Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sleepless in Cullman

Up in the middle of the night, which isn't a strange happening these days. Tonights sleeplessness has 2 culprits. First, I've been having some joint pain on my right hand's middle finger. I assumed at first that I must have slept on it wrong, and figured it would get better with time, until just now when I got up to use the restroom. The finger was kind of locked in the bent position and it popped to straigten it, and after some left hand inspection, I discovered my left middle finger was really sore too. Dr. Google says its from fluid retention and could be carpal tunnel. I plan on mentioning it to my doctor on Monday to see if it's something I should be really concerned about.

Secondly, I spent about 4 hours in labor and delivery Friday afternoon. I went in for my regular appointment, and I felt fine. The ultrasound went great, I've got some big babies in there. It lasted about 30 minutes. After I got up, I went to give urine strip, weigh, and do blood pressure. Only when she was taking my BP, I felt my heart beating all over my body, so I knew it was going to be high. It was 142/100...yuck. So, the doctor sent me down and admitted me. They took my bp every 5 minutes and it seemed to be headed back to normal, but then shot up again. They had me lay on my left side then the numbers started looking great. So the conclusion? Laying/sitting on my back (like for the ultrasound) causes my BP to rise. He had given me a prescription for procardia a while back when I had a few contractions, but I didn't take it because I'm a freak when it comes to medications during pregnancy...but he insisted I take it daily now.

The next step is twice weekly appointments, starting Monday. I have to return to labor and delivery for an anti/non-stress test. Then, I will be seen every Monday and Thursday until he feels it's time to take the babies...which he said would be no later than 35-36 weeks. Wow! It's so close.

1 comment:

  1. Rachel,

    SO happy that you are okay and your BP leveled out. And glad you are in good hands with your Doctor and the 2x per week checks. These little babies are going to be resting in your arms very soon and I can't wait to see them :)

    Wishing you a restful nights sleep and hope the finger/joint pain subsides. Rub your tummy for me 3x :)

    HUGS and Prayers always

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