is a cancer surviver and has some pretty bad health issues (his hands shake like crazy and I think he has RA) and he has to help her with everything. She has Parkinson and also some very bad issues with her digestive system (she had to go through a lot of surgeries when younger, and the scar tissue creates a lot of problems to her bowel now). Plus she broke her hip 2 years ago and refused PT so now she goes around with a scooter... that was a big mistake, because she now sits all day in front of the TV and her muscles are wasting... So her husband has to carry her to the bathroom and help her with everything in there, cook her meals, put together and break down the scooters every time she wants to go out for dinner or shopping,... I hope Eric will convince her to get a nurse (they all have tried for years but she starts crying and they back off) because it's not fair on her husband and, in the end, you don't want your kids to see you as a chore... I remember when my grandmother was sick... it ruined our memories of her and it was so sad... I mean, it was not a problem to go and take care of her, but her Dementia changed her and the way we experienced her, and it was painful! I would hate for Eric to go through that...

♨ Now that Eric is away on a trip I have a busy schedule ahead of me. I have a lot of friends I have to spend some quality time with. With Eric is always difficult because he does not speak Italian and my friends (most of them) don't speak English, so I always end up translating, and trying to divide myself between them and him... So far I've only seen a couple of them and there are so many thing we have to catch up on. Flavio and her girlfriend broke up and the police had to intervene (her fault) Ilaria's parents are splitting up, Enrico is still looking for a job, Valentina A. Valentina B. and Daniela are pregnant (Daniela was the one who lost the baby a year ago due to malpractice when she was 7 months preggo... Very sad story),... So much to catch up with!

Stitchers, Suits and Game of Thrones are doing GREAT imho! I am loving this Summer Season!

♨ Eric and I are reading together the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Saga and we're in the middle of book 3! Stieg Larsson is amazing! Every Swedish author I encountered so far in my readings gave me chills... They know what they're doing!

So that's it for now. I have so many ideas for my next posts and I know I promised my POV on the 13th Doctor but I wrote so much about it in comments that I feel like I have nothing more to say... I will probably try to write a post about it after finish this one and put it in a queue so I can post it in a couple of days (I make no promises). I also want to write about GoT and what I hope will happen next... I think I need to make some TV posts every now and then... Also I was thinking about go back to do my Flist Firdays (where I ask you questions) and do a What I Have Learned sort of post once a month, where I can give some insight on USCIS stuff, Pregnancy Stuff and Differences between Italy and the US,... That would be fun I think... Some photo posts would be fun too... Also I need to go back posting my book reviews... So much to do!!! LOL!

I hope your weekend was great! <3
Current Location: Italy
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: Lindsey Stirling - Master of Tides

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Jesscrinkle on August 14th, 2017 03:19 pm (UTC)
Oh my! I can imagine how much of a mess you were, but yay! You made it!

Wow! I had no idea about the thyroid. They didn't test anything like that for me either but I did have iron and vitamin d supplements during my pregnancy with Blake.

I hope Eric is able to talk his mother into getting some help in, it sounds like they all need it :(
Ery-chanerychan86 on August 17th, 2017 01:29 pm (UTC)
Yay indeed! It wasn't easy LOL! But after the flight over there I wasn't expecting anything different!

The Thyroid apparently is something very important. Apparently if it's too high it gets hard to get pregnant, and if it's high during the pregnancy you risk a miscarriage so I don't know why they don't check it in the US. Everything could be good but you can lose the kid any time because of it... I think it needs to be quite high for it to happen though. Mine is in range but the doctor wants it lower to prevent a lot of problems during childbirth... it can bring to severe bleeding and other problems...

If the thyroid is high during pregnancy (like way over range) the kid can have neurological issues too and they have no way to see what's wrong sometimes for years... That's why the Doctors here want you to check the thyroid hormones even before you get pregnant, because the kid develops his thyroid between week 9 and 10 and sometimes we're not sure we're pregnant during the first months...

Did the iron pill made you feel a little bit sick? Because my stomach doesn't like it very much... I have to take it on an empty stomach to make it work better but after an hour I start feeling a little bit sick!

I really hope Eric will be able to convince her too... He's a calm guy but she ofter "bullies" him and treat him like an errand boy, so I hope he'll man up and make her listen... It's hard to do so if you are a sweet guy and your mom acts like a child crying and yelling... He's not able to deal with that... He's too sweet!
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Catefyrgevraec on August 14th, 2017 03:47 pm (UTC)
Bronn and Jamie are brotp for life.

Also, I read the first Girl w/ a Dragon Tattoo (and the second, I think?) I adored the books, but then the movies came out and really made a mess of things.
Ery-chanerychan86 on August 17th, 2017 01:19 pm (UTC)
The movies were horrible. Both the American and the Swedish version. Lisbeth in the American version was too much... and Mikael in the swedish version was so badly casted and not strong enough... Mikael is a smart sassy guy, not a weak man...

Then in both movies they changed the plot for no reason... In the first book you suspect a lot of people and for different reasons... in the movies you don't even feel like there is a mystery to solve...

The second book is very good, better than the first one and there are a lot of plot twists, same as the third one that concludes the trilogy leaving still the door open for more!!! :)
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Julie: Hellsing ★ when we say soragnarok_08 on August 14th, 2017 06:24 pm (UTC)
That does sound like a mess on your journey back home - glad that you made it!
Ery-chanerychan86 on August 17th, 2017 01:30 pm (UTC)
Yes it was, but yes, I made it! Thankfully I won't have to fly for a while! :D
Chelsea: SH → Alecsictransits on August 15th, 2017 01:09 am (UTC)
Glad you made it back home safely!! The trip home sounds like a mess/not fun, but at least you made it!

I'm sorry to hear about Eric's mom. Hopefully he can talk her in to getting some help with her care.
Ery-chanerychan86 on August 17th, 2017 01:31 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad I don't have to travel for a while now! I needed a break from all of that!

I really hope he'll be able to do it! He needs to be strong and I know he can do it even if he's such a sweet guy!
Queen of Spades: 020 holmeswatson_touchmonkiainen on August 15th, 2017 10:39 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about Eric's mom. I hope she agrees to get a nurse this time around, because the situation is going to get even harder when her Parkinson's advances.
Ery-chanerychan86 on August 17th, 2017 01:32 pm (UTC)
I really hope so too! Her Parkinson is quite advanced now... It was quick, but I guess it can always get worse... I really hope he'll be able to convince her!
~*Suzy Q*~blakmagjick on August 15th, 2017 06:00 pm (UTC)
Sucks about the flights, but it's good that you knew ahead of them so you could get it fixed!

Glad that things are going well with the baby...and that Italian Doctors seem to have a better idea of what's going on.

I love the idea of a What I Have Learned sort of post :)
Ery-chanerychan86 on August 17th, 2017 01:39 pm (UTC)
Apparently it's a good idea to give the airline all your data so that can contact you! I was very impressed with them... No one knew at the airport but I did... It definitely saved me...

I think that if Doctors don't have to worry about money and insurances they can be better at their jobs. He knows he will get paid no matter what, and that the tests are not that pricy (in the us my urine tests cost me around 500$ here I spend 3 euros if I go private) so it's easier for him and he can ask for extra stuff just to be certain of things!

I think that since I have the chance to see and live in 2 different systems it could be interesting and create a dialogue about how it works in other places or help who is or will go through some of these things! :D Also I know tons about laundry (thanks to my old job and also how to fix/clean things) and it would be fun to put down some tricks
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Wine gums, envy, pieces of rainbowqwentoozla on August 16th, 2017 05:26 am (UTC)
Ugh, flight problems are the worst! I'm glad you made it back safely and that things are going well! I hope Eric and his siblings can get some help for his mom, that sounds like way too much for his dad.
Ery-chanerychan86 on August 17th, 2017 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I am so happy it's over LOL!

Yes, his step dad is not going to be able to keep doing what he's doing forever... He's such a nice man, he loves computers and he does this DVDs of music videos with his fishing adventures to keep and send to his friends and he loves photoshop and spends a lot of time learning how to do things through tutorials! And he is an amazing reader. He reads like a book a day... But I should say UDED TO because taking care of his wife is a 24/7 job now and he has a little time for himself... She calls him on the mobile even to get a glass of water and he jumps up and go! I think it's not fair on him when they can have a nurse in the house helping out. They can afford it, they have a cleaning lady, but my mother in law it's so stubborn! This is not the way to live for both of them!
Driver Picks the Musicbatmarg on August 17th, 2017 04:28 am (UTC)
You've been so busy! Glad you like the og/byn and Eric will be back home soon.

So sorry to hear about Eric's mom.

Looking forward to watching/experiencing this baby journey with you. (I still love your choice of name. Mom was commenting that people were getting too weird with baby names, but I told her yours and she thought it was a lovely choice.)
Ery-chanerychan86 on August 17th, 2017 01:48 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I found the perfect guy for the job! :D

I will make a baby post soon, as soon as I have my appointment and I hope I'll be able to share a lot of fun stuff about it! And I will definitely talk about what I've learn during this pregnancy as soon as it's over... I think I'll try to talk about the 40 days pos partum thing too because NO ONE KNOWS what happens then and I think it can be interesting, but don't worry I won't overdo it and share TMI xD
Miss Ashley: [doctor who; clara two]imagine_peace on August 19th, 2017 09:13 am (UTC)
Wow, the time has gone so fast and soon you will really be a mother! :D

I hope Eric's mother can be convinced too. I know from when my grandma was dying that taking care of her was very hard on my mom and her sisters, and that was just for a few months.

Your friend lost her baby at nine months?! That is so awful!
Ery-chanerychan86 on August 24th, 2017 08:21 am (UTC)
It feels like an eternity to me but yes, if I think about it time is flying and I bet the last weeks will go even faster! That's scary because I honestly don't know how to do any of it LOL! I really hope this maternal instinct will kick in and I will be able to understand my baby! I know I should read about it but I find it so difficult...

Eric's older brother is now at her place to help her out and he's the stronger of the family. He's very direct without being too aggressive and people tends to listen to him... I hope he'll be able to convince her and that the fact that Eric will go visit in the middle of September (because his step father has "requested that time off") won't ruin what his brother worked for! Eric is too kind and wants to make people happy and she might say "yes yes yes" to Joe and then complain when Eric is there and convince him to have it her way...

I need to correct that because I thought it was that close to her due date but he lost it when she was 7 months pregnant so the baby would have been able to survive, here in Genova we have the best prenatal hospital in all Europe and Doctors come here from all over the world. They saved the baby's life and tried to keep him alive, but there were too many problems they could not fix... The placenta was 7 weeks behind so the kid didn't get what he needed from it. A doctor can see it if the placenta is working. My Doctor always checks and listens to the sounds it makes (to see if the flow is steady and follows the right rhythm).
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orangerfulorangerful on August 25th, 2017 08:37 pm (UTC)
Glad you're doing well but UGH what a flying nightmare :( I'm so behind on posts!!!