I am not complaining or looking for sympathy. I have a new found respect....compassion....and empathy for people that suffer daily from the following aliments. I only have to deal with the following issues for a few more weeks but most people have a lifetime or what may seem like a lifetime to live with these disorders.
#1. Rheumatoid Arthritis. This can be a long-term disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. Both of my hands at some point during the night & day will burn and go completely numb. My right middle finger stays numb, tight and tingly. This makes me crazy but it is a symptom in pregnancy. Most of the time I am unable to make a fist, cut vegetables, or write with a pen. I had this same issue with John but much worse. This is so minor though...my heart aches for the people that have this constantly with no relief. Now when I see commercials advertising relief for arthritis I immediately ask God to help these people. I know the pain & frustration they are in!
# 2. Heartburn/Acid Indigestion. God bless you if you have this all the time or anytime. This issue just plows - seriously. The only time I have had this issue was with John....I didn't know what was going on with my digestive system. Thank goodness for Tums and cold water. But it is impossible to sleep when you are having an episode...notice the time 4am and I am blogging. I have heard that certain food "aggravates" the condition but it doesn't seem to matter in my situation. I have always heard the tale that a baby will have lots of hair if the pregnant Mother suffers heartburn during pregnancy. John had lots of dark brown hair. Randy doesn't like John's hospital picture but I think it is hysterical! He looks like a little china man! His cheeks were so fat it made his bottom lip and eyes disappear. I just laugh when I see this picture! The moment he was born Randy asked John's pediatrician how big was John? Dr. Young said "somewhere between 2 & 4 months!" He was a big baby that's for sure! For those who don't remember he was 10lbs 11 oz and 2 weeks early. But is was a blessing - he slept through the night within the first couple of weeks.
#3. Trouble Sleeping. At this point it's next to impossible to get comfortable sleeping. About the time I do get comfortable my hands start cramping, my back aches or I have to take a potty break. I am managing to sleep for 2 to 2.5 hours at a time then I wake up. My body must be getting me ready to have a newborn and not enjoying sleeping anymore. If you call during the day and I don't answer it's usually because I am trying to catch a nap. John is good to take a nap with me...don't get me wrong he complains but I tell him that once I get to sleep than he can get up...but he always falls asleep before me! (I wonder how much longer that little game will last?!?!) One of my dear friends has to take a sleeping medicine every night....I am thankful there is such a thing and she doesn't have to suffer.
#4. Gotta Go Right Now. Remember that little jingle for a prescription drug?? Gotta Go...Gotta Go...Gotta Go Right Now! Welcome to being 9 months pregnant. I always potty before we leave the house and anywhere we go I always make sure I know exactly where the bathroom is even if I don't have to go at that moment. I know this is "TMI" but Mothers you can relate when you are this far along in pregnancy and you have to go potty you think you really have to go and you get there and it's only a ..."tinkle...tinkle...tinkle". Come on....I know you are laughing and can totally relate!!! God bless people that have bladder control issues. I not feel their pain!
I could go on about my itchy belly....clothes not fitting comfortable....socks & shoes are next to impossible and how I cried last night because I am as big as a side of a barn. I am not looking for a pity party....okay maybe I am or maybe I am just documenting what I am going through so in 13 years when my daughter is having a teenage hormonal fit I can pull my blog book off the shelf and say..."hmmmm look at what I went through just to have you!"
Hope I made you laugh for a moment. I am blogging off now...I must do a #4 and try a #3. Did I mention we only have 24 days to go?!?!?