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2 Zpack pills last night + some cough suppressant syrup and I was able to sleep for most of the night without coughing up mucus or squirting out pee. It's the little things that delight me these days. 

Chris is brewing beer today, so my charge is to stay out of the kitchen and avoid coughing into his mixtures. 

So I guess I'll watch a couple of programs about cats on NAT GEO, do some laundry, hang out in my pjs and wait to get better. 

I'm hoping next week I can make my return to the gym. I'm excited to see Ronsky again (although I probably won't work out WITH him, I'd like to visit and see how things are going with little Giovanni) 

Also going to look up a Pre-natal yoga class... which will probably be available at DelNor... methinks. 

  • Health data: Sick: 2 Hours slept: 12

I'm going to the GP to get something to take care of this malaise. Up all night with a productive horrifying tuberculosis type cough. And, to make things more dramatic and awesome, every time I cough, I pee a little.  You can imagine how this went all throughout the night. Not good. 

My chest, upperback, and abdomen are all SORE from coughing.

I surrender. 

I give up. 

7 full days. No improvement. No relief. 

May I introduce our human looking-lime sized son/daughter:


Looks like a giant head with no arms and legs, but we saw him/her from every angle and the arms and legs were counted. They're there. Legs were crossed. Arms were flapping around. Lots of bouncing and moving and swimming moves. I still cannot believe this... the whole process is surreal. I also can't believe that some women have 12-14-19 kids and counting. It's quite a drain on the host! 

Hopefully I can get some relief today so I can stop squeezing the Spurtle with every single cough. Keep your fingers crossed. 

1:45 PM appointment at Primary Care Doctor. HALP.

The plan is:

  • Zpack
  • More Mucinex
  • More Robitussin

Picking up Zpack @ CVS tonight.

One good thing... the Procardia new BP meds I'm on seemed to have an almost immediate effect on my BP. 127/71. Pretty good for me.


  • Health data: Sick: 3 Hours slept: 7

11:07 AM: I think things are starting to dry up.

This is splendid news.


Noonish: Maternal/Fetal medicine appointment today. Will likely get another ultrasound + bloodwork and discuss our options in regard to genetic testing. Not sure how I feel about genetic testing. Part of me thinks it's a useful tool... but another part of me (probably the bigger part) doesn't think it matters. Am I going to terminate this pregnancy if I find out our Spurtle has Downs Syndrome? No. What would make me terminate? I don't know. I don't know if I could do it. I'm fairly attached to this baby already (figuratively and literally) and while I'm pro choice, I'm not certain I could have an abortion myself. For any reason. I simply don't know. And I don't judge those who choose to terminate their pregnancies. It's their right. It's just not for me, I don't think.

Regardless, I'm going to pass on the amnio. Too invasive. Too risky. There are blood tests and ultrasound tests that can be done, and maybe I'll just leave it at that.

Also hoping this Maternal/Fetal doctor will finally address the elephant in my abdomen... the giant looming fibroid. Assuming he'll ultrasound it to see WTF is actually going on in there, and how big it actually is.

5:08 PM: It turns out I actually have SEVERAL large fibroids on the outside of my uterus. They are large and in charge and the largest is 15cm x 10.5 cm or so. There are a couple of smaller ones hither and tither. Basically my abdomen at this point is very very crowded... and it's just going to get more crowded.

We saw the Spurtle again, and saw it moving and kicking and floating around. Saw the head, the brain, the heart, and the arms and legs. Saw the abdomen of the Spurtle and that it was all enclosed. Saw the spine. It really is an unbelievable miracle.

The inside of the uterus is smooth and fine, so the fibroids are not interfering with anything in there. They are just all over the outside of the uterus, on stalks, looming around.

I am going to have to take some blood pressure meds again. This doctor had a different medication that he was able to offer (the Methyldopa was horrible last time) and we're going to start on a low dose and see if that stabilizes my BP. Today it was 150something/90 something. Too high.

Overall, a good visit. We are having a Harmony test done. This will tell us the gender in addition to whether or not Spurtle has any of the indicated genetic issues. The doctor said at this point, his "best guess" was that we were having a girl. I have thought it's been a girl all along, but what the hell do I know? I've got a 50/50 shot of getting it right, anyway. Haha.

I've also been cleared to begin exercising. If I was going 60 mph before, I'm allowed to go about 15 mph now. Letting my body be my guide. Low intensity swimming OK. Walking OK. Yoga OK. Let's get some pink in this calendar! 

  • Health data: Sick: 2 Hours slept: 10

So. Much. Mucus. 

Home today. Sitting on the couch. Watching soap operas. Dozing off here and there. I need to kick this! It also probably just needs to run its' sticky, phlegmmy, mucusy course. 

12 week appointment tomorrow. I will do my best not to hack all over the doctor. 

  • Health data: Sick: 3 Hours slept: 12

6:47 AM: Slept OK, but woke up coughing and sliming all over everything. Blew my nose hard and ended up with a full force nosebleed. (This is nothing new, when I get a cold and have to blow my nose over and over I invariably wind up with a nosebleed. I must have too many small veins in my nose...) Must clean myself up and go to work. Need a tampon for my L nostril. 

I'm supposed to be off work tomorrow and Thursday but I'm wondering if that's wise. We were going to go downtown, hit the Field Museum, and then go to a live taping of another NPR show, but I don't know if that's smart. I should probably lay low, and work on recovering. WTF. 

I am being cheated out of a week of my "second trimester energy, unicorn, rainbow and delight". I am not happy about this. 

1:03 PM: Cancelled our hotel reservation for tomorrow night. Not going to see NPR taping and not going to Field Museum. I need to lay low. Feel like marginal shit and would like to rebound sooner rather than later.

  • Health data: Sick: 2 Hours slept: 12

4:15 PM: I have a head cold or a chest cold or something that is KICKING MY ASS. Normally, under these circumstances, I'd have slugged down a bottle of NyQuil (in the 3-4 days that I've been suffering here) and I'd sleep straight through the night, no problem. Sure, I'd be in a drug induced coma, but I'd at least be getting the sleep I need to recover. Last night, the night before, and the night before that, I've been hacking and coughing so much I am involuntarily blowing farts out the other end in my sleep. They wake me up. (This is not glamorous, people. It is what it is). 

I am able to take Mucinex, which doesn't help at all. I'm able to take Tylenol, which maybe helps a little, but doesn't help as much as Advil or a couple of big swigs off the NyQuil bottle. 

Stood outside most of the day yesterday in the cold watching the CX races when I probably should have been at home, in bed, pushing fluids and resting. Also was out late-ish on Saturday night with some girlfriends (and Chris). Out til 11 PM! That's unheard of in my current condition. I wasn't drinking, of course, but I wasn't sleeping either. 

So all of that = SICK DAY FROM WORK. Lots of time in bed today. I over did it this weekend.

The baby is fine, as far as I know. I still feel pregnant (which adds to the discomfort)... I have been coughing so much I can almost feel it in my uterus (perhaps that's my imagination... but I called the nurse just in case... to be sure I couldn't somehow traumatize the baby by coughing incessantly) and she assured me that I could not. I figure they've (probably?) heard more ridiculous questions, so I may as well just ask. So I did. 

Will go back and backfill the weekend. 

Thank you for your concern, everyone  xxoo



  • Health data: Sick: 4 Hours slept: 15

Sleeping. After a long day of CX races. These couch pictures are killing me.

  • Health data: Sick: 4 Hours slept: 12

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