Tuesday, 16 September 2008
by Mama Turtle
I came down with a minor cold late last week, that I imagine I picked up from the kids or from Papa Turtle. It became a sinus infection but wasn't horrible or anything. But, then the sinus infection started bothering my tooth that still needs attention and by Saturday I was wincing. By Sunday night I was in tears. Actually sobbing through the peaks.
I've had a handful of very painful toothaches that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemies, but I've never experienced anything that brought me to my knees like that. I was almost hyperventilating and I don't hyperventilate. All I could think was "I'd rather be in labor, or anything but this." The only other time pain brought me to continual tears was when I broke my little toe - and I didn't so much as even pop a tylenol then.
By 3 or 4 am this morning when things finally settled down enough for me to drift off to sleep, I'd consumed a total of five Tylenol, 800 mgs of ibuprofin, squirted out almost a half a tube of Orajel, and used and chewed on a few cloves of garlic. Yeouch. I'm usually really judicious with the painkillers, especially when pregnant, but last night I just did not care. Things would subside for a bit, and then come screaming back. It felt like someone was stabbing me in the eye, the temple, my cheek, and add that to the pain radiating through my whole upper right jaw. I also double dosed on Papa Turtle's generic antibiotics leftovers from last month, just in case, and took two more today, even though I know that spells yeast infection for me. That's how bad I didn't care.
I woke up yesterday morning exhausted but the pain was 98% gone; I could feel a twinge where the worst of it was that made me nervous but thankfully nothing developed. I'm still kind of shell shocked from the whole thing. When you break a bone or a molar, or go through back labor, you think wow, that was about the peak of pain right there, it sucked, but I'm ok. Nothing I've experienced could touch this though. I now know what my threshold limit is lol. Good to know?
Oh, the dental insurance finally kicks in next month, and I'll be trying for appt's as soon as I get my cards in the mail next week. So, help is coming, eventually.
My sinus infection has mostly subsided though I'm a bit stuffed up still, yet the cold went down in my chest. Everything from the throat down feels raw. But I'm so thankful (knock on wood) that the blinding stabbing pain hasn't come back that I hardly mind. I'm just going to devote the next few days taking it easy - though, I mostly was taking it easy to begin with hahaha. I don't expect baby to be here for a few more weeks but I want to be sure I'm feeling ok for when I do go into labor!
What's the worst pain you've experienced during pregnancy? Was it due to the pregnancy, or something completely unrelated?