Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Ugly Side of Pregnancy.....

 I think the title of this post really sums up how I feel at this very moment. It is currently almost 2am and I am awake. Wide awake from a rash that has reared its ugly head between Sunday and Monday. It is ALL over my body, and is extremely itchy. Hence why I am wake and cannot sleep.

 It started Sunday, after a baby shower that was thrown for us by our moms. After the shower, we were getting ready to come home and all of the sudden I got really itchy on and around my tummy, no rash, just itchy. By that night my arms and legs were just as itchy. I took a binadrill, and lathered up with hydro cortisone before bed. That seemed to do the trip for about 5 hours, when I then woke up to that same pesky itchy sensation. I figured that the binidrill was waring off so I took another one.

 When I woke up the next morning, it was not bad at all. My Mom came over and brought me breakfast (the perks of being pregnant) and started to help me by doing some things around the house. While she was doing that I took a shower. When I got out of the shower, my skin was on fire. I had a rash all down my arms and down my tummy. A bumpy itch red rash. So, I called the doctor. I explained to them what was going on and that I had an appointment the next day, and whether I needed to come in right now, or my scheduled appointment. They gave me a list of things to take, and told my to come at my scheduled appointment. 

 Later that day, I noticed that the baby was not as active as she ALWAYS is. So I poked, and poked, and poked my tummy to get her to move. She would not budge. So then I drank some OJ, and waited, poked again, and waited. I hate panicking people, because in the long run they start to panic me. So I brought it up to Jon, and with the help of my parents we went to L&D.

 When I got there, they hooked my up to the monitor and Adah had a really strong heart beat. So that immediately made me feel better. By that point my rash was worse, and the nurse thought I might have this skin rash called PUPPP. They did blood tests and nothing came back bad so they gave me the go ahead to go home. I don't care what anyone says, if you can't find a good enough reason to go to L&D this far along it is solely for your peace of mind.

 I then had my doctors appointment the next day, and by that point the rash was worse than in L&D the nurse in the office said what the nurse at the hospital said. But when the doctor came in she was concerned about the rash and ordered a whole new set of blood test. She said that they are watching me for preeclampsia with my high blood pressure and the swelling of my feet, but I have yet to start spilling protein in my urine. She said that this rash my be presenting itself in lu of the protein. So she said for now treat this like any other rash until we get the results of the blood tests.

 SO that's where I am now. I am absolutely miserable. I am so itchy I can't stand it. I am waring a tank top and shorts because I get hot waring PJ's and it irritates the rash, but now that I have the shorts and tank I am cold which gives me goose bumps and that just hurts. I have never in my life felt like this before. I have never been afraid of my own body, but I am. 

 Continue to pray for us as we really are going day by day. I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around that because tomorrow feels so far away.  


Justin and Jen said...

Alyssa! I am so sorry to hear about what you're going through right now. We are praying so much for you guys, and that this rash will pass quickly. Please let me know if you need anything! I should have a cd of your pictures by Friday :)

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Robyn said...

I have heard that PUPPP's is horrible. I hope you will find some relief somehow. Still praying for you!

Kristi said...

oh I bet you feel so much better now!!!! :)
In just a week from this post, baby Adah is here!
Last week with the rash you probably didn't think you'd be holding her just a week later! I'm sure you're super tired and all, when things slow down a little we'd like to come by and meet her and hang out. Let me know if you need anything. Maybe we can make you guys dinner or bring over a cassarole so you can eat a good meal without having to cook. Let me know.
I hope you are recovering well!

brenda said...

lookn 4wrd 2 lil baby adah & new fam pix :) w/ prayers & blessings.