I had my regular ol' monthly doctor's appointment last Friday. I went in feeling just like I normally do, and came away discovering I have super high blood pressure and might have toxemia. I had to head over to the hospital for some additional monitoring. They put a blood pressure cuff on me and took my blood pressure every five minutes for about an hour. They also put a monitor on my belly keep track of her heartbeats to make sure she was doing all right. Thankfully, my blood pressure DID go down and Baby Girl is right where she's supposed to be at, heartbeat and measurement wise. They put me on activity restriction and told me I have to drink tons of water and eat more meat. I left the hospital with a big jug to collect my urine for the next 24 hours, which I turned that in Saturday afternoon and waited until my follow-up appointment with my doctor that was scheduled this afternoon.
My mom picked me up, took me over to my doctor and the appt started off all right. My blood pressure was still high, but not nearly as high as it was on Friday. Then... my doctor read the results from the urine collection. Turns out that I do have toxemia, but so far it's pretty mild. From what I understand from my doctor is that my body and the placenta are fighting eachother. So, instead of weeks to months for a delivery, I'm looking at days to weeks. He said that it's concerning that I have it this early, but as long as I keep to the rules I should be able to keep her in there for a few more weeks. I'm hoping to get to mid to late October. That's my goal anyway!
Doctor has put me on a form of bed rest. Basically.. it's house arrest. I can still do daily tasks, such as dishes, laundry, dusting.. but I need to spend most of the day laying around. No shopping, no visiting friends, no going out to dinner, and no church. I'm going in to see the doctor about twice a week right now. I went into the hospital again today to get a my first steroid shot, and will go in again tomorrow to get a second one. The steroid shots are supposed to help Baby Girl's lungs develop faster so that she will be better off when she does come. Whenever that may be.
Strangely.. I'm at peace. Baby Girl is doing just fine as of right now, and that's all I can ask for. As long as she's okay, I'm okay! I'm not looking forward to bed rest, but I'd much rather do it and have my daughter be healthy and safe than be stupid and run the risk of having serious problems. She will come when she is meant to, and I know with every fiber of my being that she will be fine when she does. This just means I get to meet her sooner! And I don't have to mess with potentially having her on a holiday! See? Positives can be found in any situation.
Got any book or movie recommendations to share? Since that is pretty much all I'm going to be doing for the next several weeks, I'll gladly take any you've got!