I have heard of Mastitis but I didn't realize how AWFUL it is! Last Sunday after we had pictures made I wasn't feeling well. I took like a two hour nap. I woke up still feeling achy. I had taken tylenol then started feeling feverish. Sure enough I had fever. Beau watched Paxton for me that night & I felt so sick. I still got up to pump. I was afraid I was getting the flu even though I had the flu shot while in the hospital. I noticed one of my breast was hurting too. I happened to read a message bored about Mastitis & realized that is what it was. I called my dr. Monday morning to leave a message with the nurse. It took her about 3 hours to call back. My temp had been up to 103 & all I had done was sleep. She was going to ask the dr. if he wanted me to come in. Apparently they were busy & she didn't call back. My temp had gotten up to 104.3. At this point my mom had made it to stay the night to help with the kids. Beau & mom were both trying to get me to go to the dr. I just didn't feel like it. I just wanted to sleep. Beau called the nurse at 4 & she called us back at 4:30. They put me on an antibiotic. By wed the highest my temp was was 103. My left boob hurt SO bad though that I just cried when I would pump. I couldn't sleep that night b/c of the pain. I took hot baths, I massaged it, & I pumped as often as possible so my milk would keep coming. I didn't get any milk out of it for a few days & I just cried. I was so engorged! I got milk from the other side but obviously one side wasn't enough for my growing baby. Thankfully I had so much milk already in my freezer that we had to use about 4 bags to make it through those two days. I was SO afraid I wasn't going to get to pump anymore & it really depressed me. I just kept on pumping. I still am not getting much out of that side but it is a little. I am still not completely over it but it is so much better!
Call me a drama queen if ya want but Mastitis is the devil!!!!!