Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Plague

A few weeks ago my husband got sick. It started as a cold and generally feeling ucky. The Sunday before Valentines day it progressed into a crazy cough, headaches, and occasional dizziness. He spent the whole week in exile, living on the couch in our front room and staying pretty far away from me. Somewhere in the he went to the doctor and got diagnosed with bronchitis. Thanks to antibiotics and cough syrup with codine he was feeling better on Presidents Day (8 days later). That Tuesday we deemed him well enough to hang in the family room and sleep in our bed again.

By Thursday he was feeling sick and was once sent to exile in the front room. Another doctors visit came up with a diagnosis of bronchitis + flu. Maybe. He got more antibiotics and stronger cough stuff. More warnings to stay away from me.

I've stopped using our powder room and only go in the front room to deliver food. If he ventures out of the front room he wipes everything down with Clorox wipes. The last time I washed my hands this much was when I evaluated child care programs. Despite these efforts I think I'm getting sick. I'm always stuffy when I wake up (yahh pregnancy) but usually it's gone within an hour. I've been up 2.5 hrs, used a neti pot, and am still stuffy/sneezy.

Usually this wouldn't be that big of a thing. But the only pre-baby vacation we have planned starts on Thursday. So any pregnancy safe home remedies? I'm drinking tea. Planning on lots of garlic today.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A few early bullets

  • I have a crazy sense of smell. Lunch time at the office has gotten really interesting. Though we have a conference/kitchen area the secretaries in the department where we sit have their own. I don't mind so much for afternoon popcorn, but the lunches. Oh the lunches. It should be against the rules to put fish in a communal microwave. Also anything sweet and sour, vinegary, or anything else that i don't agree with in the moment.
  • I have never loved sleep so much. I'm averaging 9-10 hrs a night. With an occasional nap. Some days this is so irritating because I have stuff to do, but most of the time I try to enjoy the fact that I can take a weekend nap without worrying about a kid. How do women handle this for baby number 2?
  • I have never been so fussy about food in my life. I'm a vegetarian with a few food allergies, but outside of the foods ruled out by those things I eat almost anything. I should say I ate almost anything. These days it takes me forever to decide on anything. This morning it took me 1.5 hours to come up with something (cheddar drop biscuits) and another 40 minutes to get up the energy to go make them.
  • Pregnancy nose (congestion sinusy stuffiness) isn't all that different that my allergies growing up, but the lack of available meds makes it fun. I finally bought a neti pot. I've used it 5-6 times and with the exception of this morning it's been great. This morning my sinuses said f that, I am going to give you trouble. I think I'll try some essential oils in the shower (if I ever make it back upstairs)
Despite the weird and crazy I'm doing my best to enjoy it. I mean really- whens the last time you slept 10/hrs a night multiple nights and didn't feel guilty?