I recall thinking this same thing the last time I was in the hospital on bedrest: Here you go your entire pregnancy trying to be so healthy for your unborn child and be free of anything that could be harmful for them . But once you find yourself in the hospital every thing changes:
-Lets see, when I was admitted at 30weeks I was given to doses of Bethamethasone (to help speed up the babies lung development).
-Being in the hospital is so crappy that you NEVER get any sleep so they give you Ambien to help you sleep. (everything from the uncomfortable bed (with rubber mattress that I ask the nurses to cover in multiple layers) to the constant interruptions (blood pressure, contraction monitoring, heart rate monitoring, temp, time for meds, etc)
-Because you are never moving you become extremely constipated so you get Colase to help soften your stools.
-Because I'm having conctrations, I'm getting: Nipedifine which is giving me horrendous headaches, and lowers your blood pressure (not as bad as when I was on Magneisum sulfate prior pregnancy) but not good, supposedly the headaches are supposed to get better..
-To combat the Nipedifine headaches I'm taking Tylenol.
-The artificial environment/air conditioning is making my nose super dry and bleed and giving me allergies, so I'm taking Claratin.
Back in my room, Dad feeding Kaitlyn. 2 nights ago she had such a huge vomit, dad was amazing though as he caught it in his hands!
Looking for anything to entertain Kaitlyn, here she is playing with rubber gloves.
Finally belly shots. These were taken at 34w1d. See the red rash on my lower belly. Once again the monitors give me a horrible rash.
Look at that beautiful 34w1d belly! Wish I was out and about enjoying my beautiful pregnant belly. Nope it's just me and my 4 walls (and my blog readers of course!)
Well, my contractions have been increasing, so they've increased my dose of Nipedifine, to keep the contractions at bay. The last 2 nights the nurse has come into wake me up to make me empty my bladder, hoping that would decrease my contractions. Last night when I did that I had a small bleed, which of course made me a nervous wreck, thinking "this is it", so I could hardly sleep, but thankfully it seems to have stopped once again.
The goal now is still to try to get me to 37 weeks, (a minimum of 36 weeks), it all depends on my placentia behaving. Hopefully Baby Boy McCarthy will stay off it as that will help as well as keeping the contractions at bay. They are non-painful contractions, but they can still lead to more bleeding so it's important they ate stopped.
I've had to have a continuous IV port (hep-lock) in my arm just in case I start to hemorrhage and have to go for an emergency c-section. However, they've had some problems, and my poor veins are about all used up. I begged and pleaded and am now hep-lock free, so last night when I started bleeding I of course was a bit freaked that I didn't have my IV port in and that I should possibly call to have them put one in if I was going to start to hemorrhage. The issue I guess is that if i do hemorrhage, it makes all your veins really tough to access (as you are loosing too much blood). I'm just hoping at this point that it's not going to happen.
2 days ago a fellow hospital "inmate" was rushed up to an emergency cesction due to bleeding from a previa. I never met her (you never meet the other women who are as lonely as you are, which is ridiculous). She and baby are ok I heard, but it hit home that this is where I'm supposed to be for the safety of both me and baby.
I'm going stir-crazy, am tired of the food and some days am really down, but basically I"m just trying to count the days and knowing how much better things are this time around really helps a lot. Just knowing that I'm going to hear Baby Boy McCarthy scream when he comes out does a lot to help!
Bed-rest is hard. Hospital bed-rest is really hard. If you know ANYONE going through it, just stop by for a visit. having someone to talk to from the outside world really helps pass the time. My friend Lisa has been awsome. She actually spent 9 months in the hospital with her first set of twins, YES, 9 months and yes she has 2 sets of twins. If she could do it I can, she's been by so many times to visit, as she knows how hard it is. Thank you Lisa! You are my sanity savior!
We do have a name picked out finally! As I was in the OB triage on Monday and Brian got here we figured it was time to name Baby Boy McCarthy. But that's a secret until his arrival. sorry you'll just have to wait!
When Kaitlyn leaves she breaks down crying (remember that Kaitlyn hardly ever cries). It just tears my heart out. She doesn't understand why mom can't come home with her. It's breaking my heart that I can't take care of my own child. It's been a month now. My nanny and husband are doing all the work. I feel helpless and sad. But I'm just trying to let the "worry" go and take things a day at a time, as there is nothing I can do about it and I know Kaitlyn is in really good hands.