In light of Father's Day coming up and the fact that my dad's birthday is just a few days away, I thought I'd relay a good pregnancy story.
A common anti-nausea pill that doctors give to pregnant women dealing with morning sickness is Zofran. The doctor warned me of the side effects, one of which is headaches. I've learned that in pregnancy, you often get rid of one symptom by receiving something else. You just have to decide what you can live with that day. While the Zofran tended to settle my stomach, I could expect bad headaches for the next day or two. So I chose to take the Zofran only when I really needed to be sick-free for the day. Naturally on a vacation in Hawaii, I had a few days of wanting to be sick-free so I could enjoy our vacation. One night, I went to bed with a minor headache. I hoped that it would fade away while I slept but to my dismay it got worse and worse. Combine the headache (at this point a migraine) with the nausea and I was up all night throwing up and grimacing at the pain in my head every time I had to move. I would try to eat something so I could take some Tylenol but I couldn't keep anything down. Poor Mitch was desperate to help me but we both didn't know what to do. He went out of the room to tell family we wouldn't be going to the morning activities and my dad told him to go straight down to the little convenience store and get me some diet coke (we had to settle for pepsi). Miraculously, the soda was able to settle my stomach and the caffeine helped soften the edge of my migraine so that I was able to fall asleep.
It was something simple and though I felt at the edge of death that night--I really wasn't. It is just one small example of the numerous occasions that my dad has known what is best. He is a generous caretaker and I am so blessed to call him Dad.
Happy Birthday Daddy! I love you!
(P.S. As you can probably tell from the story, the other hero in my life is Mitch. I'll save him for another day though.)
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