Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sick Again

I am once again dealing with nausea. I don't know what's causing it. I saw my PCP last week and I have to get some bloodwork done (it's fasting bloodwork and I have not had the time to get it done... Monday, for sure). But it's such a nuisance. I don't know what is happening and it's not helped by the fact that I am also very fatigued. I wonder if I am getting in enough nutrition, and whilst i am for sure not wasting away I have not been taking care of myself in basic ways.

My appetite is all over the place.. mostly down. I have awful aversions and so I don't think I am eating enough, or, in the very least, eating enough of the right food. Any ideas on quick, easy snacks/meals? We're vegan so it's not easy to grab food on the go but I am just stuck for ideas.

and sleep.. oh sleep. Yes, it's the perennial issue. I haven't slept through the night for over two years and sometimes I feel as though I will never feel rested again.

And... stress. Lots of work, which is mounting up, and lots of stress for Rich, too... I don't think I am dealing well with the current stressors. Between work, Raf, selling/buying a house, Rich's work and school, and more - well, there is a lot of stuff to provoke that stress response. I know that good nutrition, rest, and exercise would help - and of course I am only really good at getting in exercise as of late. Oh yes, and Raf has been sick again. Not an earache, I don't think, but a cold which must has started with a painful sore throat. He's feeling much better, I think.

I'd love to know about how other people manage all of these things, and manage to practice excellent self-care, too. I am definitely not a martyr but it is just the case that as a mother you do seem to come near the back of the queue when rest and other things are being divided up.


  1. Not to point out the obvious, but have you done a HPT and did your PCP do one as well, in case of a false negative other issue? I didn't think I was pregnant the first time because AF arrived, but when I started miscarrying a couple of weeks later it explained the nausea, fatigue, aversions, etc.

    Hope you feel better soon, whatever the cause.

    As far as snacks, do you do nut butters? I love the Justin's individual packs. There's chocolate or maple-flavored peanut butter, almond butter, and hazelnut butter too. Yum! Lara bars are another favorite.

    Smoothies are another favorite because I put them in a portable bottle and can drink them on the run.

  2. oh sweetie. the fatigue alone (with broken sleep) can really wreck my appetite, especially for actual fuel (and not just stimulants).

    I was also gonna say nuts. I have been eating Justin's maple-almond butter a lot, it's great, I could honestly suck it from the pouch if I needed the fuel and calories. Something about very bland almonds makes it easy for me to eat them when I need them but don't have an appetite.

    I really, really feel for you. I know that if you were in fact pregnant it'd be a mixed relief in ways, and instead the fact that you have nausea not pregnant seems really stressful.