Wednesday, May 30, 2012

That's not what I ordered

If you were to judge how I'm feeling in this pregnancy by my weekly mileage, you might assume that I'm feeling pretty good (even though last week was a weak 28 miles, but I blame the dog). That's not entirely correct. The thing to keep in mind is that I have to be REALLY sick to not run. Like, not able to stand upright level of sick or at least have some sort of short term sickness like the flu. If I didn't run everyday I felt like shit while pregnant, I'd probably average about 10 miles a week.

Chuck Norris approves my running logic


Over the past 4 to 5 weeks, I've been dealing with light-headedness and headaches, enough to make me feel like I need to lay down and rest for a bit at least once a day, which is awesome when you have a toddler. It got annoying enough to bring up to my OB last week and he told me to go see my primary care doctor about it, even though I'm positive it's pregnancy related. He also told me I wasn't anemic (and that's my primary theory on what's wrong) based on my 9 week pregnancy blood test...all the way back in March. I didn't feel like arguing, so I just went home and called my primary doctor and made an appointment.

Today was that appointment and instead of getting a doctor who was coming off a night shift and was too tired and busy to listen to me, I got the Chicken Little of physician assistants and a 2 hour appointment (all with a toddler assistant). I told her my symptoms and she decided that I needed a full work up, including heart testing, even I told her I just wanted my blood iron checked. I tried to explain that if my heart was having any issues, then I shouldn't be able to still run 8 miles and feel fine, but I guess I should stop speaking in Swahili because she didn't seem to understand my logic.

Luckily, I'm seeing an actual doctor next week to discuss the results of the ridiculous amount of testing done today and I'm 98% sure his treatment plan will be for me to give birth in November and then feel fine again. My dream is that it's something simple like anemia that can be treated with a supplement and maybe diet changes (although my food intake is still really limited by morning sickness). Otherwise I'm just going to have to man up and quit my bitching. A little dizziness never killed anyone, right?

You have to be drunk for this to make sense

The best part of the whole appointment was when the PA walked in and said "You look so pale and tired!" Thanks lady. I tried to explain that I don't normally look that shitty, but I was up at midnight changing a poopy diaper and then up again at 4:30am-ish with a moany teething kid and never got back to sleep because the moaning didn't stop...and again she didn't listen and thought it was another sign of my impending doom.

After 2 long hours of trying to keep a toddler content in an examination room, I decided to bag my run today and just nap instead. I needed a day off anyway, so it was an easy decision. The dog was more than happy to keep me company for a nap. I think her recovery is spoiling me because I didn't take her for a walk today (it was pouring rain) and she doesn't seem to care. I wonder if this is what it's like to own a normal dog?

Faith was ridiculously high energy today. There must be something about rainy weather that makes kids nuts.

My shirt is right, I'M AWESOME!

Daddy's shoes are the best for stomping

At least if I'm going to have to lay down to deal with feeling light headed, now I have a new book to read. Kari sent Peanut and I a present in the mail and it's pretty perfect:

Guess which is mine and which is the dog's?

Incorrect.

I feel like I've heard so many people talk about reading "50 Shades of Grey" in a negative light that I have really low expectations, so that probably means I'll enjoy it. From what I hear, this could be made into a pretty interesting show on HBO, mostly because the only thing HBO likes more than violence is explicit sex.

I also got a Kindle Fire as an early birthday present from my mom over the weekend and it's pretty much the most fun thing ever. My husband has developed quite the Angry Birds addiction already. It's hilarious how much he enjoys using the birds as bombs and Faith is his biggest fan/spectator. Every time he hits anything she cries out "BOOM!" and then laughs. The Kindle Fire was a life saver at the doctor office this morning because there are so many toddler friendly apps for things like learning the alphabet.

I've never had a smart phone or tablet (neither has my husband) so what apps are "must haves"? So far, I really enjoy Words with Friends and Draw Something, but I could also use suggestions about favorite apps for toddlers!

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  1. Welcome to the world of Android! We hope you enjoy your stay.

    Also, I bet you're feeling shitty because of the twins you have in your womb. True story.

    Also, how does your husband feel about you reading porn in your free time? Does it skeeve you out if you think about who read that book before you, and what she did while reading it? Now it will.

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    1. She sent me a fresh copy, so I'll be the first one to crack the pages open :)

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    2. Eric offered to ask a coworker to let me borrow that book and I was like hell no, if I'm reading it I'm buying a new copy.

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    3. Brian, as if I'd recycle my porn.

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  2. I would think that your symptoms are pregnancy related as well, but it is possible to have two problems at once (if you count pregnancy as a problem...). I hope they find something that's easy to fix with a supplement. Aren't you taking those horse pill pre-natal vitamins? Mine had so much iron in them I couldn't poop for days.

    How about low blood pressure?

    I hope you feel better soon. Let me know what you think about the Grey book--I'm kinda boycotting it because of all the hoopla. I read the promo for it about two months ago and didn't want to read it then. We'll see if I cave...

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    1. I take the prenatals, but I've had anemia before on daily vitamins, so I'm not a big believer in their effecitivity for iron supplementation.

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    2. The prenatals don't contain enough iron for a significant number of women. I would be less than surprised if you are anemic, especially if you already have a history of anemia.

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  3. I love reeder which syncs with google reader for my iPhone.

    My friend is obsessed with that book!!!

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  4. I think I'd be napping a lot. I've never had a smart phone either so I am no help in the technology department, texting is pretty much my level of sophistication! My husband has to get me to the correct screens on his phone for me to be able to use it!

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    1. Running is just so much more fun than napping. :)

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  5. Apparently, one of my college professor's sons developed Draw Something. He became a millionaire in about 28 seconds.

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    1. Man, why can't I think of something like that??

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  6. As annoying as it is when dr's overdue it, I think I'd take that over brushing you off and not checking anything out. At least now you won't have any "what-if" questions to wonder about! I'm curious about good toddler apps, too... I'll be checking back to see what suggestions you get. :)

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    1. Yeah, I guess I prefer over testing to under testing...good point!

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  7. I hope all your tests come back ok. Being dizzy is one of those symptoms that could be the result of everything. It is probably good that they went ahead and checked everything out. I would prefer that over the dude going off tests from two months ago. If something is off your levels could change in the matter of hours.

    The husband and I have dumb phones so I know nothing about apps. I do play Words with Friends on Facebook and it's fun.

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    1. I never knew you could play with Facebook! I learn something new everyday. :)

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  8. When I found out I was anemic, they wondered if it might be because of fecal occult blood loss because something like 80% of ultra marathoners get it as a result of running. Maybe that could be contributing to anemia if that's it?

    Let us know how 50 Shades of Grey is. I just can't read something that popular that's also soft porn. Even though I'm totally curious.

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    1. I really hope I'm not shitting blood! :)

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  9. I liked 50 Shades of Gray but then again the girl in the book is exactly my age...and I personally thought it was pretty sexy! But everyone has their own opinion!

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  10. I think the Do Not Say List in the doctor's handbook includes "You look so pale and tired."

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  11. I don't know about toddlers, but I love Scramble with Friends. Now I'm getting really curious about 50 shades of gray. I'm hearing so much about it.

    Right now, I am sort of reading Game of Thrones. I think I remember you saying that you enjoyed the series, but I am not quite sure how I feel about it. Some of the characters are so annoying.

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    1. Don't worry, so many of them get killed :)

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  12. Ronnie and 50 shades in one blog post? Impressed.
    I read all 3 50 shades. The first one was pretty good, the shock factor got me. I was all, "the old women at work are reading this?" The rest... eh. I finished them all because I'm a masochist.

    I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the author's use of italics, emoticons, and the characters inner goddess.

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    1. There are emoticons in the book? Now I'm really excited.

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  13. Ugh I hate it when doctors don't listen. It usually happens with running injuries for me. Frustrating. I hope you get answers from the blood tests!

    I can't wait for your review on 50 Shades. It doesn't interest me right now, but I've been enjoying everyone's reactions to it. ;)

    Also, Netflix on the Fire is really awesome. P downloads movies to it before we fly.

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  14. I hate it when doctors don't listen! Hopefully it's just low iron and a supplement (or extra burgers) will help!

    Where's My Water is another fun one for the kiddos to watch and/or play.

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    1. I'd love a prescription for 5 Guys burgers!

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  15. You should try where's my water and Sporcle, good games, especially sporcle for car trips. Also Pandora, I use it all the time. Electric miles is the daily mile app. Sounds like you're going to die. Bummer.

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    1. Absolutely priceless reply Alyssa. Well done !

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  16. The book is so terrible, you're going to love it.

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    1. I can't wait to really get into it.

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  17. I had a very similar experience when I was pregnant. I would get dizzy and light-headed really easily and all my symptoms told me it was anemia. I asked my OB and she told me to go to my primary care doctor. It was really irritating since I knew it was pregnancy related.

    Enjoy the book! If you liked Twilight, this is the same thing minus the vampires plus some porn, lol. The writing is horrible, but the story is good.

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    1. I'm glad to hear this happened to someone else! Well, not glad you were dizzy, but glad I'm not alone :)

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  18. oh no! I've had dizziness and actually fainted once at ten weeks. They also sent me to my family dr, who told me I had "wonderfully low" blood pressure (yay running), and also had the obgyn check again for anemia (I'm slightly anemic). They told me to stay hydrated, avoid the heat, and get up slowly. Basically they told me low pressure is really good for everything in your health, other than the tendency to pass out.

    Also told me to eat red meat twice a week, something I normally don't do. Hope you find something out soon!

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    1. I usually eat red meat all the time, but my morning sickness has really been limiting my protein choices and I think that's a factor in this!

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  19. We have a kindle fire. My daughter can get into it like clockwork, which I discovered after an email from amazon saying that I just ordered Yo Gabba Gabba Season 2. Ugh. Just one of those days I left it where I shouldn't have.
    I love the Kid's Place lock app. You put all of her apps into the kid lock and those are the only ones she can get into. I really like First Alphabet by tapfun(?). It has a dinosaur as an icon. Also, my daughter likes Animal Hide and Seek.

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    1. I just got the First Alphabet thing! So far, she's unimpressed and much prefers watching me play Angry Birds haha

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  20. I have a non-listening OB who also is supposed to be my primary dr. He is only interested in the health of my fetus and unless I'm delivering the baby right now, everything else must wait until after the baby comes.

    I haven't been able to eat in days due to crazy pains and am convinced it's gallstones, pancreatitis, hiatal hernia, appendicitis, or GERD. But no tests shall be done, he declares!

    I'm reading 50 shades of grey. The writing is horrid and when a book is actually good, I can't put it down. but the sexy parts are hot and that's about it. I feel weird about reading it since it's not actually a good read. Similar to how men read playboy for the articles, I read 50 shades of grey for the literary wizardry.

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    1. I feel like my OB is like "You're 28? Second pregnancy? I'm not needed here" and breezes through my appointments. I get that I'm a routine case, but geez!

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  21. Watch out, the Shades of Grey series is embarrassingly addictive. The first book was by far the best of the worst :)

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    1. At least I never go anywhere so I don't have to worry about reading it in public. :)

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  22. I thought 50 shades was incredibly boring. By the middle of the second book I was already skipping over major sections, including sex scenes, because it was incredibly repetitive and poorly written. I have no idea why I read all 3 books...I guess it was just better than anything on television at the time.

    How's Peanut doing??

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    1. Peanut is still really, really tired but I do see some improvement. She made it through a 2 mile walk this morning in high spirits, so I think she's feeling better!

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  23. Tozzle is awesome for toddlers. My 2 year old loves it. Just be sure you set the accuracy level to toddler in the settings. The Wimmel seek and find apps are pretty cool too.

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    1. Thanks, I'll have to look those up!

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  24. Hope your results come back and there's nothing to worry about.....if running keeps you sane while pregnant, you'd better be able to keep running :)

    I just started 50 shades too......knowing that it was originally Twilight fan-fiction certainly explains why the characters are pretty undeveloped and there's a lot of "I can't explain why I'm madly in love with you...." stuff thrown in there. But somehow I can't stop reading, so I guess it's ok? It's kinda the same as everyone else says - and how I felt about Twilight......it's dumb, but I'm reading it anyway for some reason. At least it's good for a mindless diversion!

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    1. I'm assuming it will be like Twilight, so at least entertaining and not requiring deep thoughts.

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  25. You should download https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chisholm.racepacelite so you can futz around with paces and crap whenever you want. I play games like "How fast would I have to run to run faster than a chicken?" "What would my mile splits have to be to exceed the speed limit here?"

    I have weird thoughts.

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    1. I would like to run as fast as a laden swallow flies.

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