Friday, October 5, 2012

Update on Health

I just got home from spending 2 days in the hospital for a kidney infection (pyelonephritis), which is my 5th infection this pregnancy.  Crazy I know but I'm finally feeling alive and better and not that deathly ill feeling.  What happened was, my bladder infection that was being treated didn't get treated with the antibiotic I took for 7 days, so it turned into a kidney infection.  They gave me super antibiotics that killed the infection over 2 days and 5 bags of IV fluid that helped flush my system.  They wanted me to take narcotics for the pain, but I just suffered because, even though they say it is "safe" for the baby, I just don't believe that.  I did end up taking a small dose of Tylenol though because I needed some relief.

They want me to stay on low-dose antibiotics the rest of the pregnancy until delivery but I'm not sure I will take the pills.  One reason is that I'm concerned about the babies immune system not having any "good" bacteria to fight infection when he is born, another is how those pills make me feel!  They said I could refuse to take them but I may get another kidney infection.  I'm going to pray about it and go from there.

Thank you for all the prayers and keep them coming for my continued health and for the baby to make it till the end and be healthy!!

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Prayer Request for Myself

I've held back sharing a lot on this blog of my situation this pregnancy, but after coming down with my 4th infection yesterday, I decided I wanted to have as many people as I could......pray for me!  I just got over an infection in early September, that caused continuous contractions that they couldn't stop at the ER after 3 shots of terbutaline and another oral medication.  I suffered with these constant contractions and cramps for almost 2 weeks until they found out that I had an infection.  Somehow, the ER labor and delivery staff missed the infection, so I just suffered and was on strict bed rest waiting for the baby to come early at 26 weeks.  I have to say that it was a trying time and when they finally discovered it was an infection and I started treatment and the contractions died down - I thought to myself, ok, this will all be over and I can go on and enjoy the rest of this pregnancy.  Well.....didn't happen.

2 weeks ago, I started having contractions again and pain in a few places.  It took a few days till I went in because I suspected another infection.  After waiting 48 hours for lab results, it turned out it was another infection in a different location and I'm currently on another round of a different antibiotics for that.

I'm still having contractions off and on that are painful but they are hours apart and I can handle that.  Yesterday, the whole left side of my face was numb and in terrible pain, and reminded me of times in the past when I had ischemic attacks and trigeminal neuralgia.  However, when I woke this morning, it was gone and there was my gum infection - same abscessed tooth I had at 12 weeks pregnant.  So I called and they wanted me to go to the doctor to get yet another antibiotic.

I'm tired, I'm mentally depressed, I feel so ill in my body that sometimes I wonder if I will make it to the end of this pregnancy and I'm weak.  I'm asking that all of my readers just stop and say a prayer for God's healing on my body to rid it of these infections and protect this miracle baby inside of me!  I've prayed till it hurt, my husband has prayed, my Pastor is constantly praying and so are close friends and family - and sometimes, I wonder..WHY?  Why is this happening and why can't I receive instant healing - but God has always came through this pregnancy in those times I felt so all alone and it has always turned out ok.  It is by the grace of God that Zach is still alive within me and that I've made it this far.  Thank you in advance for your prayers!!

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Natural Remedies - Immune System During Pregnancy

Since becoming pregnant and dealing with morning sickness and fatigue, we started eating more junk.  Not only junk, but convenience foods, fast food and most organic, homemade foods have been non-existent due to the high cost of the other foods.  Then, I've been on strict and modified bed rest for about 5-6 weeks now and I haven't been able to cook, and hubby doesn't cook - so, yes you guessed it - processed food.

I believe that all of this has contributed to my now, 4th infection, this pregnancy.  I've had to take antibiotics 3 times and well, I'm really tired of how they make me feel and how they wipe out the good bacteria as well.  My body feels almost deathly, that is the best I can describe - definitely not just pregnant, but ill.  I'm currently battling 2 infections at the same time in different places in my body and I decided to forego the doctor's plans for yet another antibiotic for the 2nd infection, since I'm currently on one for the other infection and try natural approaches to see if they can offer me benefits and boost my immune system.  Here is what I'm trying, most of which I have taken before a few years ago when I had extensive immune system problems, but only a few of those are safe during pregnancy and here they are:

  • Probiotics - these put the good bacteria back in your gut, which consists of the majority of your immune system.  I use Nature's Way Primadophilus Bifidus, which contains 4 different strains that consist of amounts in the billions.  You will find these refrigerated and you want to keep them that way so they stay alive!
  • Garlic - this is one I've done for colds, bronchitis and now for immune system and as a natural antibiotic/bacterial, etc.  I take 1-2 fresh cloves and cut them up into small pieces and swallow with water.  Be careful though, because I've gotten choked before when trying to swallow too many at a time or not cutting them small enough.
  • Vitamin C - I'm cautious as to how much of the powdered form I take of this during pregnancy and I rather am opting for the chewable and pill form that gives 500-1000mg.  I also upped my intake of organic orange juice other vitamin-c rich fruits.
  • Organic food - we need to slowly make our way back to eating organic meat and vegetables.  We still do milk only organic but everything else kind of fell by the wayside and I think that was a big factor in my infectious situation.  Eating a lot more meat and also eating non-organic, hormone and antibiotic filled beef probably wasn't a good thing and I'm trying to cut it out.
  • Vegetables/Fruits - these have been sorely lacking in my food intake and I've been adding them back in this past week with a veggie tray, fruit tray and salads daily.
  • Cut Sugar and White Flour - both of these can enable bad bacteria to grow and thus help in lowering your immune system function.  I've had too much of both and trying to cut back.  Not making my homemade bread and snacks has really caused us to dip into more less-filling snacks and sweats.  They just don't fill you up, the way homemade, healthy, fiber-rich foods do.

That is all I can think of for now that is safe during pregnancy, the list would be much longer if you weren't pregnant.  Some things I've learned from this pregnancy that I would do differently would have been to get to a healthy weight, taken better care of my body pre-pregnancy with exercise/supplements/probiotics, had a plan for bed rest and those times I was too sick to make homemade foods and reduce stress.  So I'm telling some of you who may want to become pregnant these tips and my future self if I ever do get pregnant again.

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