shared experiences

August 24, 2011

the quake

the setting: 1:52 pm, Off-site Pediatric Endocrine Office, Durham NC

SHU: [on phone] . . . so, while her thyroid levels weren’t optimal, they were close. however, i’d still like to push up her dose of levothyroxine just a bit, to 62.5 mcg. i can call that in — hey, the building is shaking . . . i think maybe we’re having an earthquake?!

PATIENT’S MOM: [from phone, actual location ~1 hr away] me too!!

SHU: uhh, i’ll call you back?


i think the most interesting thing about the little quake we had yesterday was the shared nature of it all. since the event seems to have caused little to no damage, it was like a much more pleasant [and obviously miniaturized] version of the communal terror everyone felt after 9/11. somehow, it made me feel just the tiniest bit closer to . . . well, just about everyone else who felt it too.

but i’m okay if it never happens again!


the graph below looks innnocent enough, doesn’t it?

bottom numbers = weeks of gestation

i thought pregnancy was the one time you were not supposed to worry too much about weight gain. but thanks to babycenter, pregnant women have yet another way to obsess about things.

see that dot hanging out at the very top of the curve? uhh, that’s me! i had my first OB appointment yesterday [nurse visit/lab draw] and to be honest was a little shocked to find out that i had already gained ~3 lbs.

my first thought: how is this possible when i hate nearly every food now !??

my second was: except cheese. and greasy asian take-out. hmmmm . . . plus, my nausea cure has been eating. [it works!]. and i’ve had no vomiting, which i still consider to be a GOOD thing.

i’m not going to worry too much about this yet — perhaps part of it might be a discrepancy in scales. everyone knows that doctors’ office scales ALWAYS say you’re heavier, right?? joking aside, i’m actually less hungry now than i was in the very early weeks so perhaps it’s my body’s cue to even things out a little. and maybe i need to work on finding healthier answers to those take-out cravings.

healthier answers that still involve cheese, of course

i have my first actual doctor’s appointment at the same office on monday, so i will be sure to ask the OB whether i should be concerned [i’m guessing no at this point]. in the meantime, i’ll keep up with my activity and will work on expanding my repertoire of tolerable vegetables. right now, broccoli and lettuce make the cut — and not much else. at least it’s a start!

questions to spur conversation

1. did you feel the quake yesterday?

2. if you’ve been pregnant before and gained more than negative-1 lb over the first trimester, please tell me so that i can feel less ridiculous.