Saturday, April 14, 2012

First Full Day on Bedrest = Epic Fail


Yesterday was my first official full day on bedrest. I was feeling pretty good in the morning as I was able to eat healthier as I wasn't on the road for work, I was able to focus on my hydration, and it was so lovely not having to worry about finding a bathroom in time. I also got a call, not only from my immediate boss, but also from his boss and the director of HR. They were so supportive about everything when I expressed my anxiety about being out of work. I am doing quite well at the moment in my job and I don't want my absence to mess that up. They assured me that everything would be just fine. Having my company's support going into this took a lot of weight off my shoulders.

All was peachy until about four o'clock when I started having contractions again. Also, without going into graphic detail, I was fearful that I was starting to lose my mucus plug...that or I was developing some type of infection. Since it was after business hours I ended up speaking with the doctor on call who, in the end, decided that it was best for me to come to labor and delivery to get checked out. Luckily my best friend had stopped by to visit so she was able to bring me down and stay with me until my husband could get there. I wasn't freaked out at all about this situation, I just wanted to do what the doctor suggested as I could never forgive myself if something happened and I didn't listen. After hours of monitoring, an internal exam, and a very long ultrasound they determined that 1). They baby was fine and was actually trying to stick its foot through my cervix, hence the vaginal pain, 2). The contractions were not having any effect on the baby or my cervix, and 3). I have a yeast infection. Yup, what I saw was not my mucus plug, it was an infection. I felt absolutely stupid having to go there and having all this stuff done, but the doctor that had ordered me to come in actually came to see me and thanked me for listening to his recommendation to get checked out. Hopefully things will stay calm for a while and all will be good on my next ultrasound.

On a completely different note, and a positive one, I have finally completed my doctorate. I got official word that the Provost signed off on everything yesterday and I can now legally put the letters "Dr." before my name. It has been a long time coming but I am very proud that I accomplished what I set out to do. I have not shared the news with anyone yet as I am waiting for a few final things. As part of the completion of this degree, I am required to have my dissertation published. I have to setup the copyright for it (which will be completed on Monday) and then I will get the email from my school's registrars office letting me know that the publication has been finalized. Once that is done I will announce my big news to my family and friends. Due to the timing of this pregnancy I will not be able to participate in the commencement ceremonies, but that really doesn't bother me though as I have something bigger and better on the way...

16 comments:

  1. Congratulations Dr on the PhD! That is a huge accomplishment! (Doesnt it feel great to finally be done?!)

    Im glad the baby is doing fine and hope you feel better too.

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    1. As I was reading your post I wondered if you possibly had an infection. I had the exact same symptoms about a month ago. Turns out I had a bacterial infection and I was convinced I was loosing amniotic fluid! As soon as the antiobiotics kicked in the contractions went away too. Good luck with the modified bedrest. I was on that for about 8 weeks with my son and I'm really hoping I can get through this pregnancy without having to go on bedrest. I pray you and your baby get this time to bond and that you go full term! I know its scary being labeled high risk and hearing all the what ifs. Praying for 9 months for you!

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    2. Thanks so much! I kind of figured that it was an infection but I didn't want to second guess myself. This is the second infection that I have had and they are no fun! I get frequent infections, and since they are linked to preterm labor, I am trying to stay on top of them.

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  2. Congratulations, Doc!

    It's tough to be on bed rest, but it's great that you have such a supportive boss! I have no doubt that you will get through this with flying colors! Good luck with the US next Thursday!

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    1. Thanks Sonya!! It feels good to finally be done. Can't wait to see pictures of your little one!!

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  3. Congratulations on your doctorate, Krystyn...amazing! very happy for you :)
    i'm sorry it was a trying first day on bedrest...you're so strong and determined...i admire you.
    sending lots of love. good luck with your next appointment!!
    <3<3
    maria

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  4. Here from LFCA. Congratulations on your Ph.D.!

    Also, just wanted to offer encouragement to you. I was on bed rest from 19w2d for a shortening cervix (1.9cm) with quads and was able to go to 28 weeks. All 4 of our children are happy, healthy, no lasting issues whatsoever. It is very difficult to be on bed rest, but you can do it! Hang in there!

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    1. Wow, congrats to you on that huge accomplishment! Thank you also for sharing your story...it really gives me a lot of hope!

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  5. Visiting from LFCA! Hang in there and be sure to take it easy! I know bed rest can be hard.

    Congrats on your PH.D!

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    1. Thanks so much!! I am doing my best to get through all this sitting around doing nothing. Online shopping is really helping to pass the time!

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  6. Look after yourself and take it easy... really hope all will be ok. Congrats on the dr thing. Thinking of you and hubby and mother in law too. surviveandthrive.co.za

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  7. Congrats, Dr. Mama!

    I agree that it was best to go in. I went in last Monday for possible preterm labor. First, when I called, the on-call OB gave me lip about not calling during regular business hours. Ticked me right off. Then, I had to inconvenience my brother and father (babysitting and transportation). That made me feel badly. Finally, I felt like an idiot when they finally hooked me up to the monitor and my contractions had stopped. However, it was determined that yes, I lost my plug and yes I've started effacing and dilating. I wasn't just imagining things. My OB reassured me at my next office visit that I did the right thing and to feel free to call and come to L&D if I feel a need to. That was a relief to hear.

    So, please don't feel badly about it and don't let anyone make you feel like you are wasting their time, because you are not.

    So glad everything is ok, well, except for the yeast infection. May that clear up quickly. Eat yogurt! LOL! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Kate! I am slowly learning that it doesn't matter what others think of me as right now I am the only advocate that this baby has.

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  8. Here from the LFCA. Sorry to hear about the bed rest, your husband and MIL! That's a lot! Sending hugs and good thoughts to you...

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