Monday, May 10, 2010

Very Very Thankful

I'm pretty sure I've never felt as bad as I did a few weeks ago. At the very least, I haven't felt that bad for that long. So comparatively, I'm feeling downright wonderful now. It still takes me a while (too long, really) to get out of bed in the morning. Someone still has to bring me food before I sit up or I start heaving. I'm still taking more zofran than I'd like. I'm still spending quite a few afternoon and evening hours in bed. And all of this is absolutely wonderful. Every day, I mention several times that I'm SO glad that I feel SO much better than I did.

These days, I can take the girls to the splash pad for a few hours. I can go through a drive-thru and pick up lunch (which is good, because I still can't stomach actually preparing food). I can run one or two errands as long as I keep a Luna bar in the car to snack on along the way. I even taught a lactation educator training this weekend--I had to apologize for sitting on the couch the entire time, but I got through it. (And just as an FYI, 17 twizzlers contain 500 calories and 64 grams of sugar...slowly snack on them throughout a day and it's almost like having that dextrose IV drip back).

On my midwife's advice, I started using a free website called to track my food intake. It's been a HUGE help and lets me see how many calories I'm eating (versus how many I need) as well as how I'm doing with the specifics like protein, iron and vitamins.

We've got an incredibly long to-do list to get through and 13 days to do it, so it's good I'm feeling well enough to at least help a little bit. The next month or so is going to be incredibly busy as we work on transitioning. It's all a bit daunting, but I just keep focusing on the significantly larger paycheck at the end of the tunnel ;-)

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