For the last week + I have been fighting a horrible cold/flu. Yes, I know. Why didn't I get the flu shot? Aren't all pregnant ladies supposed to do that? Well, I didn't want to get it during the first trimester because of the obvious risks, and once I got to the second, I couldn't find a vaccine here without the mercury in it. Since I've only had 1 confirmed case of the flu (in college) and that ended up being a different strand than the shot, I figured the likely hood of me getting it was pretty low. Ahhh... yeah.
So, Thursday I felt wonderful! And Friday I woke up with a 100 degree fever and horrible sore throat, body achy, and just feeling miserable. As I'm preggo, I really didn't want to take too many over the counter drugs, so I tried to just manage it with a neti pot, Tylenol (for the fever) and tea. But, after a few days of that I started getting a baaaad head ache, and then pain in my cheeks and jaw. Weird!! Tuesday I broke down and went to the walk-in clinic. Turns out I have a yucky sinus infection. Oh joy. Dr. said it was ok to take Sudafed and Benadryl, and that did help a bit. But after taking those for several days, I just didn't feel very comfortable taking them non-stop with the potential risk to the baby. I dunno... I know lots of people don't worry about it. I think I've just heard of too many cases where a drug is deemed totally safe, only to find out years later that it was WAY BAD. You know?
Thursday I filled a prescription for antibiotics from the Dr. to kick this sinus infection in the rear! The otc drugs weren't really working all the way anyways, and I felt like it would be less of a risk to take penicillin rather than all the other otc drugs, and drag it out. And, I think it's working! Today (Friday) my headache is about 1/2 of what it was yesterday. YAY!!! Also, it feels like the main cold/flu is going away... it's just the sinus infection that's lingering and causing me issues (which is what the antibiotics are for, anyways). Hopefully tomorrow I'll wake up feeling great!
Long story short: being sick while pregnant is way more complicated than normal. You can't just pop a NyQuil and call it a night. But, fortunately I think I'm on the up and up. Can't wait to come out of my quarantine and see you all again!