Archive for the ‘Doctor’s Appointments’ Category

Seeing Dr. Awesome

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

I’m just a little leery of something happening to me again so I saw Dr. Awesome this morning to discuss how to keep me healthy in all that we’re going through with Daniel.  Her nurses were overjoyed to see me which was nice — apparently, I’m the worst pre-eclampsia patient that Dr. Awesome has ever had and they were surprised at how I had recovered.  It’s pretty humbling to think that a week ago, my life was in danger.

Dr. Awesome and I talked about what I need to do today to prevent severe postpartum depression as I’m pretty susceptible to depression and with all that’s happening, I’m a pretty decent candidate for something happening.  We’re going to up me to my normal dose of Effexor XR as I’m not in danger of passing it on to Daniel through breast-feeding.  I’ll also see her again in two weeks and we’ll figure out if I should go back to work temporarily to conserve my FMLA time.

Daniel’s CaringBridge site is up and it is located at

Daniel James

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

I was sicker than Hades on Sunday and I begged my doctor to admit me on Monday.  This was a good thing because my body went into pre-eclampsia around 8:00 pm MDT and they took me down to  Great Falls by ambulance.  Around 2:30 a.m., they made the decision to do a c-section and take Daniel out as the only treatment for pre-eclampsia is taking the baby out.

Daniel James was  born on Tuesday April 7th at 3:46 a.m. by c-section.  He was 14 1/2 inches long and weighed 1 lb 15 ounces.  He’s in the NICU right now and despite being pre-mature, he’s fighting and doing quite well.  I’m spending time in there with him when I can and the staff there is the best around.

My c-section incision is healing and my blood pressure is going down.  They haven’t quite told me how sick I was — either that or I’m not comprehending it too well.

Thank you for every prayer, phone call, e-mail, wall posting, and everything else.  I appreciate it more than I can express.

There Is Much Gnashing of Teeth Here

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

After ending up in the ER last night with abdominal pain, back pain, leg pain, and coughing fits from the EEEEEEVVVIIIIIILLLLL respiratory crud that Jon gave me, I came to my pre-natal appointment today to find that they were going to do a TON of bloodwork and make me do a 24-hour urine collection.  When I asked if I could just do the urine collection on Sunday because of work tomorrow, my doctor just looked at me and told me that there was no chance in Hades that I’d be going to work tomorrow.  Or Monday.  Or any day until they figured out why my blood pressure is so high.  (High = 140/100ish for the last week or so.)

Apparently, the doctor I had to see in the ER last night looked at my urine specimen and my blood pressure and prematurely diagnosed me with pre-eclampsia, the cure for which is getting Daniel out of my tummy.  As I’m only abut 28 1/2 weeks along, they really DON’T want to do that.

So… I get to be on bedrest for the four days.  I hate bedrest.  Bedrest drives me crazy.  Did I mention that Jon will be gone for three of those days and I’ll be without human contact unless I call my teenager to come over and help me with stuff?

Prayers for my sanity are encouraged.

Cankles and Other Fun Things of Pregnancy

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Pre-natal appointment was on Thursday afternoon.  Only a 0.9 lb weight gain this time (despite the 6 lb gain at my last appointment which made me a little irritated) even though I’d eaten my weight in junk over the last two weeks.  Dr. Awesome told me that she could give me a water pill if I couldn’t get the swelling down any other way.  The swelling did not go down so I went in on Friday (less than 24 hours after my pre-natal appointment) and told Dr. Awesome that I wanted the water pill she offered on Thursday.  NOW.  I was wearing flip-flops and she took one look at my lovely cankles and handed me the script for it.

So… the water pill has gotten rid of most of my cankles and the swelling in my feet.  The swelling in my hands, however, is still there.  The problem: it’s mostly in my right hand and I’m right-handed.  I can’t take the water pill every day because it’s not good for Daniel so… I’m typing 8-fingered  and trying to use my touchpad with my left hand instead of using my mouse.

My 7th wedding anniversary is tomorrow so Jon and I are headed out for a nice dinner tonight in town after his Cub Scout meeting.  (It would be after work tomorrow except that he has a mid-week Lenten Bible study at his faraway church.)

Also… a shout-out to Jon’s aunt Jan who is reading this.  We’re both tickled that you’re looking forward to being a “great” aunt.  🙂

I will try to get tummy pics this week…

Bloodwork and Nausea

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

So I’m putting a cut in place for those who get squeamish from vomit and blood stories… (more…)

Long-Awaited Update

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

I haven’t updated because life has been throwing me curveballs lately, the most recent being that my hands are all painful and swollen.  I saw Dr. Awesome last Thursday and she gave me splints to try and get some of the swelling down and take care of what looks to be pregnancy swelling mixed with carpal tunnel syndrome.

I’ve gained at least 10 lbs in the last month.  While this is all OK with Dr. Awesome, it’s making me feel like a beached whale.  I’m guessing that Daniel is a growing boy and needs the extra weight — well… either that or it’s serious water weight gain.

We’ve also got MAJOR kicking going on.  I have a little soccer player in my womb and the kicking is so hard that it will actually make me flinch on occasion when I’m not expecting it.  The little beast has also figured out how to stick his foot between my ribs.

I will *try* to get tummy pics this week.  Because it’s not in my morals to do so, I won’t (hopefully) be showing any tummy skin.  You will, however, see THE BELLEH which enters a room just before I do.

Update on Daniel

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

So I’m actually calling the sea monkey by its given name now.  Yes, I’ve accepted that I’m pregnant — that moment came in December when we had the first ultrasound and I saw him moving around.

I did see Dr. Awesome two days after the ultrasound.  It was a minor visit — she just wanted to see me and make sure all was well.  Daniel was asleep so his heart rate was only about 120 instead of the normal 140-150 that we normally get when he’s doing somersaults, kickboxing me, or playing with his feet.  Measurement-wise, I’m also where I should be which I guess is good.  Weight-wise, I gained 0.6 lbs which I find so funny because I’ve just gained and lost that weight since about December with little change.

Last Sunday (a week ago), I got hit with severe nausea and was up a good chunk of the night vomiting and cleaning out the sink drain because my stomach contents plugged it up.  I have plastic bags near wherever I’m sleeping because the nausea usually hits pretty fast and the other part of the night, I was making trips to the bathroom because of all the ginger ale and club soda (basically carbonated water) I was drinking to try and settle my stomach.  Going into work on Monday morning was NOT an option due to having no sleep.

As for my tummy, there’s debate on whether or not it’s all that big.  I’m definitely pregnant-looking but people have commented that I’m not “showing” as much as I could.  (This is so nice to hear because I do feel like I resemble a beached whale on occasion.)  I’m fitting into pre-pregnancy clothes kind of intermittently and shirts are long enough as long as I’m aware of where they are relative to my waistband.  (I consider it impolite to show off belly skin.)

In my non-pregnancy life, I’m reading a really great book by Barbara Kingsolver called Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year in Food Life.  I should be feeling guilty because I eat a lot of processed foods these days as well as lots of Subway (serious convenience factor on my part, not to mention that they’ll make me whatever I want in terms of a sandwich) but I’m not due to not having the time or energy to have a social conscience at the moment.  It’s kind of amusing because it theoretically would not be that hard to actually eat the way she describes in the book during much of the year as I can get (and probably store) vegetables from neighbors and from the Hutterites.  As far as meat/dairy, the Hutterites slaughter chickens and do eggs, most of my parishioners raise cattle (and would probably sell me beef if I wanted it), a couple of my church kids sell eggs, and one of my neighbors milks her own cattle.  Looking out over the vast whitescape right now, this is all pretty far-fetched because it’s very definitely WINTER here and my local grocery store (while fairly good) doesn’t import all that much variety out of season.  Once Daniel is born, I might actually have the time to have a food conscience (strange as it sounds) because I can take him to farmer’s markets with me and I’m sure my neighbors wouldn’t mind a visit if I wanted meat or milk or eggs.

Off to curl up with the panther who is probably wondering why Mommy hasn’t come to see her yet.  (Then again, she had me this morning because I was sleeping some Sudafed instead of being in church like a good pastor’s wife.)