Thursday, March 25, 2010

I jinxed myself

A few days ago, I was thinking about how blessed I have been during my pregnancy. Yes, I've had the normal nausea, pains and fatigue but nothing big and scary. I haven't had any UTIs, no diabetes, no high blood pressure, no pre-term labor symptoms, etc.... I was feeling pretty good about being able to make it all the way through this pregnancy with no major bumps in the road. Well... apparently I jinxed myself thinking that I had it so easy. Yesterday, at about 2:00, I was out in the back parking lot waiting for the kids to be picked up when I started feeling a bit light-headed and dizzy. I walked up to the office, slightly off-kilter and wobbly. I made it to the restroom splashed some water on my face and thought I was ok. I needed to get back to my classroom and get my stuff because I had a Dr's appointment at 3:00. However, I walked out of the restroom and almost fell over from the dizziness. Luckily there were some other teachers there to catch me. That's when things starting going downhill FAST. As I was sitting trying to regain my balance, I felt an instant wave of nausea and had to make a beeline to the restroom. *Side note: even during my morning sickness in early pregnancy, I did not throw up ONCE!* Anyway, I barely made it to the restroom, not pretty having to hug a public toilet in the middle of the teacher's lounge with tons of people milling about! I was so embarrassed! My good friend Jill was there to hold my hair back and reassure me that the baby was fine, which I was very concerned about at that point. So I finally get up the strength to get up off the bathroom floor (yuck!) and stagger to the work room, where I collapse again and toss some more cookies. I am so grateful at this point that there are so many caring people at school. Joan, Cheryl, Dawn, Jill and Thad were all there to help me. I can't tell all of you how much I appreciate your help. I never could have had the strength to do any of this on my own during this ordeal. So I'm sitting in the copy room and I can hear people discussing things but my head is so foggy and it's difficult for me to even hold my head up and speak. They all decide that they are going to call James, put me in a wheelchair (how embarrassing!!!), put me in Dawn's car and she'll take me to the Dr. I was glad I actually had a Dr.s' appointment because not only was I worried about what was going on with me, this had come on SO suddenly, but I was also worried about what all this was doing to the baby. So I make it out to Dawn's car and she carefully drives me to the Dr. When we get there, the Dr. takes my vitals and seems to think that I have food poisoning or a flu bug. Ok well that I can deal with. James shows up, thankfully, and asks the Dr. all the questions that I wanted to ask but couldn't because I was in so much agony. I was glad that the Dr. was able to check me and baby and see that everything was ok. The baby's heart rate was good and he was moving around A LOT. Things seemed a lot more complicated than just food poisoning or a flu bug when you're pregnant. Anyway, the Dr. sent me home with directions to try to stay hydrated, rest and take the day off from work the next day. So when I went home I was still ridiculously dizzy and nauseous. Dawn had graciously volunteered to run to Wal-green's and pick up some stuff for me, thanks Dawn!!! Meanwhile James helped me into bed where I stayed for the next eight hours or so. And after a few more visits to the thrown room, I slept for a good long while. When I woke up, it was as if nothing had ever happened. I wasn't dizzy, nauseous, nothing. I felt SO much better. It was then that I starting remembering all the stuff that had happened to get me to that point and BOY am I embarrassed!!! I'm so thankfulto everyone who helped me: Mary who kept me from falling over and getting my laptop and keys. Jill who held me hair and comforted me when I needed it most. Dawn for driving me to the Dr., getting stuff from Wal-greens and taking James back to school to get my car. Joan, Cheryl and Thad for getting me out of the school and into Dawn's car. And anyone else to asked if I was ok and volunteered to help me out. So from now on, I will try not to jinx myself by thinking how lucky I am. Yes, this could have been much worse. In my mind, at the time, it was pretty bad, but looking back, it was not as bad as it could have been and I'm thankful that this turned out to be just a minor incident, embarrassing, but minor. Now all I have to do is show up at work tomorrow and try to hold my head up! ;)

4 comments:

Ami said...

Every good pregnancy deserves at least one good "oh crap" story! We're just glad you and baby Henry are good to go!

kershner3 said...

I hope you're feeling 100% better! You definitely have nothing to be embarrassed about. I had food poisoning during my first pregnancy (Vail Teacher Appreciation Lunch 2004). At least I wasn't alone in my agony:)

Mary said...

I would have lost a bet though because I thought for sure I would see you at school the next day! I'm glad you were not stubborn and stayed home to rest : )

Jen said...

Glad to hear your better and Henry is fine. It's so nice to have great friends to help you when you need it most :)