Sunday, August 3, 2008
Sick in the stomach
Last night we stayed up and watched Alien (1979), which I have to say stands up nicely to time and is a great movie. With Sigourney Weaver (who just gets better looking as she gets older... totally unfair!), John Hurt and Harry Dean Stanton, this terrific cast makes for a very scary movie.
I first watched this on video with my younger sister probably around 1981, which would have made me 8 and her 6. Someone in our family put it on - terrifying for young children - then proceeded to rewind and show the stomach bursting/birth scene again and again. How cruel can you get? This has stuck with me forever.
Anyway... went to have a late night lavender bath then get into bed. I felt crook in the bath but just thought I had the water temp. a little hot or something. Woke up at 3am with excrutiating pain in my abdomen so I couldn't lie still and felt like I had my own stomach bursting scene, albeit from either end (sorry, too much info)!
By 7am I had demanded it was time to go to Emergency and lay there for a few hours on drips and drugs and various things. I was quite teary and upset but figured it must be the pregnancy hormones. Thankfully, they sent a maternity nurse around and I got to hear my little one's heartbeat (138 bpm) and Steven was there so it brought a smile to my face. The baby was kicking around in there which they thought might be a reaction to the pain of all my internal organs at the time.
Then it was time for the drip. I hate drips, I just cannot relax with them in me so I squirm and make myself even more nauseous. Listening to people moan in Emergency sick beds makes for a very good personal zombie movie, and I finally asked if I could just be released.
So its now 3:40pm and I feel 'ok'. I have been in bed all day trying to sleep it off and have managed a piece of toast. I am so sick of being sick and seem to be sensitive to everything at the moment. I really felt for John Hurt's character in Alien - it must have been mighty painful!