Posts tagged sickness
We are finally starting to feel a little relief around here from the cold we all caught. Paul’s pretty much fine now, but Nathan and I still have some lingering symptoms. Nathan’s is a snotty nose jammed full of a disgusting amount thick, sticky boogers that coat and then flake off his nostrils. Mine is an insanely suffy nose and ears that are so stopped up that I often can’t even hear my phone ring. All three of us still have chest congestion and a phlegmy cough. But we’re kicking this cold, by golly, and hopefully it will be gone when baby makes his grand debut.
Speaking of stopped-up ears, Nathan asked me a question four or five times today, but I couldn’t hear him. I don’t have the best hearing anyway, but now it’s as if my ears are plugged up with cotten. Everything sounds thick, fuzzy, and unintelligable. I kept telling him that I was sorry but my ears are stopped up. At that, Nathan ran over to me, swept my hair behind my right ear, and peered curiously into my ear canal.
“What are you doing, buddy bear?” I asked him. (He loves being called Buddy Bear. In return, he calls me Mommy Bear and Paul is Daddy Bear. Oh, the cuteness! It burns!)
“Did your ears go swimming?” he asked.
“No, sweetie, they’re stopped up from my cold. That means there’s fluid behind my eardrum, making it hard for me to hear.” He looked befuddled, so a quick Internet search pulled up a diagram of the ear. Nathan is now very proud to know the anatomy of the ear, and he can tell me where the pinna, ear canal, ear drum, middle ear, and inner ear are located. And he smiles with gleeful excitement as he points them out on a diagram.
I love, love, love how he loves to learn!
Well, it’s definitely not allergies. Now Paul’s sick too. We are one miserable lot, I tell ya. And it really sucks that Paul and I came down with it on Mother’s Day, of all days. So prayers that we all get well soon would be much appreciated! I hate being sick, especially when my entire little family is sick!
In other news, I thought of something funny to share. Whenever I go to the gym, I bring my gym bag with clean clothes, shower supplies, a towel, etc. Last week as I was walking in, I was stopped by another lady who opined that she didn’t like me carrying such a heavy bag since I’m so pregnant. I stopped and offered for her to carry my bag for me, but ironically, she quickly changed the subject. She never did carry my bag for me. Which is fine- I’m a big girl and can carry my own stuff. However, why would someone complain about it if they aren’t going to help? It makes no sense.
People say the most absurd things to pregnant women sometimes! Sometimes all you can do is laugh…
So of course Nathan is sick… right around the time I’m due to have this baby. So, that’s not stressful or anything. So now, I’m hoping this baby does *not* make his appearance until Nathan’s better. And juat this evening, I’ve started coming down with it. Sore throat, sneezing, runny nose & congestion. I was just fine earlier and *wham!* started getting sick.
It only seems to be a head cold, but as we all know, something as small as a head cold is fine for adults & older children, but can have dire consequences for newborns. Since their immune systems are immature, a little cold can quickly progress into croup or pneumonia.
I hope Nathan feels better soon. I hate when my baby doesn’t feel well. And please pray that my symptoms miraculously go away because if I go into labor, I really don’t want the added stress of worrying about my newborn getting sick! I’ve been spraying my nose with nasal saline & gargling with salt water… hoping it helps!
Well, my cold finally went away. It only took FOREVER. When Nathan had it (because he pretty much is the first to catch all the illnesses we come down with, then he gives them to me, then I give them to Paul) it only lasted two days. Two! I caught it a couple days later, and then Paul caught it right after I did. Paul was also over it in a couple days. Normally, I’m the same way… but not while pregnant! Oh no. I catch a cold and the cold totally kicks my ass. I’m a snotting, coughing, sneezing mess… and when you’re pregnant, there’s only a few medications you can take so I end up being miserable for the duration of the illness. I mentioned in my last post that a pregnant woman’s immune system is lower than normal. Yeah, that sucks!
Well it sure does make me appreciate being well, I tell ya! So while I was sick, I went to Chattanooga, TN to visit my brother. I was on the very tail-end of the cold, and I’d been planning this trip for awhile… and I wasn’t about to cancel since I’m only getting MORE pregnant and more uncomfortable! And I plan to visit him again after the baby’s born, but since I’ll be breastfeeding, it will be about six month postpartum before I can really leave the baby. And even then, I’ll have to pump every few hours. So this was the only chance I was going to be able to see him for a while.
We had a great time! I spent a weekend with him. He took me to some of his favorite restaurants (and let me tell you, I really enjoyed that food!), sightseeing, his favorite hangouts, and we walked around downtown while he told me about a lot of Chattanooga’s history and different things that are going on around there. We laughed and laughed, and then when we thought we were all laughed out, we then laughed some more. We tend to crack each other up since we have a similar sense of humor. And of course, seeing him laugh makes me laugh and vice versa… soon it becomes a laughing cycle. (Good thing I wasn’t in my third trimester yet- I might have ended up peeing on myself!)
It seemed like time just flew by- we didn’t have time to do everything we wanted to do. I miss my brother so much. We used to spend pretty much every day together, and then he moved a few years ago. I’m super happy for him because he’s really thriving and doing this thing we call Life so well, but I really do miss him. I’m really glad it worked out that I was finally able to go visit him before the baby arrives, and I am already eagerly looking forward to our next visit!
In other news, I am Really Pregnant. I’m definitely in the uncomfortable phase right now- my belly prevents me from bending over, I’m peeing a lot, my back aches, my lungs are squished… all the typical pregnancy woes. But still. It’s nothing like it was when I was pregnant with Nathan! That was rough!! I attribute my current well-being to continuing to work out 3-4x a week. TOTALLY WORTH IT!! It feels good to feel semi-human this time around! In retrospect, I can’t believe I did that to myself last time- the whole not working out thing. The difference is incredible. I mean, I don’t feel fabulous by any means, but I don’t feel like death warmed over either. I know things are subject to change in the three months I have left to go, but I don’t plan on discontinuing my workout so I’m sure that will help. Oh how I can’t wait to meet this new little man, and I bet Nathan is going to be a wonderful big brother.
I still can’t believe that soon I will be a mommy to two precious little boys!!