Archive for the ‘Hospital’ Category

Paper Pants
March 17, 2008

I just have to post this photo for all of you.  I got to wear these lovely paper pants during my surgery.  They were surprisingly comfortable.

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For anyone who’s crazy like me, and is fascinated by this kind of stuff, here is a picture (a bad cell phone picture anyway) of my incision.  It has a stitch or two, then the drain, then a stitch, then a drain, etc.  Today was a rough day.  Not only did I see the incision site for the first time, but when I was getting ready for church I could tell I was lopsided.  I took it much harder than I thought I would.  I just started to cry.  The sad thing is I have TONS of gauze on it right now, so if it’s noticeably smaller now… ya… anyway.  I want to ask about getting a breast reduction.  The surgeon mentioned to mom that it would be beneficial for me so I’m going to talk to her about insurance and a plastic surgeon on Tuesday.

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More Detail
January 17, 2008

Here’s some detail about the past few days.

I went to the Periantologist on Tuesday and because I’d been having headaches she was worried that Pre-e was coming on fast and wanted to do an amniocentesis. My OB said no and decided that with the Cardiomyopathy and the Pre-e (that just developed) that it would be better to just induce.  Granted at first I didn’t realize that was what they were saying and I was in shock when it hit me. I went straight up to Labor and Delivery at 4:30PM. I had talked to the Periantologist about the c-sec vs. vaginal delivery and she really wanted me to do the vaginal delivery because she believed it would be best for my heart.

They started me on Magnesium Sulfate, light fluids and Pitocen. Once the Pit got going they gave me an epidural right off the bat and then broke my membranes. I had no choice about the epidural because they wanted me to labor as pain free as possible.   Having an Epidural was always a huge fear of mine, but it was SO easy and didn’t hurt in the least.

The labor went very well, the only surprises were that my BP actually dipped so low around 7am wed morning that they had to give me 3 shots of ephedrine to bring it back up. It was hard to believe my BP would be low but it happened. My Epidural ran out for a little while once I was fully dilated but they got it set back up quickly.   Towards the end the monitors (internal and external) wern’t picking up my contractions completly.  They were showing them very weak and yet they were getting worse and worse.  The last nurse I had was commenting about how she wasn’t going to check me for a while when I finally asked her too and she was shocked to see how much I was progressing.  From 6cm on it felt like it went pretty quickly.  When the epidural was getting reloaded they also gave me a shot of something else to help ease the pain so I wouldn’t want to push.  All it seemed to do was knock me out.  I would fall asleep or into a daze between each contraction, even towards the end.  They wouldn’t let me push at first when I was fully dilated. Decided it would stress out my heart, that was VERY hard and finally I was allowed to push a bit after BEGGING and then finally telling the nurse to call the doctor and ask again because I was going to do it anyway. It felt SO much better to push, I can’t even explain the pain when they would just make me lay there and try to do nothing. Finally the Dr got there and he used forceps to help get the little one out while I was allowed to ‘gently’ push to help him.  The forceps were used because they wanted me to do as little work as possible but poor JD has some sad bruises on his little head now.

Jacob Diedrich Arthur M. was born at 10:50am. He is 4 weeks 3 days early. 6lbs. 9oz. and 19 inches long.  Believe it or not the Ultrasound he had done Tuesday morning put him at exactly that weight!  What are the odds?! His lungs are actually good but he is having some problems with too much blood. They have had him on some IV fluids and also taken some of his blood by incerting an IV into his umbilical cord to try and help the situation. He’s been in the nursery since he was born and I got to see him this evening for a little while. That’s the hardest thing… not having him here with me now and knowing he might not come home when I do in a few days.

I hadn’t seen him at all since the delivery and even then it was only for about a minute.  I cried all through dinner.  Lovely hormones and pregnancy.  I was told by one of the first nurses I had that until I was off the IV’s and Magnesium Sulfate with the cathader out I couldn’t get out of bed and so couldn’t see him.  My nurses tonight however cleared things up and let me go down in a wheelchair and I even got to hold him for a little while.  I can’t even explain to you what an experiance it is.

Jeremy has been AMAZING!  He was a great coach during the labor, and he is so excited about his son.  He’s been in the nursery a lot with him, even when I couldn’t be.  He’s dealing well with my emotional post pregnancy self, and the fears I struggle with since I can’t have JD with me all the time yet.

I’m really hoping he is doing well enough to come home with us Friday… the baby shower on Saturday will be interesting if he’s still in the hospital.

View pictures HERE

DilationYAY!
January 14, 2008

I know I’m only 35.5 weeks and all but I was so worried I’d go in today and find out that I was not dilated at all and walk out with a c-sec date.  I still hadn’t made up my mind what way to go, and I still want to talk to my Cardiologist about what he thinks.  GOOD NEWS:  When my OB checked me I was already 2 cm and 70% effaced.  That’s SO much better than I was thinking it would be.  I’ve been giddy the rest of the night.  It could be the Percocet they gave me for a 2 day headache I’ve had… but whatever.

The skinny on the Preeclampsia is that I was JUST over the protein level for Pre-e and so for now they are just watching me (still) and I may have to repeat the 24 hour urine collection again at the end of the week (4th time, I’m going for a record I think).  My BP was a bit high so I was sent to L&D after my appointment for yet another NST, some bloodwork (to check kidney and liver function) and to monitor my BP.  He wants me back in Wed and Friday for NST, that means I now have something everyday.  Bedrest, whatever dude.

Tomorrow I head into the Periantologist.  I am excited to see how big Uno is now, if he’s still measuring ahead 2.5 weeks.  The OB’s also want me to get her opinion on when I should be induced.

Preeclampsia
January 12, 2008

Well the 24 hour urine test showed “a high amount of protein but not a really high amount” according to the nurse at Labor and Delivery today.  This means now that when I see the doctor on Monday I get to hear all the fun joys about Preeclampsia on top of the Cardiomyopathy.  I’m not sure how bad it really is, but since they let me go home from the hospital I’m assuming it’s not as bad as it could be!  Optimism people, optimism.

What a busy week I’m about to have….

Hospital
December 19, 2007

I posted a short version of the hospital experience this past few days on my home blog but I decided to put more detail for those of you that care.

Sunday I was doing really well. Jeremy and Dad gave me a blessing in the afternoon and it was such a good day. When it started to get late the breathing problems started to get worse. Jeremy and I were watching a movie when I started to get a very mild chest pain. After 30 minutes we decided not to risk it and go into the ER since the pain wasn’t going away. About 20 minutes after I was strapped up to everything in the ER the pain went away and I started to feel stupid. I told them the pain was gone but they kept monitoring me anyway. I was still having problems breathing, so I guessed that was why. The chest x-ray they did was fine. About an hour after we got there they came in and put me on oxygen. I started to feel better quite quickly after that. At least another hour passed and mom, Jeremy and I were all ready to go home. We were sure they would be letting me go soon, and I kept telling mom she could leave if she wanted that it was no big deal. I was feeling so sheepish and dumb for going once again to the expensive ER. A few minutes later the doctor comes in and tells me that the Cardiologist wants me admitted. We were all taken back. I’ve never been hospitalized so I’m going from sheepish to shocked in a matter of seconds. Mom left shortly after that and Jeremy stayed with me while they had Labor and Delivery come down and administer a non-stress test on Uno. He was fine and so next thing I know I’m being wheeled off to a small room and hooked up to more monitors. Finally at 3:00am or so Jeremy was able to go home and rest.

That night every-time I would roll over one of the electrodes on my chest would pop off and they would have to wake me up to fix it. They brought breakfast just after 7am, so ya. Not a lot of time between to sleep. Not to mention the stress of being without anyone alone in the dumb hospital.

Monday morning the doctors came to see me. The cardiologist stopped by and let me know that he was ordering another ECG and starting me on the heart medication (a beta-blocker).  Jeremy was able to come quite early so it was nice not to be alone anymore.  My OB came in and told me that he wanted me moved up to Labor and Delivery so that they could monitor the baby as well as myself.  Not long after two nurses came to take me upstairs.  I was shocked at how much nicer and bigger the room was.  Jeremy and I started to laugh, and he was thrilled to have somewhere more comfortable to sit with me.

After getting the baby hooked up to all the monitors they started me on a low dose Beta-Blocker (heart med).  Within a few hours they were able to take me off the Oxygen and just after lunch they took me down to get my ECG.  It was a bit odd being wheeled downstairs in a hospital gown, the whole time I was just praying I wouldn’t happen to bump into anyone I knew!  The tech that did my ECG said “I’m no Cardiologist but it looks like your EF has improved.”  I was SO EXCITED.  Once they took me back upstairs I told mom and then we waited to hear from the Cardiologist.  He came to visit just after 5pm and told me that things were looking a lot better.  It was so nice to know that the medication was working that well already.  My EF went from 45% to 50%.  It’s now at the lowest it can be at and still be considered normal function.  Thank goodness for modern medications.  The Cardiologist let me know that he and my OB decided to keep me one more night to monitor the baby’s reaction to the meds but that if the Periantologist gave us the ok I would be able to go home Tuesday.

Tuesday morning they let us know that they were trying to get me into the Periantologist early.  I already had an appointment at 1:30pm but they were hoping I would be able to go home before that.  No such luck.  We didn’t even get to see her until it was past 2pm.  They did a big ultra sound on Uno and he was measuring even further ahead than before, 2 1/2 weeks ahead.  A whopping 4 lbs and 14oz.  (could be off 12 oz either way).  He was also not shy about his boy parts for the first time since 22 weeks when we found out he was a boy.  It’s always nice to have that reassurance that he really is a boy.  My amniotic fluid was low, so I do have to get that checked again on Friday.  The Periantologist told us to continue working with the medication and keep an eye on my blood pressure.  They are still watching the Hypertension and they just don’t want any complications on top of the heart issue we are already dealing with.  She told me to continue to take it easy and that when it comes time for delivery she’s made sure to make some special notes about how I shouldn’t be hydrated too much for fear the extra fluid would cause my heart to give out.  I made sure to tell mom (Jeremy was with me) so that just in case I forget, someone will be there to remind doctors when I’m in labor.  After all this time I would really like to live, and hold my baby.  We asked the Doctor if it would be ok to be discharged now and she said yes.  I was so excited to be done.  When we got back up to L&D I was ready to have that IV taken out ASAP!  The nurses at the hospital the entire time I was there were wonderful.  I would be thrilled if any of them were there to help during the delivery, I can’t say enough about them.

I still have followups with all the doctors still, and will probably be seeing a few of them a week till Uno finally makes his big debut into the world.  I am just happy that things were able to be caught and treated so well.

Pulmonary what?
November 20, 2007

We have finished up with our first appointment today and our day just got busier. Apparently the high risk specialist wants me to do a few things. First is to see her once a month till birth and are our normal doctors once a week. She’s concerned about hypertension. Apparntly its mild right now but its enough that she wants to be cautious. The second thing is to stop working. This is the one that is stressing me out the most due to the fact that I’m dealing with some issues there but Uno is more important than anything else. The third thing is the risk of a pulmonary embolism. Apparently the shortness in breath is a warning sign and being over weight and pregnant she is concerned that if I do have a clot in my lungs and they don’t run a CT scan then I could die. But its really ok so don’t panic.

Right now we are waiting for the CT scan. They also are running some tests with urine and blood. Apparently its a good thing I called the doctor. To think I almost didn’t. Ugh.

The only good thing about today is that the specialist did a big ultrasound and we got to see little Uno. He’s measuring just over 3 pounds and about 2 weeks ahead of schedule. He would NOT show off his jewels so its a good thing we already saw. He is also still breech but there is still pleanty of time for him to turn and its really not a priority right now.

I’ll let your know more later. We still have to see the cardiologist this afternoon. Heather, don’t stress! It’ll be all good.

Pictures and lots of Ologists
November 19, 2007

It’s been a long weekend and apparently it’s going to continue into the week.

 Over the weekend I called the Doctor because my pulse was going crazy and I couldn’t breath well.  It’s been normal for me to have problems breathing with this pregnancy but it has started to get really absurd.  He told me if it got worse to go to the ER, otherwise he’d see me Monday.  I figured Monday was good (and cheaper) for me.   Sunday morning however things had gotten worse.  I passed out in the shower and my pulse was out of control again.  I also started to get some hazy vision.  Mom and I headed into the ER that afternoon.  

I always feel stupid going to/calling the doctor or the hospital.  Maybe it’s because my dad is such a Hypochondriac and I assume people don’t believe me.  We walked into the ER and there were quite a few people in the waiting room but the admitting nurse in the window took my pulse and they rushed me right back.

They did EKG and hooked me up to multiple monitors.  I was there for  just over 3 hours.  Once laying down for a little while my resting heart rate was 90-100.  If I rolled over it would jump instantly to 120 and when I stood up it climbed up to 150 with alarms going off they had me sit back down right away.  The lowest my blood pressure was is 144/89 and the highest was 159/108.  They ran a bunch of blood work and found that I had really low iron and that would aggravate the dizziness apparently.  The ER doctor actually asked me if I wanted to be hospitalized.  I was in shock, shouldn’t he make that decision.  I didn’t even know what to say.  I tried to joke and said “I’m sorry but your beds aren’t very soft.”  Who what’s to be hospitalized the week of thanksgiving!?  Or period for that matter.  When they called my doctor before sending me home he told me to get up slower and try not to walk around too much and to come see them at the office in the morning. 

This morning Jeremy and I headed into the office to get the check up.  The doctor that saw us today is a bit concerned that I never mentioned the breathing problems and heart racing before.  I told him I’d read that it can be normal and I just waited till I thought maybe it was beyond normal to speak up about it.  Good news is my blood pressure was back down to 120/80 but he is having me run a bunch of tests tomorrow.  I have my first appointment in the morning with a Perinatologist and then after that in the afternoon I have to meet with a Cardiologist.  Why is it things seem to just go wrong with me during pregnancy? GOOD NEWS is that I passed my Gestational Diabetes test.  Something is going right.  Oh I also had a 4 pound weight loss the past 10 days so they are going to start keeping a closer eye on that.  I figure oh well, I had it to loose but I guess being cautious is good.

 Anyway, that’s why I’ve been so quiet recently.  I’ll let you all know how the tests work out.   Here are some pictures of me from today.  I’m just over 27 weeks pregnant.  They are really the first I’ve taken and as you can see I did them myself, I personally like the bottle sprouting from my head. 🙂  So now those of you who aren’t close and keep asking for pictures can stop asking.  🙂

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Hello Again, Hello
November 9, 2007

Hello Hospital Labor and Delivery triage room #2… again.

After 27 hours or so of what I figured were gas pains I broke down and called the doctor.  He called me back a few hours later and told me I had two choices.  Go in and get checked out at the hospital, or wait till tomorrow and come in first thing in the morning.  He could tell I didn’t want to go back into the hospital so he said he would recommend it but if I decided to wait that was ok to.

I struggled with it and then decided I’d been in pain long enough so mom took me in.  One of those many times that I’m blessed to be living with family right now since Jeremy was at work.

They got me all hooked up again.  Uno was SUPER active.  I think he was showing off.  It was killing me since I had started to get sore due to all the cramps.  They ran a urine culture and kept an eye on the baby.  We were there for 2 and 1/2 hours.  Apparently right after I got there 3 other women came in.  They ran a test on my cervix to see if I had a chance of going into labor in the next two weeks.  Let me tell you ladies, it was no fun.  I told mom (during the test) it was one of the most uncomfortable things I’ve ever done.  Granted it was slightly painful but not too bad, it was just icky.   After the test the nurse checked my cervix to see if I was dilated at all.  That was a piece of cake compared to the test.  I was still high and closed (a good sign).  Come to find out they weren’t contractions (I’d assumed they were just gas so that is good) but I did have a bladder infection that was probably aggravating the pain and they put me on some meds.

I do have to mention the bed I was in.  Besides the fact that I’m sure they don’t design the beds for comfort, my feet were hanging off the edge, literally.  Also Uno decided to hide anytime I turned on my side and they would loose his heart beat.  So for almost the entire time I was on my back.  My tush started to hurt a bit and I thought it was just falling asleep.  By the time we got home I realized the real problem. That dang bed had aggravated my sciatic nerve (I haven’t had much pain from it for weeks).  I’ve been hobbling around since we left the hospital.  It’s loads of fun, loads and loads.  I told Jeremy I’m never going back to the hospital and he’d better brush up on how to deliver a baby from his first aid courses at the U.  He didn’t think I was funny.

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Nonstress Test Sunday
November 4, 2007

Uno is usually a very active baby.  As a matter of fact last week he was so active I actually started to complain about it a little bit!  That all changed Friday.  I noticed a huge drop in movement on Friday.  I still felt a little something here or there so I tried not to worry about it.  I figured we had an appointment on Wednesday the 7th and it could wait till then.  Movement was still lagging yesterday and so today I decided maybe I should call the Dr. just in case.  Sure enough he had us go right into the hospital to Labor and Delivery to do a Nonstress Test on the baby.

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Finding his heartbeat has always been a challenge.  I take some of the blame in this and assume it’s due to extra fat between the monitor and him… I may be wrong.  Once we were finally all hooked up to the machine I had to keep my hand on the baby’s heart monitor so it would pick up his little heart beat.  We could hear that he would move occasionally but I wasn’t feeling it at first.  After about 30 minutes the nurse said that it was looking good.  She was even seeing some things that you don’t usually see at 25 weeks, and that made us happy.  I was however still not feeling the little booger move!  The nurse then got me some apple juice and within 20 min we finally had 13 strong movements!  I felt so sheepish.  Apparently all I needed to do was lay in a quiet room, drink apple juice and push on my tummy.  I had done everything but the latter on Friday with no result.  The funny thing was he was literally hitting/kicking where I was pushing the monitor into my belly.  Silly baby.   Every-other day now the Doctor wants me to drink juice, lay down on my left side and count at least 10 movements in an hour.  If I hit a day where that doesn’t happen I’m supposed to go back in.  I am glad everything seems to be ok.  I have to remind myself it’s better to call in and be safe than not call in and actually have it be a problem later.