So much for time off

21 Aug

Michael and Jade flew off to Vancouver yesterday morning.  I was a bit sad when I saw them off, but Jade’s been doing so much better, I wasn’t as emotional this time as the last.  I stayed late at work and then ran some errands to get dog food (which has to come from the vet because of his allergies) and some other items that have been on my list for a while.  (One item ended up being a cigarette case!  I was looking for a hard case in which to keep Jade’s emergency Valium and this turned out to be perfect.  Never thought I’d see the day…)  Although I was exhausted when I got home, I was also happy.  I had dawdled and browsed to my heart’s content and I’d picked up a few crafty supplies for things I want to make for Jade.  I can’t remember the last time I was able to just loiter and not worry about picking someone up or cooking someone supper or putting someone to bed.

I had plans to do some crafting this evening with the supplies I picked up yesterday, but I woke up this morning with a stomach ache.  It was bearable most of the morning but by lunchtime I couldn’t stand it anymore and went home, hoping some rest and mint tea would help.  I napped a bit and when I got up, the pain was pretty close to excruciating.  Not quite excruciating.  But close.  Norris and Charmaine were heading to the hospital for a party (a grad ceremony for their friend who is hospital’s newest dietician) and so I figured I should get a ride with them if I was going to get myself checked out.  Better than trying to drive myself with waves of pain.  And there’s been so much about listeria on the radio lately that even though I didn’t have symptoms of listeria I figured there could be something else I wasn’t aware of and it would be safter to see a doctor.

The ER was pretty busy, so it was about two hours before I saw the doctor.  I should have known it would happen: five minute before he came in, the pain stopped.  Still, he took things seriously and asked lots of questions and ended up sending me for a “non-stress test” to monitor Nugget for a while.  Up to maternity I went, a place I didn’t think I’d be seeing at all during this pregnancy.  Nugget looked great on the test, but I had to wait for the maternity doctor (who happened to be one of the docs I see at my prenatal clinic) to finish delivering a baby.

The conclusion was that I have a mild “sort of” hernia from my abdominal muscles separating in front.  This is actually something that both midwife Heather and the prenatal doc have observed before and wasn’t a cause for concern.  Now that I’m growng more, Dr. Gillis figures the muscles were unhappy and had been spasming all day.  It could come back, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it doesn’t.

I got home around 9:45 p.m., hungry but not completely ravenous because Norris had brought me a bit of food from the party and one of the great nurses gave me some toast with PB and J.  I’m exhausted again, though, and it’s not for nearly as fun a reason.  Oh well, I still have one day to be lazy before Michael and Jade get home…

3 Responses to “So much for time off”


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