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So much to tell… October 19, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — The McKinney Family @ 5:58 pm

Wow, has it been a crazy few weeks.  There’s so much to tell- I’m going to try to keep it short, but still keep the important stuff in for my memories.  9 days ago, on October 10, I called the doctor to let him know that I had seen “spots.”  They had called me in the Thursday before to “talk” because my labs weren’t good and we had to decide what to do.  They let me go home on bedrest with a list of symptoms to look for (including seeing spots) and said they were only letting me go home because I was a “reliable patient.”  Lots of pressure, huh?  So, I was in the bath Saturday night and suddenly saw lots of floating specks of light all around my face and decided that I’d better tell them even though I felt fine otherwise.  They had me come into Labor and Delivery, where my blood pressure was high and my protein was plus 1 or 2, I can’t remember.  The doctor decided to admit me.  So, I’ve been here since then, with my labs orgininally getting worse, then getting better starting 2 days ago.  Go figure… the doctor said that’s pretty normal though.  Today I’m doing a 24-hour urine (I know you love these details) to check my protein.  One of the symptoms of preeclampsia is that protein spills from your liver into your urine.  My blood pressure has been steadily getting higher but is still controlled enough with medicine to not have to deliver.  The specialists did tell me last Monday that they aren’t going to let me try a VBAC because of the high blood pressure- I’m disappointed because of the recovery time but okay with it if it’s healthier for Matthew.  I’m getting excited about nursing and have my Lact-aid all washed and ready to go- the Lactation consultant here at the hospital isn’t very supportive of it, but there’s a really great night nurse named Wanda that is very encouraging, so I feel good about it working, even if it takes a few weeks to really get “good” at it.  I’m a little concerned because the doctors may put me on Magnesium Sulfate for 12-24 hours after the delivery to prevent seizures from the high blood pressure.  I was on it the night before Evan was born through delivery and it makes you feel like your body is burning up and just all yucky.  I’m mostly concerned because I want to be able to nurse right away (assuming Matthew doesn’t need to go to the NICU) and don’t want to feel any worse than I know I will after a normal c-section.  The wonderful thing is that there’s only a 1 in 10 chance that Matthew will be in the NICU if he’s delivered this week, and an almost 0 chance that he will be in the NICU if he’s delivered next Monday at 37 weeks.  Apparently, even if he had to go in this week, it would most likely only be for a day or 2, so he should still be able to come home with me to deliver.  I still want no NICU, but anything less than 6 weeks is a miracle to us!  The doctor said he was pleasantly surprised that I’ve made it this far and we are too.  To tell you the truth, around 31 weeks I was kind of prepared for a repeat of what happened with Evie.  God has been so good to care for my and little Matthew and we are so ready to meet him!  I love you all and am so grateful for your prayers, emails, calls, and visits.  Hopefully it won’t be long and we’ll have pictures of a precious little boy to show you!