Saturday, May 21, 2011

37 Weeks

Jathan was born at 33 weeks.

Ryland was born at 35 weeks.

And Keeleigh was born at 37 weeks (and one day).

Soooooo....this is officially the longest I've been pregnant! I'm 37 weeks and 2 days today.

Up until my appointment this past Wednesday things have been absolutely perfect. Bizarrely perfect. Then Wednesday the nurse got a high blood pressure reading which the doctor confirmed: 140/100. Ugh. So they sent me to the hospital to be evaluated. They did serial blood pressure readings, blood work, and began a 24-hour urine test all of which would tell us if I had developed pre-eclampsia. Well, the blood pressures they got fell into the normal range (one was even 119/78), the blood work was spot-on normal, and at that point there was no protein showing up in my urine. (Pre-eclampsia is defined as high blood pressure + protein in urine.) The doctor sent me home telling me to take it easy and see her next week but to call if I got consecutive high pressure readings at home.

Thursday's pressures were high. Friday morning's pressures were high. So I called. And the doctor wasn't there. ERRRRRR. I ended up having to go in and see a different doctor which stinks because he had no clue about my history and I think my personal doctor would have taken my concern more seriously had she not been in Connecticut. = (

But when they took my blood pressure it was only 130/80 and they had gotten my 24-hour urine test results back--totally normal! So I don't have pre-eclampsia but I don't exactly know what's going on with my pressures. The doctor suggested I be on bed rest until I can see my doctor Tuesday so I'm taking it easy, trying not to take my blood pressure obsessively, and praying through paranoia.

I strongly suspect that if my blood pressure is still elevated on Tuesday my doctor will want to induce me and I suppose that I will consent because I do not want to get sick. I've been there and I don't want to go back. Even if I do have to have pitocin, perhaps I won't need magnesium sulfate which in case you don't know is OF THE DEVIL.

Of course I know it's not beyond God's control to heal my body of whatever's ailing it and that my blood pressure could very well be normal Tuesday! Or I could maybe go into labor naturally before then. But not before my doctor gets back. Geez, this delivery thing can get so complicated! Which is exactly why I'm also not getting my heart set on any one thing. Whatever happens, happens. Go with the flow, right?

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