Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Culture Shock

Sunday was big day...I reached 24 weeks in my pregnancy which means The Bean is viable!! The significance of this is being that if I went into labor at this point the doctors would try to save my baby. A lot more reassuring than the response I got a few week sago when I started having some contractions and the on-call resident told me "Well, you might as well wait until the office is open tomorrow and call back because there isn't anything we could do anyways." Hmm....great! So now Bean is viable, WOO HOO!!! A new milestone!!

Also, Sunday night I started developing sudden sore throat and swollen glands. I thought I was having an allergic reaction so I took some Benadryll. But, then it developed into chest soreness and congestion and wheezing. I was coughing all night. UGHHH!!! I called my doc in the morning because I am basically paranoid that coughing too much will start up contractions. I went in for an appointment and the doc listened to my lungs, he said its Bronchitis. Great!

Since my throat was really red and swollen they decided to do a throat culture to rule out strep.
The nurse came in to do the culture and it was a tedious process. I normally have a horrible gag reflex, but pregnant I am beyond awful. So every time she said to open my mouth I felt like I was going to throw up. She quickly swabbed one side and then gave me a break. But, she needed to swab the other side. I was so embarrassed when I started gagging and making disgusting noises that I couldn't control. I was willing myself to throw up on the poor woman.

The nurses response was "Don't worry about it, actually I wouldn't mind if you throw up on me cause then I get to go home early."



  1. I'm the same way with the horrible gag reflex... the dentist HATES taking my xrays! And throat swab? Forget about it! LOL

    I'm sorry you're so sick but Huge Congrats on the 24 week mark! Keep growing baby, stay in mommy much longer!

  2. Wow. Well, that's something. I've never heard of anyone WANTING someone to throw up on them... ;-) LOL!

    I hope you start to feel better soon! Congratulations on making the 24 week mark!

  3. You got that reflex from your mama. I used to tell them to just give me the stick and I would do it myself LOL
    I can't beleive she would welcome barf!! (It makes me never want to go back to work).
    hope you feel better soon and lets make it to 37 weeks at least.