arthritis, dermatitis and the extinction of humanity...

>> Wednesday, June 10, 2009

For the last week my left pinkie finger has been hurting like the dickens. As if more than 4 months of straight nausea wasn't enough.

Apparently there really IS such a thing as pregnancy-induced arthritis. Well, if it comes in your wrists, they call it carpal tunnal. Maybe they have another fancy name for it when it's in your pinkie joints.

Whatever they call it, it's a royal pain. Can't bend the finger. Can't wiggle the finger sideways. Middle joint all swollen and puffy. A Google search blames it on all the extra water weight. Whoopee...

And there's this weird red scaly eczema-slash-dermatitis-patch under my nose that won't go away. No luck with hydrocortisone or its many variations. No luck with salicylic acid washes. Fun, fun.

You know, if they told all this stuff to the next generation - I think it'd be far more effective birth control than the lame arguments most people use these days.

Maybe I should write a sex ed curriculum. I could make the planet go extinct in two generations flat.

And I haven't even gotten to the third trimester or the birthing process yet.


Anonymous,  June 11, 2009 at 7:05 AM  

Hang in there! It doesn't seem like it now but it is totally worth it!! I had 5 months nausea with baby#1 and 9 months nausea with baby#2... and heartburn like crazy. But once the baby arrives, you'll forget about most of it and likely get to the point where you want to do it all again! Blessings and prayers! Hope you find comfort soon!

Anonymous,  June 11, 2009 at 4:06 PM  

Extinct?! Doubt it. The most challenging days of the miracle of reproduction are most definitely still ahead of you, with the most intense, exhausting, praying-to-God-to-get-it-over-with-now-or-I'm-gonna-die pain at the end of it. All of that is quickly followed by the unrelenting care of your new baby and the care of your own healing body. And yet...

the second you hold that child you will know exactly why you'll do it all over again.

Roger Cox June 12, 2009 at 9:28 PM  

It has been said that cathexis is the meanest thing God did to mankind. I would include in that the illusions that accompany hormones in teenage. Let me turn that just a little bit. Lets just say, God intended for the human race to continue and gave us these .... ah gifts. Well, that maybe too much of a turn, but you get the drift.

It is not for the love of children or the loneliness of old age that most of us have children. It is just hormones and lets give God some credit here. Without the hormones we will never know the joys of raising children. Without the joys of parenting, we will seldom enter into deep spiritual growth. Children are the best opportunity most people have to enter into deep and continuous spiritual growth.

So while I grant that it is a long logic arrow (I can make the case but assume brevity will work here), God loves us and would like a little love back. It was after the birth of his son the Enoch walked with God. ... Sarah, the child with all the trouble and trauma that goes with it is the best gift that God will ever give to you and your husband.

Therefore: To the extent possible, enjoy the journey and know that God and your fellow travelers love you and your family. Our memories are wonderfully short when it comes to pain if we allow it to be so. As I have written elsewhere: a perfect memory is not perfect recall. It is perfect remembering of the good, perfect forgetting of the bad and the ability to know the difference.

Happy Sabbath -- rest in the strength of God and his perfect love.


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