Sunday, April 17, 2011

24 Weeks, in the hospital

Well, after my family spent the week contemplating what to eat or order to celebrate making it to 24 weeks, I landed in the hospital instead at exactly 24 weeks and 0 days. Starting late Friday morning noticed I was contracting more and started feeling pelvic and lower back pressure. Dr. E wanted to see me right away. By late that after an ultrasound confirmed I had funneling, a shortened cervix (from 4.5 to 2.1) and was sent straight downstairs to labor and delivery. After being admitted a few hours later I was started on IV magnesium...if you want a taste of hell, that's the stuff!!! Dr. E decided by 9:30 the next morning I would have my cervix stitched closed. So, I reluctantly entered the surgery room the next morning after not sleeping at all the night before.. With the medication you can't eat or drink, your muscles are practically paralyzed and you have horrible nasal congestion, cotton mouth and nausea, don't let you eat or drink, only have ice chips. The surgery went well but I spent all day in misery. Finally, after 24 hours of torture, they turned the meds way down. I feel almost 100% better. My contractions have gone down and things are looking good. The doctor said after about 72 hours on the mag your body stops having side effects and it can be turned up or down without me noticing...yay. He also said I'm most likely in here for the long haul, at least 10 more weeks, hopefully. Once my contractions have gone significantly down he's going to give the babies the steroid injections for their lungs (just in case they're born too soon). Obviously this was shockingly early to have happened and I was hoping for many more weeks at home with the family but we all know this is the safest place for the babies right now. The kids are looking forward to Easter and I'm expecting many visitors :)
My mom has brought me lots of crafts to do and the kids are going to bring their schoolwork with them each day.

Thanks for all the support and we appreciate prayers for me and the babies. I'll update again soon.

5 comments:

  1. Im sorry to hear you are in the hospital! Sending stop labor thoughts your way! Good to hear you have such a great support system!

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  2. Well....it was inevitable I guess. I know it's not fun, but you are right....the hospital is the best place for y'all to be at this point! Here's hoping you have an uneventful 10 weeks in the hospital and all 4 of those little ones are born healthy!!! Cheering ya on and praying for all of you~

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  3. You made it to viability and that is the important part. Try to rest (ha ha). I did a month of bedrest "jail" once. It's not fun but you will make it. Hang in there.

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  4. THinking of you and your family. Will you be in the hospital until delivery or is there a chance you may make it home? To help the time go . . . If you've never watched Alias- there are several seasons. I've also been watching the cutest series called Pushing Daisies.

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  5. Wow, this is the first time I have been to your site...You are sooo positive. I was on mag and you're right, it is a little taste of Hell. Best wishes to you and your IP's..hoping this cerclage(sp) helps.

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