Tuesday, October 03, 2006

OK, but seriously

Several readers have requested a follow-up to yesterday's post, so here goes: Fortunately, the fainting and my ignominious exit from the train happened at the Mass General T stop, which meant I could go right across the street and up to my OB's office. A T employee was kind enough to escort me to the hospital door.

One of the triage nurses saw me, took my blood pressure, checked the babies' heartbeats, and deemed everything A-OK. Fainting is pretty common in pregnant women, she said. It was probably a combination of low blood sugar -- I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast, but she suggested I start eating more protein in the mornings -- and the stuffiness/squeeziness of the train. So, I took a taxi home and spent the rest of the day napping / eating protein / drinking water / and even doing a little work. Then I ran 4 miles and lifted some weights. Just kidding!

The whole thing was indeed scary and unsettling, but at least there was no damage done.

I'm still not feeling 100% today. But I did have one helluva breakfast: an egg sandwich with cheese, a banana, a blueberry muffin, and orange juice. All this spread out over a two-hour span of time.

A. and I have decided it would probably be best for me to drive to work from now on, and I'm sure the employees of the MBTA would agree. Of course, if I pass out while I'm driving, I'm truly fucked, but I don't think it's likely. I promise to A.) Eat more protein in the mornings B.) Pull over immediately if I feel even the least bit woozy and vow on the souls of my unborn children never to drive myself to work again.

Here's hoping that this works out. Not that I would mind terribly working from home. But I'd rather not resort to it unless I absolutely have to. My plan is still to keep working as usual -- and I only work 3 days a week, mind you -- through Thanksgiving. Then, I'm going to spend the last 2 to 6 weeks of my pregnancy lounging around in my jammies, Christmas shopping online, reading books I won't have time to read later, and finishing my novel draft. Poor me!

Thanks for your concern. And remember to support your local performance artist!

5 Comments:

Blogger scruffylooking said...

Whew! I'm glad you're okay. Yes, eat lots of protein and take it easy. I think I've already told you that I came close to passing out many times through both of my pregnancies. I know how bad it can suck.

11:26 PM  
Blogger congorilla said...

Good! Commute to work, please...and take it easy.

11:32 PM  
Blogger Midwestern Deadbeat said...

The Squigster and I are tuning in late, as usual. Glad to hear you're okay! And I loved the Hendrix post. You rock.

9:09 AM  
Blogger T-bone said...

Hilarious post...I wish I were that funny when I was pregnant. I'm glad you're okay.

4:23 PM  
Blogger T-bone said...

I mean, you know, the previous post.

4:24 PM  

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