Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Already getting to know the L&D nurses.....

It's always a good thing to become acquainted with the nurses in the L&D unit, right? That's what I kept telling myself yesterday after spending a good portion of my day there being monitored. It all started with.....yes, you've probably already guessed....another hellish NST. The babies, as usual, didn't feel like being monitored and gave the nurse a really hard time....I kept apologizing to her and she kept saying "it's not your fault"....but I still felt bad. In the time I was there for my NST, 3 other pregnant ladies had already come in for their NST's and had gone home. In the meantime, she had taken my BP before the NST and it was on the high side again....150/90. She asked if I had been monitoring myself at home, as requested, and I dreaded to have to tell her that yesterday at one point my BP was as high as 157/97 and I was having headaches and seeing bright spots every time I went into a room with light. She asked why I didn't go in to L&D at that point and I told her that after laying down on my left side for a good hour, my BP had gone down and the headache went away. I think I made a good call....but apparently she didn't. Then she tested my urine for protein and just as my luck would have it, I was spilling protein. She said the level was either +1 or 1+, I can't remember now, but she said it was more than just a trace amount. At that point, we started the NST and everything just continued to go downhill from there....once we were able to keep the babies on the monitor for a good length of time, she was hoping they would quiet down and go to sleep so she could watch their resting heart rates but no such luck. It's a catch 22 with these little guys...they either don't move at all or they won't stop moving, esp Baby B, who was very irritable and moving and kicking and just basically a very unhappy baby for a good 45 minutes. The nurse finally gave up and sent the strip over to my OB, who then gave instructions for me to go straight to L&D to have my BP monitored. I wasn't surprised...I had a feeling with my BP being continuously high and now spilling protein that I'd be sent to the hospital.

So once at the hospital, the nurse got the babies on the monitor and took my BP and while the first number went down slightly, the second number went up...so now I was at 145/92 and she said they get concerned anytime the first number is over 140 and/or the second number is over 90. I asked her if she thought I might be admitted...praying she'd say "probably not" but she said "you may very well be...we take this very seriously". I asked her if there were any meds I could take at home and she said more than likely they'd keep me and hook me up to an IV....I was praying she didn't mean the mag sulfate....I didn't ask out of fear that that's what I would hear! She tested my urine and by that point I was only spilling trace amounts of protein but they wanted to do some bloodwork to make sure my levels were okay and not indicative of HELLP. After 3 hours, I finally got the green light to go home...yeah!!!! My blood looked good but the OB on call said I'm on the verge of pre-eclampsia so I really need to pay attention to any and all symptoms. And I need to be on strict bedrest....laying on my side as much as possible.

While I was there being monitored, a student nurse came in to my room and she was all excited because I was her first "twin" patient. She ended up asking me about how they were monitoring the babies...how could they tell which baby was which, etc, etc? So here I was teaching the nurse about the monitoring...maybe I should consider doing this in my next life??? When she learned this is our 2nd set of twins, she told me about a friend of hers who had a 4-yr old son and then got pregnant naturally with triplets. Then when her triplets were 18 months old, she got pregnant naturally with twins!!!! And she went on to have another singleton after the twins!!!!! Could you even imagine??? How does someone stay sane in that situation??

When I left L&D, the nurses at the front desk said "we'll be seeing you again real soon"....I said "yeah, probably after my next NST", which is Friday. I already have my overnight bag packed and ready to go this time around. I passed by the NICU on my way out and for a minute, I thought about stopping by to see if any of the nurses were still there who had taken care of Cole and Bella but then I decided not to, probably more out of the hope that I won't be spending any time at the NICU this time. Sure, that's probably very unrealistic but a girl can hope....

Other than all the pregnancy "excitement", things are going well....Tim is finally getting the nursery set up!!! He picked up some paint swatches so we could match it with the crib bedding we'll be getting. I'm so excited to finally have the room done!!

4 comments:

Jen said...

Ok Heen - be good and don't push it. You need to lay down as much as possible. Take up meditation, daydream, watch TV, or something. Just stay off your feet. You can make it longer, but you are going to have to be lazy, even if it drives you nuts. Just let things get messy. Once the boys are here things will change anyway. See you soon!

Bonnie said...

I just realized I could leave you comments. Woohoo! I was talking to my Mom the other day and she asked how you were. I told her about your BP and protein etc. She said if you were going to spill protein then no matter how much h20 you drank, it would continue to spill into your urine. She did say that bedrest is very helpful for lowering BP, so keep it up girl. You're in the home stretch!

Michele S said...

Helene- I just caught up and realized it's Sunday and your appt was Friday and I have no idea if you had your babies. I'm praying over here that your BP has stayed down and that you and the babes are okay. I will anxiously be waiting for your next update.

Debbie said...

I'm willing to help paint a nursery if you want any help. Keep up the good work girl. Give me a call anytime and I'll have the painting done in no time. Maybe Tim could take the kids on an outing and by he comes home--it's done!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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