I have had a rough weekend, to say the least. Last week, I spent another few hours in Labor and Delivery having testing done for pre-eclampsia. I again passed the tests leaving my doctors scratching their heads. So I was sent home to do a 24-hour urine collection. I also went home being told that I had a urinary tract infection and given an antibiotic for it. So I did the collection Wednesday into Thursday and the results weren't the greatest. In order to avoid pre-eclampsia, I have to keep my protein numbers below 300mg across 24 hours. Not that I have any control over how much protein is spilled out of my kidneys...Well, needless to say, that test yielded 377mg of protein, so the beginnings of pre-e or mild toxemia. Scary stuff. But I mentioned to my OB about the UTI (it was another doctor from the office who treated me in L&D) and he the questioned the accuracy of my 24-hour urine. Apparently, a UTI can spill extra protein into the urine.
So I went to Maternal Fetal Medicine on Friday morning for my twice weekly fetal Non-Stress Test and the doctor there so nicely informed me that I should deliver my baby that day. Yes, seriously, he suggested an immediate delivery. He even called my OB. My OB disagreed and to compromise and come to an agreement they all could live with, they put me in the hospital for the night. I did another 24-hour urine collection in the hospital and was monitored closely. I was NOT in Labor and Delivery, though, since they felt it unnecessary to monitor me as closely as the women in there. So I was in the Mommy/Baby Unit.
My OB told me very bluntly that if my protein this time around was over 300mg, he would induce me today and I would deliver Isabella on Monday (tomorrow). So during my lovely stay, I had my blood pressure checked every four hours, they checked the baby's heartbeat at the same time. They weighed me Friday night and then again on Saturday to make sure there was no sudden weight gain, as is common with pre-e. Nope. I actually lose a pound somehow. No swelling, no headaches, no spots before my eyes, nothing. This was the point of being there, to rule out pre-eclampsia and make sure Isabella didn't need to be delivered right away.
So last night, after 9pm, they told me I could go home. My protein is pushing close to the 300mg mark, though, and that makes me nervous. I have to make an appointment tomorrow to meet with my doctor tomorrow. I don't know what he's going to say other than I imagine we're going to talk about how much longer I can keep going with this pregnancy before Isabella needs to come out. I'm hoping he will agree to two more weeks. Take her out in two weeks, that's only a few days shy of full-term. I can deal with that. We shall see what he says. But almost 100% guaranteed, Isabella will be here before August 4th. She'll arrive in July, it's just a matter of when. I'll keep you all posted!
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