by trying4two (23 Posts), Wed Jul 16, 2008 06:12 am
Short update. This may be all over the place, I'm sorry!
I went in today and my BP was 166/90! They made me lay on my side for a while and took it again and it was 166/86. I obviously wasn't expecting that. It's never good when the nurse leaves and says, 'okay... she's going to come in and tell you what's going to happen now'. My OB was going to admit me to Antepartum right away and then she listened to her heartbeat, which was absolutely crazy. It was 'tachy in the 180's'... so she sent me to L&D first for monitoring. By WHEELCHAIR! She told me that I would probably be delivering today (which didn't happen obviously) or by Friday (when I'm 37 weeks) for sure and that I should make arrangements as such because I wouldn't be going home until I delivered. She goes on vacation Wednesday-Monday, so I would have the luck of the draw w/ my C-Section if we deliver soon.
I have a ton of fluid and swelling (+5 pounds worth) and Hyperflexia (?) where my reflexes spaz out when they hit them (which is just WEIRD to watch). My headache just won't go away for long.. and I go in and out of phases of seeing either bright flashes or dark spots. Sometimes I feel almost completely normal, and other times I can just feel my blood pressure climbing.
So anyway, I went to L&D and her heartrate came down into the 150's on my side and she finally reacted a little after some juice. My BP there was BIZARRELY normal.. which obviously wasn't accurate. They were taking it on my side there, and I didn't buy it at all. Then they moved me to Antepartum and took it and it was 150/100 (the RIGHT WAY) and around there repeatedly, so of course that's more accurate!
I saw the Perinatologist quickly (I like him) and he basically said that there's no reason to keep her in past 37 weeks if my health is compromised, whether it's Preeclampsia or Chronic Gestational Hypertension, and that they're both equally dangerous. He's going to do an u/s in the morning (Wed) to check her weight to make sure she's okay for delivery now. I told him, 'but if I lay PERFECTLY STILL and DON'T MOVE, then everything is kind of okay!'. He laughed and said, 'that's no life!'. At least I still have a sense of humor!
They did another HELLP Panel, which came back okay (except that I'm anemic, which I usually am) and I'm doing a 24-hour urine which I should be finished w/ tomorrow afternoon (tomorrow meaning Wed.). He said that if it comes back at/above 500, then we'll have a baby by Friday. I'm not sure what happens if it doesn't. My urine dips come back totally negative, but they also came back negative last week when my 24-hour number was 178 (which I think SHOULD come up something on a strip, right?). My urine seems more "bubbly" than it was before, though I'm not sure if that means anything.
I've been contracting all day, but I've been doing that for the entire third trimester. The nurse actually said, 'really?! that would be ideal! if you just went into labor on your own'. Ha! I'm a C-Section case, but I guess it would make the decision of "when" easier if my body called the shots. I doubt that my cervix has made any progress, contracting is just what I "do" - but we'll see.
My BP's here have been anywhere from 150/100 to 138/83, but then again.. they're not taking it right 90% of the time. The nurse who is on now usually takes it when she's also moving the bed down to check the heartbeat AND taking my temperature.. so I have no idea how accurate those are. But when the nurses switch, I'm going to insist on them doing it the right way. They don't have me taking the Labetatol now because they wanted to get accurate pressures.
I'm more comfy now that my husband brought me some comfy clothes and my laptop, but the bed is terrible - so I have only slept for a few hours. They did offer me Ambien, but I've never had sleeping medicine before and wasn't sure if I would like how it made me feel. I'm on a normal diet and the menu isn't terrible, so that's more than I expected. They don't really bother me here. In Antepartum there are no monitors, they just come in for vitals/heartbeat checks every hour or more. So you just kind of lay around all day and do whatever. I have the air set super low and everyone keeps commenting on how cold it is in here, but I'm literally sweating. No idea if that's related or not.
Tomorrow I'll have to take something to help me sleep for sure, because there's not a whole lot to do at 5am except update all of you! Overall, I'm okay. I just want US to be okay. Her mostly. Both of us, preferably. So we'll see. I'll try to update more when I have some more information.
*Oh, and thank you all SO MUCH again.. I'm really glad that I went in! I told my OB about her nurse and she really seemed like she had no idea. I actually broke down a little about it, but it was just a moment of relief in that I wasn't CRAZY and it was all REAL! She said that she would be having a talk with her for sure.