Sunday, April 18, 2010

T-minus 21 hours!

I'm going to try to keep this as short as I can...it's a bit long and complicated, sorry!

So after I saw my gestational diabetes doctor on Thursday, I went up to the local hospital to see the alternate high risk doctor. He said that if it was up to him, he'd induce me that night...but it wasn't. The problem was that my hospital couldn't handle my birth because it was too complicated (this is after my other doctor and all of the nurses telling me numerous times that it wouldn't pose a problem - I was NOT amused). My case had to be transferred to an alternate hospital, which is about a 45-minute drive away.

So we went up there Thursday night; I couldn't see their high risk specialist until the next day, so I got to spend a cozy night in THE most uncomfortable hospital bed ever (I mean seriously, insanely uncomfortable).

I saw the specialist the next day, and she felt that there was no need for an emergency induction because my blood pressure, while high, was still only just over the limit and my GD was well managed. So she scheduled me for an induction 5 days later but said she wanted to keep me in the hospital for observation until then. Joy.

The reason for the delayed scheduling is because although this hospital is larger than the one in my town, it's still not huge by any means, and she wanted to make sure that it would take place on a day when I would have all of the staff to myself vs sharing them with another induction (there were already inductions scheduled for the two days prior to mine). I guess that's the one disadvantage to staying relatively local vs going to Sydney (the nearest major city), where I'd almost certainly have been induced the same night I arrived.

I was pretty upset about all of this...not just having to stay in the hospital or having to wait to be induced, but also because I'm already so uncomfortable (the skin on my stomach is so tight that I can barely even stand the feeling of a sheet on it - even that hurts). But obviously, there wasn't much I could do about it.

After spending two nights in the hospital, the specialist told me that because my blood pressure wasn't getting any worse - it had actually dropped down to just below the limit and seemed to be staying there - she would release me so I could go home to wait until the induction, as I'd almost certainly be less stressed and more relaxed and comfortable. They gave me a laundry list of symptoms to look out for, and if I experience even a single one of them we have to head back to the hospital. I also have to get my blood pressure checked daily at my local hospital to make sure it doesn't spike.

So that's where we are now - the induction is starting at lunchtime tomorrow, only 21 hours away! I'll be 38.5 weeks by then, and no one - including yours truly - can believe that we've made it this far (and honestly we probably shouldn't have been allowed to get this far because of all my complications, but that's really neither here nor there at this point). But at least they won't be considered preemies, although they'll probably still be a bit smaller than a singleton - it also means it's unlikely that they'll have any health problems, which means we'll be able to transfer back to my local hospital a day or so after the birth (much better for Mr Bibliosaur since he won't have to drive back and forth all the time).

Please send happy thoughts and good vibes and labor dust and everything else that you can spare! There isn't any wireless internet access in the hospital that I'm aware of, so the next time you hear from me, the Bibliosaur babies will have made their debut!

7 comments:

  1. How exciting! I hope you have a relatively uneventful and manageable labor and recovery, and that you and your sweet babies are in fabulous condition throughout! :)

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  2. Wow so exciting hang in there its almost time to meet them!!!

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  3. All the best as you prepare to meet your babies!

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  4. ELVs (easy labor vibes) going out to you and relaxation vibes out to Mr. Bibliosaur. You'll be holding those babies in your arms before you know it <3 I can't wait on the update. I've loved following your pregnancy story.. the next chapter is gonna be AMAZING!

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  5. Can't wait for the big news! I hope everything went smoothly and that you're all doing exceptionally well.

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  6. Best of luck with it all. Can't wait to hear the news!

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  7. I keep checking back to see if you've posted anything else...hoping all is well and you are enjoying the sleep deprivation and snuggles with your new little ones!

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