Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Hospital Stay December 10th -15th

December 25th - Its Christmas, I was allowed to leave the hospital for a few hours. Don't tell anyone, its a secret! I was able to go home and put my feet up on the couch, cuddle with my cats and enjoy opening presents with John's family. It was a special day with loads of snow! I bet Drew will love snow when he gets older!

December 15th - Drew was put on the ultra sound today and weighed in at 3 pounds 4oz. He is very healthy, but just a little tired from mommy's ordeal. It has been confirmed that I will be staying in the hospital until I am 34 weeks along. That seems like forever to me right now. John has been such a servant through this whole ordeal. I finally told him to go home and get good nights sleep - I will be spending my first night in the hospital alone. Well, I guess I am not really alone, little Drew keeps rolling and kicking tonight, reminding me that he is here too! The Lord has been ever present as well reminding me to take it one day at a time.

December 14th - I thought I contracted the flue last night only to discover this morning that I have a full blown kidney infection. My fever was at 103 degrees and my pulse rate was at 120-145 bpm. I am wondering what else can go terrible wrong! I was put on a cold water mattress for the night to bring my fever down. John spent the night and once again was the perfect support I needed. Since my fever was so high the baby slept all night long, his heart rate never changed. I have an ultra sound in the morning to make sure everything is OK.

December 11th - The contractions returned and do not appear to be stopping. I am being put back on the magnesium, but this time for 3 days. It looks like I will not be going home tomorrow. In fact there is a chance I will be staying for many weeks. I can't think that far ahead right now. The good news is John's mother Patti will be arriving next week to help out around the house and keep me company while I am on bed rest. God has been so good to provide family and friends for support.

December 10th - I was taken off the magnesium today and we are praying that my contractions do not return. A friend from church came and visited me, she gave me a manicure and visited for most of the day. My friend Jenny brought over some poster  boards that her children decorated for my hospital room. I am very blessed with great friends and a supportive husband!

Thursday, December 9, 2004

First Blog Post

2004 goes down in history as the year I made my life public. I guess with so much happening during my first pregnancy and so many people praying for our little family, it just made sense.  So I am sitting here on confined bedrest in the hospital, listing to Fernando Ortega and sipping tea which doesn't taste very good. I have writers block, what does one write for her very first post?
12 weeks pregnant

December 9th - Today I went in for another checkup. My doctor is worried that I am having too many contractions, I am only 26 weeks along and 2 cm dilated. The good news is I can't feel any of the contractions! So, with much anticipation and nerves I drove over to Baylor Grapevine hospital to be admitted for a few days of observation. I called John, who was at work, he rushed right over and spent the night with me. What a man! The chair/bed they gave him looked so uncomfortable!
That night I was put on magnesium to stop my contractions. The medication was awful and it made me feel like I had the flue. John was so wonderful! He attended all my needs and even put the nurses in great moods with his humor!

27 weeks pregnant on bedrest
I am homesick and want to go home, I'm not sure how I would do all this without John! I feel like I'm in the middle of a bad dream. This is already my second hospitalization, I've been home on bedrest since the beginning of November. Is this ride over yet? I can't think ahead - I have so many weeks still ahead of me. It is hard to take this journey one day or moment at a time.