Found out today that I have this.
Nursing ladies, if you haven't had it, I pray that you never get it.
I knew I had a block all day yesterday. I tried nursing that side only, like you are supposed to, but it didn't help. By yesterday evening, I felt like I had the full-blown flu. We were picking up stuff for trunk-or-treat and I was just sore everywhere and nauseous.
I went to bed with chills and body aches. Didn't realize this was related to my breast pain, just thought I was sick as well. I woke up in the middle of the night feeling worse and so it continued.
At work today I knew something was wrong. I just kept getting worse. The body aches make it difficult to move. I called the doctor who confirmed mastitis and sent me a prescription.
If you are nursing and feel like you have the flu, don't wait to call! I can't pick up my prescription until I get off work, and I don't know how I am going to make it! And of course it's Halloween and we have a car in trunk-or-treat. Here's hoping I make it there in one piece.
I am so grateful for modern medicine.
Update from later on Halloween:
I head to church straight after picking up my prescription. By the time I get there it's about 6. I am so tired and in pain that it literally hurts to walk. Who knew a clogged duct could cause so much trouble?
But once again, my church family are my heroes.
It was cold outside but Chris had to man his trunk game for the kids who were visiting. Thankfully Sophia's Sunday school teacher was there and was watching Sophia, and another friend was caring for Heidi. I arrived and was able to rest. I also was able to take Sophia around to the trunks and get candy (which she LOVED). She had fun with the games and for the throw a ball through an object games she just ran right up and slam-dunked them all. They also had some face painting, and she got a little snowflake on her cheek.
After Sophia got her candy I took her in to warm up, and another blessing (dressed as the Pastor's wife) helped watch Sophia in the bouncy castle while I nursed Heidi. Then some more ladies helped me out to my car at the end of the night. I went straight to bed when I got home, no appetite so I just slept.
When Chris got home with Sophia (because I left with Heidi and they went to dinner), his dad asked where I was. Chris explained that I wasn't feeling well and had gone straight to bed. Chris' dad, who had also been feeling ill, responded "she's probably got what I have". Chris said he hoped not...
This morning, I still felt awful but have improved throughout the day. Sophia has spent the day dumping out her pumpkin full of candy, playing with the candy, putting it away one by one and describing each one along the way, and repeating. I think the whole gathering candy concept was just too fun!
Here are pictures of Sophia as Doc McStuffins, Chris with his trunk, and Sophia counting her spoils the next day...