Why so quiet lately?
I’ve had the migraine from H-E-double hockey sticks. And I’m not sure if you know this, but “pregnancy makes migraines do funny things.” [I promise there's a reason I'm quoting that.]
The last week of August found me in L&D on a Tuesday night with next to no control of my right hand, and slurred/slow speech. We arrived after 6 p.m. and were out there by 9 with a migraine diagnosis [because "pregnancy makes migraines do funny things," like lose control of your hand and speech]. At one point the nurse brought me Tylenol 3, and I asked her what the heck it was for, because my head didn’t hurt that badly. There was also this thing about me being dehydrated, but there was a really good reason for that.
When I was sent home, it was with a prescription for Tylenol 3 and a steroid, which I picked up the next day. Side note – never walk out of the house without your ID when you need to fill a prescription for a narcotic. Not that I’m speaking from experience.
My mother-in-law called my neurologist for me the next day [remember that whole having a hard time talking thing?] and I got in with him on Friday afternoon. He was skeptical [at first] that my symptoms were caused by a migraine, but he wanted to run some tests. The following week, I had an ultrasound of my carotid arteries, a 2D echocardiogram, and an EEG. Best [or funniest, depending on how you look at it] advice he could give me prior to the tests?
He suggested meditation. I had all these grand plans to pull out my Hypnobirthing CDs because there’s a lot of good relaxation techniques on them. I haven’t found them yet.
By the time I walked out of his office, the doctor had said to me, “It’s possible you are suffering an odd migraine. Pregnancy can make migraines do funny things.”
I haven’t gotten any results from my tests yet, and I don’t see the doctor again until October 5th. I can only assume there was nothing drastic or super scary in them, because I have a feeling he’d have called me in for an earlier follow up appointment if there was something majorly wrong. My speech has improved, but I’ve noticed when I have a particularly bad headache [like I did last night], it’s worse. And I’ve completely regained control of my hand, so that’s positive news. My father-in-law saw my neurologist last week [we go to the same doctor] and asked about me. The doctor said he thinks delivery of the baby will cure all of the symptoms I have.