I went to the doctor on Tuesday and everything looked good. The pictures weren't great, as they didn't do any 3D pictures. We could see her little face though. She's a big baby as they said she already weighs 4 lbs 11oz.
The next day, I was scheduled to see Dr. Kirshan, the specialist, to figure out about that fainting feeling. I was going to just take half a day off of work, as my appt was not until 1:40. Well, after showering in the morning, I started to have some severe, sharp vaginal pains. I wasn't really sure what it was, so I called the 24-hour nurse line from our insurance. It didn't feel like I was having contractions, so she figured I was just having ligament pain. She told me to lay down and to call my doctor if the pains didn't stop in 30 minutes. Of course, they didn't stop! So, I called my doctor's answering service. After almost an hour of not hearing from them, they finally called me back. The pains had lessened, but I made the decision to go ahead and take the day off. Paul stayed home with me. My doctor, Dr. Baker, called and I told him my symptoms. He was glad that I was going to see Dr. Kirshan, but wanted me to swing by afterward. He also wanted Dr. Kirshan to check me to make sure that I wasn't dialated.
We went to see Dr. Kirshan, who we really liked. He also said that I was having a big baby--5 lbs, 2 oz. Anyways, he diagnosed me with hypoglycemia, meaning my blood sugars fall after eating. So, I have to eat lots more protein. I asked him to check me....I was already 0.5 cm dialated and 50% effaced. OH MY GOSH!! I couldn't believe it!! It's way too early to start dialating!! He said the baby will definitely be coming early, he just wasn't sure how early.
So, we go to Dr. Baker's office, where they do a non-stress test and hook me up to monitors. Here, they found that I was having contractions....every 4-6 minutes, lasting 45 seconds long. Again...OH MY GOSH!! Actually, other words came out of our mouths!! I couldn't feel anything, so I wasn't sure how this was happening. Dr. Baker looked at me and said "You'll be on bedrest, and you know you're done with work, right?" Then, he said, "Let's head over to Labor and Delivery!" Our heads were spinning!!!
So, we head over to the hospital where they hook me up to more monitors and start giving me shots every twenty minutes. They said the shots would make me feel like I had just drank tons of coffee...Boy were they right! I started to shake after the second shot, and my heart felt like it was going to beat out of my chest--so hard and fast!! The nurse also gave me a steroid shot that will help with Addison's lungs, just in case she does come early. Then, more shots...I was shaking hysterically which was absolutely no fun!! Dr. Baker came in to see me and said I'd be going home that night, but he wanted to see me the next day around 5 pm to do a fibronectin (or something like that) test. From what I'd remembered from "Pregnancy for Dummies", this will tell them if was going to go into labor in the next week or two. Well, the medicines kept me hyped up all night...I was so tired, but the medicine wouldn't really let me sleep.
Yesterday morning, I woke up and felt like I was having contractions. I couldn't believe it!! So, I called the doctor and left a message. In the meantime, I called Janet, Paul's mom, to come over in case I needed to go to the hospital. The doctor's office called back and called me in a prescription of the same meds I'd had in the shot, as a pill. I was NOT looking forward to all of the side effects, but didn't want to go to the hospital!! The medicine did help, just gave me the hard heartbeat and shakes again. I went to the doctor to do the test. He also gave me another steroid shot to help her lungs. He checked me and I hadn't dialated anymore, so that was good. He just said to stay off my feet and that they'd call me with the results of the test tomorrow.
Well, they just called and the test came back negative. This means that I shouldn't have the baby in the next two weeks. (Although I talked to a friend who works in the labor and delivery unit, and she said it's only for about 7 days.) Either way, it was good news. So, I go back in next week, where I'll be checked again.
This bedrest stuff is really for the birds!! I wouldn't mind just hanging around the house, but having to actually LAY DOWN stinks!! I can be propped up no more than 2 pillows...YUCK!!
Well, thanks to all that have kept us in your prayers. Please keep them coming. Oh, I'll post pictures later from when I was in the hospital. The one of Paul's face pretty much sums up how we felt everytime we got new news....it's hilarious!! I am not supposed to climb the stairs to go up to my computer to load the pictures.