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Making up for lost time.

I suffer from migraines……bad. I have learned what works for me. Unfortunately most of which..well hell- ALL OF WHICH I can’t do while trying to carry a baby in my womb. No Ibuprofen. No Maxalt. No Topamax. No scalding hot baths with ice pack at the base of my neck. Nada.

Luckily I have been lucky and not really had but one or two migraine since I have been preggers.

Lately though….oofda.

So Thursday I picked up my procardia and took one around noon or so. By two I had the worst headache I have had in a while (no, hubs, not the worst of my life). I tried to sleep, used ice packs, tried to visualize myself headache free, drank  crazy amounts of water, gave up on sleep b/c I was peeing everyone 15 minutes….tweeting and whined. Took my blood pressure and it was elevated 170s over high 90s. I took a per.co.cet and extra normal b/p med. and went back and laid down. a few hours later took bp again. 168/100. At the worst I would say it was like 7/10…pretty bad for me b/c I have had a tonsillectomy and nasal/sinus surgery to reset my 0-10 scale.

Head was getting a wee bit better if I didnt’ move. I had no photophobia like my normal migraine, but movement. OMG. Every 15 mintues I thought I would die. it hurt so bad. Finally it eased up a little and the DH came home…bp was still 150s/90s. We decided to go to my oldplace of work and see what it was with a larger cuff and taken with a manual v an electronic. They got 150/100. ugh.

Called my OB/on call nurse. told to take my night time BP med dose early, lay down and take it again in 30 mintues after medicine and go to L&D if over 140 systolic(top number) or 90 diastolic (bottom number).

So I did. It was 144/92. So off to L&D we went. by this time my headache was around a 4/10

Kicker? In L&D my bp was a little high the first few readings (140s/high 80s)….the blam. 120s/70s…and then even a 108/68 ugh. I didn’t have any contractions….but I did learn that the beds in L/D Triage beds suck ass. My nurse was awesome and I really liked her. She ended up being ShitBrickHouse’s nurse when she delivered last night (AAAHHH! up at 220am. He is a cutie) I was able to tell her to take extra pillows. LOL.

Anyways. I was discharged and told to drink lots of fluids and come back if bp was 160/90. turns out the dr. on on call for my OB was Dr. %$@*!- high risk doctor. Remember how I said he gives bp[ a little more leeway since I have chronic hypertension? My head ache was pretty much all gone by then..and my discharge b/c was loooow. I felt like an idiot.

So, whatever, I played it safe and did what I was told. i will tell you this my head has been hurting off and on since then. Contractions not fun. BP pretty much okay. I think my body is just getting tired. 😦 the SOB is kicking in again also.

Fun huh? I really don’t want to complain b/c I am so friggin’ blessed to be here. I will say, I would take three 1st trimesters for the last two I have had. Ugh.

Peace out y’all!




Blupdate. (a blog update)

So, inquiring minds want to know. How is Bumpy Journey doing…well…here is an update of sorts. (I have some fancy footnotes as indicated by the cute little symbols. :))

Three days ago I woke up with puffy sausage toes. The usual for 29weeks as I am told by my Twitter resources. (Who the heck need the Mayo Guide to Pregnancy or Your Pregnancy Week by Week? Phsaw- ametuers)♣

Anyhoo, I went about my business as it was a ‘good’ day. The following day the sausage fest was not of the college fraternity party variety. Even my fingers were getting in on the action..(Oh gawd, that came out all wrong- but as I just laughed for about 10 minutes I will leave it). Then I realized my face was puffy like I had spent all night crying and rubbing my eyes. Obviously I had NOT, so I immediately drank around 30 ounces of water ( 1.5 of the huge resuable Starbucks clear cups) and checked my FMU (first morning urine) for protien.♠

The protein was pretty much negative. (phew), but my blood pressure (bp) was up. I can’t find were I wrote the numbers down, but it was 140s/high 80s. I have prepreg. hypertension, but since pregnancy my bp has been SUPER! Like lower than I have ever known it to be, so  obviously this was a change. I took a mid day dose of my bp medicine, kicked my feet up, drank more water and rested. I started getting  a headache and achy feeling…. A few hours later I checked b/p again and it was in the “I need to call” range. (150s/high 90s)

So I did, and lo and behold they said to come into the office for a check.

So I did. (I am so compliant!)

I had to wait around 45min.  to see the nurse practitioner, and it was Ms. TeddyBear! I had not seen her since last year before our treatments. She came in and gave me a huge hug and contgrats and all that jazz.

Apparently my bp was down to a more acceptable range (120s/low 80s), but I have gained 5 pounds in the last two weeks. Grrrrr. Apparently I should have only gained two. (WTF?)

I  was sent on my merry little way with instructions to take my b/p meds three times a day, drink lots of fluids, rest (WTF? HOW CAN I REST ANYMORE??!), and low sodium foods.

The King was in a super hugely important meeting at work that I did not want to interrupt, and I needed him to focused at. I didn’t tell him before I went b/c I didn’t want him to worry about me. I know he would have left and came to me, and as sweet as that is- I was okay on my own. I could get him if I had to- but until I knew there was some issue….well, you get my point.

You see- his absolute WORST FEAR is that I my bp goes wonky and I have brain bleed. He is especially scared b/c I have the history of cystic kidneys, and apparently brain aneurysms are often seen in people with cysts on their kidneys.  He was so worried that I went and saw a nephrologist before our IUIs to see if I needed a MRI/MRA to check my vessels. ( I didn’t). To add fuel to his worry I have a paternal uncle that passed away at a young age (late 30s) from an aneurysm.

So. If I could get a surgically implanted blood pressure monitor, I think The King would be happy.  LOL

I am good now. BP holding steady and low. Still swelling, but the SEX-AY compression hose help, as does the gallon or so of water I drink everyday. As does all this “resting”. Ugh.

So it is just day by day here at the Royal Quarters. I have good days, I have bad days. I just never know.

In 9 days there is a baby shower for me “Back Home”. “Back Home” is four hours north. I friggin’ can’t believe it! A shower for me. For a baby that is IN MAH BOD-AY! That will come OUT OF THIS BODY….and like, is our respsonsibility!! OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG.

This furniture better come soon! I am starting to get a little panicky.

♣I boycotted What To Expect when my BFF had her baby. It is full of fear mongering and makes you think you have everything under the sun. I personally feel they spend too much time on the “What can be wrong” and not on the “What is normal…and what is an abnormal normal”. I also boycotted YOU Having a Baby b/c they seem to think that if a mother gets to stressed out in her pregnancy she will have a homosexual male(increased cortisol levels leading to increased estrogen en utereo..If I remember properly)  I call PERSONALLY don’t believe that for several different reasons. 1. HELLO? Civil war period? The World Wars?  ETC. ETC. Also, the tone of the point seems to ‘blame’ the mother for something that is ‘wrong’ with her son. Whatever. People are who they are meant to be- whether you accept that or not is your deal.  This is just my 2 cents worth.  ::Stepping off soapbox now::

♠I get frequent/chronic UTIs and have nerve innervation issues. I can’t tell sometimes if I have said UTI until it is too late, so I have urine dipsticks at home to test my pee to check. 🙂