Quick Preggo Update
Well, I’d like to say a lot has changed since my last post… but not much has. I will still be sure to focus on some positive changes, though!
Positive Change #1
No more morning sickness! Now, this doesn’t mean no more sickness… I still have mild burning in my stomach almost every night and 24/7 abdominal pain that ranges from “livable” to “am I going to die?” depending on how well I stick to my bed-rest routine. But! It does mean no more nausea (usually)! And that is something to be happy about, right?
Positive Change #2
New awesome health insurance! Yes, the Covered CA enrollment process was horrendous, and it took so long that I wasn’t able to be seen by a specialist about my condition until yesterday (27 weeks into my pregnancy), but this does mean no more crazy high premiums, deductibles, or copays! So there’s some more happy!
Positive Change #3
We moved! Kind of! After almost a year of living our amazing (albeit humbling) new life where Karl and I felt God had called us, the very sudden opportunity came about for us to move into the unit downstairs from us. This means the same teeny-tiny apartment, but with an added bonus of a large front deck and amazing (at least to us) backyard! This means space for Baby V to roam in his walker, land for us to plant a vegetable garden, and a place to invite friends and family without trying to squish them all into our itty-bitty living room. There are also lots of great upgrades in the unit which include:
- An electrical outlet in the bathroom
- Screens on (almost) all of our windows
- Lots of added storage
- A gas stove that lights without a match
- A non-half-broken garbage disposal
- Ceiling fans! (This is a huge deal when there’s no A/C)
- Back-door entry to the garage (a.k.a. Karl’s magic work space) right from our front deck.
Yes, some of these things may seem like they should come standard, but we’ve lived without them for almost a year! Still no dish washer, but we make do… or actually, Karl usually makes do. Karl is amazing.
So basically, when it comes to finding a treatment for all this pain, I’m out of luck. I was even ready to consider prescription medication, but all that has been offered to me (or forced on me before I could even fully explain my symptoms to the GI specialist) is a medication for acid reflux. Yes, I still have some slight acid overproduction (usually calmed by PregEase as mentioned in my last post), but the constant abdominal pain is my stomach lining crying out for healing… and I’m told that there’s nothing to do about that until the baby is born. An endoscopy is too dangerous during pregnancy, and it’s the only way to really see how much damage has been done. So, I just have to get through another three months of going a little more crazy every day, under house arrest, too sick to be useful but too hyper to enjoy the rest and “relaxation”.
The Rest Of It
Nutrition. Oh, I never thought I’d see the day where I gave up my vegan ways. But sadly, at least for the time being, meat is back on the menu. Eventually I want to write a whole separate post about my true thoughts on veganism, but for now let’s suffice it to say that my favorite way to eat is animal-free, but when my body needs extra healing it tends to reject all the wonderful plant-based proteins and rely on animal-based ones. Now, I’m not a meat eating machine by any means. In fact, meat still grosses me out. But when I can’t digest my lovely nuts, seeds and beans, I do what I gotta do. Karl is still eating animal free (and often raw) and is totally thriving on it. I’ve been looking into the link between our blood types and how nutrition affects us differently and have come up with some surprisingly spot-on results! But more on that another time. 🙂
As for the baby’s health, so far so good! He’s constantly practicing his dance moves in my uterus, and I have a feeling we’re going to have a rambunctious little guy on our hands. Of all the awful health issues I have to endure, I have to say I am pretty excited that I get a brand new human at the end of this one. 🙂 It still takes me by surprise sometimes!
I do want to say how incredibly grateful I am to all of you who have been praying for me and for all the encouragement and support I have received. It’s not every day you have friends and family who are so understanding and sympathetic to what you’re going through. Most of all, I am crazy grateful for my superhero husband. I don’t think anyone will ever truly understand how hard he works to keep this family going, and to keep me healthy and… well, alive.