Friday, February 28, 2014

Bed Rest

On Monday, I was put on bed rest after taking yet another trip to triage.  My bed rest was only for a week.  Unfortunately I will have to go back to work on Tuesday.  I was getting some sharp pains in my left side and contractions while at work, but by time I was in triage and hooked up to the machines, all contractions and pains had stopped.  I wonder why?  Couldn't possibly be the stress from work.  I also had another cough attack and bloody nose while in triage that afternoon.  So the laborist/doctor wrote me out for a week on behalf of my doctor.  Her main concern, I believe, was to help me get over my illness and to make sure I can relax until I am considered full-term.  Since I've been home, I haven't had too many issues with contractions.  I get them, but nothing like while at work.  They aren't as frequent at home.  There would be no surprise if I end up in triage later next week again.  I really hope I am wrong though.  I wanted my doctor to take me out of work completely when I was in his office Wednesday, but he wouldn't.  Guess I'll make another case to him if I do end up in triage again after getting back to work.

The doctor did mention I could be induced at 39 weeks if I would like to be.  I will let that all depend on how I'm dilating.  If I feel like it's progressing quickly, I'll figure out what day would be best.  I'd like to pick March 20, because that's the day Carleigh guessed her baby sister would be born.  I want to let her win our little household contest.  I picked the 17th and Heath picked the 22nd.  So if the baby doesn't arrive before 39 weeks and I'm 'OK' to be induced, then I'd love to have all of it done on the 20th.  It would make Carleigh happy.

My bed rest week has included watching a little bit of Netflix, but mostly playing GTA: Online.  I've turned into such a gamer since being at home every day.  I don't feel bad.  I should get all my play time in while I can before the baby is born.  I won't have much free time to play once baby A is here.  Carleigh will be out of preschool and home with me all day too at that point.  So no time for anything really.  Just taking care of the baby and helping Carleigh with some kindergarten prep.

I hope the next time I update this blog, it won't have anything to do with another trip to triage.  I'm kind of tired of being there.  I'd like to not go back to the hospital until it's time to deliver the baby.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Another Trip to Triage

On Friday morning, around 4:20am, I woke up with a really nasty cough.  It felt like someone was strangling me in my sleep and I woke up coughing trying to catch my breath.  The cough was so bad, I also got a bloody nose to accompany it.  It was such a nightmare.  I've had this cough off and on since January, but it was never that bad.  I finally decided it was a good idea to go to the doctor to get it checked out.  The walk-in clinic didn't open until 8am, so I went to work for an hour and then headed over there.  Since I am pregnant, they said they didn't feel comfortable treating me since they didn't have the equipment there to monitor the baby.  I was told to go to the ER.  Once I got over to the ER, they sent me upstairs to Labor & Delivery so I could be monitored in the triage room.  I was really only planning on being away from work for a little over an hour, but that hour turned into four hours.  I didn't get back to work until 12:30pm.

In triage, they hooked me up to monitor contractions.  I wasn't getting any of those, at least not as bad as they were on Wednesday.  I was given an IV to get fluids into me and some medication for my cold.  The nurse did a test to see if I had the flu.  They sprayed water up my nose and then let the fluids drip out into a cup.  It felt weird, but I was able to smell and breathe better once it was over.  I was also given some Robitussin to help with the coughing.  Once that was all taken care of, I was able to be discharged and go back to work.  I put myself on bed rest for the weekend just to try and kick this cold as fast as I could.

Yesterday afternoon, I took a two hour nap and that seemed to help a little bit.  I woke up feeling better than I had the past few days.  I took myself off of bed rest to start cleaning the house, but then I started getting contractions/cramping again.  So now I am relaxing again and gave up on having a clean house.  Heath said he would take care of the cleaning for me.  This house is just a straight up mess and needs a really good cleaning.  Obviously cleaning, and not even vigorously, is enough to make me have to go sit down.  How sad is that?

My next appointment with my doctor is Wednesday, and once again, I am hoping he will put me on bed rest for the rest of my pregnancy.  This past week was so crappy.  Spending two days in triage was not fun at all.  I'm hoping this week will be much better.  My main goal right now is to get these contractions to stop so I don't have to make yet another trip to triage today.  At least it's 75 degrees today and I can enjoy some lovely fresh air while sitting on the couch doing absolutely nothing.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Trip to Triage

This morning I had to leave work after being there only an hour.  I started to get frequent contractions.  They were a few minutes apart and lasting anywhere from 30-60 seconds.  Once I got to the hospital, they sent me into triage and told me to pee in a cup and put on my gown.  They hooked me up to track my contractions and blood pressure.  Heath showed up maybe five minutes after I got there.  The contractions kept coming.  The nurse and doctor told me it was probably a UTI.  Getting a UTI is very common in pregnancy.  The doctor (who delivered Carleigh) checked for dilation and found that I was only one centimeter dilated.  So I'm starting to open up down there, but nothing to be alarmed about.  I could stay that way for the next couple of weeks.  Once the doctor confirmed that I had a UTI, they gave me a lot more water to drink and some cranberry juice.  I was also given a shot to stop the contractions.  That thing hurt so bad.  It felt like the needle was still in my arm after the nurse took it out.  The shot did work and the contractions stopped.  I was released around 11:20am.  They sent me off with a prescription for the UTI.  It was so exhausting being in there.  It's quiet in triage and nothing to do in there.  Thank goodness for smartphones.

Heath & I went out to lunch after I was discharged.  We got some fattening Carl's Jr.  It was delicious and I am not regretting it at all.  After my prescription was filled, I headed home to relax for the rest of the day.  I sent a text to my manager and let her know I'd like to stay home to rest all day tomorrow.  Since I got approved for that, that's exactly what I am going to do.  While home tomorrow, I'm going to work on the baby's room a little bit more and try to get things ready.  Today was a sign that the real thing is right around the corner.  At least to me.  The nurse said she wanted to see me again in four weeks, which would put me at 39 weeks.  I'd really love it if baby A would stay in that long too.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

It's Almost Time

It's almost that time.  Baby A will be here before we know it.  When I was at my 34 week check up, I showed my doctor my contraction counter.  Since I've been getting a lot of contractions, I wanted to show him and ask him when I needed to go to labor and delivery.  He said if I get more than six Braxton Hicks contractions per hour, no matter how long they last or how apart they are, that I need to go in.  He told me at this point, he will not give me anything to stop labor since I'm almost full-term.  He told me he didn't want to scare me, but I could go at anytime now.  I'm not ready for that.  I'm ready merchandise-wise, but not ready to have the baby yet.  I'd like her to come in March.  She's due March 25, so the earliest I would like her to come is March 11.  That would put me at 38 weeks.  Fingers crossed she will stay until 39/40 weeks though.

Last week, I had to take my cat, Baby, to the vet.  Last Friday night, she started to have a problem with her mouth.  I thought it was her jaw.  She started to drool a lot and could not close her mouth.  On Saturday morning, it was still happening so I called the vet.  They were able to squeeze us in that afternoon to get her checked out.  Turns out, she had an abscessed tooth and two other teeth that were really loose.  They did surgery on her and cleaned her teeth.  It set us back almost $500, but hey... that's my kitty we're talking about.  She was totally worth it.  When we brought her home, she was still coming out of her pain killer coma thingy.  She couldn't walk at all.  It was so horrible, yet funny at the same time.  I felt so bad for her, but she's better now.  We were sent home with some medication, of course.  She's a tough cat.  I'm glad we caught this issue in time before it lead to something worse.  Baby is 13 years old and I've had her since she was a kitten.  She really is my baby... in fur form.

This weekend, we paid off our water softener.  That's extra money in our pocket every month.  As soon as Wells Fargo let's us start paying on the GTO again, that will be paid off soon too.  Heath made such a huge payment on his car that the bank sent him a letter telling him not to pay it until May.  I understand they didn't want us to keep paying and paying no interest.  Heath told me he wants to pay $1,500 in May just to piss them off again.  I think these banks should just STFU and take our money.  At least we're paying our bills.  I cannot wait until the car is paid off though.  We will have two cars paid off.  It's been such a long time since we've been free of car loans.

The weather's been getting a lot nicer here, especially this weekend.  It's going to be in the high 70s, low 80s all weekend and into next week.  We have our windows open in the house and enjoying the fresh air.  I got my car washed today after letting it stay dirty for a couple of months.  Since I've been since last month and again last week, I wanted all of the germs wiped out of my car too.  I'm still trying to get over my cold from last weekend.  My nose is kind of stuffy still, but I can smell some things again which is nice.

I hope everyone had a good Valentine's Day.  Heath grilled us some steaks.  We do not go out to dinner on Valentine's Day.  It's so crazy out there.  We bought Carleigh some Crunch bars and Spongebob gummies in the shape of Krabby Patties.  Heath got me a ton of my favorite chocolates.  And I got Heath his favorite chocolates.  It was a fun Valentine's Day.  We all had fun, especially Carleigh since she got to exchange Valentine's with her school friend's.