Saturday, November 1, 2008

Still Here

At the hospital that is. Overnight, my heart rate shot up and my blood pressure tanked. I wasn't really aware of much because I had taken two ty.lenol pm, but I remember the nurse taking my pulse and telling me my heart rate was too high to keep me on the terb. I wasn't too concerned in my groggy state and was just grateful to get some sleep. This morning, same scenario. They put me back on the monitor and the contractions were there. Pretty regular at about 6 minutes apart. Once they talked to the doctor they decided to give me the proc.ardia and monitor blood pressure. It didn't drop too much, so we are staying with the pro every 4 hours to see how I do on it.

They spent about an hour (at least) this morning trying to get Apple and Banana on the monitors. The kids were having none of it! They would get one on, strap the monitor onto my belly, find the other one and then the first one would move. At one point the back-up doc (who is actually my primary doc) came in with the ultrasound machine to get a better feel for where best to place the monitors. Both hearts were beating away and they both had a great amount of fluid. They got monitors on both babies for about 2 minutes and then lost them both. They gave up at that point and said we'll try again later. They aren't worried about the babies at all though because they are very active and when they have been monitored, they have plenty of healthy accelerations in their heart rates.

The doc on call came in around noon just to check in. She doesn't seem too worried. But we are definitely staying here overnight again. They want to see how I do on just the one medication. Apparently sometimes combining both medications is just too much for a person's (meaning me) system. If I do well on just the pro, they will send me home tomorrow. It could actually work out better because the pro doesn't give me the jitters nearly as bad as the terb and it would only be every 4 hours instead of alternating and taking something every 2 hours. Maybe I'll actually be able to lie down now without feeling like my heart is going to jump out of my chest. (if this is what meth is like, why would anyone enjoy that?!).

The other bummer in all of this is that we are now missing my niece's 1st birthday party this afternoon. Sucky. However, if the wireless here cooperates, we will try to do a video chat so we can at least say hi to everyone. Maybe B will sing happy birthday into the computer! Overall, we're doing fine. I'm still proud and amazed at myself for not crying at all and for being relatively okay with all of this. I'm really learning to go with the flow of things. And a good night of sleep (even though I was woken up every two hours-I'm used to that anyway) makes all the difference. And B has been great as usual, making trips back to the house for fresh clothes for me, taking the dogs to the kennel, and taking care of various chores.

I don't expect to be here too long, but if anyone feels like stopping by for a visit, you are more than welcome, just give me a call first to make sure we're still here!

10 comments:

Meg said...

D- I am just checking in. It sounds like your gut is telling you that all is going to be okay and listen to that. So good to hear the the babes are having twirling contests in there. I bet that is reassuring.....

Hang in there!

BB and MTB said...

You ans the kiddos are doing great! Hang in there.

Kristina said...

Hang in there! I'm sending good vibes to you and the babies.

Rebecca said...

The way you're handling this just goes to show the kind of mother that you're going to be to Apple and Banana. I would have been nuts! You're doing a good job and as long as you do everything that you're told, you should be fine. I haven't had to much experience with pre-term labor stories, but I do know that it's amazing what they can do for you and the babies! Take it easy and good luck with everything.

mrsyak said...

Sorry you're stuck in the hospital, but it sounds like you're in super good hands! It is good to hear that you're relaxed and calm.

Lori said...

Email me the name of your hospital. I can't come tomorrow, but if you're still there next week, I'd love to visit.

Best wishes, Sweetie.

Rhonda said...

hi - just sent you an e-mail, too. I will definitely come by the hospital tomorrow, but will need you (or your mom or B) to call me and tell me what hospital and what times are okay. given my overall lack of ability to sleep, i can come by at anytime!

xoxoxo

Jen said...

I don't check up on you for a day and this is what happens???

I am thrilled to hear the little ones are doing good. Sending you lots of go home vibes... And healthy ones too.

Spicy Sister said...

so glad to hear you are feeling ok about everything and allowing yourself to just let go and go with the flow. I agree with Meg, something inside you must just intuitively know it will all be ok. You are already experiencing your mother-wisdom and allowing yourself to listen. It is pretty amazing. Sending you and the little ones so many very very good thoughts. I hope you are getting a good night's sleep as I type this even! Hugs to you!

Maryanne said...

Keep up the good work and thoughts! We are all sending you and the family good vibes!