It is very easy to check your protein, my only suggestion is call around first to see if your pharmacy carries them. The big pharmacies- like walmart and safeway don't carry them here, I had to locate one of the old fashioned type pharmacies to find mine. The only drawback is that the ones I got cost around $50.
What have your proteins been running at the dr's office? You'd be watching for changes in protein. If you've been running a trace, and all of a sudden you have a +2 or higher (a PE diagnosis is made with a +2) you'd definitely want to call in to your doctor. Protein with PE can get bad very quickly, so checking your urine between visits is a pretty darn good idea.
The caveat? The dips of urine are very influenced with how concentrated your urine is. SO- if you drank a lot (which you should be doing anyway [:D]) the dip may not reflect the actual amount of protein you're spilling. Still, it's better than nothing!
AND I hate to be the gloom fairy... but make sure your Tylenol cold doesn't contain sufafed (Pseudoephedrine) as it will raise your BP. I innocently took it with PG #1 after being put on bedrest for PE, and thought my dr's eyes would pop out when I told him. Apparently, a big no-no.
I hope you're feeling better!!!
Allie 5-13-98 (35 weeks-pre-e)
Baby Camille 4-17-03 (36 weeks- htn and oligo)