This isn’t a complaint about the glorious cool-down and beautiful weather we had over the weekend, but rather the intense saturation of ragweed and pollen that polluted my airspace as a result of the atmospheric pressure change. Wow, I sounded all meteorologist-like just then! I began experiencing sinus discomfort late Saturday night and it continued Sunday morning when I went to church. The annoying cough began soon after I woke up from my three-hour-long Sabbath Siesta (that’s the nap I religiously take every Sunday afternoon). I should mention that I stopped taking my allergy medication (Zyrtec) in June when I found out I was pregnant. It’s perfectly safe to take during pregnancy, but I have stayed away from taking medication unless absolutely necessary — with the exception of prenatal vitamins and a calcium supplement taken once a day. To date, I’ve only had two Tylenol for a headache that wouldn’t budge. Now, as I sit in the quietness of the early morning, hoping my coughs and sneezes don’t wake Husband, I wish I had begun a daily regimen of Zyrtec again, before the weather changed and the pollen returned to North Texas.
Baby K is NOT a fan of allergies either. He’s been very active — normally a few flutters an hour to an all out Olympic kick boxer — these past couple of days. Yesterday (Monday) was the first time I felt really uncomfortable being pregnant. Every time I’d cough, he’d kick. When I sneezed, I’d experience what felt like an upper cut to my lungs and stomach. My breaths have felt labored and, at times, my heart has beat fast. I’m exhausted and, frankly, I’m sure Kamden feels the same. Before going to bed last night, I seriously considered taking a Benadryl (also deemed safe by my OB) to help me sleep and provide some relief, but decided against it since I take my vitamins at night and didn’t want any adverse reactions. I propped myself a little higher, positioned myself in a comfortable spot, and eventually went to sleep sometime after 11:00pm. Around 2:30am, however, I woke up for a bathroom visit and began to cough (you know that annoying feeling of trying to clear your throat, unsuccessfully?) and sneeze again. I tossed a turned before finally getting up and moving to the living room. Just because I’m awake doesn’t mean Husband needs to be too.
So here I am — it’s 4:38am and I’m sitting in my recliner. I’ve drank nearly 30 ounces of ice-cold water (and gone to the bathroom twice — geesh!) and I’ve only coughed once. I feel much more relaxed and Kamden’s jab-and-hook routine has ceased. This isn’t my ideal start to a Tuesday, but perhaps the gurgle noises coming from my stomach (and Husband’s snoring in the bedroom) will lull me back to sleep. A couple more hours won’t hurt, especially before going to the gym for water aerobics.
And happy anniversary to my parents, they’ve been married 36 years (or is it 37?) today!