Friday, March 16, 2007

10 Weeks and Counting..

See my new ticker? Yeah, I added it in so I can be constantly reminded how long I need to suffer through this pregnancy. Look at the digits showing the number of days I have left; I would give my left foot to have that be a single digit.

I had my follow up exam today. O yeah, did you know? Last week I finally had to be admitted into the hospital due to severe vomiting and dehydration. I hate staying at hospitals, but getting the drip did help a bit. Even helped me do my toilet business (after a week!!), if you know what I mean. I was admitted for 2 days and eventhough the doctor wanted me to stay for a few more days, I decided 2 days away from the kids was enough. Boy, was I wrong.

I should have asked the doctor if there was any way I could bring the IV drip home. Hahaha...but seriously, getting enough fluids is not an easy feat, not when everything tastes like metal and every sip make you want to puke it all right back up. I finally decided to get my daily intake of water from fruits; watermelons, apples, plums and such. It’s not enough, but at least it’s something.

Back to today’s follow-up exam, diagnosis: Not Good!! So far, 10 weeks into the pregnancy and I’ve lost 5 kilos already. The pills the doctor gave were ok for handling food, so long as I ate in moderation and Matrics slow motion. However, like I mentioned before, the pills didn’t help with other gag-inducing activities, such as brushing my teeth and sneezing. So far, sneezing has caused me to vomit 3 times, brushing my teeth – eveytime!! So now, I only brush my teeth once every 3 days. Yuck, I know. But it reduces my vomiting record considerably. So long as no one wants me to give any butterfly kisses, everything should be fine.

I’ve missed so much work. To add to my dilemma, my doctor gave me another 2 weeks MC. If I could drag myself to work, I would. I feel guilty enough as it is. Once I got home from the hospital this morning, I immediately did my handover notes and sent them to my boss, together with a long-winded email, explaining everything. I really hope she understands. It’s not easy trying to explain this constant feeling of sickness to someone who doesn’t experience it; it’s like trying to explain the pain of childbirth to a guy!!

My doctor said the morning sickness should tapper off during the 12th week. Yeah, right. The last time she said it would be over by the 10th week. Anyway, when we did the scan, I saw my little baby inside of me and a sense of awe came over me. Just 29.9mm and already causing such havoc on my body. My doctor said it’s not the baby that’s causing me to vomit; it was my amniotic fluids. Apparently I have more than normal women do. I asked my doctor if there was anything we could do about it, you know, take some of the fluid out a bit and she looked at me and laughed. “Keluarkan air, keluar le baby.” Aiseh, ye ke?

My in-laws came to visit me yesterday. My MIL was sympathetic and totally understanding. I cried when I told her what I was going through. “Banyak berdoa Long, minta jangan meleret muntah2 ni.”

Berdoa. That’s all I can do right now.