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.