Just when I thought things were getting better, I get knocked back into reality. The headache finally stopped. Im feeling better, no nauseous stomach, few cramps. I even washed my hair. But, apparently I got some water in my ears. After a day, it became annoying. I just wanted the water out. Then they started to ache. My lovely boyfriend suggested I put a drop of alcohol mixed with vinegar in my ears. Bad idea. It burned. It hurt. I fell to the ground. My boyfriend rushed me to the urgent care clinic. The dr said while my boyfriends intentions were good, he used the wrong dosage. My diagnosis, double ear infections. Ugh. Why? Now my hearing is cloudy, my ears ache, and I’m just unhappy. Well at least I can’t hear my 6 and 9 yr old argue.
Having a headache for six days begins to do something to you…make you go crazy. I couldn’t take it anymore, so I called my ob. Luckily, he was able to see me. He told me everything seemed normal, baby has a strong heartbeat, no bleeding from my hematoma in the last week. The only other pain I had been experiencing was round ligament pain. So he tells me, everything is fine. I just happen to have a headache WHILE being pregnant. I need to see my primary care doctor. So, off I go to the doctor, because another day of headaches is not for me. My doctor checks me over and sees that I have a huge knot in my shoulder. He says that can be the cause of my headache, which he has labeled as a tension headache. Great, the stress of the pregnancy has turned my shoulder muscle into a pretzel. In addition to the shoulder pain, he says it looks like I’ve been grinding my teeth at night. Even better. He prescribes a night guard for my mouth and my shoulder, a shot of Novocain. Uh oh… A shot , to my shoulder. This sounds painful. He says it’s not, it will basically shut off that muscle, giving my head relief from the last 6 days. Well at this point, as long as it’s safe for my baby, I’m willing to try anything. He uses spray to freeze the area, then gives me the shot of Novocain. I’m fine until he gets ready to take the needle out… Then I truly feel the pain. Burning.
This morning I’m happy to say that my headache is completely gone. Taking its place is this massive shoulder pain. I’ve traded one pain for another.
I am 13 weeks and to have made it this far, I am overjoyed. But this headache I’ve had for 2 days, needs to go. I can not take it anymore. Getting up to walk is a struggle.
*Later on that day..
It went away and came back with a vengeance. This is by far the worst. I’ve never had a persistent headache like this with any of my pregnancies. I took one Tylenol and its done absolutely nothing. I’m taking any suggestions at this moment. I just want the pain gone.
Despite the fears I have with this pregnancy, its been the little things getting me through it. I felt better yesterday, so I suggested that we go to babies ‘r us and spend some time out. We picked out baby items for our registry. It felt good getting out of the house finally. It felt even better thinking positively about our baby’s future. The kids had a blast picking out items for their new brother or sister. Today, I’m spending the day in bed. If I lay really still, I can feel him moving around. This is good because it’s giving me hope that things will turn out ok.
I knew this wasn’t going to be easy, but I didn’t think it would be like this. I have a Subchorionic Hematoma. Its basically a blood clot which can release at anytime taking my baby with it. I’ve been bleeding off and on since week seven (I’m now at week 13). My doctors have put me on bed rest, because everytime I go somewhere or do house work, I bleed again. So, I spend my days in bed praying that everything will be ok. I am frustrated because as I reach the end of the first trimester, I should be happy and planning for our future. Instead, I’m laying here praying things will get better.
Whoever said this was going to be an easy pregnancy, lied. Every week its something new. Last week, bleeding, this week, heart palpations.
Its a way for me to get out my thoughts and feelings about being pregnant. Its my third time being pregnant and things are so different this time around. Life is an adventure and this is just a way for me to capture this part of it.