Sunday, July 6, 2008
Working towards 28 Weeks
Well I'm heading into 28 weeks completed. It seems as though the last week and a half went really fast. I've had lots of visitors, new people to meet (a.k.a. nurses, doctors, assistants, residents) and a new environment to get used too. I felt fine, wasn't having contractions, no blood pressure issues and/or swelling. I figured everything will be a piece of cake, just like it has been.
As I recall from my last letter, my glucose tolerance test was still undecided - I am not Diabetic !! I think I ate a load of candy and sugar once I was cleared and o.k. I still am having rare to infrequent contractions. I seem to have them prior to needing to go to the potty and/or just after. The physician said my uterus is very distended (that's an understatement) and that uterine irritability will and is going to happen. I saw the babies on ultrasound on Monday and Thursday, they checked their heart tones and fluid surrounding them to make sure they are all doing well. So far so good. As for growth, I will find out Monday what they all weigh. I cannot wait. I am very excited to find out.
As for the later portion of this week, I asked for physical therapy to see me. I needed something to do to keep my strength up and mind focused on something else besides lying in bed. As I think about being here, I'm not sad, just tired of resting, feeling fatigued, and lately having a constant migraine that has been continuous. ( This migraine is a problem - it is a warning sign that can signal PIH (pregnancy induced hypertension) or preeclampsia. Lately my blood pressures are starting to rise systolically - 120-130. Not to alarming yet, but they are starting to rise. Thankfully, I do not need blood pressure medicine to control it yet, but probably will be starting soon. Dr. Bartelsmeyer felt that I would be starting my steroid shots by the 28Th maybe 29Th week, but I started them today, 27 weeks and 5 days. This was a known fact I would be receiving them since it matures the babies lungs, is usually effective prior to 34 weeks and will only be a positive for the babies, but on the other hand it may start causing more contractions for me. We will see.
As I write today my mind struggles with wanting this to be over and knowing if it was over I would have a bigger haul in front of us. So BE POSITIVE is my mindset I have to rely on. I just keep thinking 2 more weeks then 2 more after that, I've already accomplished so much and have been here already for almost 2 weeks. I CAN and WILL do this - I HAVE TOO. I find myself letting these thing start to bug me, but I have no control. Now it's a race against time and what my body can endure. My mind is my responsibility ~ and I will take care of that.
As for my boys, Chris & I wanted them to get a chance to go on a mini vacation this weekend. So I booked a campsite at Jellystone Park Campground (the one next to six flags). Chris said they are having a great time swimming, roasting marshmallows, having breakfast with Yogi and Boo Boo and enjoying the parks playground, riding their big wheels and nighttime parades. I love the fact they are having a good time and look forward to sharing pictures with you all.
P.S. Molly and Callie I hope you had a great birthday weekend.. I miss you all and am looking forward to seeing you in October.
Thank you all for your support & prayers - lets keep rolling along. Jill