Last night saw our third trip to Winchester Hospital this pregnancy. After spending the day feeling really not very well at all, I telephoned the labour ward and they advised me to come in and be checked. My main fear was that my blood pressure had raised again since my check yesterday morning and I all I could think about was something awful being wrong.
So, we arrived on the labour ward at around 10pm and had a full MOT, and it transpires rather quickly that I have a nasty UTI that has developed since the morning check. I have leukocytes and nitrates and glucose and protein in my urine and whereas my blood pressure isn’t awful, it’s at 132/88 when I am fully relaxed.
We got to listen to our Seahorse on the fetal monitor which is always amazing, although this time he kept setting off the high heartrate alarm as he was getting excited and moving around a lot.
A few blood tests and other bits and pieces later and the doctor comes back to see us with the results. As I’m allergic to Penicillin, I was prescribed a medication called Trimethoprim which apparently cannot be given to women in early pregnancy and as such there were no adult doses on the ward, only baby ones which are very strongly aniseed tasting and come in a syringe.
Now, I hate aniseed. It is disgusting to me, but it’s medicine and it lasts a few seconds in your mouth. So imagine how shocked I was to discover that the doctor fully expected me not to take it if I didn’t like the taste. I cannot imagine ever deciding to continue being infected by something horrible that makes you feel as bad as I did, instead of having a mouthful of nasty for a few seconds. Apparently some people feel that strongly about flavour.
So, third trip over, we were discharged at midnight thankfully and I should feel better in 3-5 days. Thank heavens Seahorse is okay.