I like the idea of today being a "spa day" or a spa week. It's actually one of the worst weekends to go to a spa. However, Corinne, Stephanie, and I are going to a nail salon on Tuesday to celebrate this new tradition. Yay!
The workers' compensation appeal was Friday and it went as well as can be expected. The woman running the hearing was a bit nasty to me, mainly in the beginning, but I think she probably deals with a lot of deadbeats. She soon realized that I had my wits about me and I posed my arguments to their decision and before I knew it we were done and the day could move on without any more stress. Speaking of stress, it's amazing to me how much my body has been affected by the stress. I still have palpitations, but not nearly to the same level as pre-hearing. The headaches are still coming, but they aren't nearly as painful, and the contractions have pretty much ceased. I hate that I was so stressed out and feel terrible to be this stressed during pregnancy. With RSD I stand much more of a chance of passing on anxiety disorder to the babies, so it's imperative that I keep the stress down. Now that the hearing is overdonewithgone, that's what I intend to do. Dave deserves a mention in this. He took the whole day off to be there for me, he also spent many hours and suffered a lack of sleep reviewing my case file and finding important information for me, saving me from the stress of having to do it myself. I don't think I would have found as good of information as he found, either. It was so sweet of him.
So yes, I said contractions earlier. I have been getting some contractions for a couple of weeks now. I didn't know what they were at first, but other twin mommies and twin-mommies-to-be helped me to learn that what I have been experiencing are indeed contractions. They are very funny feeling to me. They sort of feel like a big tickle. My belly gets super tight and hard. They don't last very long and they don't really hurt, although I sometimes feel crampy afterward.
I have quite a bit of pain on my left side as of late and I don't know if it's round ligament pain or if the cysts are being squished and causing the pain. It's a sharp pain and is most prevalent when I and standing up and walking. Also, lying on my left side is getting more difficult as it's putting a lot of pressure on my hip. Any advice would be appreciated. I have a doctor appointment on Friday (and another ultrasound - woohoo!) so I'll mention this at that point.
Thanks, as always, for reading. :)
Here are the latest belly photos. There wasn't much action from weeks 14 to 17 and then all of a sudden I think there was another growth spurt. At 18 weeks, there is no mistaking that I'm pregnant now.
Here is the belly from my perspective sitting in the living room chair: