Rash Update: Some days I can keep occupied enough to only be slightly itchy and uncomfortable. At night though it’s another story. It’s very difficult to sleep through the night because without fail I wake up scratching. My best sleep seems to happen between 5am-9am, probably because I’m just exhausted by that point.
I am so thankful that my hands are on the mend and only certain areas are itchy now. It’s devastating to not be able to use your hands. So how am I managing this rash? Well, I believe the hydroxyzine and topical steroid cream are in fact working. I’ve also been using a few different anti-itch lotions that seem to provide instant relief: Aveeno hydrocortisone , Aveeno calamine & pramoxine, All Terrain Kids Eczeam Cream, Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Cream (best for my hands), and Sarna anti-itch lotion. I took one dose of dandelion root extract but stopped because it says don’t take for two weeks before surgery. Oh, and I can’t forget my smelly soap, Grandpa’s Pine Tar. I was using it 3 times a day but now I just do 1-2 times. It works great! You have to use a poof to scrub it in. This is like free itch time-amazing! Lol
I went in for my regular OB appointment on Monday and was looking forward to getting more help with the rash (it was unbearable at that point) but the dr I saw wasn’t helpful at all. Originally, the midwife had diagnosed the PUPPPS and had given me the prescriptions, so I was led to believe that the OB would continue to treat me for the rash. It is after all a pregnancy rash. Instead the OB Monday says “we don’t treat rashes here”. Okay then. I just let it go because I’m so close to the end it’s not worth getting upset and risking preterm labor.
I had been feeling the babies move less, but I think it was because I was so preoccupied with the itchy rash to notice. The OB at least recommended I go to the l&d for a NST (non stress test). Everything turned out fine though. The babies are doing perfect still. This was a relief because I was worried that my stress would cause them stress. I had a really good experience at the l&d which makes me feel better about going there to deliver.
We made our appointment for the babies’ debut – September 25. I wanted the 26th (I’m weird about even numbers) but the dr for that day is awesome and got booked before I could schedule. 😦 I was also trying to get it at the end of the week so T only has a few of his days off spent in the hospital. (Hospital stay is 3-4 nights for a c section.) I’d rather him use them to be home. Even though he’s at a new job, they’re being awesome and letting him take two weeks vacation time. This is so helpful because I’m no good with abdominal surgery and I have no idea how to handle two babies at once on my own yet. Lol. So hopefully my body can maintain for two more weeks.
[Side note for local family/friends: I do not want any visitors on that first day of surgery. Only T and mom & dad.]
I had this weird thing happen yesterday morning. I’m not sure yet if I need to call the dr about it. So far I keep talking myself out of calling. I woke up and I had to go to the bathroom really bad, but I held it. So when I finally sat up, liquid came out of me-enough to fill a liner. I was kind of in shock. So I go to the bathroom and nothing weird happens. So I’m thinking, did I pee myself, or is my water leaking? I read online people say to try the smell test. Haha-I have no idea I think it smelled like pee. I also have not noticed any out of the ordinary leakage happen like that since. Today I had leakage I’d classify as discharge. So, what are the thoughts on this? What does your water leaking feel like anyway? People keep telling me I’ll know when these things happen-water breaking, contractions-but I’m not so sure. They’ve obviously never seen that show “I didn’t know I was pregnant” lol.
Nausea: I’ve been skipping my Zofran. Probably a bad idea because I’ve been feeling really sick.
Heartburn: Still there, still taking Pepcid. I read somewhere that Pepcid combined with Claritin can also help PUPPPS.
Rash: Getting better but still so horrible (see above).
Pressure: Babies are still low and I can hardly walk without feeling like they’ll slide out. Luckily Baby A’s breech and so it’s bum is preventing that from happening.
Not much movement but the NST showed healthy heartbeats and movement. I think they are too cramped now for moving. Or, they are going to be super chill babies. 🙂
It’s still giant. I look like I stole a few watermelons and snuck them out under my shirt. Lol.
Right now I love Twizzlers, Fig Newtons, and Basic 4 cereal…and I could really use a brownie.
Waist Measurement: still haven’t found my tape measure 😦
Next Appointment: Wednesday, Sept. 18 (to meet the dr that will do the c section)
Next U/S: Monday, Sept. 16 – 37 weeks!
My Thoughts/Feelings: I can’t believe there are only two more weeks. I feel conflicted because I’m wishing this pregnancy to hurry up and be over because of this rash and discomfort, yet I’m not sure I’m ready for surgery and for parenthood. I’m excited, obviously, but just at that omg it’s happening stage. I think we are ready, although I keep getting random panicked thoughts that we don’t have enough sleepers, or long sleeves since the cold weather will be coming. I just need to breathe. I still have about 80 pages left to read in my newborn book I mentioned a few posts ago. Then I have at least two more books I really want to read before they are here.
My hospital bag is about a quarter ready. I feel like I’m pushing my limits with that one. But really, when you think about it, what do you really need?? For me the essentials are my phone, the good camera, the hospital paperwork, and the outfits to bring them home in. If I have more time to prepare, here’s my nice to have list:
Toiletries: deodorant, shampoo, body wash, face wipes, toothbrush
Bath towel (large&soft)
Pads (my preferred uline kind & the breast kind)
Yoga pants & T’s
Socks w/ traction or slippers
Call list (or text list in today’s world)
Makeup (for photos, we are talking 4-5 days being stuck in the hospital)
Am I missing anything?
See, just typing that up made me exhausted. Nap time!