Thursday, April 19, 2012

My New Wheels

I'm sure you can guess that by the above picture that things did not go all that favorably at my appointment today. I will say that they were not as bad as I was fearing, but not as good as I had hoped for. As usual, my ultrasound started with an in depth look at the the baby. LC was head down again but this time LC's legs were folded up in front of its face. We got a great shot of the butt and the legs, and all I can say is that this kid has some meaty thighs!! The tech then went and got the MFM to do all of the cervical measurements. While I was waiting in the room with my husband I lost it and started crying. I am just so scared of losing all of this as this is the first time that we have a healthy baby on board and now my body is not cooperating. So frustrating!! The MFM then came and started the measurements. The smallest measurement she got was 2.5cm when last week it was measuring 2.25cm with the average reading being 2.5cm. She said that my cervix has probably remained the same in length from last week but this week I had a slight bit of funneling. At the internal opening of my cervix (OS), where the funneling was seen, there was some type of substance. The tech immediately thought that it was a blood clot but the MFM disagreed and guessed it was mucus. She said the slight amount of funneling could be a result of the mucus as my body may be trying to clear it. When I asked her if she thought the funneling was only a result of the mucus and if she was confident that the funneling wouldn't continue, she told me that she couldn't answer me as nothing is certain. When I asked her if she thought I was going to make it to viability, her response was "that is our goal." Ugh! I know that her responses are vague for liability reasons, and the fact that she cannot predict the future, but it would be nice for someone to say, "Oh yeah, no problem, you will make it to viability!"

 After my ultrasound I had my appointment with the High Risk NP as the doctor was dealing with an emergency. I really like the NP so I don't mind seeing her. I think she is VERY responsive and really understands how fearful and anxious I am. She said that she felt confident in my ultrasound results today but we need to be a little more strict with this bed rest thing. I don't have to lay in bed all day, but she did say that I need to pick a spot and stay there. She suggested setting up camp on my big comfy leather chair and ottoman. She also told me that my activity level last week was a bit much so now I can get up to pee, shower, or to move to another sitting spot. If I leave the house my ass needs to be in a wheelchair. She sent a script over to a local medical supply store for one and I will be getting it tomorrow morning. I am not thrilled about needing a wheelchair but the alternative would be to stay in the house, in a chair, for God knows how long. 

The other piece of not so good news I got, and this was a total shock for me, is that I am Strep B positive. When then swabbed me in L&D last week they discovered it. It is a bacterial infection that doesn't effect me per se, but can effect the baby during birth. The way that they treat it is by giving an antibiotic right before birth and this supposedly protects the baby from effects of this infection. Things such as cardiac and lung complications, meningitis, and stillbirth are all risks. If a women is not treated, she has a 1:200 chance, so a 2% chance, of this effecting her baby. If it is treated with antibiotics the risk drops to 1:4000. I am only concerned if I go into preterm labor as the plan is already a c-section if I make it that far. I am trying not to concern myself too much with this but Dr. Google says some pretty bad things about it. I seriously need to stop reading!!

14 comments:

  1. thinking of you and baby during this time!!! ((HUGS))

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  2. You and baby are in my thoughts and prayers!

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  3. Tell Dr. Google to shove it, hun. He is not your friend right now. You are doing great and I have faith that you and your little one are going to pull through all of this just fine. Bed rest sucks, but on the upside...your entrance into your baby shower is going to be epic. I think we should definitely decorate the chair for the occasion. Perhaps racing stripes...or a chariot theme? (Hope this is making you laugh and not pissing you off). If there is anything I can do to help you out, let me know.

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    1. Thanks for the laugh!!! I just got my wheelchair today and the seat is blue...doesn't exactly fit with my black and white theme!!

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  4. krystyn, you haven't left my thoughts. you will remain in my prayers. you are an inspiration to so many women...sending tons of love <3
    xoxo
    maria

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  5. Sending you positive thoughts. And I'll also try and send some instructions to your cervix to lengthen up and start behaving!! : )

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    1. Thanks so much! I hope my cervix listens!!

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  6. Yes, stop reading! I was Strep B positive, no problems. I was on hospital bedrest with my first, bedrest at home for a month with the second, I so feel your pain. The constant uncertainty about what is going to happen - the constant undercurrent of fear - the boredom of immobility. I went to my baby shower in a wheelchair, too. Medical personnel have seen everything but I think they remember the negative stuff more clearly and that makes them less reassuring. It helped me when I was on bedrest to have something positive to focus on - my sister gave me a painting of the Madonna and child, and my friend gave me a pendant of Venus (the ancient goddess) so I had some different symbols to hold close to me in focusing on the love and power of motherhood and pregnancy. Whatever works for you (I also watched like 7 ANTM marathons on TV) to keep your mind occupied and your heart calm. "Steady as she goes," my OB used to say. Just hang in there and keep those feet up. Thinking of you lots.

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your story. I agree, bed rest sucks. I struggle a lot with it as I always want to get up and do something but I keep reminding myself that their is a reason for it...a very important reason.

      Thanks for the comment!

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  7. Yeah - the Strep B thing seems to be an issue only when it's not been identified. Friend of mine was identified as having it after many bleeding sessions in pregnancy and was given anti-bios *during* labour, I think (certainly, she went into labour unexpectedly early). I got myself tested for it after a friend lost a baby because she had it and didn't know - she was very proactive about telling people to get tested as it was such a straightforward thing to deal with if you know about it. Sorry you have to do the wheelchair thing.

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    1. My doc said that if I had a c-section that the Strep B wouldn't be an issue as it is only passed to the baby during a vaginal delivery. C-section is the plan as long as this LO stays in and doesn't surprise us. Thanks for the comment!

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  8. Praying for you and your baby! At least the wheelchair will keep you from being housebound. As for the strep B, I had it with my daughter and never received antibiotics for it. She was born too fast. It's no biggie, though they shocked the pants of me when they called it an STD. I was like, "what?! Hubby and I are monogomous!" They said, well not "that" kind of STD. Sheesh, don't scare me! It comes and goes, as I did not have it for her little brother.

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    1. Hahaha! I can't believe your doc told you it was an STD! This is why I always do my own research before believing everything a doctor tells me. Too funny!!

      Thanks for the prayers!!

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