I had all sorts of titles in my mind for this blog post:
“being pregnant + being sick = ICKY”
“it’s been quite a week”
“some cold meds would be nice”
“i just want to sleep”
You get the picture. Sunday afternoon after hosting a friend’s baby shower, I lay down for a nap. When I woke up, I felt like absolute shit. Full on cold. I had felt a bit under the weather on Saturday, but nothing compared to how I felt when I woke up Sunday afternoon. My head felt like it was going to explode, I had the shivers, runny nose…but oddly enough, no sore throat. That’s rare for me, and I was thankful.
I spent the next day and a half a pathetic pregnant sick woman. Sunday night trying to sleep was absolutely brutal. Because, to add insult to injury, I also was experiencing the worst heartburn I’ve ever had. Every time I tried to lie down, my throat would start burning up. I took some Tums, but I quickly reached (and exceeded) the maximum dosage recommended for a pregnant woman, and it would only help for an hour or so. Oh, and I’ve been having leg pains on and off when I’ve been sleeping since I got pregnant. Not cramps, just shooting pain up the sides of my legs. So they revisited me Sunday night as well. And I was freezing, but I was too sick to get up and get more blankets. I eventually heard Greg get up at about 2 am (he smartly was sleeping in the spare bedroom), and he got me a fleece blanket.
Monday morning I knew I wasn’t going to work, but I had a conference call that I thought I could manage from home. I did, but was wiped afterwards. To complicate our lives, Elliot has pink eye and had to stay at home Monday. I was in no shape to take care of him, so Greg had to stay home from work. One big happy family. 🙂 Thankfully the pink eye hasn’t seemed to affect Elliot too much, and he was back in daycare Tuesday.
Tuesday morning Greg and I had an hour long appointment that I managed to sit through, kleenexes in hand. I stopped at the office for a few minutes afterwards and came home to work. I managed to get a bit done, then had a nap. When I woke up, I was feeling better from a congestion point of view, but a sore throat and cough had kicked in. It’s HARD to cough when you’re pregnant.
So here we are on Thursday afternoon, and I’m still coughing up a storm. I am feeling better — I managed a full day at work yesterday and took care of Elliot today, but I’m definitely not great. I’m hoping I can shake this cough in the next day or so. The heartburn is still in issue, but I got some Gaviscon last night and that seems to be working better than the Tums. I actually slept five hours straight last night, which was great.
I’m very appreciative of my husband, who not only puts up with all my complaining, but has totally picked up the slack from a cooking/cleaning/Elliot-care point of view.
I’m looking forward to feeling healthy again.