Monday, November 9, 2009

99- A visit sooner rather than later...

I've been bad about blogging lately...reading and commenting on other blogs as well as updating my own. For good reason...

A little over two weeks ago (I think, it's all been a bit of a blur), I got really sick. I was about to teach class on a Monday night when, completely out of the blue, I began vomiting violently. I cancelled class, went home, and felt a lot better, so I thought maybe it was just something I ate. I tried desperately to hydrate, knowing how dangerous dehydration is in pregnancy. All was fine...until I started vomiting violently again at around 1AM. Called the ob on call and as I suspected, she wanted me to go in right away for fluids. I got my one bag of fluids and a little Zofran and was feeling better - about to be released (discharge papers in hand) - when it all came crashing down. They took my blood pressure one last time and it was 175/109. I was released alright...released from the ER to Labor and Delivery.

Once I got to L&D they did their thing - NST testing, blood work, blood pressure readings, 24-hour urine analysis - and, the scary thing...the steroid shot to boast the baby's lungs in case I needed to deliver at 33 weeks. I spent about a day and a half at the hospital. Came home with "strict bed rest" instructions and an appointment scheduled in the office for a few days later. And the rest is history...bed rest, 2 appointments a week, baby monitoring twice a week, and a weekly ultrasound ever since....a diagnosis that wavers between pregnancy-induced hypertension and mild preeclampsia, depending on if protein shows in my urine. The hospital bag as been packed and is in the car. Essentially, the doc told us that we would be reevaluating what would be "the day" at every appointment.

And then this past weekend, another little jaunt to L&D - I had strong right-side pain under my rib. This was one of two "must call and get checked out" items. With this condition, it could indicate problems with the liver. Everything checked out fine - most likely a foot in the rib :-)

So things have been a little tense, although I can say we have been going with the flow as much as possible. Initially, we were told the he would deliver at 36 weeks at the latest (basically, this Monday). Then we were told 37 weeks. And now, at our last appointment, things were so stabilized that he said we would shoot for the Monday after Thanksgiving (38 weeks). That would be so great! Full-term, so less feeding issues, etc.

That appointment was on Thursday. It has been a nice couple of days since then. When we were told that we would most likely be delivering at 36 weeks, we kicked it into high gear - well, as "high gear" as you can get being on bed rest. We tried to get all the things that we planned on doing over that last month done, and for the most part, we did. So when we were told that we now have a little more time, we've realized that there is truly very little to do but relax. It's been nice.

Hopefully, part of my relaxing will be catching up on all your blogs...I'm so behind. But know you have all been in my thoughts.

8 comments:

talesphoenix said...

OMB! What an ordeal! I'm glad you are ok now, and glad they are giving you a little longer to deliver. Mrs. LastChance and I were just talking, wondering about you this week. I thought you were just blissfully pregnant and had dropped off the blogosphere. I wish I could have been there for you through all this. I'm sending you a big cyber hug! You are an incredibly strong woman, and you'll be a great mom too!

BTW, I moved my blog over to wordpress, so I hope you will join mw there. I'll e-mail you when I get to a real computer (typing from my phone).

Love and hugs, Phoebe

lastchanceivf said...

Wow what a stressful time you've had! Like Phoebe said, we were just talking about you, wondering what happened to you and recalling that your due date was coming up fast. I'm glad things are holding steady--you've been through the ringer. You ARE strong!

Keep us updated--we miss you!!

Not Your Aunt B said...

Wishing you a last healthy week or so of pregnancy before your sweet baby is here! Enjoy the last bit of your pregnancy- it is always bittersweet when they're actually out- you kinda miss having those little kicks and flips that have been with you the past few months. Happy early Thanksgiving!

onwardandsideways said...

Hey, thanks for the comments of late... I have been reading your blog, just haven't been commenting... I hope you are doing okay. Are you still on schedule for next Monday? In a way, it's even more exciting to know the exact date of when they'll be here... I'm in total limbo right now, who knows when she'll get here... although it certainly won't be much longer.

You hang in there, and I hope things stay stabilized until the big day!

onwardandsideways said...

Thinking of you... hope all is well and that you can update soon with some happy news!!

Sky said...

Please post and let us know how you're doing. Anxious to hear!

Sky said...

We are all on the edge of our seats, waiting - but not so patiently for me.

C'mon, I know you're so busy but please, please tell us how your beautiful little one came into the world and how you're doing and, of course, if there's a picture to share - even better!

Pretty please?

Sue said...

How did I miss this post? I was just wondering how you were doing and decided to look at my blogroll for your last post...and somehow this new-ish (new to me anyway) one came up. Dying to hear about your delivery...which I am guessing occurred already? hmmm....? Hugs!!!