Following: a self-pity-laden rant.
Here I am at 37w4d, and I canNOT shake the series of colds I've had since a week before Thanksgiving. There have been at least two and possibly three distinct colds (one was actually a sinus infection), with no breaks in between. I thought I was starting to get better from this last one (which features sore throat, painful ears, serious congestion, and PINKEYE) but today I feel totally crappy and wiped out.
I'd been soldiering on through the cold, doing my normal routine of preschool dropoff for my 3yo, come home and clean/run errands, pick up at lunchtime, afternoon outing, make dinner -- but my midwife finally said, um, no, you have to STOP that and rest. Last visit my blood pressure was really low (for me), and my pulse is all fast, and I'm lightheaded and not interested in food much and can't sleep at night. I've tried taking Sudafed and Afrin, maybe one of them about a half-dose every other day (to avoid rebound and decrease any effects on babe), and neither even works at all any more. I've even been taking Tylenol, which is something I never do. Not that it helps much.
We run humidifiers constantly, I use BreatheRight strips at night, I take steamy showers; tons of Vitamin C/SA and zinc, and I was using our neti pot until I figured out that it backs up into my ears so badly that it's actually making things worse. Boric acid wash for the pinkeye. Husband is AWESOME and doing as much as he possibly can, but man, I am just so frickin' SICK and I cannot seem to get better!
I'm so bummed. I'd been feeling so great all this pregnancy, and was looking forward to entering labor feeling pretty good. And pregnancy-wise, I do feel pretty good still! But...bleah. This sick. I just can't shake it. And I do NOT know what to do!