Today turned out to be more interesting than I thought it would be!
I had my 37-wk appointment this morning. It was supposed to be one of those 10-minute ones -- blood pressure, urine sample, weigh-in, measure, listen to the heartbeat, do I have any questions, go home. I didn't sleep good AGAIN last night (acid reflux this time), so I was planning on going home after my appointment and going straight back to bed. I didn't eat breakfast because I wanted to be able to go back to sleep w/o acid waking me up again.
I got there, weighed in (lost a few pounds from last week ), and they took my blood pressure. It was high. The nurse checked my urine for protein (there was none) and put me in an exam room and had me lay down and told me she'd be back in a while to recheck it. Before she made it back in, my doctor came in and did my measurements and the heartbeat, both of which were good He left and I waited a while longer for the nurse. When she got there, she was totally apologetic and said she had forgotten to come back! She's always so nice and I felt bad for her because she felt so bad about forgetting. So she checked my BP and it was still high. She got another nurse to come check it. Still high. The second nurse wanted to move me to the NST room since there was a comfortable recliner in there instead of "this hard table that you can't relax on" (her words). By this time I had baby-on-bladder syndrome so she told me to take care of that first and then they'd move me. When I walked out of the bathroom, she met me in the hall and told me to go back to the room I had been in because my Dr. wanted to do an internal check. Uh oh. This was NOT looking good!
He did a bit more thorough check than last week and said I was not dilated or effaced at all yet -- still high and tight and closed. He was worried about the high BP even though I had lost weight and had no protein in my urine. He started talking to me about the possibility I had toxemia and I started getting scared! He said he had done the internal check to see if I did have it what the possibilities would be of inducing me. Which of course he said he wouldn't do because it wouldn't work since my body was nowhere near ready. He started talking about possibly sending me to a high-risk doctor for the next week or so to make sure I was well-monitored while he'll be out (he's having shoulder surgery tomorrow!). He said worst-case-scenario would be that my BP would go up too high and he'd have to do a c-section which he said he doesn't like to do in ANY woman. He said up until that point he would let me decide whether to risk the high BP and try to still deliver naturally. Then he left the room for me to get dressed.
At this point I was in tears! What happened to my 10-minute routine appointment? I don't know who was more surprised about the turn of events -- my doctor or me! He was totally NOT expecting me to have any problems since I hadn't thus far.
So I got dressed and the nurses told me to wait in there because he needed to talk to me again. He came back in and said he had taken another look at my numbers and was a little less concerned. When he checked my chart from the beginning of my pregnancy, he noticed my initial BP had been a bit high. It had come down a lot since then though, and just come back up this week. I had already told him I hadn't slept good the past few nights too.
He sent me across the street to L&D for them to monitor me for a few hours and do bloodwork. I was so upset and scared.... He assured me that things looked better than he initially thought, and that he would be over in a few hours to check on me. I've never seen him look worried about me before but he definitely was then! And on the way out of the room he gave me a little hug....
Jesse doesn't have a direct line at work I can use to get him, so I texted him and left him a voice mail on his cell phone to call me. I ended up not getting in touch with him until after I was at the hospital and they had me hooked up to the monitors. His work let him leave immediately but with him being legally blind, he can't drive. So he ended up calling my best friend's DH who took an early lunch to get Jesse to the hospital! I felt so much better just knowing he was on his way....
They had me stay on my side hooked to the EFM and with the machine taking BP readings every 15 minutes. I have marks on my arm from all the BP readings, and a bruise on the same arm from the bloodwork! I stayed hooked up to everything for about 2 hours. My BP came down fairly quickly so that was good Ethan's heart rate stayed nice and steady, and he was fairly active for most of the time I was there.
My doctor came and said my bloodwork all came back normal, and since my BP had come down fairly quickly I could go home. I'm not on bedrest, but he wants me laying down a lot and not doing anything strenuous. I also have to do a kick count twice a day. I'll go next Wednesday for the appointment I already had scheduled where they're doing a growth u/s. He gave me a list of things that if any of them happen I'm to go straight to L&D, but he said as long as I'm taking it easy he doesn't see me having any urgent problems.
What a day!!!
Wow Connie, you've had quite a day! Take it easy and get lots of rest.
I've really enjoyed getting caught up on your story. Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to follow the rest of your journey.
DS Joshua 3/2006
DS Kevin 8/2007
Wow, what a day! I'm so glad everything worked out well, and glad you've got a doctor who is so concerned for you!
Glad to hear that you are home and everything is looking good Connie. It's a good time to work on visualization!
I FINALLY was able to get some good rest last night and today!!! I'm hoping the high BP was more a result of lack of sleep than anything else. When I asked my doctor yesterday if the fact that I hadn't been able to sleep could be influencing my BP, he said that when HE doesn't sleep good it influences HIS! And that's coming from a healthy, obviously non-pregnant Wink person.
I am trying to take it real easy. As soon as I woke up this afternoon Ethan started moving around like crazy Smile My doctor wants me feeling 10 kicks in 1 hour (twice a day) when he's active -- the longest I've had to wait so far has been about 15 minutes to get those 10 kicks!
I still don't feel normal, but I think that's mainly from so many days without good sleep. Still feeling kinda yucky is a good reminder though that I have to take it easy!
My mom is coming tonight and staying for a few days. When she moved she kept one of her doctors that's here and she has an appointment Thursday. She can't cook or anything, but it will be nice to have her visit I wish the timing was a bit better though! We like to go window shopping together and get out and do other things, but that's obviously out of the question now. She's already requested 2 restaurants she wants to go to while she's here so at least we can do that! And it takes care of supper for 2 of the days since it's really hard for Jesse to cook and he doesn't want me on my feet long enough to cook!
In the excitement of everything else yesterday, I almost forgot I got the results back of my GBS and I'm negative!!!!! Now I'm REALLY going to labor at home as long as possible
on being GBS-!!!! That is awesome!
Have a good time with your mom and enjoy the eating out - it seems like such a treat right about now... the thought of not having to cook...
Glad to hear that baby is doing well
Exactly! In some ways he's more like a MW than an OB. He really wants me to be able to deliver naturally and that makes me very confident in the decisions he makes regarding my care. Like I know that when I'm in labor, if he says I need to do a c-section, it's because I really and truly need one, not for his convenience.Originally Posted by ritz
That confidence in your caregiver is awesome! Good for you finding someone so supportive and right. Going out for a couple suppers sounds lovely as well... enjoy being waited on!