I actually ended up in the ER yesterday, because I had 4 separate episodes (or one big one that came and went? who knows) in 3 days this weekend. It wasnt much of a holiday.
I did get my first IV, which shocked the nurse since I've already had 2 kids. "You went natural with them then?" "Yes, I had my son in a freestanding birth center and my daughter at home." "At home?! Wow!" I was surprised that this was apparently so unusual to her, because in this area out-of-hospital births are pretty common, at least compared to other parts of the country. Heck, my birth center is 2 blocks away from this hospital. lol But I think it changed her perception of my pain level after she heard that. She got a little more respect in her tone.
They did rule of preeclampsia, which I knew I didnt have but the doc had to check for anyway I guess. He also called my midwife (poor thing, we talked to her a bunch of times on her holiday weekend). And gave me, finally, some medication to cope with the pain, and short-circuit the cycle that I had gotten into. It seems to have worked, so far at least. I hope I dont get another. And they finally sent me home with a few pills of a stronger pain med, which I've been asking docs for for years, for "just in case" really bad headaches. I guess by going to the ER for it I earned controlled substances at last. haha
DH and I were laughing that we have now been to the hospital once during each pregnancy, but never had a baby there. And boy do I feel good about avoiding it if I can... while everyone was respectful and pleasant and it was a good experience overall, I cant imagine having to have an IV during labor or deal with their timelines. I hope I can avoid it for my last birth.
Anyway, to make this have a point, anybody else with migraines? What are you doing for them? I usually only get one or two a year but they tend to be bad when they come... I've not found a med that really helps, so I usually just take some Advil with Pepsi and go to bed. I can say for sure that IV Dilantin works much better than that
but I wouldnt recommend it for every day. They gave my Vicodin for my "emergency" supply... anybody try that? I dont really care about remaining functional, I just want to be able to knock myself out if the pain is very bad.
I do feel bad for my poor baby, getting narcotics before she's even born. Though I imagine she went to the same little happy lala land that I did.
But if she's gonna kick my hormones into crazy overdrive, and cause me to sleep with my neck in wierd angles to avoid heartburn, then I guess that's what she's going to have to live with too. But I guess I should get less stingy with the heartburn meds if in the long term it will end up with me needed narcotics.