Tuesday, February 26, 2013

34 weeks and 2 hospital visits

We made it another week, which is fantastic. But let me share with you the adventures of this very week.

So it started out with a threat of severe winter weather. I wasn't to worried about it in the beginning. I had a NST appt set for early Thursday morning. Should be no problem since the storm was not due to arrive until lunchtime. So I mentally prepare myself and try to relax when I arrive at the office. Once in the chair and all strapped up and the test could begin. Coconut seemed a bit sleepy and was not bouncing around too terribly much. So we sit through the first 20 minutes and he was not reacting appropriately. They give me another 20 minutes and same thing. After this they tell me I need to eat some candy, so M&M's were consumed to get him to "wake up". This did not work either. Doc came in after another 20 minutes of monitoring and said I must go over to the hospital as I failed this NST. Click this link to read more about these tests.  At the hospital they would continue to monitor me and do a BPP, Bio Physical Profile of the baby. Click this link to understand a BPP. So I was hooked up to the monitor and watched for another hour. Still not spiking the 15bpm/ for 15 secs. So the BPP was ordered and I was wheeled back to the radiology dept for the test. We scored perfect on that test and everything looked great. He even stuck his tongue out at us on the monitor. Silly Coconut. After this the sleet began to fall and my phone was almost dead. I was frustrated as I was all alone. Zeus was released from work at 11am due to the deteriorating weather conditions. Thankfully his Boss, J.D. was willing to drive him up to the hospital. After more monitoring and back and forth phone calls with my Doctor at the office and the nurse attending to me we were released after 1:30pm. The sleet was now over 2 1/2 inches thick and it was sticking to everything. Thankfully I did not have to drive home alone as I felt run over by a bus. I was frustrated and upset that things just are getting complicated now. So we drove less than 30mph home which took well over an hour with us stopping to clean off windshield wipers that became encased in ice and rendered them useless. What a mess. Thankfully we made it home safely and would not need to go back until Monday.

Then came Monday. The In-laws had arrived on Friday after a long 24 hr delay from the weather so my Mother-in-Law asked to join me at the doctors office. That was really nice so I did not have to go it alone. Basically same thing happened as Thursday just without the weather. Failed NST. Forced to eat candy. Sent to hospital. Another NST, another BPP. More phone calls to office and lots of answering questions. Then we were determined to go home that baby once again looked and seemed to be doing just fine. It was much better to have someone to talk to that's for sure. We were then told that I would probably go from being seen twice a week to three times a week after I had a Cord Doppler exam and another NST on Wednesday. Click this link for Cord Doppler explanation.

So now we wait until Wednesday to see what the next step is and where we go from here. Oh, and coconut is still breach so we are looking at a turning procedure next week as well. What fun that will be.

Here's a Youtube video of that turning procedure they will be doing next week. Yeah, looks painful.

So what was to be an amazing journey is turning into quite the job. Its frustrating at best these days. I just want everything to be fine, normal and go smoothly. I must remember God is still in control. I ask that all of you add us to the prayer list. Prayer that baby will turn and be head down, pray that labor can be preformed naturally, pray that parents will not panic and be OK with whatever needs to be done. Please pray for all the doctors for wisdom. I thank you for following this journey and I'll continue to keep you all up to date.

Blessings Bloggie Buddies

Thursday, February 14, 2013

33 weeks....and another failed test

Monday we had a NST test and it went perfectly. Sat down, found Coconuts heart rate, and got strapped down. Then we began the monitoring. Twenty minutes later, everything was great, we got the two spikes within the twenty minutes. Doctor released me and I was good to go. I was thrilled.

Now, 4 days later we to have another one. It'll have to be this way until we give birth. Not very excited about this .So Today we had another NST appt and Doctor appt back to back. Since today is Valentines Day I was feeling happy and special since Zeus my loving husband was here this year and brought me Balloons and flowers, such a sweetheart. So it was a good afternoon. I was feeling very positive going in since Mondays NST went so well. So I sat down, opened up my digital book and started reading. A few minutes into the monitoring the baby was bouncing all over the place. He was really busy. But his little heart did not spike like we needed it to. After about 4 times of the nurse coming to check my readout she came back in and said they needed to take me to ultrasound immediately.So they took me to the big ultrasound machine and needed to check for all the same stuff they for last week. This is because I failed the NST. So baby was kicking and moving good which the ultrasound tech said was great and one of the four things she needed to see. The baby also had to show us his breathing skills, good heartbeat, a stomach and good amniotic fluid levels. All was perfect. So she did a few quick measurements and found that baby was breach. This does not bod well for this pregnancy. She said that the little guy needs to be head down by 36 weeks. If not then the doctors are going to need to manually turn him, a procedure that can be extremely painful. I'm hoping Coconut will turn himself around before then so I do not have to go through all that pain. It was a scary appointment. The tech did recognize that Coconut is close to 5 pounds. That's a good thing.

Then it was time to talk to the doctor. I got to meet the other Doctor in the office just in case my doctor is not on duty when I go into labor. She was great. Very nice and surprisingly looked just like our Hopeful Momma. So she did not like the fact that the NST did not go well. She did mention that if I continue this pattern that I will be put back on bed rest. This is a bad word in our house. I don't have time to be on bed rest and Zeus does not have time to be a single working father. Definitely not in the plan. So, she told me to stop doing as much around the house. Well, we have someone cleaning our house weekly so I'm not doing that but I am picking up, straightening things, doing the laundry, cooking dinner and things like that. So I guess I will have to lean a little more on Zeus for laundry and the kids,which I struggle with because I am the stay at home mom, the one whose job it is to do those things. It makes me feel guilty, lazy, and like a burden upon my family. It's totally frustrating. Not to mention that my husband just returned from the hells of Afghanistan and its his birthday month. Really I am the one who wanted to step up and help this family, it was my doing, not my families. It is not their job to take over for my lack of work. It's killing me to know I have to do this so that Coconut will be OK and healthy and to ensure I do not have to have a C-section, something that will take me out even longer. Uggggg. It was not suppose to happen this way. I'm so frustrated. But nevertheless the doctor said my blood pressure was good. Fundal height is measuring right on time and baby with all his measurements is about a week ahead which pretty normal for someone who has BIG babies. So I was released with the understanding that I will lay low.

So for now I must relinquish more household duties and try to keep contractions to a minimum. The Hopeful Momma is coming for a visit this weekend and to a appt this next week. I'm excited to see her and to have her feel her little Coconut. But I just wish things were a little less eventful.

So I ask of you again. I need prayers that Coconut will turn himself around. I need prayers that the NST's in the future will be passed with fewer fails than now. I appreciate your love and kindness and thoughts. Thank you so much.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

32 weeks and counting.....

Today was a fairly lengthy and wild doctor appt. I had a feelin going in that it could be a bit different. Thankfully I was able to talk Zeus into going in with me since he did have the day off.

We were told as soon as we arrived that Doctor was called to hospital for emergency C section and would be awhile. Luckily for me there are 2 doctors and 2 midwives so we opted to see the midwife instead of waiting hours.

Blood pressure measured normal, which was good news. Fundal height is measuring exactly at 32 weeks. Coconuts heart rate was measured at 141, perfect for this stage in the game. I lost a pound which was no problem either. Then it was time to start my NST, non stress test used to measure baby's movements with heart rate. So they strapped me down with two monitors, one to measure heart rate and the other to measure contractions. We needed 2, 15 bpm spike within 20mims. Today I had the 15bpm spike but not within 20 mins so they left me on the monitor longer to get the spikes but they didn't come in timely fashion. So I was whisked off to the ultrasound room so they could measure 4 other things. They needed to see "practice breathing" basically just his little lungs moving up and down. This one was imperative. We got it within the first 20 secs of ultrasound. Then we needed to check 4 areas for normal fluid levels. All areas looked great. Then we needed to see baby move. Got it, he's a busy bee so this was no problem. Then we needed to look at his heart for good beating and all looked great. So that ended up only taking about 5-7 minutes.

Now we go in every 4 days for follow up NST tests. Then once a week regular OB exams. So from here on out it's gonna get wickedly busy. Thankfully Zeus is home from Afghanistan and should be able to help me manage all the kids appts and activities.

It was a good appointment today.