Thursday, February 04, 2010

Sick sucks.

The thing about being pregnant that really sucks: If you get sick, you can't take anything for it.

That's not COMPLETELY true. You can take Acetominophen (Tylenol). You can take Sudafed. But if those don't work for you, you're screwed. No Advil, no Aleve, no aspirin. No Mucinex. Certain antihistamines (i.e. THE ONES THAT WORK) are off the menu. And of course, caffeine intake has to be limited to the equivalent of two cups of coffee per day, so that little home remedy is out too.

Basically, everything that works for me, is out.

So I'm back to Tylenol, which hasn't done jack shit for me since junior high. But it's all I got.

The only bottle of Tylenol in our house expired in November of 2008. It's worthless. *flush*

As of last week, McNeill products issued a recall for Tylenol products. NO FING WAY. Way.

The good news is, I can buy generic "store brands" of Acetominophen! Those are safe! So off the the grocery store I go.

Sadly this will do nothing for my sore throat, post-nasal drip, or insomnia. As far as that goes, I'm shit out of luck. And no, Sudafed doesn't help drip, it only helps CONGESTION, which I don't have.

Don't even think about Nyquil or Dayquil or any other alcoholic candy.

The last time I got a simple cold - which should have been gone in 24 hours - it lasted for FIVE DAYS, and just happened to span my entire New Year's Eve vacation visiting friends and family.

So... I'm grateful I don't have to travel or really do much of anything out of the house for a while.


My boss at the pub is an old-school workaholic. She has been showing up at the pub coughing her brains out, hoarse as a crow, and looking like she might pass out at any minute. Not only did she refuse to see a Doctor, she refused to stop working. IT'S A RESTAURANT. I had a little talk with her - to no avail.

Thanks Boss. I've got her symptoms.

I learned last Sunday that she wound up in the emergency room, unable to breathe. She's a smoker, so they put her on antibiotics for the bronchal infection, and gave her an inhaler. So thank G-d I don't smoke, but if I caught bronchitis from her BOY AM I GOING TO BE MAD. So far I've only been excessively drippy since Monday, and have lost a lot of sleep, but no other symptoms, other than the sore throat from choking on my own drip. this morning however - oh JOY! I have a stuffed up head, a sore throat, and noticeably decreased energy levels. Starting to feel really sick.


So. I'm seeing my OB/GYN this afternoon. Let's see what he says.

So today's lesson, boys and girls: When you're sick, STAY HOME AND DON'T INFECT THE PREGNANT LADY AT WORK!


cheapblueguitar said...

Oh no! Feel better soon, hon.

Karen said...

I hope you feel better soon.

Have you asked about Tylenol PM for your insomia? My last OB insisted that I take it because every time I saw her I was so tired. I always worried about the effects but, as she pointed out, having an exhausted mother isn't helping anything at all.