Archive for December 1st, 2009


Toward the end of my triplet pregnancy, I acquired cholestasis in addition to everything else that was going on.  The tell-tale factor was that I was unbelievably itchy, particularly on the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet.  It was excruciating and the only good thing about it was that it was really only the last 10 or so days before I delivered.  I really hate itching.  It leaves me feeling powerless and out of control.  Worse, there seems to be no relief from it.  The cholestasis was probably the least  alarming thing that happened during my triplet pregnancy – but it was also the thing that almost pushed me over the edge.

So imagine my amusement with this pregnancy – my arm itches like mad where the dressing on the PICC site is.  And I’ve got a ridiculous rash all up and down my left arm, which seems to be exacerbated by the Phenergan (which is odd, because the Phenergan is going in a central line, so the rash should be systemic; plus, Phenergan is an antihistamine, so it’s illogical that I would have an allergic reaction to it).  I never, ever stop itching.  UGH.

Anyway, I left you hanging on my last post, so here’s the update:  I’m not in tremendous pain anymore – I had had an abscessed tooth, which resulted in an emergency root canal last week.  Not my idea of a good time, but at least the pain is gone.  I still, obviously, have the rash on my left arm, but I decided it’s not an emergency, and the home health agency keeps a good look at it every week, so if it were really alarming, they’d alert my now-former-OB or the perinatologist.  And as for the cramping and spotting?  Well, it’s just what I *do* in pregnancy.  It comes and goes, and I can live with it.

More annoyingly, I’m already starting to feel contractions now and again, particularly when I get dehydrated.  This is definitely something I could live without, but I’m seeing the perinatologist tomorrow, so I’ll see what he has to say about it.

On a brighter note, I think I felt George moving around today for the first time.  I’m reserving judgment until it becomes more regular and/or frequent, but I think it’s the real deal.

And that?  Is really all I have energy to write about right now.

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