Friday, December 9, 2011

Adjusting to a new routine...

It's called NO routine.  I am a creature of either routine, or organization.  I do like change, but I like to know when it's coming, how it's coming or at least have a small amount of preparation.  However, in the past 5 months, growing this little bean has taken any and all of that over.
Here is my "usual" nighttime routine since becoming pregnant:

Go to bed at 10pm (early in the beginning, I was SO TIRED!), wake up at 1:30am.

Go to the bathroom or turn over multiple times.

Toss and turn till 2am.

Move to the spare bed and toss and turn till 3:30.

Get fed up and uncomfortable and move to the couch, hoping to fall asleep.

Toss and turn till 4:30.  Give up and watch whatever ridiculous show is on TV or PVR.

Until last night..................................................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been DYING to see a Chiropractor and don't know why I've waited this long.  I used to go in Hamilton all the time, but since my benefits used to be full coverage, and Graham's are well...not covering more than paperwork half the time, I waited.  Until today.  I barely slept the night before, resorting to the spare bed at 1am, due to heartburn and back pain.  I slept for 1 hour with Graham's pilates ball behind my back (yes, the BIG 65cm kind) and it was my only relief for that night.  I then gave up and got out of bed in tears.

I had a feeling that I might have thrown my back out due to having the flu and so much time spent being sick and I couldn't take it anymore.  I went to the Chiropractor after lunch, desperate for them to take walk-ins, which they did!!!!!!!!!  HORRAY!

He is a wonderful man, who actually gave me some great recommendations regarding stretching, treatment and prevention due to my fibromyalgia and how pregnancy will affect it.  He listened, he made a plan with me and he really seemed to "get it"...something a lot of people who have never had Chronic pain, cannot ever understand.

He ordered me a new all natural prenatal that should solve some "other" issues, as well as some support socks for my vericose veins.  He adjusted my back, hips and neck (which he said were more tense than he could ever imagine, so no wonder I couldn't sleep or work without pain).  I instantly didn't have a headache and realized how little I could move my beck before coming.  He instructed me that I MUST (yes, MUST) take two tylenol that afternoon and 2 before bed, along with one children's gravol.  Then to come back and see him 3x per week until the new year and once per week after that, if all goes well.

I knew I felt better when I left, feeling slightly better when I went to bed.  I figured that I would have the SAME type of night that I have had for months now, until the first time I stirred and looked at the clock, it was 5:30 in the morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  WHAAAAAT???  Sweet, sweet relief!  I turned over, continued to feel comfy and fell asleep till Graham's alarm went off at 6.  He could not believe that I was STILL in bed beside him and I told him that I woke up 30 mins ago, not stirring at all and felt minimal back pain!  I felt so happy, I could have cried!

So, lesson #1:

If you have back pain/neck pain, JUST SEE A CHIROPRACTOR.

Lesson #2:

If you are pregnant and have trouble sleeping due to back pain/neck pain or anything else, see a Chiropractor.

Lesson #3:

If you haven't slept more than 2 hours a night for over a week, YOU WILL GET SICK.  IT WILL KICK YOUR BUTT.

Lesson #4:

If a Dr. tells you it's safe to take gravol or tylenol and it will seriously help you, don't be stubborn or so paranoid about hurting your baby that you suffer.  In turn, your baby will also suffer from your lack of sleep, energy, appetite etc.

Lesson #5:

Listen to your MOTHER, even if you're almost 30 and she tells you that you need to rest.  Everytime I got up yesterday and could barely move, all I thought of, was making chicken soup (Mom was GREAT at that) and laying back down.  Anything else would have to wait.


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