Tristine's Triumph -- Entry 20

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December 13

My first appointment since getting the stitch went really fast. The doctor said that stitches looked good and the cervix was firm. I told him how uncomfortable I have been feeling with the stitch after being on my feet for more than 20 minutes. He said that it was common. He said I was doing well by listening to my instincts to just rest when I feel the need. He also said to increase my heparin does to .75 cc starting next week!

Since we are approaching the flu season, he recommended a flu shot as well. Hopefully it will keep me from getting terribly sick this year. I have had a flu shot before. It was when I was pregnant with Gabriel. I managed to avoid the flu that year even though I only was able to carry Gabriel for 20 weeks.

But then I was so miserable with grief, I probably would have welcomed being doped up on medicine. The flu would have been a distraction from the sense of pain and loss I felt during those terrible months after Gabriel's unexpected and fatal delivery.

I took some advice given to me, and I am letting my in-laws help me with what I need help with when they offer. I know that it is unrealistic for me to believe my husband is just going to snap into the new schedule. But I have remained hopeful that he will come around.

He finally carried the laundry basket of clean clothes upstairs. I have been doing my best to keep up with laundry so he doesn't complain of not having any clean clothes. And I have been doing the dishes so that he can assist me in the kitchen should he ever get the whim. I have even managed to do some shopping. I just take my time and rest when I need to. I still cannot be running around for more than 30 minutes though.

I even hired my little sister-in-law to take care of some housework twice a month for me. What a relief!

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