As I write this, I am actually sitting in the hospital, next to my wife
Posted On Saturday, January 16, 2010 by Jason
|As I write this, I am actually sitting in the hospital, next to my wife who is asleep in the hospital bed. She has been in the hospital for 8 days now. Yesterday was our 30 week gestation period. What started as a routine OBGYN appointment turned into a small nightmare. Upon arrival to the hospital on the Army post where my wife and I live, her blood pressure was found to be extremely high. The doctor admitted her for observation and ordered blood pressure checks every 15 minutes and a 24 hour urinalysis check. We received the results of the urinalysis check the next afternoon. The doctor told us that 300 was a good level of protein in the urine. My wife's level was 1100. They immediately made the decision to move my wife by ambulance to a hospital two hours away that was better equipped to deal with the problem. I was told that this hospital had a NICU and was thought to be the best prenatal hospital in the state. Despite the confidence of the doctor that my wife was going to the best place she could be, we were both scared. This was to be our first child and we had never even contemplated something like this occurring. As I followed the ambulance I started to call our families. Luckily, both of our families were only 4-5 hours away. My wife's parents and extended family made the drive to the hospital that night. My mother also drove in to be with us. We met with the doctor soon after we arrived. The doctor explained to us that my wife had severe preeclampsia and what they planned to do. She was put on an IV drip of Magnesium Sulfate to try to control her blood pressure and also to prevent seizures. The doctor explained that if her blood pressure could not be controlled, they might have to do an emergency cesarean section and remove the baby. At this point, I am not ashamed to say, I broke down. This was too much to take at one time. I slowly regained my composure and knew that I needed to be the strong one so I could help my wife as much as possible. The next day the doctor ordered a growth ultrasound to see how our little guy was progressing. Everything seemed good. The only thing the doctor was slightly worried about was the blood flow the baby was receiving through the umbilical cord. It was at a rate that was bad for the baby, but it was not as high as it could be. My wife was ordered to bed rest, no sodium diet, and as little stimulation as possible. This was difficult at first for my wife because she is such an active person. A few days later the 24 urinalysis was retested and it was found that the level of protein had risen from 1100 to 2000. The doctor told us that he wasn't worried too much about this. My wife's blood pressure was being controlled with medication and the no sodium diet had helped with her swelling. The families eventually left when they realized we would be here for awhile. The doctor had told us that my wife would not be leaving the hospital pregnant. So now it is just my wife and I. We are now just waiting. Things are looking good but the doctor made it clear that anything can happen at anytime. We are hoping that she will continue to do well on the medication and that the doctors can wait as long as possible to before having to deliver. We are still scared but are doing better. I feel better already just getting to share our story. This is a great group and I look forward to being a member for a long time. Hopefully, a cure can be found so other families do not have to go through what so many have already.|
After surviving a very traumatic first pregnancy with a nightmare delivery (30 hours of magnesium-induced hell, ending in an emergency c-section) and even more debilitating recovery, one would think I was DONE having children. Let's be ...