I stayed home from work today. I had a migraine a good portion of yesterday, and it had not abated by this morning--in fact, it had gotten worse and was continuing to do so. Dear Husband took one look at me this morning and told me to call in and go back to bed, which I did.
So I slept for a while this morning, got up, ate something, graded, then went back to bed. The migraine is doing its lurking thing now, but I hope that it will go away soon. Usually, when weather comes through, the headache disappears, but since we seem to be the only part of Texas that didn't get inundated with severe weather last night, I still have it. Better a migraine than a tornado, though.
Most of the time, I'll suck it up and go to work anyway--of course, those are the days that I can medicate with a couple of Excedrin Migraine and a pot of coffee (and Advil if necessary)--not really an option right now, when a couple of Tylenol and one Ale-8 is all I dare do. It got worse because this one settled in behind my eyes, which made things look weird. I definitely had no business driving. I thought for a while this afternoon that I was going to also lose everything I'd eaten today, but it all stayed down.
But like I said, it has gone back to lurking. One loud noise would bring it back, so the TV has stayed off. Proof that I've not felt well--my furry children have not left me unattended all day.
But I did manage to finish off giving feedback for my student papers--I'd already done most of it this weekend, and I only had a bit to do today, so I got that finished. Also got an email from the dean to let me know that my plagiarism appeal student had abandoned the appeal process--which I'd guessed when I'd gotten the email from DH's office that said student had dropped the course (which rendered all of this a moot point). I suppose discretion (or dropping the course) is the better part of valor and/or not getting a more severe punishment handed down by the college. That is at least one thing off my plate for this week--thank goodness!
Last week was more of the same slog through the end of the semester, but we're getting there. I was mistaken about getting an ultrasound--I probably won't have another with my regular OB for a month or so, but I should have another one at maternal/fetal medicine in about three or four weeks. My appointment went well. She told me to try to stay hydrated and not get over-heated, as that's been partly to blame for the light-headedness and dizziness, and no, don't stand up for long periods of time if that's what causes it. In other interesting news, I've also lost weight--I actually weigh less now than I did before I got pregnant. This was concerning DH and I a bit, but she says that as long as I'm not spilling ketones (which would indicate that my body was cannibalizing muscle tissue) and that the weight loss is not rapid (which it is not), then she wasn't worried about it. Apparently, some women do this and end up weighing less after they give birth than they did when they started.
(The cats are changing shifts. Cat has left the couch for the chair, and Bergie is taking up his post.)
Eczema has been driving me nuts, admittedly, but there's not a lot that can be done about that, other than using plenty of lotion and staying hydrated, which I'm trying to do. It's coming up on my fingers again, which is irritating in the extreme. Again, normal pregnancy stuff. Apparently, I look gigantic, though, for only five months, but Mom said that she went through the same thing when she was pregnant with me--at five months, people were assuming she was due any day. (I had a lady at church say the same thing to me yesterday. When she found out I was due in September, I could see her cringe.) I'm going to be enormous by the time September rolls around.
But I am feeling the little one move more and more. She started moving about in church yesterday again--once that organ starts, so does she. A couple of times, I feel like I'm taking a foot to an internal organ. One of my students, who's dual-credit and in high school, and so about sixteen, asked me a few weeks ago, "Dr. Stewart? Is it, like, weird being pregnant and having something inside you?" I laughed and said "Yes. Yes, it's very weird."
(My father is sending me text messages with bad crossword puzzle puns. I got this one - "Navel buildup?" Answer: Lint. He said to give Dusty a drink of Ale-8 for a reward.)
I picked up another class for summer--a two-night a week night class at the Northwest Center. It's not very far from actual campus, and having a bit of extra money will come in handy with the baby on the way. That will run from the beginning of July through the second week of August, and then school starts again two weeks later, I think. So I'll have lots to do this summer and lots to keep me busy.
But for right now, I'm waiting for this semester to be over. Two more weeks of classes and one of finals, and then I am happily, blissfully off work for three weeks. Just got to get there.