About 6:03 AM this morning when I learned that the Metro North trains were still having service issues due to an electric outage or something like that and I was facing having to take a diesel fueled train packed to the brim with angry, tired and frustrated passengers for about 80 minutes or so on a local commute to Connecticut, I was pretty annoyed. But add in a horrendous head cold, the kind I always get this time of year when the weather changes and then take into account that I’m 15 weeks pregnant today and no meds are allowed and you’ve got a perfect storm of aggravation. This cold has had a wonderful kick with each passing day. It started with a very scratchy throat which was sore at times, and just tickly at others. That was followed by non-stop sneezing and nose blowing. When the redness started to form under my nose from all the tissue rubbing despite running out for an emergency trip to the drug store to get those aloe-infused tissues, my nose clogged up – not in one, but BOTH nostrils. So breathing and sleeping became pretty impossible. I did the Nedi-Pot – that plastic blue tea pot looking thing that washes a saline solution through your sinuses. That gave me about 5 minutes of relief before the nostrils would close right back up – they were mocking my desire to fill my lungs with much needed oxygen.
So then one nostril opened up but the coughing began the following day and this morning I woke up thinking – wow, I can breathe and I slept and I’m not coughing so I must be cured. But five minutes later in the bathroom, the coughing got deeper and deeper and it made me want to gag and as soon as a pregnant person wants to gag, her whole body just wants to heave because – hey, it’s pregnant and why not get the morning sickness out with the phlegm and deep hacking of a cold? How efficient.
The Husband slept through all of this hacking and throat clearing and spewing up of stuff that shall remain nameless. He looked so cozy and comfortable in our bed and I wonder how on earth he has managed to avoid this plague that has descended upon me. I was able to stop the gagging reflex long enough to give myself a Lovenox shot – a blood thinner medication offered in a syringe that I have to take on a daily basis while pregnant. All to prevent a potential blood clot – I have some clotting factor that they found which makes me more at risk for clots. How fun!
After 90 minutes of coughing and nose blowing and running back and forth to the bathroom, I finally got myself together enough to leave for work. I was able to work out of our NY office today (a rare treat). While chatting with some of my colleagues, I said to them – is there anything worse than being pregnant and having to work all day with a horrible head cold?
Then one woman, with 3 kids smiled and said, “Well, yes. You could be pregnant, have to work all day with a head cold and then have twin toddlers to look after when you get home.”
Ok, well that shut me up. She wins. Hands down. That’s way harder.
Hoping to take tomorrow off for some recovery time. I’m starting a pre-natal yoga class tonight. Technically I started on Monday night, but I had to miss the class as the sneezing / runny nose phase did not seem a good fit for getting my yoga on for the first time. I hope they don’t kick me out due to coughing fits tonight. Til next time…