Monday, April 25, 2011

best friends forever. Or at least for a day.

Oh friends, I know I'm not the first person in the history of the world to feel this way but pregnancy is kicking my ass. Last week I went in for my normal OB appointment and surprise! The high blood pressure had finally hit which meant I got to drag out my best friend from my other pregnancy.
My enemy and I meet again

Me and that blood pressure cuff have been tight for the past week and I've watched my numbers shoot up and down and laughed over how there is seriously no consistency with my blood pressure. Dinner of fried foods? Low numbers in the morning. Dinner of baby carrots? Numbers so high that Cuffy's screen gives me a message that reads "How are you not dead?" I don't know Cuffy, I guess it takes more than some high blood pressure to knock me down. Just ask John Besh, I'm unstoppable!

I was told last Monday to take it easy and try to rest before my follow up appointment today. Naturally I took that to mean "take a weekend trip to New Orleans for a wedding" because nothing is as relaxing and restful as an 8.5 hour car trip with Truman and jparks. We arrived in NOLA on Wednesday and jparks and I promptly had such a blow out that I had a nose bleed by the end of it. Did you know that you could get so mad that your nose would bleed because I had no clue this was a possibility. Being married to jparks has really taught me so many things.

We drove back to Austin yesterday and I had my followup appointment today where I was introduced to my new best friends, the pee jug and porta toilet. Cuffy, you've been replaced for at least the next 24 hours. It seems that finding a very tiny, almost nonexistent, amount of protein in my urine combined with the high blood pressure has earned me a 24 hour urine collection for testing and pee jug and porta toilets are my tools for this task.

The best part is that pee jug gets to live in my fridge!

Who doesn't want a jug of pee stocked right next to their spray can of pancake batter? No one, that's who!

Anyway. Wish me luck collecting my pee for the next 24 hours and then let's all hope my tests come back fine and my blood pressure evens out a little bit so I can avoid bed rest for the remainder of this pregnancy.


  1. A pee jug in your refrigerator...I have no words...and that's saying something!!!

  2. Wow. I had no idea such wonders even existed--both the pee jug and the spray can of pancake batter.

    Really sorry to hear about the high blood pressure. I don't have any personal experience, but I've heard that it can make you feel incredibly crappy. Not to mention, of course, the potential risks to you and baby. Hoping the protein was a fluke.

  3. Oh sweetie - I really hope you don't get stuck on bedrest. No clue what makes blood pressure tick. I was stressed beyond belief with my pregnancies and all my blood pressure did was drop lower. But, I totally know where you are coming from with the nosebleed post blowout. Take care, eat fried foods and worst case - you get fewer stretch marks if you are on bedrest (gravity no longer has the upper hand).

  4. Just don't drink a lot is my advice. Had a pee jug in my fridge once. And it was full 5 hours before my 24 hour sample was due. Um....

  5. oy. hang in there, and TAKE IT EASY. pre-e is nothing to screw around with.

    thank god all my 24 hour urine stuff was in the hospital. i had a jug of pee on ice in my bathroom.

  6. Pee jug is better than poop jars. I'm just saying.

  7. Hm, was your blood pressure lower when jparks was in Iceland? Nosebleeds are bad. Take care of yourself.

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