Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Hospital Life

My days consist of laying in bed, going to the bathroom, taking a nap, peeing again, getting my blood pressure and temperature checked, bathroom again, eating, another nap.....  It's been pretty exciting!

Actually, it really hasn't been that bad.

Last night, Hubby's family came to visit and we had a little mini Christmas party in my room.  This included Tony's parents, his Grandpa, his brother and his wife and their two little girls.  We opened a few presents and I shared the Christmas candy that one of my visitors brought in the day before.  Hey, at least I was able to contribute something!  haha!

Today brought a little bit more excitement to my hospital stay.  It seems like every time I say things are stable, something happens to change that.  During the night, my blood pressure decided to start climbing.  I was just bragging about it staying nice and low, but then my 5:00am reading came in at 155/89.  They took it several times throughout the next few hours and it continued to read high. 
We did get a few more normal readings, but it wasn't consistent at all. 

Sooooo, the doctor ordered a blood draw and they started a 24 hour urine collection.  The lab work showed my liver enzymes to be slightly elevated, which was no surprise since they have been now for several months (you can click here to read my previous post about my liver).  The 24 hour urine collection involves me peeing into a little "hat" and then dumping that into a large plastic bottle that is kept on ice.  The nurses record the amount of urine collected and the time.  Then tomorrow morning they will take the big bottle of pee and have it tested for protein in the urine.

As of now, they are thinking I have a mild case of preeclampsia.  I am not experiencing any other side effects such as a headache, blurred vision, or liver pain.  If it is just a mild case, the plan will still be to continue to next Saturday.

It's weird being stuck in a bed all day.  Pretty much everything seems to put me to sleep.  We put in a movie, and I am asleep within minutes.  I start reading a book, and I fall asleep before reading a full page.  I play games on my phone, and the next thing I know I am dropping the phone on my face because I've fallen asleep again!  It just makes me extremely sleepy to have nothing to do. 

I thankfully am wide awake when I get visitors though!  I had quite a few visitors today, which was nice.  A few of my clients from work have stopped by.  One of my aunts and a cousin dropped by this evening.  My favorite visit today was when I got to see my sister and her family though!  I have to say that was also the most exhausting visit as well!  The boys are very... active to say the least.  Oh so cute though.  It was so incredibly nice to see all of them.  The highlight was cuddling with this little one:
my youngest niece
Tonight is my first night on my own in here.  Hubby has gone home to sleep in our own bed and will be going to work tomorrow.  He felt really guilty about going home, but I told him it was more than okay.  I might be a little bored and slightly lonely, but he has been such a trooper staying here each night.  He doesn't get a very good nights sleep on the little couch and with me getting up to pee several times each night, not to mention the nurse coming in to check my vitals a few times.  He has been so good at jumping up to help me whenever he can, and he tries to keep me entertained.  He more than deserves a night in a real bed so he can work a full day tomorrow.  He's trying to work as much as he can now, so he has more vacation time when the babies are actually born.  Even then, with the babies in the NICU, we plan on him working (although I think that will be super hard for him) so that he can take the time off when we actually get to take the babies home.

It's still quite a bit surreal to think that in less than a week, we will be parents.  I will be a Mommy! Seriously?

16 comments:

  1. Thinking of you every day, I recall your comments to the stranger who commented about having Chrismas babies, I know it's not what you wanted, but what a better present after so many years of waiting! Hang in there!

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  2. I'm glad you have lots of visitors to keep you company during this time and I really hope it's not preeclampsia - even if it is mild.

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  3. You look so good for being stuck in a hospital bed and gown! And your hubby is so sweet!!

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  4. It's so exciting that the final countdown is on!! I'm sure it is no fun to be on bed rest, but I guess it's a good thing to be getting lots of rest! Hang in there, you are doing such a good job! I am thinking of you and Merry Christmas :)

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  5. You're so close!! I'm excited for you.

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  6. Such exciting times ahead and at Christmas! The best present ever :)

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  7. Love seeing and reading your updates! So glad those babies are doing well and that you are, too!! XO

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  8. ah! so exciting!! Can't wait for The Update to introduce us to your munchkins! (1 - you look fabulous and 2 - your niece is adorable!)

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  9. YES, YOU WILL BE A MOMMY!!!! AND TONY A DADDY!!! Just brings tears thinking about it as I am so thrilled and excited for both of you and for all of us that get to have cuddle time with these babies!!! So glad, although not surprising, that you are being able to keep it together in the hospital and that Tony is so supportive!!! Wishing and praying for all to continue smoothly until Saturday!!! What a special day that will be! Lots of love, Auntie PS: You and A are both adorable!!

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  10. You seem to be in great hands! Wishing you an easy rest of the week as you prepare for your little ones!

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  11. I'm glad things are going well, even if the days are boring. I hope everything continues to go well and the babies are born safe and sound in a few days!

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  12. I know Christmas in hospital isn't exactly the best option, but at the end of it all you will finally have your babies. Thinking of you lots! Hang in there mommy!

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  13. Thinking of you all the time! You are being such a trooper! And it is so great that you have so many visitors! You are obviously very important to a lot of people! Keep us updated!

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  14. Oh no. I hope they can keep your blood pressure and the preeclampsia under control. Hang in there! Only a few days to go and you will have the best christmas presents :)

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  15. Hang in there friend. You're getting close. And yes, you'll be a mommy!

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  16. Hoping you and babies are doing well. You are going to be a fantastic Mom! Can't wait for update. Take care!

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