Hello! I'm here! *waving* How are you all? I suggest a cup of coffee for this post, if that's what you drink. In my fantasy right now, I would have a big plastic cup full of ice and Coke. Mmmm. I would love to drink coffee, but all I enjoy is the aroma.
I have finally hit it. 31 weeks. The countdown has begun and it's about 8-9 more weeks until the baby comes. Let me tell you, I am ready. Not ready as in the crib is set up, clothes are washed, and we have a name picked, but I am READY for this baby. This pregnancy has been really tough in a lot of ways, and I have been struggling to express myself properly. But, after this past week, I think that God has shown me that I have more to offer to him this time around.
Last week, I took 2 trips to the hospital. The first one was Saturday when I found some blood when I went to the bathroom and was sent home with an antibiotic for a UTI or something like that. Sunday brought some serious pain in my right kidney area, which brought me right back and had me stay there until Thursday. Not really what we were expecting. I don't remember much from Sunday because I was in excruciating pain, and it took a LOT of pain meds to bring my pain down, and the drugs that helped are the ones that make you loopy. One nurse described it as a cocktail ("honey, you're going to feel like you drink a whole pitcher of margaritas") and my OB doctor was afraid I was going to stop breathing with all those drugs in me, that she stayed with the whole time I went down to get an ultrasound. I don't remember her being there, but Tommy does. We thought it was a kidney stone, and we hoped it would pass, but if it didn't the urologist was going to put a stent in to help it drain. (Back story, I had kidney surgery on my LEFT side about 10 years ago. I have had some trouble on that side with almost every pregnancy, so it's odd that this time it's the right.) No stone passed, so I had to be put under to get a stent in from my kidney to bladder, and they said there was a serious infection in the kidney (if you would like the gross details, they found pus coming out). Good news, the pain was MUCH less. The bad news, it has to stay in until the baby is born (or longer) AND I did some serious coughing when I was coming out of anesthesia, so I popped some blood vessels in my eyes. Seriously, we are too far away from Halloween to have these.
I stayed at the hospital for 5 days, with antibiotics flowing and about 4-5 doctors coming in at various times, and the sounds of mommies in labor and new babies crying. The nurses were amazing and super sweet, even when my kids came in and made lots of noises. Tommy was super dad at home, and all the prayers and well-wishes really kept my spirits up. I am so blessed with family and friends. I finally got to go home because of the marvels of modern medicine: at home IV meds. They put a special PICC line (Peripherally, or "prayerfully" in my own word, Inserted Central Catheter) so I could continue the IV antibiotics without staying in the hospital. That's the good news. The bad? Well, I am not supposed to do much. I have to drink TONS of water for the stent not to irritate anything, but it hurts a lot and makes doing anything very difficult. I also don't think my infection has cleared up all the way yet, since I am still very tired. I'll know more next week, I hope. Just a few more days of medicine left, but a longer time "resting" and getting help.
Just wanted to share some quick things that the kids while I was laid up. Patrick would not sit on the bed with me the first time he came to visit. I asked him why not and he said he "didn't want to get my germs."
The kids went to the toy store so Daddy could spoil them a little, and they picked a gift for mommy. He is a nice version, and smells like strawberries, and asks you for a hug all the time.(This is going to sound silly, but he says this little "hello" with the same inflection as my Grandma, and though I am not a fan of talking toys usually, the hello helps me think of her.)
ETA: Oh, and have I mentioned that I have gestational diabetes again? AND I have insulin to take? Just one more thing on my list.