Thursday, August 24, 2006

Guess where I am?

I'm at the hospital.

I was having some contractions and cramping, so I called my doctor. They don't want me to contract for too long with the cerclage in, so they told me to go to the hospital for observation. After I checked in, the contractions started to pick up. So, I got 2 shots of drugs to stop the contractions. The contractions stopped - for a few hours. They are more space out now. I'm having about 2 an hour. The main goal right now is to get some steriods in me to speed up the development of monster's lungs. I got the 1st round at 5 pm today. I will get round 2 at 5 pm tomorrow. If all goes well, 24 hours after round 2 they will let me go home on bed rest.

The OB and the perinat stopped by today. They both said having the baby at 33ish weeks isn't bad. He should have some fat on him by now, he should be maintaining his own body temp., he should be breathing. Basically, he will go to the NICU to perfect everything. Of course, the longer he stays in my belly, the better.

Monster is still breech. My cervix is still measuring long.

I can get up and go to the bathroom, I can eat whatever I want, and I can sit up in bed. This is much better then last time! And the hospital has wireless internet! I can play all day in blogland!!

The hospital was full when I got here - I took the last room. I'm in a tiny room. I'm waiting to get moved to a larger room in the high risk wing. High risk is nice. The rooms are HUGE - they have a little table with 2 chairs, microwave, fridge, a big TV, and a VCR! They spoil you there. But, I'd rather be home...

Anyone know how to turn the lights off? It's bedtime.

8 comments:

Mrs. S said...

Wow!

I have to say, you are doing remarkably well and seem astoundingly calm. I will keep you and your family and especially little Monster in my prayers, but I'm sure that God's got His eye on all of you anyhow.

Keep us updated, keep your chin up. And enjoy being spoiled as much as you can ;)

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth,

I agree with Mrs. S. You sound so confident and strong - as we all KNOW you are. I'm thinking about you and praying for you and Monster. Now eat some chocolate! And make Cary bring you some Publix frosting to go with it. :)

Love you,
Lorri

P.S. I love the quote about Caleb's name bringing tears to your eyes and music to your ears. I know he is watching over his little brother right now.

Catherine said...

All good thoughts headed your direction!

Anonymous said...

Hi there! I was surprised to read today's entry.

I just know that monster will hang on into September and hopefully even into October. (Hey, if he comes in September, he'll have the best birthstone ever...a sapphire!)

Let us know if you're taking calls.

-Alyson

The Mom said...

Everyone is right, you sound so calm and you should feel just as calm. 32 1/2 weeks is not bad at all. Like I said, that's when my Emily was born, and even IUGR - measuring only 29 weeks - she came out breathing on her own WITHOUT steroids. The fact they're giving you steroids and have been able to slow the contractions is even better.

If the little guy ends up coming out soon I have total faith that he'll be perfect. He may spend a little time in the NICU, but you already know what to expect of that, and I think he'll just be a grower/feeder anyway. As closely as you've been watched I'm sure you'd know by now if there were any other concerns.

Hang in there. It sounds like they're being good to you so enjoy it! If the monster does decide to make a break for it, we'll be expecting some pictures!!

Mary Ann said...

So dramatic! I don't think you do anything without a little bit of drama...that's one reason we all love you so much! It is great that you have blog access...in all our conversations yesterday you never mentioned it...I guess you were preoccupied? Go figure. Praying for all of you.

Shellbie said...

WOW!
I didn't check on you yesterday, it was my oldest's birthday and saw this post this morning.
Best of luck is sent to y'all.
Sending ya virtual hugs...

Sarah Furlough said...

I am thinking of you, and praying you get a little more time so Monster can grow a little more! Keep your chin up, and make sure to take it easy!