So, I’ve been feeling a little pregnant recently …
Those of you who know that I’m a Twit probably know that I got a tetanus shot and that I’ve been taking typhoid vaccine in preparation for our upcoming trip to Uganda. I opted for the oral vaccine, which is a live vaccine, because it lasts for five years, versus the injection, which lasts two years.
One catch to the oral vaccine is that I had to take one pill every other day for a week. The other catch is that it made me constantly queasy, bloated, and exhausted. To keep from horking, I had to plan my movements well in advance because moving quickly was not an option. Neither was exerting myself in any way. Both would immediately give rise to greater queasiness.
All of these symptoms seemed vaguely familiar, and I finally realized why … this was how Mama reported feeling during her first trimester. Except my breasts weren’t getting larger.
So, I was finally able to control the nausea somewhat when I remembered how she coped–for the last week, I’ve been nibbling away on small snacks and sipping sodas from dawn until I collapse at night.
Now that I’m a few days past my last dose, that all seems to be lifting, however. Let me just say that I’m grateful that this has only lasted one week, not for a trimester. And, not that I wasn’t sympathetic when Mama was pregnant before, but I’m thinking that this will make me a more empathetic dad next time around.
And let me say that I’ve got a little more trepidation now about next week’s yellow fever shot, although that’s the last of the shots. And now that the tetanus shot has worn off enough that I don’t have to take Tylenol 24/7 just to move my arm, perhaps I’ll be writing here more.
So, any tips for what to see and do in Uganda?