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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Home From the Hospital

No baby yet, but his heart rate is strong, even through the contractions. :/

By the time I left work yesterday, I was feeling pretty bad. I was having mild contractions 2 or 3 times an hour and they were getting stronger. The pressure on my back and bum was pretty intense. And I just felt yucky - mild headache, tired, and beat. I came home and rested. Alan fixed me supper and my water and brought both to me. He took care of Ander. I drank more water.

The contractions started to hit, boom, boom, boom, every 3-4 minutes, around 8 p.m. I started timing them. At 9 p.m., we called my doctor. Per his nurse practitioners orders, I took tylenol, benadryl, more water, and a 20 minute soak in a hot tub. In 20 minutes, I only had two contractions.


Boom, boom, boom. I wasn't in pain, but they were strong, frequent, and longer. After 10 in an hour, we went on in to the assessment center.

I kept thinking on the way there that no contractions would show (because they didn't "hurt") and they'd laugh me home.

4 shots, including three different drugs, since the first two didn't work, several hours, 2 nurses because they went get the high risk certified nurse for me, and two doctors (mine on call and the hospital call doctor), 2 cervical checks (still just a fingertip!!! :)), and no food or water later, :(, we left the hospital at 5 a.m. contraction free.

I can no longer grocery shop. I am to rest at least two naps/rest periods a day, plus whenever else a bed or couch is available. I am not allowed in the sun or anywhere where I might get hot. (No False River for me this weekend. :( ) Bascially, I am truly as close to bedrest as one can get while not being on bedrest.

I'll probably only go into work when I have a meeting or court. Otherwise, I'll be working from home. Loading Ander in and out of the car seems to be one of the contraction triggers.

At 36 weeks, I am allowed to relax and let the contractions come. In the meantime, 4 in an hour means call the doctor. Heck, I've gotten 4 in a hour at least 4 times a week for the past 4 weeks. So this should be fun.

For those who know last night, thanks for the positive thoughts. Today I am 30 weeks and 5 days. The goal is at least 36 weeks.



Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that...thinking about ya'll...only a little over a week and you will be at your 36 weeks so...Be careful and Rest lots.

Giftie Etcetera said...

Opps, Steph, it should have said 30 weeks and 5 days. That's why it was so scary...the baby would have been really early.

Frog said...

Rest, rest, rest!! I know it's hard, but try. I'll definitely say LOTS of prayers!

Anonymous said...

I THOUGHT that was what you meant, then I thought, I must just be crazy. Definitely rest a lot. ok, a little over 5 weeks left...still a lot of time when you are trying to not do anything. Just play it safe and do what the doctor says. Prayers will be said

missyc said...

I'm glad they were able to stop the contractions. Try to follow the Doctors orders and keep that baby cooking a little longer. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Miss-buggy said...

what a roller coaster! Come on baby six more weeks. Hold out. Really it isn't THAT interesting out here!!!
Get lots of rest. Can Dad take Ander to daycare? Then you can have a full day off to rest.

Beorn said...

I'm sending good thoughts your way. I'm researching and writing right now which is why I've sort of disappeared. Still, either of you is welcome to call me if you need anything--really!!

-Knowles said...

Thoughts and prayers for a healthy baby and healthy mama! Hang in there and let me know if you need moral support!

Anonymous said...

we'll be thinking about you!

-hugs, beth