In sickness and….

Dear Sid,

So it is now July and the family is finally healthy, well healthy-ish.

For about 8 weeks either your brother or I were sick, or both of us.  It was horrible!   It actually all started with your brother having an ear infection.  Then your brother had a fever for about a week, and he also had this horrible hacking cough that kept us up at night.  I was terrified that he had pneumonia and kept taking him back to the doctor for lung checks.  I had a cold, then got a throat infection so I had to be on antibiotics.   Then I got his cold/cough and the cough lasted about 3-4 weeks.  I would cough so hard, I would end up throwing up and peeing my pants.  I know, not something you wanted to hear about, but it happened.  (You have weakened my pelvic wall, and that much pressure causes things to leak).

The sad part about me being sick and pregnant is that I can’t take anything.  There was one cough medicine my OB said was ok to take, but it didn’t really do anything.  Except I did have to take antibiotics for the throat infection.

So now that we are all healthy, I had my 28 week appointment at which time I had to take the test to see if I had gestational diabetes.   Before going to the doctors I had to drink a solution that has 50g of glucose, exactly one hour after finishing it they drew my blood.  Now this is the most horrid drink ever, because it is just sugar in water.  When I was pregnant with your brother, my levels were normal so I wasn’t concerned about the test.  My doctor’s office called me within 15 minutes of my leaving the appointment to tell me my levels were high.  I don’t know what they were, but the nurse said I had to go in right away and have another test done.

This test involves fasting for 8-12 hours and then a blood draw.  I had an appointment the next day at 9 am, so I wasn’t supposed to eat after 9 pm.  Well, I had dinner about 6:30 and then had a bunch of errands to do because we were leaving for the beach the next day after my appointment.  So about 10:30 I had a snack, but then couldn’t eat again till after my appointment.  Let me tell you fasting and pregnancy do not mix.  I was so sick the morning of the appointment that I threw up after getting out of the shower, and it was so violent that, yes, I ended up peeing.  But I had just gotten out of the shower so I just got right back in it.  I felt awful.

I go to the doctors and they draw my blood to check my levels, and have a baseline.  I then have to drink a solution that has 100g of glucose, even worse than the first time because it has more sugar.  I almost threw it up, but I didn’t want to come back, so I forced myself to keep it down.  Now having not eaten for over 11 hours and then consuming that much sugar is not good for your brain.  I felt so sick, light-headed and had a hard time concentrating.   So exactly one hour after I finished the drink they drew my blood, then again an hour later, and once more an hour later.  Four total blood draws all about an hour apart.  Which also meant I had to sit in the waiting room for over 3 hours!

After all that suffering it turns out my levels are fine and I am not diabetic.  My doctor’s office said that 15% of pregnant women (probably just in the US) have high blood glucose levels, but only about 3% of them actually have gestational diabetes.  Thankfully I do not, because I live off carbs right now.  It is about all you will let me eat.  I am not getting as sick as before, but I am nowhere near normal.  Although I am gaining weight, about 10 lbs so far.

June 25, 2012Here we are at 27 weeks

You are still moving all the time and you have some serious force behind some of those movements.  I can actually see my belly moving!





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