It's been a while, I know. I've been gestating a human for the past 32 weeks and also started working full time right around when said human was conceived... so I've been a much, much busier version of myself than usual. Busier, in fact, than I've ever had the pleasure (if you can call it that) of being.
The first 28 weeks of this pregnancy went so well that the time just flew right by. Without the strange aches, stretching, and tugging that I remember from being pregnant with Jacob (not to mention the insanely rare diagnosis of Pseudotumour Cerebri that left me wondering on a daily basis if today would be my last day living with the gift of sight), this pregnancy was a breeze.
Since then, though, things have steadily been getting tougher. It all started with a cold. We all get colds; they suck. This cold, though, was ugly, and eerily tenacious. After three weeks of continuous and unabating symptoms, it showed no signs of easing up. My colleagues have taken to calling me "Patient X", blaming me for the gradual demise of everyone around the office over the month of February. And they're probably right. The virus has found a host that won't kill it (that would be me - thanks, pregnant immune system) and it's having a blast. I'm now entering week 4 with this bug. I'm starting to think I should give it a name. And no, it's not an infection that can be treated with antibiotics - that much has been confirmed by several doctors.
This all would have been exhausting enough, except that my prolonged, violent coughing actually caused me to fracture a rib several days ago, launching me into a world of pain that I can only compare to what I imagine it might feel like to be impaled by the horn of an angry wild animal. Normally, the highest caliber of pain killers and cough suppressants would take care of the situation, let me get some sleep, and gradually recover. Of course, those are off limits to me while I'm pregnant. Shifting in my sleep is excruciating, breathing deeply is out of the question... and I don't think I need to explain the desperate agony of coughing. It's been character building.
Here's to hoping these issues resolve themselves over the 8 weeks I have left to go before baby is born. It would be nice to enjoy some restful nights before what I already know is going to be an exhausting (but wonderful) year ahead.
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