Sunday, July 23, 2006

34! 34! THIRTY FOUR WEEKS!

Yep, that's right, you read it correctly. I'm 34 weeks today.
Hip hip hooray!
I just can't believe it really. I've got 14 more days left in the hospital and then I can go home and be in the vertical world again. Yeah baby that sounds fab to me.

Sorry I've been so lame at keeping up the posting. The dial up connection get to me. By the time I've checked my work email and responded to what's going on there. I'm shattered.

So far the stitch has been holding steady and the terb has been able to keep the contractions under control. I've had a few evenings where they had to give me an extra boost of meds to kick those contractions in the ass, but I'm still on the lowest dose possible and I'm taking that as a good sign.

I've had so many roommates come and go. I've been pretty damn lucky with the roomies. My first roommate here was a nurse down in the nicu. She had been here a little more than three weeks and delivered two healthy girls on July fourth. She was cool, her husband was cool too. We both watched the World Cup football and even the same soaps. All in all a good match.

Roommate #2 was a young girl that had come in for a routine sono and found to have low amniotic fluid. She also had a cyst on her left ovary they were getting concerned about. They ended up doing a c-section at 34 weeks. They told her if the cyst had malignant cells they would also preform a complete hysterectomy at the same time. She was so brave and so strong and really only concerned that her baby would be ok. She wasn't worried about herself at all. She came to see me before she left the hospital. Baby boy was in the nicu but doing very well. Cyst was begnin and she only lost the one ovary! I was very relieved.

Roommate #3 was an Hasidic Jewish woman. She checked in after sundown on Friday night and pretty much sat in the dark until Sunday morning. Couldn't turn on the lights or tv herself or even hit the nurse call button to have a nurse do it for her. I was excited as I have a huge fascination with their community. I live blocks their neighborhood. Unfortunately she wasn't interested in talking to me, no matter how much I smiled. Sigh. On Sunday she had loads of phone calls and visitors and then they told her she could go home and in a matter a moments she was gone.

Roommate #4 26 weeks along with her third boy. She had been in labor and delivery for two days on magnesium sulfate to stop preterm labor. It worked. She stayed only a day before her doctor sent her home. She was very nice and her two boys came to visit and were adorable.

Roommate #5. WHOA. Not sure where to even start on this one. She is 26 weeks (she told me 28 at first) with her SIXTH baby. This is her second stay in the hospital in that last three weeks. She has gestational diabetes and having contractions. Here's the kicker. The first night she was here....after her diabetic dinner was eaten she cruised down to the vending machines and bought "every candy bar they had" and a pepsi. O. M. G. I've heard the nurses and the doctors tell her over and over that she is hurting her baby. Doesn't seem to sink in at all. She has a nextel walkie talkie cell phone so I'm lucky in that I get to hear BOTH sides of her every conversation. First morning they checked her blood sugar and it was over the top. Of course those two snickers bars she ate at 3 a.m. and a pepsi had nothing to do with that! oh no! The nutritionist came in to talk to her about how to manage her diet and she told her "I'm not about to stand in the grocery store and count carbs. I'm NOT going to do that shit." Then she got on the phone with her boyfriend and he asked what the nutritionist said and her response was "I don't pay them no mind. I'm not going to follow it anyways." O. M. G. She's now only here because she has a migraine headache. She's blaming it on the medication they are giving her...the insulin, the steroids for the baby's lungs, even the IV that's keeping her hydrated (which she removed herself) she's even refused prenatal vitamins because she "doesn't need those" It's so hard to be in this bed and not be furious. I know so many women on this wing are literally making deals with God, with the Universe, anyone that will listen to hold on their babies to keep them safe and here's this woman that is acting like a child and completely oblivious to what she is doing to this baby. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. The unfairness of it all is making me boil. SIX kids, no job, and no brain. I know women that would kill for ONE baby. As I type she is asking her boyfriend to bring cracker jacks and something stronger for pain. They aren't giving her what she wants here, it's not doing nuthin' to help her headache. I could go on and on...the state she's left our shared bathroom etc. etc. but I think I need to stop ranting now and try to fill my head with positive thoughts.

Hopefully roommate #3 leaves soon. And when she comes back, I'm certain she will, I hope I'm either gone or have someone else as roommate!

But hey what do you think? T H I R T Y F O U R W E E K S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That rocks right? Yes. Yes it rocks the house.

Stay tuned for more.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Taylor said...

CONGRATS on making it this far! I'm a lurker but have checked in everyday to see if you had updated. That's so awesome that you are doing so well!

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Meri-ann said...

Totally rocks! Yay you! Been madly checking on you and was so relieved to wake up this morning and see you've checked in with us- don't know what I'd do about that roommate of yours though. I get upset just thinking about it; stupid woman shouldn't be allowed to reproduce.....

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rocks the house so hard i can feel it shaking!

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops, that was me.

jacks

8:48 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

34 weeks does rock!

Roomie #5 however should be beaten with a stick.

I hope she leaves soon and you can continue to have a quiet and relaxing few weeks before bubs is born.

2:26 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I just found you through the links on Julie's blog and wanted to say congratulations on 34 weeks.

I lost a pregnancy at 19 weeks, but had a cerclage for my most recent and now have a little one who just started to say mama. So much joy is coming your way!
Best, Sarah

2:02 PM  

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