37w, another L&D trip

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37w, another L&D trip
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Fri, 09-14-2012 - 12:42am

Almost had a c-section this morning. But then doc's changed their minds.

Went in yesterday for my midwife appointment.  Had extreme nausea, dehydration, and weird central chest and throat pain.  (Couldn't even swallow water.)  Lost 15 pounds over 6 days (42 total this pregnancy), had excess protein in urine, and blood pressure spiked.  Dilated to 1cm and 70% effaced.  I got sent to L&D for monitoring and IV fluids.

At the hospital, confirmed baby was still breech.  Dehydration triggered contractions, which were every 2-3 minutes.  Started throwing up after a sip of water.  My midwife called in a true OB.  Blood work was ordered.  Results of bloodwork were very high liver enzymes (means my liver is inflamed.)  Normal is 20, highest the OB had seen ever was 40, mine was 141.  They scheduled a repeat of the bloodwork at 6 am.  If it was still bad, I'd have amnio to check babies lungs and if they were ok then c-section immediately.

Bloodwork in the AM was slightly better (125) but also showed anemia and low potasium.  Docs called in a digestive specialist to figure out the liver, and stalled c-section.  Also got a second OB to consult.  As the hours passed, I got enough fluid through IVs that the contractions stopped.  Blood pressure stabilized, too.

Second OB finally discovered I tore my esophagus (that explains the pain).  I now have prescription meds that coat the lining to make swallowing easier, and will only eat soft cold foods until it heals.  Contractions stayed stopped while in bed with IVs.  Digestive specialist said the liver could be many reasons, we'll monitor it for a few months, and do tests to rule out major illnesses like hepatitis.  So amnio and c-section were canceled.

I got released at 9pm and am back home.  Newest diet plan is fat free food (due to gallstones) that are soft and cold (due to torn esophagus).  No otc painkillers (due to liver issues.)  I get to be monitored by a midwife, OB, gallbladder surgeon, and digestive specialist until baby is born.  The plan is still to attempt flipping baby, and if that doesn't work do a c-section, in 2 weeks.  If I have any more contractions or meds don't allow me to eat before then, I have to do amnio then c-section.

Whew.  Sorry for the long post.  Not sure how to summarize that.  But I'm home and still pregnant and sick but better than I've been all week.

Momma to:
Madelyn, February 26, 2001
Aaron, January 2, 2005
Baby #3, October 2, 2012

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Registered: 02-06-2006
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 7:35am
Holy hell! What a nightmare for you. I can't believe they wouldn't just do the damn c-section at this point and get it over with, you're full term!

I'm so sorry, I hope the next two weeks go by really quickly and you can get back on the road to better health ASAP.

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Fri, 09-14-2012 - 7:43am
Praying that you feel better. I'm so sorry you have to go through this :smileysad: ((hugs))
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Fri, 09-14-2012 - 8:17am
Oh my goodness, you poor thing!! Are you on a slushie diet or were they able to make any other suggestions of what you can actually eat?? Is there a conflict with having liver problems and a c-section? That must be insanely tough to have them back out after planning to do one!! Is DH being supportive? Tell him we're "watching". ;-) (I'm glad I'm the one having the baby in our house - DH gets whiney when sick, and I'm terrible at the "being supportive" side of nursing!)

- JM

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Registered: 05-28-2003
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 11:00am
Oh my gosh! I am so sorry. I really hope you start feeling better soon and that LO gets here when he is supposed to with little else done to your body. You are in my thoughts.
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Registered: 02-16-2008
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 12:49pm
Holy crap! You just can't catch a break. Is there any reason they want you to hold out for two more weeks?
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Fri, 09-14-2012 - 1:21pm

Thanks.  The docs said they don't do anything before 39 weeks for anyone unless it's life-threatening emergency.  It's a little frustrating.  It's worst when they say stupid things like, "you'll feel better if you just eat a balanced diet."  I want to sarcastically reply, "gee, if only I'd thought of that."  Lol.

My hospital is small, they rarely have high risk patients (there are 3 high risk hospitals within an hour's drive).  But they have a 33 week preemie, born at 3 pounds, in the nursery.  I think it shook up the hospital staff a little, since they rarely see those.  (All she had was a tiny tube at her nose for extra oxygen, no other breathing support needed!)  I'm glad I'm having a fullterm baby, she looked so fragile, but it's also a miracle they can do so well so early! 

Momma to:
Madelyn, February 26, 2001
Aaron, January 2, 2005
Baby #3, October 2, 2012

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Registered: 04-21-2005
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 3:24pm
wow, i am crossing my fingers that these next two weeks go by super fast AND that you feel much better by the time you get the csection.
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Registered: 03-27-2008
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 4:35pm

OMG They are brutal??Why are they letting you suffer like this????Baby is full term!I'm so sorry you have been going through all this hell,I just hope that things will calm down for you now that you have some more meds!

 

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Mon, 09-17-2012 - 11:43am
No flippin' way! I can't wait for your pregnancy to be over and I'm not even you... how are you surviving?! You are a strong person to deal with so much. I can't imagine trying to come up with things to eat that fit your diet. Hugs + prayers!
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