I am in no condition to give birth. Sick as a dog over here.
Meanwhile…I was actually perfectly OK with not going in labor over the weekend because I was dealing with the worst head cold I have ever had. I NEVER get sick. NEVER. Well, I take it back about the never part…but it’s RARE!
To prove how strong my immune system was last spring, Michael had a terrible cold, he was so sick. We not only share the same air and the same bed but I did something that I would never do. We usually have color coded toothbrushes, I always buy him blue and me pink. I think I bought a 4 pack and we were down to a pink and orange one. So, not once but TWICE while he was sick, I realized mid scrubbing I had his toothbrush in my mouth. Did I get sick? No. Our families are always sick. My clients get sick often, friends. I go to a gym and don’t see them scrubbing down the place often so who knows what germs are brewing there. I am not a freak about hand sanitizer(I’m all for hand washing), I am around sick people often and I drink green smoothies–I’d like to attribute this to this to my strong immune system. However, I haven’t been around ANYONE really..except the gym, but I was walking outside a lot more. That’s why this was so weird.
Ella has depleted me of my shielded immune system in this last month readying herself for the world. That’s okay..but I feel so weak, miserable and sick. Living on this:
I woke up Saturday morning and it literally felt like I was swallowing razor blades. It was 5:45am and I had a major break down. I started thinking if I went into labor this weekend feeling like this, how miserable that would be. All the breathing, how could I do it!!?? Then, what had me MOST upset was Ella coming into the world, and me infecting her right away. Would I have to wear a mask when holding her? Could I hold her? I up to this point had been doing EVERY home remedy I knew to get rid of this.
Gargling with sea salt, cayenne and lemon:
Drinking TONS of tea with local honey, ginger root and lemon:
Saturday morning when I had my breakdown I was absolutely desperate. Nothing was working. I hate medication and hate antibiotics but I was convinced that I maybe had strep throat the way I felt and I was freaking out about being sick going into labor. I called the doctor, hysterical, barely able to talk asking them what I can do. I said, I am not in labor but this is what’s going on…. The on call doc called me back right away, and I guess the person did not tell them the I wasn’t in labor part. I felt kind of ridiculous calling but I was desperate. I wanted an antibiotic, one that wouldn’t harm the baby. I was afraid I WAS going to harm the baby being sick like this. She pretty much told me to go the the ER and get a swab of my throat. Well, waiting for 10 hours to find out I had a cold and pay $9,000. for an antibiotic was not ideal. My mother in law told me what to look for and I concluded I did not have strep. I was just getting myself hysterical. This was a very hormonal and sick 10 month pregnant girl after all.
So I continued with my remedy’s. My mom brought be this from her friend who is a Naturopath:
slipper elm I need to break open a capsule, stick it under my tongue for a minute and then swallow with a glass of water.
Good news…when I woke up this morning it didn’t feel like I had razor blades in my throat. I was up all night blowing my nose but feel a little more clear today. The ONLY think that relieves it is when I am sipping tea..and even more so when I get out of my house. It’s just frustrating because I worked this WHOLE pregnancy to be healthy and strong for labor and delivery. Now that it will REALLY happen at any moment, I feel weak and sick. Today is a better day….I am going to continue with my natural remedy’s and vitamins. Hopefully it’s all cleared up soon and Ella is in my arms!
Tomorrow I have a non-stress test in the morning then a doctors appointment in the afternoon. I am trying to stay positive. I am not even that late. The issue was that EVERYONE had me convinced I was going early. My body included. I had ALL these signs the past 2 weeks that labor was imminent. It totally has slowed down this week, that or I am not noticing it. I thought I was going to have a few days to get things together, and be “selfish” before Ella arrived. It’s turned into much longer than expected and I feel guilty. I have tried everything as far as natural labor induction. I am active. It just goes to show, she comes on her schedule!!!
Here’s to staying positive 🙂
Thanks for all of your well wishes.
I need a good laugh…anything to share? You tube videos, stories, anything?