|I feel like I pulled a muscle or something with the coughing--I have to clutch at my right side every time I cough. Blech.
I soooooo hear you! The round ligaments on my right side pull every time I cough and YOICKS! It's like someone is stabbing me. And it's worse if I start coughing while nursing dd...she clamps down (ouch) and since she's on my lap I can't "curl" around my belly to reduce the pulling sensation.
A few years ago I had whooping cough and was amazed at how hard and long the human body can cough (and completely understand now how whooping cough can cause broken ribs). Although I got better (obviously
) ever since then chest colds have been risky since sometimes the cough will settle into the pertussis cough pattern and make life miserable. I basically cough till I retch. No fun. I thought I'd avoided that this time, but possibly not...I've been coughing more today and it's getting "chesty". I'm keping my fingers crossed though!
Willo- I think it's really really important to focus on feeling better, getting rest, and letting your body heal...no matter what modality you need to use to make that happen! I was sick like this before dd's birth and in my mind it's one reason I eventually had a c/s. After a week of no-sleep, cough all night, drag though the day, barely keeping food down, cold induced misery I just didn't have the reserves to handle a long labor. Maybe dd would have turned on her own, but after 32 hours of labor I was wiped out. It's one reason I'm not holding back on the tylenol right now and I'm basically throwing one dvd after another at dd so that I don't have to move around much to keep her amused...and I have a doc appointment on Tuesday so if I'm not feeling better by then I'm demanding
something to help. I feel a bit guilty, but I know I'd feel worse if I started labor tomorrow...there's NO WAY I'd be able to take a deep breath right now, or focus, or do any of the things that would make a natural birth possible.
So ignore those kitchen guys (yeah, easier said than done, I know!) and have some sort of disgustingly comforting meal for dinner (DH brought me ice cream and chicken soup last night...it was heavenly), take the cough syrup, and try to sleep. And we should be fine in a few days, right?!?! This thing can't last forever!