I am in the hospital...had quite a scare!

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I am in the hospital...had quite a scare!

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.

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I'm glad everything turned out to be alright! T&P for you and baby!

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wow, so glad it's not any worse than it is! Gall stone still suck, but they're better than having to have surgery now!

Keep us posted with how you're doing!!

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The general surgeon just came in and I asked him about whether or not the pain in my side will be there the rest of the pregnancy...he said there may be some light discomfort until the baby is born...depending on whether or not the baby and uterus are putting too much pressure on my kidney. I am hoping they send me home with some type of pain prescription since tylenol doesn't often cut it and I can't take Ibuprofen while pregnant. It looks like I get to go home today but we are just waiting on the head OBGYN over my midwifes office to make the final call. I am expecting him in here soon. I am still in pain but the side ache is manageable and my overall body aches aren't as bad as they were. I think I will do much better recovering at home in my own bed with my own pillow. My neck is hurting a lot and I think it is from these flat hospital pillows. Hope that is all it is. Will update when I am home again.

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Glad things are turning out ok!

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Hope that everything works out and you get to go home soon. It's so much more comforting to rest at home than at the hospital. Sad

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Update: The head OBGYN came in this morning and told me that they don't want me to leave the hospital unless I have gone 24 hours with no fever. Since my last fever was last night around 8pm, they don't want me to leave until tonight. When I heard that, I was very discouraged and emotional. I just want to get back home. I miss my kids so much and they miss me. I miss DH. I feel bad that he is tending them alone, etc. I know he is fine with it and just wants me to get better but it is hard feeling so helpless. So right now I am just praying that I don't get another fever today so that it doesn't push me back another day. Sigh...so frustrating, but I know they have me and the baby's best interests at heart. So if I am lucky I will get to leave this evening. Cross your fingers for me!

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Oh my gosh - I'm gone for a day and miss this! I'm glad that things are okay with you and the baby - and I hope they're able to help you control the pain! Did you get to go home last night?

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Thank you so much for all the good thoughts sent my way. I didn't get a chance to update sooner so sorry about that. I got to home last night about 8:30pm. The OBGYN came in about 6:30pm and based on the fact that my temp had stayed around 97.2 the whole day he said I could go home as soon as my last antibiotic was in. So as soon as that was completely in me, they took out my IV so I could take a real shower, not a one handed one like the day before. I showered and was packed so quickly...then just had to wait for DH to finish feeding the kids dinner and come pick me up. Because we didn't get out until about 8:30 we didn't have time to fill my prescription so last night was tough as the pain kicked in as soon as the meds wore off and I had to last the night just on Tylenol. But he filled it this morning and once I took a pill I felt better. Today has been pretty good. So nice being home. DH took the rest of the week off, today and tomorrow, and has been helping tons. I have mostly been resting on the couch so I can be with the family still. One weird thing that is happening though is that I have been having tons of Braxton Hicks contractions. Way more today than I have had in any other day. Hope they slow down. I just barely hit 29 weeks...there is no way I want a preemie this early. Hope I can continue to relax and de stress and things go back to normal.

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I'm glad your home and everything is looking better! You need to keep baking that baby for another while yet!

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Im sorry you had such a scare!! Glad everything is ok with the baby and hope it stays that way!

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Thanks ladies. The day after I got home I got a yeast infection. Have never had one before. DH said it is a side effect of the antibiotic they gave me in the hospital. What else is gonna hit me? And then yesterday I noticed some goop coming out of the corners of my eyes but when I look in the mirror they look fine. I also feel the need to rub them constantly. I hope all this clears up soon. I want to be able to feel good and try to enjoy the rest of my pregnancy/this summer before it gets so unbearable and uncomfortable. I am not to that stage yet where it hurts to walk, sit, and lie down...but I know I will be eventually and until then I hope I feel better in all these other things that are affecting me.

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Glad you made it out of the hospital. Those stays are never fun. Yes, yeast infections are sometimes a nasty, unwanted side effect of anti-biotics.

Hope you feel better soon.