Things with me and the monsters are so far so good from what I can tell. No spotting, no major symptoms other than very sore breasts and nipples and sometimes feeling a tugging or tightness or “muscle pull” from mah ladybizness when I turn over in bed in a weird way or twist my body around in an unusual manner. Today is 5w1d. 1 week and three days until the official first-look ultrasound, but oh wait…didn’t I tell you about my insane horrible week?
The week was going along relatively fine, the film production was crazy but pretty stable. Some fires being put out on a daily basis, but no majorly “out of control, evacuate the area” scenarios. We achieved a pretty nice balance between me and the Associate Producer to make things easier on this “newly pregnant woman” when I got a phone message first thing Thursday morning from my SIL. My brother had complained of shortness of breath while on a business trip in Florida, he was being rushed to the local emergency room. By the time I picked up the message and talked to my mom, dad and sister-in-law the doctors diagnosed what happened. He had a pulmonary embolism. Due to a very long time sitting at the airport and on the plane, a blood clot formed in his leg. A couple of days later, while he was out on a business trip in Florida, the clots dislodged and traveled through his heart and into both lungs. It has bruised his heart and caused so much obstruction in his lungs he can barely breathe. I found out the details of his condition at 11:15 am.
My brother is married and has 4 kids ranging in age from 8 to 15. His wife, while she wanted to come out to be with him, needs to be home and take care of the kids. My mom is on kidney dialysis and can't travel, my dad just had an operation on his elbow and also has to take care of my mom. It's just me and my brother. We don’t have any other siblings.
I discussed options with MrBeep, who is very nervous about me travelling across the country, going through airports, hanging out in hospitals, etc. while being pregnant during flu season. We weighed the pros and cons and discussed how my brother would require an escort to return to LA. In the end we decided that I would go and try to be as careful as I possible. I was on the plane from Seattle to Miami at 1:15 pm. I arrived that evening 10:00 pm EST, grabbed a rental car and drove another couple of hours out her where I currently type. Naples, FL.
My brother is awake and mentally perfect. My brother (MrBeep calls him “The Bro-ham”) is typically very healthy and as strong as a horse, now he can barely walk from his hospital bed to the bathroom and back without almost passing out due to lack of oxygen. He is really scared and before I got here was totally alone in a place where we have no friends or family. I am so glad that I was able to come out and give him some companionship and comfort. The doctors are doing everything they can, but it is very frightening that you could be fine one minute and in a dire situation the next.
While I am here I am checking into getting both the seasonal and the H1N1 flu shots, but can’t find the H1N1 in the county so far. The local “help” line isn’t very helpful at all, the operator bordered on moronic. I explained I was from far away, didn’t have a doctor or clinic and asked how I would find out who had the vaccine. She suggest that I visit a website that I explained I had already read and it gave no locations. She suggested that I listen to the radio, but had no idea what station, etc., then she gave me a number for the county health department that was so old, it had a number change recording. I will try to talk to my brother’s doctor tomorrow, but from what one of the floor nurses said, it sounds like even the staff at the hospital has not yet received vaccination for H1N1. In another week I’m going to have to travel through 3 additional airports before heading back to Seattle. I would really prefer to be vaccinated well before I have to travel again.
I have so much more to say, but I am so very tired…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. *snort* WHA? Eh fluck, I’m off to sleep. More on H1N1 and pregnancy tomorrow. G’night.