I've been surrounded by sickies during the 1st and 2nd trimesters and have managed to skate by unscathed, until now :(
Saturday I started feeling a bit of a sore throat and achiness in my lymph nodes near my neck. I decided to take it easy for the weekend, but by Monday I woke up with a rumbling phlegmy cough from deep in my chest. It hurt to cough and I had some chest pain/pressure even when not coughing, but other than that I felt fine so I went into work. (I only work 3 hour shifts, but I'm on my feet around kids the whole time.)
Then last night it took a turn for the worse, coughing up thick yellow-green crud that's sometimes flecked with blood, full body aches and a head cold (sinus pressure/pain and headache) on top of it. My body hurts. My chest HURTS, and I'm trying not to breathe in too deeply because that makes me cough, which REALLY HURTS.
I've not had a fever thus far, but I just checked now and it's creeping up to 99.8-100. I called the clinic I usually go to and they can't get me in til MAY! So I called my prenatal people, who also work out of that clinic, and they said that I could go to Urgent Care, but my insurance won't cover it. (UGH that is a whole other issue! I just barely missed the chance to get on DH's insurance, and now I have to deal with being on Medi-Cal with a share-of-cost. So basically, the only care that is fully covered is pregnancy-related stuff. For non-pregnancy stuff I have to pay out of pocket up to $2,00 before Medi-Cal kicks in to cover the rest.)
So if it ends up being something viral and I go into Urgent Care, I could end up essentially spending hundreds of dollars for a doctor's note to get me off work. Or I could wait until Thursday and call my midwife to see if she will write me a note for work, but that's about all she could do I think. And I'm already kind of in hot water with my job for missing more than my allotted share of sick days earlier this year, when my DD was sick. Oh, and if I don't go in to work then I don't get paid, since I'm out of sick days!
Money is stressing me out right now too. We just had to loan my brother $850 (and he already owes us $400) to cover his rent (long story,) We just paid for DD's Spring preschool classes which was about $400. I also just purchased my birthing tub so there goes another $200. And we have to buy a new sleeper sofa that is big enough for my FIL to fit on (he is stupid tall) and the only company that makes them long enough charges $3,200 for the lowest-rung model. My In-Laws are paying for 2k of it, but still that is $1,200 of our own money, gone. It's just such an expensive time for us right now and it seems like we are hemorrhaging money left and right.
I feel like death and I hate worrying that I'm going to get in trouble at work, and I hate having crappy insurance and being broke and I just wanna curl up and cry all day.