Tuesday, June 9, 2009

34.5 Week Update

At about noon this afternoon I began to feel different. It is difficult to explain, but it just felt very very different from any other day. At lunch with Saskia I couldn't tell if I was having contractions or if the baby was just moving in weird positions, but I began to get very uncomfortable (not painful at ALL, just uncomfortable). I headed over to Michael's and had trouble walking the aisles. While walking to my car, I had an unmistakable contraction.

After getting home to Mr. Howard, I called an advice nurse, who referred me to Labor and Delivery. They told me that it was difficult to tell over the phone, but that some of my symptoms were consistent with labor. So, off we went to Roseville's hospital.

After a three hour visit, a few things were clear: Yes I was having contractions (how cool to be able to watch them on a monitor), I was dilated to 1.5 centimeters, 50% effaced, with high blood pressure. It was difficult to tell whether or not I was having labor contractions or braxton hicks contractions, so the doctor (or Dr. Jerk as I call him) ordered a fetal fibronectin test. He then sent me home for 2 hours with instructions to rest and come back if nothing changed. Luckily Mr. Howard was able to catch the Lakers game while I was hooked up to monitors for observations (see picture).

It has now been 1.5 hours and nothing has changed. So, off we are going to go to see what they say.

About Dr. Jerk:
One of the first questions he asked us was how long we had been married. When he found out it was just under 2 years, he proceeded to tell us that it was WAYYY to soon to be having a baby and that he was going to have to "talk to" our doctor to find out why she let us get pregnant after a year of marriage. He was saying it jokingly, but it was NOT funny AT ALL. Then, later, in order to "calm me down" the doctor told me first to "RELAX!" and then explained that his finger was only THIS big (holding up his finger) and that a head THIS big (holding up two hands) was going to be coming and that I should get ready, to which I looked at my husband for strength and politely said nothing. The second time he brought it up after wincing in pain from his internal exam, I very rudely replied "Ummm Have YOU ever had a baby?" The nurses at the station who heard me all laughed. I mean, really. What authority does he have in telling me the amount of pain I may or may not experience. I understand he's gone through medical school and LOTS of practice, but really...has he ever had a baby? No! Has he ever been pregnant? No. Has he ever had an internal exam? No. Has he ever been swabbed? No. Has he ever been dilated or effaced? Once again, NO. So shut up! ***She says with a very sweet and very hormonal smile**

2 comments:

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hehe i LOVE the Dr. Jerk story! you're too funny. Glad everything is ok!

Amy Walton said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

hehe i LOVE the Dr. Jerk story! you're too funny. Glad everything is ok!

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