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Sick at 41 Weeks

I am in no condition toΒ give birth. Sick as a dog over here.

I hope you all had a great weekend. The Royal Wedding was beautiful. Then, last night we got some insane news.

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.

and this:

I even broke down and took Tylenol it’s been so bad.

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 πŸ™‚

Thanks for all of your well wishes.

I need a good laugh…anything to share? You tube videos, stories, anything?

xxoo

 

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41 Comments

  • Reply Caree @ Fit-Mama

    awww, you poor thing!!! But don’t worry if you do go into labor and you are still sick!! your baby has your antibodies!! AND if you breastfeed, she will get all your antibodies that you have and will not get sick!! My son got the flu three days after Bella was born. And then I got it!! But Ms. Bella stayed well the whole time since she was nursing and getting all my good stuff….

    May 2, 2011 at 10:57 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Caree. Yes the doc told me that on the phone it made me feel a little better. Good to know your Bella was protected from the flu!! Yet another reason breast is best πŸ™‚

      May 2, 2011 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Lisa

    Keep doing what you’re doing, and I’m sure you’ll def start feeling better! It’s probably because you just want Ella to be born and it’s starting to take a toll on you. But keep staying positive, because that’s what you really need!. πŸ™‚ I know you’ll do great!

    I did a post on some youtube videos that always make me laugh! Feel free to check it out and I hope it cheers you up πŸ™‚

    http://chocolatepbcups.com/2011/03/25/something-to-make-you-smile/

    and after I made this post, I discovered Jenna Marbles on Youtube. All of her videos are hilarious!

    Goodluck !

    May 2, 2011 at 11:11 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Lisa! I will check out those posts!!!!

      My husband thinks the same thing you do. I have been so stressed out that it’s broken me down. I just need to relax and try and get better!

      May 2, 2011 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Katie

    I was sick all weekend too, so i feel your pain. Well, I am not pregnant, so I know it is worse for you, but still, misery loves company! She’ll come, don’t worry. I mean, she can’t stay in there forever, right? πŸ˜‰

    May 2, 2011 at 11:23 am
    • Reply laury

      Misery DOES love company πŸ˜‰

      You are right, she can’t stay in there forever, but it sure feels like it!

      May 2, 2011 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Jennifer (The Gourmetour)

    Feel better Laury! I am so sorry you’re going through this!

    May 2, 2011 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Laura

    I’m impressed with how strong your immune system is! I seem to catch everything.

    If I had a joke I would totally share it right now, but I tend to butcher them terribly so it’s probably better in the end that I don’t πŸ™‚

    Hang in there!!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 11:40 am
  • Reply Keri

    Ughhhh I’m sorry you are sick!! Feel better…I have been thinking about you and Ella! Hope she decides to make an appearance soon!

    May 2, 2011 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

    Aww Laury I’m sorry you felt so horrible over the weekend. At least you’re feeling better now. Don’t worry you’ll be healthy when Ella is ready to come out. When she’s ready to come out she will πŸ™‚
    Stay positive, love ya! πŸ™‚

    May 2, 2011 at 11:46 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, girl πŸ™‚

      May 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Glad you’re feeling better! I’m glad you don’t have strep. And eewww to the toothbrush episode… although it was your husband’s, I think toothbrushes of anyone are ugggh.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:53 am
    • Reply laury

      I agree…total narstyness!

      May 2, 2011 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Holly @ The Runny Egg

    Sorry you are not feeling well Laury!!! I probably would have had your same thinking and done what you did. You are doing your best to be such a good Mom and I am cheering for you!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather

    Glad you’re starting to feel better! Your girl does want to come on her own time. Hope your appointments go smoothly.

    May 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Leila @ Spinach and Skittles

    Positive vibes coming your way!
    The only giggle I can offer is that I saw 2 people slam into parking meters this weekend on my 12K. Kinda mean to laugh at them, but they weren’t paying any attention to where they were running.

    May 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    Sorry to hear about your cold Laury! I don’t really have any giggles to share right now but I’m sending lots of positive vibes to ya! πŸ™‚

    May 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Hang in there Laury!! I really thought today was going to be the day!! Feel better!!

    May 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm
    • Reply laury

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!

      May 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Hungry Dancer

    I’m so sorry you have been sick!!! I’m glad you are feeling better!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    Hi Laury,

    Just started reading through all your posts and have found them so helpful!! I am ALSO due with a little girl (Vivienne) this week and can’t believe that it hasn’t happened yet! I can’t imagine feeling like I do plus having a bad cold like you are going thru right now. My salvation from colds has usually been whole foods powdered vitamin c. I am always shocked how well it works.

    Get well soon and I am eager to hear your updates on your little girl!

    May 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hi Stephanie! How cool! I love the name you have picked out! I was due on the 27th and everyone had me CONVINCED she was coming early. Everyone I know and see on facebook and elsewhere went early, first babies too. Me…5 days late and counting πŸ™ It’s definitely been so hard!! Hopefully you are hanging in. You will have to stop back and let me know when your little girl arrives! Good luck!

      Oh, and yes..been loading up on the Emergen-C from Whole foods. Usually it helps…today feeling better but have been doing like 5 million remedy’s!

      May 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Kat

    awww sweetie! Ella will be here before you know it πŸ˜‰

    here’s my funny for you: my friend (also my running buddy) was at the obgyn and the doctor said, “wow you must be a dancer or a runner” and she thought it was because she’s in such good shape – no, the doc said “only runners and dancers have feet that nasty! you should really go get a pedicure if you can get anyone to touch those feet!” ouch… hope your day is fabulous!

    May 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm
    • Reply laury

      Haha…she must have been mortified!

      May 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply La.

    I’m so glad you aren’t swallowing raiser blades anymore!!! The must have felt totally awful and I’m glad that she didn’t come during that! I can’t imagine how terrible giving birth while not being able to swallow would be! Well the ONLY funny thing is that Gooner is still STUCK on the word “cock.” WHICH I don’t understand since we don’t use that word. She has been ill and calling snot – cock. So yes, she kept asking me to “wipe cock.” Seriously, she turns 2 in 3 weeks! Yowza! Please please please don’t say this in public! I’m excited for Ella!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 3:52 pm
    • Reply laury

      Bahahaha…thanks….I hope she doesn’t say it in public, but it IS so funny.

      May 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    Stay postitive! She’s just taking her time to grow even more in the warmth and conveniency of her little womb. πŸ˜‰

    May 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Ally (oatsandspice)

    Awwww – I hope you continue to get better … being sick is NO fun (and I can’t even image what it would be like being pregnant)! I can’t believe they ere going to make you pay $9000 for an antibiotic – that is crazy ridiculous if you ask me!

    May 2, 2011 at 4:40 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, girl! I was exaggerating about the 9k but the ER charges pretty much close to that for ridiculous things πŸ˜‰

      May 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Thomi

    I’m sorry you were feeling so bad =[ I had the flu this February in my 8th month of pregnancy and it sucked. Everyone had me convinced I was going to go into labor early as well, and my body too. I ended up being three days late and the dr used cervidil because I was having contractions but they weren’t getting strong enough. 12 hours later I had a beautiful baby boy =] I know it’s hard to be positive and patient when you’re 10 months pregnant and miserable (I was incredibly cranky) but it gets better soon!

    May 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Thomi. I am cranky lol. 5 days over now and counting….hopefully something happens soon!

      May 2, 2011 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Leashieloo

    Oh noo, I’m sorry to hear that you’re doing poorly. I hope it turns around for you quickly, I’m sending positive vibes your way!

    May 2, 2011 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply melissa @ the delicate place

    hope you feel better! i haven’t ever tried the hot lemon/cayenne water…how much cayenne i want to be able to swallow it haha.

    May 2, 2011 at 7:06 pm
    • Reply laury

      I don’t drink..I gargle!! It’s like a heaping teaspoon of salt, a wedge of lemon squirted and a dash of cayenne and it’s supposed to help with the blood flow to your throat. I think it helped!

      May 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    Good lord woman—I am glad to hear you are feeling better. When is this madness going to end??!

    When I walked into Starbucks about an hour ago, I was pushing the door to go in and it wouldnt budge. Then I realized I had to PULL! And of course two hot guys were standing there on the inside laughing at me when I finally made it in. I was beet red!

    May 2, 2011 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    Ugh, I’m sorry you’re feeling sick!! Get better soon! I know you love cats…so I hope this cheers you up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiHXASgRTcA

    May 2, 2011 at 11:14 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    Oh my!!! I am so so sad for you right now! That is HORRIBLE and especially at the end of pregnancy when you are already SO uncomfortable as it is. Mo is VERY sorry to her bestie in the Eastie. πŸ™ Not good. If I was there I would have brought you some of my sick person magic. Which is…

    http://www.iherb.com/Organic-by-Nature-Pure-Planet-Just-Barley-Organic-Green-Juice-Powder-80-Servings/4856?at=0&rcode=GAN764

    Its barley powder and it is one of the best things you can add to your diet for keeping healthy It is alkaline, and sickness cant “live” in it very well. I have it everyday. I am like you, I almost never get sick, but when I do I double up the green juice. It is equivelant to 2 lbs of greens or something like that for a serving. So good.

    My funny story of the day is, (I think I already told you this story before, but hey, when my hubby and I need a good pregnancy laugh we ALWAYS bring this back up). With baby #3 I was in so much pain mid labor, and I thought I was going to pass out, and this hard core nurse came in that had been with me for part of my labor. She stood right in front ofme AND my husband and said (very very loudly) “FOCUS. FOCUS. You NEED to focus. You need to think very hard about getting that baby OUT of your vagina and INTO your arms. FOOOOOCUUUUUS.”
    ROFL. I was honestly like “what the??” and then I looked at my husband whos eyes were humongo at the moment and he was just like” huh?? um, yeah babe, uh, what she said,” hahahahaha It was just so funny and shocking at the moment.
    Another funny story was when my daughter brookie (baby #2) was born she was beyond traumatized by the whole birthing experience. She was screaming and also pooping non stop. The nurses were like,”you can hold her when she stops pooping” but everytime she would scream she would poop again. Poor little sweet Brookie. And its SO her to be so traumatized. Its 100% her personality even now as a 5 yr. old. You will be amazed when you look back, even at the moment of birth, how much of their personality you can see in them later down the road. Its crazy.

    I hope you feel better soon! And get that baby out of your *you know what* and into your arms. πŸ™‚ That is the goal so FOCUS laury, FOCUS. hahahaha.

    Oh, and if my stories didnt give you a laugh, then you MUST WATCH THIS. I know, 100% you will be laughing by the end of this video. So inappropriate, but oh so funny! Lol

    LOTS OF MY LOVES TO YOU my most faves! xoxoxoxoxo
    Mo

    May 2, 2011 at 11:53 pm
    • Reply laury

      Bahahahaha….omg….all of your stories are cracking me up. I think that will be in the back of my mind now when I FINALLY go into labor!!! Eek!!! I need that green juice powder, STAT! I ttoally have seen that video of the count before but forgot about it…THANK YOU!

      I am feeling a little bit better. At night my throat starts to get all scratchy and I feel more stuffed. Even though I hard core gargle, neti pot and drink my tea before bed. I don’t understand it. During the day I feel the best, especially when I am out and about. Colds suck. The are underrated on the suffering scale if you ask me. Seriously, the week I skimp on green drinks because I THINK I am going to go into labor and don’t want to stock up on produce because I THINK it will just go to waste, I let my guard down and get sick. So annoying!!!

      Lots of love right back acha, girl πŸ™‚

      xxoo

      May 3, 2011 at 12:02 am
  • Reply Morgan

    Oh my!!! I am so so sad for you right now! That is HORRIBLE and especially at the end of pregnancy when you are already SO uncomfortable as it is. Mo is VERY sorry to her bestie in the Eastie. πŸ™ Not good. If I was there I would have brought you some of my sick magic potion, Which is…

    http://www.iherb.com/Organic-by-Nature-Pure-Planet-Just-Barley-Organic-Green-Juice-Powder-80-Servings/4856?at=0&rcode=GAN764

    Its barley powder and it is one of the best things you can add to your diet for keeping healthy It is alkaline, and sickness cant “live” in it very well. I have it everyday. I am like you, I almost never get sick, but when I do I double up the green juice. It is equivelant to 2 lbs of greens or something like that for a serving. So good.

    My funny story of the day is, (I think I already told you this story before, but hey, when my hubby and I need a good pregnancy laugh we ALWAYS bring this back up). With baby #3 I was in so much pain mid labor, and I thought I was going to pass out, and this hard core nurse came in that had been with me for part of my labor. She stood right in front o fme AND my husband and said (very very loudly) “FOCUS. FOCUS. You NEED to focus. You need to think very hard about getting that baby OUT of your vagina and INTO your arms. FOOOOOCUUUUUS.” It was loud like other rooms would have heard it.
    ROFL. I was honestly like “what the??” and then I looked at my husband whos eyes were humongo at the moment and he was just like” huh?? um, yeah babe, uh, what she said,” hahahahaha It was just so funny and shocking at the moment.
    Another funny story was when my daughter brookie (baby #2) was born she was beyond traumatized by the whole birthing experience. She was screaming and also pooping non stop. The nurses were like,”you can hold her when she stops pooping” but everytime she would scream she would poop again. Poor little sweet Brookie. And its SO her to be so traumatized. Its 100% her personality even now as a 5 yr. old. You will be amazed when you look back, even at the moment of birth, how much of their personality you can see in them later down the road. Its crazy.

    I hope you feel better soon! And get that baby out of your *you know what* and into your arms. πŸ™‚ That is the goal so FOCUS laury, FOCUS. hahahaha.

    Oh, and if my stories didnt give you a laugh, then you MUST WATCH THIS. I know, 100% you will be laughing so hard by the end of this video. So very inappropriate, but oh so funny! Lol

    LOTS OF MY LOVES TO YOU my most faves! xoxoxoxoxo
    Mo

    May 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm
  • Reply Alisa Fleming

    Oh you poor thing! I hope you feel better soon.

    May 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm
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