I hear kidney stones are terrible! Don't get that break from pain like you do in between contractions and of course no epidural either! Glad you were able to focus on yourself instead of your mothers drama. My brother is an addict and my mo is a DRAMA MAMA so I know how hard that is. Biggest blessing to being 11 hrs away is I cant, so don't respond to the drama. LOTS AND LOTS OF PAIN FREE VIBES. On the crock pot you really need to get one! I use mine several times a week. I buy roasts when they are BOGO free. Then I freeze them. Unthaw enough so it will cook in 5 hrs. I can throw in a roast or chicken and add half bottle on most salad dressings (asian ones work well) and pow dinner is done. Then I have recipies for 5 flavor chicken and Christmas hams, roasts etc. I love mine Well I did get a migraine yesterday i think that makes 3 days without one since Christmas break BUT it only lasted a few hrs and around 1pm I was able to start cleaning and cleaned til 7 I was finally able to get my bedroom and bathroom clean. Stuff that had been sitting since we returned from wdw in Dec is finally put away Good thing too because after Presidents day a friend of ours is coming to stay so they can see a Specialist they dont have in WV where they live. I would do anything to have a truely clean house. One with no piles of stuff to "sort" that i know might sit there a yr or more I have things in laundry baskets down in my basement from last winter that I need to sort/toss but when do you do that when your barely can get dinner on the table?. Any day I can clean is a HAPPY DAY. Well better shut up now. Sending pain free vibes and pixie dust to all!