Tales from the bed rest: Methotrexate

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I was injected with Methotrexate on the day I was admitted, Sunday 27th June 2010. Methotrexate is a drug that stops the growth of rapidly dividing cells such as embryonic, fetal and placenta cells. It is used to end an early ectopic pregnancy.

Right after the injection, I was given a sick leave certificate that says I am unfit to work for two weeks. TWO WEEKS!? Are you kidding me? It’s not like I’ve given birth to quintuplets! The doctor was smug and hissed at me: “We don’t give even one day sick leave if it is not necessary. You are given two weeks because it has a valid reason!” I shut my mouth and readied myself for bed. I just didn’t see the reason (yet) because I had no pain, no bleeding at all.

The next day, the doctor said I can go home and rest. Methotrexate will work its way through my system for the next 24-48 hours after injection. True enough, I woke up the next early morning with a sharp pain in my lower abdomen, like something’s stirring my insides. It was followed by very heavy bleeding and a heartburn that wouldn’t go away. I vomited three times in the next hour.

This would go on for the next few days? My body felt battered and bruised all over. Now I know why the doctor asked me to stay home for two weeks!

29th June 2010, 11:00 am
About 36 hours after the Methotrexate injection and wincing in pain in my bed, I passed a very large clot. I was too afraid to see it or examine it. It must be the baby – the one that I’m not destined to meet ever. Stomach pain subsided after I passed that clot but the nausea and heartburn and occasional vomiting wouldn’t go away. I even lost all my appetite.

This must certainly feel worse than giving birth to quintuplets.

13 thoughts on “Tales from the bed rest: Methotrexate

  1. I’ve been away all week, just seeing – I’m so sorry, I wish that none of this had happened for you – I hope that you are getting some rest and feeling okay – giant hugs

    (a Whopper w/cheese isn’t that much better than without, I would have saved the calories too šŸ˜‰ )

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  2. Thank goodness you are okay, and didn’t need surgery. Jack ex-wife had to have an operation and they removed her Fallopian tube on that side. I’m so glad they found it before it ruptured and the best is that it means you still can conceive from either side.
    Sending gentle hugs and get well wishes!
    .-= Maribeth´s last blog ..Morning Sickness -amp Cherry Jelly =-.

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  3. Grace, I am so sorry you have to go through all this! I hope you feel better soon and are able to put this episode behind you. It must be so traumatic…. Please get all the rest you need, both physically and mentally!

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  4. I passed a clot too, last summer when I miscarried at 6-7 weeks. I did NOT want to look at it, rather just to imagine that my baby went on to heaven.
    I hope you are feeling better soon!!! And do rest and take care of yourself!

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