It's been a rough week. Besides the busy and the stress and the rapidly changing body as alien lifeform takes over my body, last Thursday I had a mysterious pain in my right side. I kept an eye on it during the day, but when I finished teaching my class that evening I had a feeling I was running a wee bit of a fever. Yup, sure enough, just a little one. I called my clinic and they suggested I come to the urgent care center. Urgent care hardly looked at me and sent me over to Stanford.
Of course they suspected my appendix, so after an hour of waiting to get through triage and more waiting until a bed opened up, they did bloodwork and put me in the queue for an ultrasound. That was about 11pm. Multiple injury car crash traumas came in and as a consequence I didn't get to ultrasound until almost 5am. The wait was inconvenient, but completely understandable. The baby's fine, dancing and jiggling about in there. They couldn't see my appendix, so it was more waiting until the surgeon could come to consult. By noon they decided to admit me for observation.
During this time, because they might have needed to whisk me off into surgery, I ate and drank nothing. The combination of morning sickness and migraine were devastating, so they gave me anti-nausea drugs and pain meds. Gradually the pain in my abdomen receeded and by Saturday morning they finally let me eat - overcooked oatmeal never tasted so good! - and released me about noon. Still no idea what caused the pain, but very happy that all is well.
The unfortunate thing about the whole event is that those 36 foodless hours pretty much set the morning sickness in a tailspin. Where I was managing it before and only feeling a little yucky, it's now returned full-blown. Back on the anti-nausea meds and praying that they work well enough to get me through this weekend at the California International Choral Festival in San Luis Obispo. Our farewell concert was last night. The house was packed with fans and supporters and we sang beautifully. Cross your fingers and wish us (and me especially) luck!