Saturday, February 3, 2007

Bed rest!!!

Well, I figured a blog would be the easiest way for me to keep friends and family up to date on the progress of this pregnancy and it would be a way for me to remember all this fun stuff later when I'm ready to scrapbook it!

My bedrest all started innocently enough on January 24th (Wed. 28 wks, 1 d) when I went to the doctor for a routine ultrasound. I was having this u/s done because at my 17 week u/s, they found I had partial placenta previa. They wanted to check to make sure it was out of the way before I delivered this baby. So while the tech is looking around, she asks me if I'd been having any contractions. I told her, "Only Braxton Hicks." But I thought the question was odd. So, when I get back to the exam room to see the doc, he tells me that the good news is that the previa is gone--the not so good news is that my cervix is shortening. So he tells me he wants to examine me to see if I have dialate or not. I'm dialated 1-2 cm! So then, he sends me to the hospital to be monitored for a couple of hours to make sure I'm not having contractions that I'm not feeling. I had two contrax in two hours--definitely not in labor! So, they send me home with instructions to take it as easy as possible. Well, then on Saturday, I started experiencing a lot of pressure, so I called the doc on call. He told me that to make me feel more comfortable, he suggested I come in and let him check me. When he checked me, he said I was definitely a 2, but that he wasn't gonna say my cervix had actually changed--the difference could well be the examiner. But he performed a fetal fibronectin test that tells them if this protein is present--if it is, it means your cervix is getting ready for delivery, so you are at greater risk for preterm labor. Of course, mine was positive! But what concerned the doc most was that during the exam he did, he could see the baby's bag of water thru my cervix already! He said that normally he can't see that until there's 3-4 cm dialation! So, I was admitted to the hospital for Saturday night, where I received steroid shots to help develop the baby's lungs--one at 4:20 Saturday afternoon, another at 4:20 Sunday afternoon. Boy did those hurt! I felt like I'd been hit in the thigh with a baseball going about 90 mph! After my 2nd shot, I was checked again to make sure there had been no changes (I was still 2 cm, 50% effaced and baby is at -1 station!) and allowed to go home--ON BEDREST!!

So, I've been at it for a week now. I'm not going too crazy yet. The biggest issue has been scheduling babysitters to watch the boys while Mark is at work. I hate asking for help so this has definitely been a humbling experience! I've been praying for more patience too--this is definitely the way to gain more of that also!

The boys are adapting well to not having mommy there for everything--amazingly! Nevan still wants me to hold him, but I just have to tell him no. I think Harrison kinda understands, but not fully.

I did get one outing this week--to go back to the doc! I, of course, had lots of questions--I asked the doc if he thought there was anyway I'd make it to April--he said, "No. Maybe, first of March--that's iffy though." They would like me to make it (ideally) to 34 weeks. Of course, if the baby was born now, he would be okay--he would just spend around 2 months in the hospital! That would be very hard, but I'd have to accept that he has to be there! And of course I'll be making weekly visits to the doctor now. I asked other questions too, but I can't remember what they were now! LOL!

I think I'm gonna get Mark to go ahead and pack my bags today--just so I can be semi-prepared!

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