And It Gets Worse!

Just when I thought this pregnancy couldn’t get any harder, yesterday happened. I passed out, cold, in the driveway, draped over the passenger seat of our car, and Jeffrey had to find a way out of the car, run inside, and find his daddy. Seriously, what is wrong with me?!

Earlier in the day, (after the repair guy put in the new hot-water heater and my husband was home early from work to help the guy) I decided I had to have some Mexican food from my favorite new hole-in-the-wall. DFM didn’t want to go, so I figured I would take Jeffrey and we would have some nice time alone- he really likes it when we do that, and he likes Mexican food as much as I do. The place is really close to our house, and I felt fine. Drive there, waddle inside, sit, eat, waddle out, drive home, no problem, right?

Things started out ok- we got our food (delicious!) and were discussing baby names, dogs, cartwheels and other four-year-old topics- when all of the sudden I felt ill. I grabbed Jeffrey and ran to the bathroom, and was sick. Not so unusual, really. But when we got back to the table, I felt a little lightheaded, and told Jeff we had to go. I went to pay and have his food put in a box, and the guy at the counter asked me if I needed an ambulance. I kinda laughed, said I was fine, and I just needed to go home.

Jeffrey was climbing in the car, trying to buckle his food-box in a seat belt when the contractions hit- and I almost doubled over. The were wrapping around my back, and this is not a joy I had with either of the boys. The pain was insane- I could hardly breathe, but we were already in the car, and home was only a few blocks away. In retrospect, I probably wasn’t thinking clearly, but I just wanted to get home, asap. As we were turning into our neighborhood, I started to hear “crickets” in my ears, the ringing got louder and louder, and my vision was tunneling- I don’t know how I actually got home, but I was praying out loud the whole way.

As soon as I pulled in the driveway, I passed out. Somehow Jeffrey got out, got my husband and he got me in the house. I don’t remember much, except when I came to, I was in agony. The contractions were shaking my whole body, and I couldn’t even catch my breath. My husband called my doctor and of course, he said to take me to the hospital. DFM’s Aunt came over immediately to watch the kids, and we left.

We spent the evening in the LDR ward at the hospital. By the time we got there, the contractions had eased up to every 12-14 minutes, and I was able to stay conscious. They ran some tests, checked the baby, checked me and watched us for a couple of hours. The doctor had no idea why I passed out, but the baby was fine. We went home.

Now, I can’t drive anymore, or go anywhere alone, until this baby is born. I’m just sitting here shaking my head. I hate drama, and this baby had caused more drama pre-birth than I can stand. I am soooo ready to be a normal mama and woman again, instead of this bizarre, gestating thing I am now. My doctor says in 2 1/2 weeks he will let me go. Counting the days…

15 thoughts on “And It Gets Worse!

  1. ohmygosh! I had the same thing happen to me 3 wks ago, but I’m not pregnant. I went to playgroup with 2 other moms (we go to different fast food places that have play equipment) And we had just finished eating, (mexican food) and all of a sudden I felt really light headed and was having cold and hot flashes. The next thing I remember I was facing the opposite direction and one of the other moms has my face in her hands telling me to focus and look at her. My first thought was that I needed to throw up and then I realized that I already had! I’ve never done that before. They called 911 and the emt’s showedup, they couldn’t figure out why I did it, but I went to urgent care a little while later (I refused to go to the ER I wanted to go home and change 1st) and they did all sorts of heart tests and made me pee in a cup and did blood work, and nothing, no reason for any of it. Though my regular dr has me checking my blood sugar several times a week to see if that may have of been it. But so scary, though luckily all the kids were so busy playing that none of them really realized that anything was wrong until the emt’s got there.

    I hope that you don’t have anymore problems and that your 2 1/2 wks go by fast!

  2. OHmyword! Hon! You need to take care. Thank goodness someone was looking over in that car! I am sending wellness/sanity vibes. 17/18 days and counting.

  3. Oh. my. GOODNESS! Girlfriend this is getting to be quite the tale to tell. This little one will live in infamy! Take of yourself, get some rest and make the DH go get the mexican food from now until the baby’s born!

  4. You know, if this wasn’t happening to me, I’m not sure I would beleive it… Enough already!

    Susan- I was wondering if the fainting might be related to blood sugar or something- did/do you know anything about a wacky sugar level causing people to pass out??

  5. I think you can stop worrying…this so SO A GIRL. :-)

    2 1/2 weeks…that is doable…..sorry you are stuck at home, just remember that you are so close…..

  6. Hey i am sorry you are having such a rough pregnancy i will count down with you!! Good luck during labor and being a mommy again i wish you all the best of luck!

  7. Tracy, I talked to Kev about what happened to you. He had all these fancy names and such but basically it came down to 3 things. 1)dehydration he said with all the throwing up your hydration level and electrolites would be low. He said you should be sucking down as much gatorade as you can hold down. 2) Sugar level. He said your Dr. should be monitoring you for that. and 3) He said that probably the most likely things was described like this. You know when you get up too fast and get dizzy? It’s because blood isn’t reaching your brain (yes he is dumbing this down for me). Anyway he said the same thing can happen when you vomit. Because you are using so much force to vomit you essentially are not getting enough blood to the brain causing you to pass out. (hypovolemic, yes I am spelling this phonetically). Thought you’d like to know. :-)

  8. Tracy!
    I’m so sorry there is so much trauma. I can tell you prefer to be a low-maintenance person, so this must be so irritating for you. Good luck laying low for the next couple of weeks. It will be worth it to cooperate with the zero-activity (as crazy as it may make you) if nothing worse than this happens! Take care of yourself!

  9. Nes- thanks for talking to Dr husband for me- I kind of suspect electolytes being messed up having something to do with it- my diet pretty much sucks right now. (and I have no idea what electrolytes acutally do, but I know they matter!)

    SO far so good for the rest of the weekend. The hardest part now is going to be the “No driving”- just about everyone in my family has called and threatened my life if I don’t listen to the doctor… And while I am a stubborn mule about myself, I am not going to put my kids in danger (or anyone else on the road) by taking any chances.

    Thanks to all of you for your kind words and thoughts and prayers! This keeps me sane!

  10. Tracy… order out next time. :)

    Seriously, what a giant pain it is to be “invalid”… I feel for you. I’m glad that you and baby are OK. Hopefully the next 2 1/2 weeks will slide right by.

    What a blessing these blogs are. How I would have lived for the opportunity to rant and get things off my chest, crazy as I was. And what fun it would have been to go back and read it, once I was “normal” again. It’s a neat thing to have all the pregnancy stories chronicled. You should print all these posts out and put them in the kid’s baby book. Blessings to you.

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