Possibly going on maternity leave early *Update on pg. 2*

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Possibly going on maternity leave early *Update on pg. 2*

I think I got some good news from my HR today. My doctor said that he would write me out of work early due to all the dizziness I've been having because it's too hard to do my regular functions (my job has very demanding production requirements for a normal person with no slack to a pregnant person). I told him that I wanted to wait because with me being the only one bringing in money right now, I knew that we couldn't survive on the 40%-45% pay cut to go on disability. I know that some companies will make up the difference from the state disability pay so that you are still near your current salary but I wasn't sure if mine did that or not. I went to their website and it looked to me like they do, so I asked for clarification and HR said YES, but to call them to get the details. I really hope they cover most of the difference and I qualify for it! Praying I do, because I don't know how much longer I can do this every day.

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That is awesome if your company contributes to your maternity leave! I hope it all works out for you!

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I hope that works out so you can stay home and take care of yourself! That is awesome that you have such a great benefit. I was quitting my job anyway after my second kid, but they let me take my 6 weeks benefits so I got about $1000 for quitting. Smile Hope it works out for you too!

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Yikes I didn't realize you were having dizziness.

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It doesn't look good. Apparently since my company is a national company, the information posted on their website is "general" information. I just found out that the information regarding supplementation doesn't apply to California. If I go on leave early, I will lose about $600 a month since they don't compensate. Crap. Now I don't know what to do and my husband is not offering any suggestions. He just flat out shook his head and said, "nope, we can't do it". I want to cry.

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That's a total bummer, Heidi. Is there a different position at your company that they could put you in temporarily that isn't so stressful? I'm sorry you're in such a tough situation.

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Um, do you think your DH could find something to do to make up for the difference? Go to work feeling like crap every day really doesn't seem like it's in the best interest of you or the baby.

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My doctor put in to test my fasting TSH, CBC and basic chemistries to see if he can find a reason for this. He actually said that he's been getting a lot of complaints about dizziness lately. Strange. I've had my T4 level checked but don't think I've ever had my TSH level checked. My mom had her thyroid removed so that problem is definitely in my family, and I read that TSH levels can go crazy during pregnancy. I really hope I get an answer so I can treat it and get back to work. As for my husband doing something, he can't. He's had an open Workers' Compensation claim since 2009 so technically, he can't work because it will ruin everything. He's getting his 2nd surgery in November and will start getting payments again (I'm the only one making money right now because he was cut off at the end of last year) but won't actually receive a check until December. I keep thinking I can just hold out until December but it's SO hard to work when the room is spinning. If worse comes to worse, I can ask for modified work if it's available. However, I drive over an hour each way and the driving, especially at night, while feeling this way scares me.

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That is so scary! I don't know what your money situation is, but you might want to look into getting some public assistance. When my BFF was pg the first time she kept getting put on bedrest for bp issues. Since she was making almost no money at the time she qualified for a little bit of public assistance, Medicade, and something else I don't really remember what. It may be that you could get enough so that you don't have to work and could get by until your Dh's money starts coming in. I'm sorry this is so tough right now, I hope something can work out for you soon!

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Our money situation sucks, LOL. Our rent alone is more than half of my income (we were fine until my company was bought out and I had to transfer. I worked 12-13 hours every night and now I'm lucky to get 8 hours a night). We lost our house almost 2 years ago and found a great house to rent and I don't want to lose this one too, but I think our landlords would completely understand if we were to be late just one time. DH refuses to let that happen, though, and he's probably right. I looked into public assistance a little. I will look more seriously this time. I just hate that it has to get to that point. Hopefully I'll get my test results in the next few hours so I can find out what is going on. This pregnancy couldn't have happened at a worse time, but I'm still thankful it did. I know it's meant to be.

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Well, my results came out (in the words of my doctor regarding past bloodwork) "boringly normal". Overall that's wonderful news! However, now I'm at a loss as to what is making me so dizzy. I just had the results emailed to me so I'm going to give him a call and see if he can suggest something else, or put me on modified work. *sigh*

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I talked to the doctor and he put me on Antivert (meclizine) to help with the vertigo. The pharmacist insisted I don't drive while on it, so I have to wait until I get to work to take it and hope I don't fall asleep while working. My doctor wrote me a note to modify my duties until I can get this under control. I guess I have to wait and see how the drowsiness of it effects me and hope it helps.

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Well, that's great that all your bloodwork came back normal! I know it's also kind of a bummer because while those normal results rule out a bunch of bad things, they don't really give you an answer as to what's causing the dizziness. I hope the new medication helps you get through these next few months until you can start your maternity leave.

I did just remember that my SIL had problems with dizziness during her pregnancy too...due to low blood pressure and low blood sugar. She was advised by her doc to make sure she ate every 2 hours. Maybe that would help you too??

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I try to eat as often as I can. I make sure I eat at least a handful of goldfish or something on my breaks at work (I only get 10 minutes and always have to pee so there's not a lot of time to eat more). I did notice that my bottom number on blood pressure has been lower than normal for me. I'm almost always 120/80 and lately the top number has been around 128 and the bottom has been as low as 68. So for me, the bottom number is low. Could that slight variation be why? They've never said anything to me about it, just that it's always good. But what's "good" by normal standards may not be "good" for me in particular. Definitely something to ask him at my appointment on Tuesday.

I made it through work last night but it wasn't easy, even doing modified work (which was boring as heck, but I'm not complaining). Antivert makes me VERY sleepy. Hopefully my body will adjust to it and the sleepiness will fade over time.

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Did it help with the dizziness as well? That sucks that your job is going to be super boring for the duration, but maybe once you get this under control you will be able to do your old position. And I also have blood pressure issues, they only seem to be an issue if I don't drink enough water, or get to hot. Maybe some protein for your snacks like peanut butter crackers or almonds might help a little.

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"lmh101979" wrote:

Maybe some protein for your snacks like peanut butter crackers or almonds might help a little.

Good idea. I should switch out the goldfish for peanut butter crackers. We have a ton of those!

It helped with the dizziness about half way though the shift (I took it when I got to work because I'm not supposed to drive after taking it). And it helped with not feeling nauseous after my mealtime either. Definitely good and I hope it wasn't just a flukey thing. I wonder if taking a B6 with it would help counteract the drowsiness?