I am writing this from the hospital. On Sunday night I woke up with really bad body aches and chills...had a horrible night with hardly any sleep. Monday morning in addition to the aches and pains, I developed a severe pain in my right side. I was very weak and could barely stand let alone walk. DH had to go to work just for the morning and when I texted him a few hours later about the side pain he said he would be right there and that we should go to the ER. He had a feeling it was my gall bladder. I felt so bad cause it was DS's 8th birthday and he pretty much spend the morning taking care of his sisters since I was lying in bed in pain. DH came come and we called my sister and she said she would come and get the kids.
Well we packed an overnight bag for the kids just in case they would be there longer, and then she got them and we went to the ER. As soon as they saw that I was pregnant they sent me to Triage in Labour and Delivery. There they proceeded to monitore the baby for several hours. Luckily the babys heartbeat was strong and baby was very active and seemed just fine. Once they ruled out issues with the baby, they took me back for an ultrasound and only checked my gall bladder, appendix, and liver. They were able to see gall stones in my gall bladder and at first they thought that was it. The general surgeon came in to talk to me and said that because it was my gall bladder they would wait until I had the baby before they operated to remove it. But that they would induce me at 37 weeks so they could operate sooner. This upset me because I was really looking forward to this labour happening on its own without any pitocin or interventions to force it along. But I knew I would do it if it was best for me and the baby,
They also thought there was a possibility of it being my appendix and they said if that was the cause I would have to have surgery that very night. That scared me so badly. I was an emotional wreck. I didn't want them to operate when I was 29 weeks pregnant, what if something happened to the baby or it put me into labour? I was really worried.
They then had me get an MRI and let me tell you that was one of the scariest things I have ever done. It was so small and confined and it took all my ability to force my eyes shut and breathe deeply and try to relax as best as I could so I didn't have a panic attack.
Once those results came back it outruled appendiscitis and we were so relieved. That meant no surgery! They said they also saw a kidney stone in addition to the gall stones and that it looked like I had a kidney infection. So best case scenario is what we got.
They have me on antibiotics and have been monitoring me since yesterday. My white blood cell count was extremely high due to the infection (17.8...and it should not be more than 11) and this morning it dropped to 15.2 and just now I got the results from my last blood draw and it is down to 11.8 so things are working. I am still in pain. My side still hurts and I still have aches and am weak but the pain meds are helping take the edge off and if I continue to improve then they will discharge me tomorrow.
Great news that I didn't have to have a surgery and that the baby was and is fine and healthy throughout all of this. I only pray that I can recover from this quickly and things don't get worse. So glad it is not worse than it is. Any prayers offered on mine and my babys behalf would be much appreciated.