Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Poorly Sick!

It seems sailing through a pregnancy is not allowed and if the pregnancy cant get ya then something else will!

Since last Thursday i have been getting really bad headaches, when we went to see the midwife on Friday morning we mentioned it, she told us i could have co-codamol instead of paracetamol but to keep an eye on it over the weekend.

Saturday i get a rash, Sunday the rash is slightly worse and i'm feeling sick...

Monday morning we have to go to the hospital for the diabetes test where we bump into my midwife who takes one look at me and arranges for me to see a doctor.

So three hours later when the diabetes test is over we head up to the third floor to see the doctor, blood pressure is checked, urine sample is checked, i'm put on a monitor for baby and babys heartbeat is good and strong and baby is kicking away.

The doctor then says she only deals with "pregnancy and women's bits" and doesnt feel qualified to discuss the headaches or the rash and so will get another doctor to come and see us.

Some time later another doctor comes to see us, looks at the rash and says he is going to speak to someone in dermatology.

He comes back and tells us he is actually a cardiologist (WTF) and as such doesnt really know a huge amount about rashes but he can tell us it isnt menengitis or chicken pox.....well we could probably have told you that!

He gives us a prescription for some painkillers and tells us we should go and see our own GP!

We go to the hospital pharmacy where the pharmacist comes out with a medical dictionary, tells us the drug we have been prescribed isnt commonly used in this country but is used in Germany quite a lot without any side effects to pregnant women. She then asked us if we still wanted it!

I dont know about you but i dont go to a doctor so i can be the one to decide what i am prescribed, isnt that why they do the study and get the salary....

Anyhoo we then manage to get an appointment with our GP, the new one remember??

We had been in her office less than five minutes when she said "looks like shingles to me"

I've been back to see her this morning and she has referred me to another hospital, i am waiting to find out when my appointment is this afternoon to get the diagnosis confirmed.

I have been signed off for a week and told i will probably be off next week as well.

And where am i lucky enough to have this rash you ask??

Lucky old me, it's on my face....


sweets said...

oh no!!!

apparently the first 72 hours is the most important in treating shingles... otherwise it will be back but i guess you missed that deadline and in your condition you can't be treated propertly anyway (with medication)! so sorry for you, hope it doesn't itch too much?

random moments said...

Oh noes!!! That's awful Pol. Sounds like someone around you had it and didn't know. If they did, they should know they shouldn't be within a mile radius of children or pregger women.

Hopefully it will clear up soon. My co-worker's did in a week with aggressive medication/treatment.

Get better soon Hun! ((hugs))

spice-the-cat said...


There is an African witchdoctor I can put you in touch with. You'll probably not do any worse with him than you will with the NHS...


maxxo said...

poor you! (don't you just love doctors ...) headaches, yep i know all about them!

Urban Daddy said...

OMG, that is horrible. I'm not sure what is worse - having so many doctors come by to examine you without any being able to make a diagnosis, or the horrible rash and headaches - or just being sick while pregnant. I hope you are doing better... Looking forward to a positive update. Take care of yourself!!!

Stacie said...

Yikes! I hope you are feeling better soon. Good to finally have a diagnosis..that'll bring you closer to a cure. Best of luck.

Anonymous said...

oh hun! I'm so sorry to hear that! if it helps, I get eczema on my face all the time... so I get to look rashed and crazy a lot too...
It sucks, but what ya gonna do?

Just laugh it off sweetie. Hope it goes away fast! I know it is supposed to suck. haha... like that cheered you up! sorry... :-/

The Mighty Beluga said...

oh dear! sending well-wishes your way, zoom zooming on maxxo's bike!

angel said...

sheesh, what a run-around!
i actually thought shingles was a form of chicken-pox...?
at least the doctors and "specialists" you saw and spoke to gave you information. here they look at you, give you a scrip and send you on your way- often without even telling you what's wrong!