15 Weeks

The good news this week is that my voice is back.  The bad news is that I’m still sick.  In last week’s post I mentioned the terrible sinus pain I’m having.  I’m still having throbbing pain in my eyes, temples, upper teeth and jaw.  I still have pleurisy I think. The pain in my lungs have gotten worse.  It became painful to lift my arm or use my stomach muscles at all without excruciating pain in my right lung.  My throat started becoming soar again and the glands in my neck were hurting again. The mucus in my nose turned from green to orange. My nose has been bleeding. A low-grade fever returned.  So I finally went to a walk-in clinic yesterday.  I just couldn’t take the pain anymore.  Tylenol is not helping.  I’ve been sick for 3 weeks.

Well, this time the doctor gave me azithromycin (also known as Z-pack).  He said that it is an alternative to penicillin or amoxicillin which I can’t take because I’m allergic to.  He said that it is safe to take during pregnancy.  He couldn’t prescribe me anything else because of my pregnancy.  He said that the pain in my lung could be pleurisy but it also could be a fractured rib caused by chronic coughing!  He can’t take a chest x-ray to find out exactly what it is because x-rays aren’t safe during pregnancy. The more I think about it,  the more I believe it might actually be a fractured rib because any movement I make HURTS.  Not only coughing, sneezing and puking hurts, but just turning my torso, lifting my arms or trying to get comfortable in bed is very very painful.  He said that if it is a fractured rib it will take 4 to 6 weeks to heal :(  I can’t tolerate this misery for another month.

When I got home I Googled just how safe it is to take azithromycin during pregnancy.  I just wanted to educate myself a little more and be sure before taking my first pill.  Well, guess what… I can’t take it.  Not because of the pregnancy, but because of my heart palpitations!  I found this article… FDA Safety Changes: Azithromycin Linked With Fatal Irregular Heart Rhythms.  I told the doctor that I’m having heart palpations and that they have gotten worse since I’ve been sick!  He must not have known the risk of heart problems with this antibiotic.  I’m so glad I found this article, but I’m SO upset that I STILL have NOTHING to treat my sickness.  I haven’t touched the antibiotics.  They are still sitting on my kitchen table, and I feel like crying every time I look at them.

Tomorrow is my appointment with the cardiologist.  Hopefully we will get to the bottom of why I am have irregular heartbeats.  I will inform him of my 3 week cold, the pain in my lung/ribs, and the article that I read about the azithromycin.  I doubt he will suggest I still take the antibiotics.   I wouldn’t want to take the risk no matter what.

I’m concerned about the stress that our baby girl could be enduring because of all the problems with my body right now.  I hate the fact that I’ve been taking Tylenol every day for 3 weeks.  Long term use of Tylenol can’t be healthy for her.  I read an article about long-term Tylenol use during pregnancy … Too much Tylenol in pregnancy could affect child’s development, study finds.  Please keep me and baby girl in your daily prayers.  I need to get over this cold.  My body NEEDS to begin healing now.

Aaron and Faith are doing ok.  Both of them have mild cold symptoms.  Nothing bad enough to keep them in bed.  Aaron just finished his course of antibiotics and Faith is only taking Tylenol and Claritin at night.  I’m glad they’re doing ok.

 

15 weeks belly pic…

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What baby looks like at 15 weeks…

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Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She’s busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she’s likely to move away from the beam. There’s not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds.

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