Saturday, August 1, 2009

Ever heard the term-Feel Like A Horses Rear End?

When one is pregnant, it is not uncommon for said pregnant person to get cramps in their legs, or a "charley horse" in their calf or foot.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a "charley horse" episode that started in my toes when I went to get into my car. It was so bad that I had to have Kurt come and help me into the house. The process of getting me into the house, which was about 20 feet from my car, took about 15 minutes and was quite a feat. I started crying and sweating profusely. It seriously hurt so bad and was the worst "charley horse" I have EVER had.

Every neighbor seemed to be out that day. B-B-Q-ing, working in their yard, and walking by our house. Kurt was rather embarrassed, because I looked like a donkey moving slower than molasses, and sounded like a dying horse.

Well........it happened again.

Last night I was grocery shopping in Walmart by myself. And right there in the tuna isle, as I bent down to get a can, my toes cramped up. FOR THE LOVE! Damned tuna, why'd you have to be on the bottom shelf!

I got to a standing position, but that's all I could do. I was on the phone with my mom when it happened. I think I sent her into a tizzy, as she thought I was going into labor. "I'll call you back," I said, and hung up.

The pain, OH THE PAIN. I started to sweat-alot. Ever heard the term boob sweat. OH MY GOSH!

It was another episode just like before when I was getting into my car. It was bad. I had all my weight on my good leg, and was holding onto the shelf balancing myself, but was stiff as a statue because any movement made my foot cramp up even worse.

At this point I was holding back the tears. I know the guy shopping at the other end of the isle knew something was up. I could see him out of the corner of my eye and he kept looking over at me. He never came over to me though.

I had my cart "parked" halfway in the middle of the isle, but just out of my arms reach, and my pregnant belly taking up the other side of the isle, with my stray shoe that I had taken off laying on the floor~ hence not a lot of space to get by. When people needed to get by, you would think that I could just move my cart over a little or move myself, but NOPE couldn't do either of those things.

SO EMBARRASSING. I just acted as if nothing was happening. Just doing my thing, looking at all the different varieties of tuna. And so I let them move my cart for me. You know how when someone just parks their cart and you need to get by but they don't move it, so you annoyingly push their cart with your cart so you can get by......well, PUSH ON PEOPLE. That's just what I let them do. Annoyed or not, I didn't care.

I called Kurt, and he laughed and said hang in there, and call me if Paul Blart security has to come get you. He couldn't come to my rescue as he was in Orem showing his sister's apt.

I stood there for a good while. The cramp finally worked itself out. I took my other shoe off, and hoofed it barefoot for the duration of my shopping trip. And yes, everyone seemed to notice I was barefoot.

As I was shopping I went to scratch the back of my itchy calf with my "good" foot and that foot cramped up. SERIOUSLY. So there I stood in the bread isle, again in pain and agony.

It finally went away, and I could not get out of that store fast enough. I did manage to maneuver my way home squambling around in the drivers seat without any more cramping happening. And yes, I did get that damn tuna, which started all of this in the first place. All 24 cans at a price of .39 a piece. A mighty fine price for tuna, but a hefty threshold of pain to bypass.

13 comments:

Carpenter's said...

I had those horrible things with Graycee. My doctor told me to eat more bananas. I hope this works for you!

K Harker said...

Oh do I know how you feel! I had some bad ones that woke me up in the night. It hurt from my toes to my buttocks! I can't imagine having one in the middle of a store.
You might want to try a calcium supplement or they might even have calcium/potassium ones at health food stores, that way you only have to take one pill instead of two different ones. My Dr. told me it was because I was lacking calcium and/or potassium.

Good luck I hope they go away forever for you!

Danielle said...

how horrible! gotta love pregnancy side effects. . . so sorry

www.sweetcheeks676.blogspot.com said...

This brought back horrible memories for me and SO made me decide that I am done having kids. Thanks for deciding that for me!:)

HANG IN THERE!

Rochelle said...

Oh you make me laugh! I am so sorry though and if you ever get "stranded" anywhere I will come and save you. I promise!

Andy and Lynne said...

oh wow! that story made MY toes start to cramp up! That was an awful story and I just hope the remainder of this pregnancy goes fast for you!!!! i used to get them and heard it can come from a lack of potassium, chug down some bananas and see if that helps, good luck!

Andy and Lynne said...

oh, i just read the other comments and apparently the banana suggestion was already thrown out there :) well, hopefully it will work for you!

Taylor's said...

Oh man that really stinks - that would be my excuse to get massages! I am so sorry.

Brittany Kaaiakamanu said...

I totally remember having killer leg cramps. I would get them in the middle of the night and they hurt so damn bad that it woke me up. Well I guess just be happy that your pregnancy is almost over, haha.

Meridee said...

You are so funny. Your description was choice! I'm sorry to hear you are in pain, but at least you've still got your sense of humor. Good luck!

Michelle Hepworth said...

Oh boy! I thought mine were bad!! That is just awful. I am sorry but I still laughed at your story! It's just so true. Charlie horses make you feel like a horses rear end in public. Lincoln says I sound like I am in labor when one hits me!!

Tomlinson Family said...

I feel bad to admit that your story made me laugh so hard that I have tears in my eyes. I'm so sorry that it happened when no one was there to help you. I would get those at night and when I felt them coming on I would hurry and flex my foot and it seemed to go away fairly quickly. Hang in there my friend. Not much longer now.

Mindy said...

Oh, but it's so funny. Yes, I'm sorry you've experienced public cramping but your story is a hoot. I would love to have been a fly in the tuna aisle on said day.

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