So, I'm home today trying to relax.
I was not feeling well this morning.
I actually started feeling crappy last night. After I got home from my OB appoinment (off topic..I unknowingly drove by a murder scene! There was a shooting in Middletown at Wesleyan University...and when I was driving home, I passed the library where there was yellow tape everywhere. It didn't dawn on me THEN that it was CRIME SCENE tape. Anyway, I joked to Daryl--who I was talking on the cell phone with--that I might be on the news. I drove right behind where the local news stations were filming. I still wonder if my red truck showed up on the six o'clock news. And I think they still haven't caught the shooter, who was the boyfriend who shot his girlfriend. What a scary world we live in!!!)
Anyway, after I got home, I started to feel kind of yucky. And I was ravenous becuz I had barely eaten much during the day, at least not much protein. And suddenly I realized something was different with my belly. It was going through brief periods of tightening and hardening and feeling slightly uncomfortable. No pain. After the second time it happened, I mused aloud to Daryl, "I wonder if I'm having Braxton Hicks contractions? I have no idea what they feel like."
I was already drinking water at this point but I went inside the house (cuz I was outside with the dogs and Daryl) and refilled my glass and attempted to lay down on my left side on the couch, with a small pillow between my knees. I was SO uncomfortable in that position, and found it slightly hard to breathe so I ended up sitting up and reclining, feet raised. I was so hungry by this point and all we really had in the house was pasta and I seriously was jonesing for PROTEIN. I told Daryl I wanted Taco Bell. I think I surprised even him with how much I consumed.
By this point, the belly contractions were going on for about an hour and a half to two hours, but maybe only like four or five or total? I wasn't quite sure when they started/stopped and if it was a NEW one or the same. And like I said, no pain, so I wasn't concerned. After a full belly, and two more glasses of water....relief!! I started to feel better! For the second night in a row I got a very decent night's sleep. Only woke up once or twice.
Anyway, this morning I woke up feeling fine. Hours later, fully showered and dressed, I took the puppy outside on his leash and felt a bout of dizziness while out there. I brought him in and put him in his crate, then when I bent over to latch Daisy in her crate, I felt another wave of dizziness accompanied by nausea. I was not comfortable with hopping in the truck to drive at that point so I called work to tell them I'd be about a half hour late so that I could sit down and breathe for a few minutes.
I wasn't feeling any better so I finally opted to stay home. I have to say, after eating a second breakfast (I ate first at seven a.m., then again at about 10:30am) I started to feel better but not great. I continued to hydrate with water. Then at noon, I realized I had to eat AGAIN cuz I was ravenous. Once I had lunch, and some ginger ale, and after spending most of my day reclined on the couch, what a difference!! I feel a lot better now.
So obviously this is a big lesson to me. LISTEN TO MY BODY. Continue to eat when I'm hungry and stop worrying about "eating too much" and drink water often. And REST. Something I don't do enough of.