Friday, August 1, 2008

Special Report

Here's a special treat for ya. A mid-week-middle-of-the-night update.

I can't sleep. My body feels worn out and tired, but I can't sleep.

I have no desire to eat. I get hungry, but I do not want to eat anything. Nothing sounds even remotely appealing. (Although, I have been dreaming about fresh, hand-squeezed lemonade. I'm supposing that doesn't count as food though.)

Water just gave me heartburn.

And my parting gift...

I got a message yesterday from a midwife who told me "they found something in my urine culture that I need to be treated for. You have a prescription waiting at your pharmacy." WHAT? Way to be vague.

A call to my beloved nurse, Patti, revealed that I am Group B Strep positive*, and need to take penicillin for 10 days, and be treated with antibiotics via IV during labor. I felt pools forming in my eyes. Before the waterworks could gush out, I squeezed out the one question pounding through my head "Can I still do a waterbirth?"

Yes. Phew.

*The group B streptococcus (GBS) bacteria is usually harmless in healthy adults, but it can cause a relatively rare but very serious infection in newborns, such as sepsis (an infection in the blood), pneumonia or meningitis. Between 10 and 30 percent of pregnant women carry GBS bacteria and may pass it to their babies during labor or birth. With proper treatment during labor, though, the risk is small (1 in 4,000).


Cara said...

Bummer on the GBS. Make sure you take some probiotics with your penicillin or you may get a yeastie and a bad tum-tum. Are you sure that you don't have a UTI too, because they get the GBS results from the anal swab, but a urine culture would show a UTI???

I HATED it when water gave me heartburn. That only means one thing--the end is near!

Hang in there!!!

Sue in Canada said...

I came across your blog when searching for pictures of what my baby would look like at 27 weeks and I've been following it ever since. I understand how you feel. I'm 32 weeks along and it seems like breathing gives me heartburn these days. I wake up 3am unable to get back to sleep and spend the rest of the day completely bagged.
Hang in there, this too shall pass.

erin said...

Sorry about the GBS, friend. Sarah had it, too. I'm glad it's so easily treatable and that you can continue with your birth plan!

Jodi said...

I was positive too. It's OK, Poppy will be fine and that's what's important, right? I'm with ya on the heartburn too. I carried a full bottle of Tums in my purse for four months! Remember the end result and you'll make it!