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A good day
Today was the first day in a long time that I didn't feel horrible. It's the first day in more than a week that I didn't wake up feeling sick. The first day in over a week that I woke up without a pounding migraine. The first day in I can't remember how long that I've woken up NOT feeling like I was hit by a truck. It really was lovely.

And though I had a low-grade headache most of the day, I didn't ever get to the pounding-migraine point today (yet). It's a joy. A true joy. I've been productive. I've had a little (tiny) bit of energy. I feel... human, even. I don't expect it to last, I really don't, but I'm just so thrilled to have this one day of not feeling like death warmed over.

The babies are still growing. I had an ultrasound yesterday and they're all fabulous. I felt horrifyingly bad at the appointment so I bitterly said to the doctor who was noting how great they look... "of course the parasites look terrific, it's MOM that's suffering!" He was sympathetic and talked to me a bit about my options for prophylactic migraine therapies. That's been the worst part, really. All the other pregnancy ickiness I can handle. It's like taking it for the team. But the migraines... now that's just insulting. Being in constant pain takes a real physical toll on my body, and I can't imagine that it's a good thing for the parasites, either. I was very glad to have a doctor take me seriously about the migraines. Most doctors brush them off... oh it's just a bad headache. No it's not. It affects everything... my vision, my stability, my ability to eat, my ability to perform basic household tasks, my ability to drive, everything. I'm seeing a neurologist next week. I saw him 8 years ago, but he's not geographically convenient to me. He's an elitist snob, but he's an excellent doctor. Hopefully, he'll have a decent solution for me.

In other news, as of this morning, I'm down another 2 pounds, which means I'm down 17 pounds since I got pregnant. Not the normal direction to be heading when pregnant with triplets, but I'm not sure what else to do about it.

And that's... about it.

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cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: May 18th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
The first day in over a week that I woke up without a pounding migraine.

Hey! Me too! Well, not quite pounding.

Too bad you're not out here. The Neurologist I just visited was great (see this entry) [note: friends-locked post, but estherchaya can see it].

Take care of your self and stay well.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 18th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
The neurologist I'm seeing is an excellent doctor. I thought he was a bit of an elitist pig, but I never had a real problem with his medical ability. I left him primarily because I moved out of the area.

So now I'm right back where I started. Whoo hoo.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: May 18th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for a no-migraine day! Hope it's the first of many and that the neurologist can figure out a decent remedy for you.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 18th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's astounding, really. I'm definitely not complaining.
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: May 18th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you've had a good day. You deserve one. You deserve more than one, but I'll start w/ being grateful for you to have had the one. :-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 18th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm grateful for the one. I'm not greedy.
From: cecerose Date: May 18th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad to hear you're feeling better... My sister has migraines, so I know they're definitely not fun. Hope that the trip to neurologist gives good results!

In other news, as of this morning, I'm down another 2 pounds, which means I'm down 17 pounds since I got pregnant. Not the normal direction to be heading when pregnant with triplets, but I'm not sure what else to do about it.

Maybe the weight is shifting from to the babies? (Hopeful look.)

You know, I've got about 30 pounds I can spare. I'd gladly donate them to you, if that were possible...
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: May 18th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

You know, I've got about 30 pounds I can spare. I'd gladly donate them to you, if that were possible...


I have dibs on donating extra weight. According to the height-weight charts, I have more than 100lbs I'm not actually needing. *shrugs*
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sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: May 20th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I've said the same thing in the past, more or less. But at my current age, how the heck am I supposed to grow to 11'2"?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 18th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
In theory, despite already having plenty of spare weight on me, I should be gaining a ridiculous amount of weight because of the triplets. But this happened in my last pregnancy too... I lost 19 pounds in my last pregnancy. Clearly my metabolism just shifts when I'm pregnant. I'm not complaining, but it is true that weight gain or weight loss, I'm not actually consuming a sufficient number of calories per day, and I'm not sure what else to do, because there's really only so much food I can keep down.
real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: May 18th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope that the doctor can do something for your migraines. I really hate that you are in pain. Migraines are NOT fun and they really are so much more than "bad headaches".

I'm glad that the little ones are growing big and strong and I hope that they continue to be well...and that you manage to feel as good as you can, with all those people inside of you!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 18th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh yeah, the babies are awesome. They're all growing like the overachievers they are. As for the migraines... it'd be nice if they went away, and I'd really like it, but I'm not counting on it. Still, if I could get even a little relief, I'll take it.
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: May 18th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can only imagine. I'm so glad you're having a good day. Sometimes I forget what it's like to NOT be a snarly bitch with aching pain every time I move. When I have a good day, it's like I woke up in someone else's body.

Someone told me that for migraines, you can peel a lemon and take the peel and put the white side of the skin against your forehead. Tie it there with a scarf, and in about an hour your headache should be gone. I don't have any fresh lemons at the moment, but when it comes to migraines I'll try just about anything. Who knows, give it a shot! The worst that can happen is that you'll look silly for a while. :-)

I'm glad the parasites are hanging in there, and I'm still davening for you.

Have a good Shabbos.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 18th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have found very few homeopathic remedies that work well for my migraines. That being said, I'm willing to try it, but the only homeopathic remedies I've found that work seem to be ones that have some logic to them... this one... well, doesn't seem to have any logic to it. But I'll try NEARLY anything at this point.

It really is shocking though... I didn't know WHAT to think this morning when I woke up not in pain. I mean, I'd really, truly forgotten what it's like and normally I'm "bracing myself" as I'm waking up for the sudden rush of consciousness accompanied by the relentless throbbing. And this morning, I was braced for it... and ... nothing.
skatured From: skatured Date: May 18th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well hopefully a few more days of feeling human will bring your appetite up. :) I am glad you had a good day (if only there was a bottle up it and make it last). Maybe you could start drinking shakes like Ensure or Slimfast?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 18th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Both Ensure and Slimfast make me throw up. Seriously. Part of it is the lactose intolerance, part of it is that drinking something that thick and slimy just makes me gag.

Honestly, as long as I'm popping Zofran for the nausea, I'm eating about as much as I can. I just still can't seem to get enough calories in me. I'm probably getting enough if I had a singleton, but with triplets... sheesh, I'm expected to consume a ridiculous number of calories per day. It's astounding and I'm not getting anywhere close! Oh well. I imagine there are worse things. :)
kitsunebeast From: kitsunebeast Date: May 19th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Here's hoping for more days like today.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 20th, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Admittedly, yesterday was not a good migraine day. But it was far more tolerable than usual having followed an exceptionally good day. It left me willing to believe that there is an end in sight... eventually. Twisted logic, I know, but whatever it takes to get through the day, right?
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 20th, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
come on over any time. (did you ever get a new phone?)
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tigerbright From: tigerbright Date: May 20th, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh hon, I'm sorry you're having all of those migraines. :( But really glad that your doctor takes it seriously.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 20th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
In all honesty, I'm pretty used to them. It's just... they're relentless. I was so happy to have Friday with relatively little pain. It almost made the pain on Saturday tolerable, weird as that sounds. I was, however, relieved that the doctor didn't just brush it off. That was a big deal for me!
malkaesther From: malkaesther Date: May 21st, 2007 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
May you have many more painfree days. I hope the doc can help.
From: have_inner_lady Date: May 26th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad you had at least one good day, and hope there have been a few more since then.

Seeing the elitist snob doctor sounds very practical. May there be some relief.
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