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to vaguely consider not going to work tomorrow because i am Tired?

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PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sun 23-Aug-09 21:11:06

Almost 28 wks pg, hell of a pg, had enough of well pretty much everything. I have luckily stopped being sick and stopped the medication, but I feel so utterly utterly dog tired. My legs feel like lead, my eyes have very large Bags For Life under them, I feel breathless, grumpy, fed up and just so tired. When I was at work last week my eyelids drooped, my back hurt and I was so tired I had tears. I struggled. And I 'bunked off' for want of a better word for the last 2 days.

I am not sleeping well, can't get comfy.

is tiredness a good enough excuse to just stay at home?

singalongamumum Sun 23-Aug-09 21:21:41

Sorry to hear you're having such a tough time of it, Pavlov. The trouble is that the pregnancy tiredness might not go away, and you can't really take the next 12 weeks off work, can you? How about talking to your boss instead, explaining how you're feeling and asking for support/ change of duties... what do you do?

Also, maybe a visit to your GP is in order. It could just be normal tiredness but you may be anaemic or something else which can be easily solved- no point feeling rubbish if you don't have to.

pinkfizzle Sun 23-Aug-09 21:38:47

pavlov i'm 2 weeks ahead of you and with you on the tiredness factor, i've been too tired to even check the nov thread.

i'm such a work nerd that I will going in.

Did you also still have nightmare with builders? sorry if I reminded you of builders at this time at night, don't mean to cause you nightmares!

I think tiredness is a good enough reason to stay at home, if you have not slept etc, maybe try book a few days leave. That is what I am going to try do when I can clear my workload a bit.

I am sick of being sick and tired too.

take care and let's hope it passes.

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sun 23-Aug-09 21:39:44

Single - thanks for that. Already have reduced activities/hours due to hyperemesis, which has calmed down in last couple of weeks. Agreed with boss, and OH backed up the decision too. I work with criminals, so not exactly 'relaxing' work!

I had a full 'mot' as the nurse called it on thursday, including iron, should have the results tomorrow. I have been sporadically taking Spatone. But its hit and miss when I remember/won't throw it back up.

My gp would most likely give me a med cert for work if I went in and told him how I feel (I would not ask for one, he would suggest it he beleives rest is the best thing for most pg ailments, probably true).

I am anticipating taking leave from 34 weeks. I have a lot of AL to take before I go on ML. Not too long to go now.

Jacksmama Sun 23-Aug-09 21:42:50

Yes stay home. You'll be busier than an ant on speed with its bum on fire in 12 weeks anyway. Grab all the rest you can. The world wouldn't end if you take a day off even if were the president of the universe. <gets ready for flaming>
Have a lovely lie-in with as many pillows as it takes to get reasonably comfortable, snooze, read, repeat.
<plumps pillows, delivers tea to bedside table and offers attractive choice of books that do not take a lot of brain power to read>

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sun 23-Aug-09 21:44:45

pinkfizzle sorry to hear you are feeling like this too. Yes have the builders in, still. Not entirely sure that is helping! But I feel so tired, that I do not even care, I will be happy to just lie in bed and listen to the banging and swearing and such, rather than have to get up, showered, dressed, eat food, get to work, smile, work, pay attention to anything at all.

An example. I needed to fax off 5 reports I did on my last day last week (the last day I was in I mean). It meant walking down a flight of stairs to the fax machine, then back up (lift at other end of floor, so would have been even longer), and waiting while it all went through. I just could not face it. And I could not get my admin to do it, as she is on the same floor right next to fax machine so would have had to do the same walk to give it to her. I could have asked her to come and get it from me, but she is admin support, with plenty of other stuff to do, not my servant! Luckily it can all wait until this week, but still.

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sun 23-Aug-09 21:47:06

jacksmamma it won't exactly be restful at home, have a 3yo and DH will be here with her, unless I kick him out, and also have builders in doing a loft conversion.

BUT, i still think I could probably snooze through it all I feel so tired, and more importantly i won't have to get up or do anything <except read the lovely books passed by jacksmamma> grin

pinkfizzle Sun 23-Aug-09 21:50:24

oh Pavlov stay at home tomorrow, I can't as I was silly and said I would go to an external mtg that I arranged.

jacksmama makes a good point - try have a lovely lie in, I i'm going in tomorrow and am going to book some leave and follow the plump pillow advice from her!

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Mon 24-Aug-09 19:13:29


I made the tough decision to go in afterall, and guess what? The bloody builders did not show today. I could have indeed stayed in bed ALL DAY, DH took DD out for most of the day anyway.

I was v v slack though, I did 10:30am - 3:00pm. I just could not manage any more. I wonder if baby is sitting awkwardly or something as my back is pulling on one side.

I did sleep better last night though and I did not get up til 8:30am so its something at least.

I have put in my leave request. 25th Sept. And that is keeping me going.

singalongamumum Mon 24-Aug-09 19:33:02

Oh, how annoying!!!!!!!!!

Glad to hear you got some rest. If you're really feeling ill, then maybe your gp is right? Ha, I'm helpful, changing my mind for each post! Sounds like your job is tough, though. Be kind to yourself.

Jacksmama Mon 24-Aug-09 21:32:07

Oh FFS. Bloody builders angry.

I just re-read back up your thread and saw that you'd had bloods done - I was wondering if perhaps you might be anaemic. Either iron-deficient, or, if you've been vomiting a lot, B12-deficient. (We need stomach acid to absorb B12 which is necessary for maturation of red blood cells. Vomiting a lot can actually decrease the amount of stomach acid - even though it feels quite the opposite!!! - or a lot of people take antacids to help with heart burn and vomiting, therefore decreasing the amount of stomach acid present. Which prevents adequate absorption of B12 from the diet, causing a relative - not always absolute - B12 deficiency. Sorry for science lesson if you knew this already.) Anyway - anaemia - well-known culprit for making pregnant women feel unutterably tired.

25th Sept is still almost 5 weeks away shock. If you feel this badly now... ? [concerned]

Here, have some more pillows, a foot stool, ear muffs so you can't hear the builders, DD or DH grin and tea.

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Mon 24-Aug-09 22:18:01

Jacksmama - the builders will be gone in 2 weeks. Hopefully. I shall take a week off then I think and chill out decorate grin.

Had bloods back, blood count normal, HB 11.6, thats ok isn't it? b vits could be low though I guess as I have been guzzling the old gaviscon due to horrid acid. I have heard before that b6 deficiency can make you tired too. I should take a supplement.

I am seeing consultant tomorrow, will have a chat with him/her about it, see what they say.

I am seriously considering bunking tomorrow, as I just want to sleep.

pinkfizzle Mon 24-Aug-09 22:27:50

just posting to say I share your experience of exhaustion.

I was sick last night, up since 4am but dragged myself in.

take care - and bunk off tomorrow, I can't so please bunk off for me! wink

fingers crossed the builders do bank off themselves in 2 weeks.

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Mon 24-Aug-09 22:30:38

pinkfizzle shock you poor poor thing! Are you self employed? How awful to go in after being sick all night. you must be terribly tired {hug}. I was sick this evening, but only the once.

pinkfizzle Tue 25-Aug-09 07:15:36

Hi pavlov

No I'm a wage slave, but I am kind of hoping my work ethic pays off when the little one comes along.

All chirpy now as I actually slept through last night so feel a lot more human again.

Hope you have a good day today. smile

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Tue 25-Aug-09 12:01:23

pinkfizzle glad you slept better. I slept awfully, mainly as I had to fight off some witches who were in our room, using a magic wand grin

Been to see the Dr, who has given me a week off work with 'pregnancy exhaustion'. Love that he is! I feel better already ! The builder's wood cutter thingy has just broken so I am going to go get an hour's shuteye while the builder is off getting it fixed!

pinkfizzle Wed 26-Aug-09 22:27:54

Glad to see that you can get the time off. smile

I've booked 2 days around the bank hols so I will get some shuteye too.

Sweet Dreams!

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