Congrats, Carrie! And so glad you're feeling much better this time.
I honestly believe there's something to be said for just feeling in control, and having the 'script probably helps. I did the same thing, I had my doctor write one for me when I left the hospital and took it immediately to the drug store, but didn't fill it. I ended up never needing to fill it. Even if I had needed to fill it, it would have been fine because as you said, I much would have rathered be able to enjoy my family than suffer. Use your arsenal of good habits and take care of yourself, it's the best thing you can do for your family (especially that new little member of it). Talk about feeling EmpowHer'ed! Let's hear it for strong women!