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Pregnancy is Phun! - Karen's Musings
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Pregnancy is Phun!
I was admitted to the hospital yesterday with preterm contractions that failed to respond to PO or injectable tocolytics. There was some debate among the doctors regarding how to care for me since I had a negative fFN on Mnoday and wasn't displaying cervical changes.

Still, no one wants this baby to be born 12-15 weeks early and my contractions were 3-4 minutes apart and pretty painful. SubQ Terbutaline didn't help; Procardia didn't help; more SubQ Terb didn't help, so I got admitted. They kept trying the Procardia, which I miraculously kept down, but to no avail. Finally a third round of terbutaline was tried around 12:30am (1 injection every 20-30 minutes or so). The first two didn't help, but the third injection worked like a charm.

I didn't have any contractions from about 2:30a to 4:15am and actually managed to grab about an hour snooze - and then I woke up in agony - horrific contractions 1-2 minutes apart. Not fun. My nurse did a cervical check and noted that I had dilated a little bit and called the doctor. Which meant there was no escaping Magnesium Sulfate. I've had the mag running since about 5:30 and my blood pressure has gone down from a respectable 110/70 to 85/42. The rest of the side effects aren't as much fun as that one.

Mag sucks, pure and simple, but if it keeps my little tenant from breaking its lease early, then I'll take it.


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gnomi From: gnomi Date: February 4th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Best wishes to you and your tenant!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 4th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
marag From: marag Date: February 4th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ack!!!! I'm so sorry. For once I can simply say I know how you feel :( Can I bring you anything? I might be able to sneak in a visit tomorrow if you want visitors.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 4th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know you know this drill all too intimately. I'm not finding it particularly amusing myself.

I'll probably still be in the hospital in the early-sih side tomorrow, but I don't think the hospital is letting any visitors under 12 into the L&D/Antepartum units right now b/c of H1N1)
marag From: marag Date: February 4th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can drop my kids off with the in-laws if you'd like company. I'd also understand if you want to be left alone to wallow in misery ;)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 4th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
totally fine w/ company, but call first to make sure I'm still here.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: February 4th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
That does not sound fun. I will try to think of you as I daven today.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 4th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
it is not the mini-spa-vacation you might think it is.
mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: February 4th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
My brother refers to the hospital as 'the worst hotel EVER.'

At any rate, I hope you are both doing well and that you'll be doing well at home soon.
childlight From: childlight Date: February 4th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was just thinking about you this morning and wondering how you were doing.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 4th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
well, I could be worse ... but I'd prefer better.
real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: February 4th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rufuah Shelmah! I hope you are feeling better soon! I'm thinking of you!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 4th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. So far, so good. I hope to be home tomorrow.

mrn613 From: mrn613 Date: February 4th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Please don't go to work any more, I don't like the sound of this at all. I know you don't think bedrest does any good in a singleton pregnancy, but if you are at work and you go into hard labor or your water breaks, you're not going to make it back to the hospital in time.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 4th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not going in to work anymore. I was told today that working (even from home) is out from this point forward until they say otherwise.

However, just so we're clear - my office location isn't any further away from my hospital than my home is.
mrn613 From: mrn613 Date: February 4th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
what if you are driving?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 4th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure I understand your question - I'd be driving (or driven) either way. It is a moot point though. As I said, I will not be working anymore, per my doctor's instructions today.
hap_e From: hap_e Date: February 4th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wishing you and your belly-tenant lots of health!

Little tenant, please, stay inside longer!!!!!!!!
skatured From: skatured Date: February 5th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Stay put baby!
cellio From: cellio Date: February 5th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Good luck keeping the tenant there for the duration.
tigerbright From: tigerbright Date: February 5th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Continued good wishes.
cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: February 5th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
at least you have a dr now. feel better and keep that baby in!
From: atimesif Date: February 7th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry that you're stuck there, but I'm glad that you're getting good care.

Since laughter is the best medicine (which you don't have to take orally!) here are some cartoons:


Thinking of you...
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