Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The World’s Longest Hangover

My husband is posting this entry, which I have dictated, for me because I am unable to see straight let alone look at a computer screen.

I’ve been to the hospital and back, but no baby yet. I woke up Sunday morning, so dizzy that I couldn’t get out of bed on my own. By the time we made it to the bathroom, I barfed all over. After a couple more hours of dizziness and puking, I called the doctor and he sent us to the hospital for fear of dehydration or preeclampsia. We thought we’d be there for a couple of hours to get hydrated, but after two IV bags, the dizziness and vomiting had not subsided. Since my vitals were all fine, they weren’t really sure what was wrong with me, so I had to stay the night.

The next morning, after a sleepless night of being hooked on monitors and having my blood pressure taken as soon as I managed to fall asleep, there was still no change in my condition. The doctor then ordered a CAT scan to rule out tumors, strokes or seizures. The hour to and from the radiation floor, was the worst in my life to date. I immediately started vomiting as soon the wheel chair transporting me started to move. It didn’t help that the lab technician sent up to fetch me also had a vomit phobia and bolted as soon as the retching began. She hurriedly took off to find a nurse, leaving me gagging alone in the hallway. As I listen to the nurses debate whether or not I could make to the lab, one of the many random strangers passing me in the hallway, decided to stop and offer me a wet washcloth. Finally, a new nurse arrived to take me the rest of the way down. I made it through the CAT scan and back to the wheelchair before I started barfing again.

By the time I got back to my room, they had tried three different kinds of anti-nausea medicine through my IV. The Dramamine finally seemed to help and I mercifully fell asleep. A few hours later, the results of the scan came back normal, which was a relief. I had been lying there imagining scenarios in which I was dying of brain cancer or other rare diseases. When the doctor came back, he said his best guess was that I am suffering from a virus of the inner-ear. Apparently there is nothing they can really do to treat an inner-ear infection other than, ha ha, bedrest. So he said I could go home as soon as I was able to hold down some solid food. I was determined to make it home that night, so through a great effort of sheer willpower, I managed to survive getting dressed and being wheeled down to the lobby without yakking once.

The next day was mostly a blur of sleeping and of course the ever present dizziness, every time I tried to so much as move my head. So far, my condition has not much improved, I’ve managed to keep down a little solid food since I moved home, but not much. The doctor said my condition should improve soon otherwise we’ll have to do more tests.

So please keep your fingers crossed for me and the baby, that I can recover from whatever I have before it’s time to deliver.

P.S. Thanks to Swistle for posting about my current situation. When I can type this myself, I’ll try to give a better account of the story.

24 comments:

Laura said...

I just read about your situation over at Swistle's, and I couldn't believe it! I had I the same excat thing happen to me when I was 7 months pregnant with my son. I was so dizzy that I couldn't move. I basically just laid in bed all day and puked. my. guts. out! I had tons of tests done and was eventually send to an Ear Nose and throat doctor. Finally, he gave me a shot of steriods directly into my ear canal. It was very painful, but it worked! This is the first time I have read your blog....I hope everything clears up for you soon because I totally know what you are going through.

Jana said...

You poor thing! I am adding you to my prayers tonight...I hope that virus makes a quick exit.

Mimi said...

Oh my goodness... what an ordeal. I will be thinking about you and praying you get well before your delivery.

Artemisia said...

Hang in there. Thinking of you.

jen said...

oh man! Thinking of you as well.. hope this clears up soon and you catch a break.

Devan said...

praying that that virus is on it's way out! You poor thing. Hang in there.

Jess said...

It's just one thing after the other you poor thing.

I'm praying for you and the baby!! Not too much longer :)

Tessie said...

What an ordeal. I'm thinking of you and TRULY, TRULY hope you are feeling better soon.

Shelly said...

Holy crap! I hope whatever it is decides to leave you in peace soon. I'll be thinking of you.

Misty said...

Visiting from Swistle's. Viruses are BAD! I hope you feel better.

Mommy Daisy said...

Thanks to your mom for the e-mails, and thanks to Jim for helping you update the blog.

I hope that you are feeling much better soon. That makes me queasy just thinking about it. I know I had plenty of nausea late in pregnancy, so I can't imagine how you're feeling. (Probably like you're ready to give up, I"m sure.) Hang in there. I will keep you in my prayers.

Musings of a Mom said...

Sarah, I want you to know that lots of people love you and are praying for you (including myself). You have been so strong through all this. What a wonderful day it will be when we all get to meet this precious little boy, and how blessed he is to have such a mom.

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

Oh no. I'm so, so sorry THIS has been added to an already trying time! Please feel better soon! Just know we're all thinking about you!

Swistle said...

This is the most pitiful, barfy pregnancy situation I've heard of in a LONG time. After the knee thing and the bedrest thing, if you don't get the nicest easiest baby out of this, there is no justice in this world. And if you have to get a SHOT in your EAR CANAL, email me your mailing address and I'm sending you cookies. Serious.

Erin said...

I came over from Swistle, and just wanted to say Holy Crap That SUCKS! As if the end of pregnancy isn't hard enough... I am sending all sorts of good thoughts your way that things improve soon!

shoeaddict said...

I will pray for you

Katie said...

Hi. I have lurked a bit, but never posted. I hope you feel better soon. I cannot imagine how awful this is! I had "situational vertigo" a few years back that sounded very similar. Horrific!

shoeaddict said...

Added you to my "Prayers & Blessings" list

Sam said...

As we say down here in the South - bless your heart! What a terrible thing to happen - but you just stay in your bed and be well, okay? I will pray for you. I hate throwing up WORSE THAN ANYTHING and you have my deepest sympathy.

Kelli in the Mirror said...

Praying for you and hoping it gets better very soon!

Omaha Mama said...

Prayers for your recovery and the safe and healthy birth of that baby!

What Works For Us said...

We're sending lots of positive thoughts your way. Hang in there!!

coffee stained laura said...

I echo Swistle's sentiments that you deserve an easy baby for all the trouble you've had during this pregnancy (even if it wasn't pregnancy related!)

I hope you feel better soon!

Marie Green said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. I get the same can't move my head dizziness after surgery and seriously, I'd rather be in labor. Worst. Feeling. Ever. EVER!!!!

I don't know how you are living through it. I'm not sure I would!