Friday, July 31, 2009
This weekend will be good as my parents are coming to visit. I haven't seen them in a month. It will be a nice visit. I wish they could visit more often.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
It is official, I am 22 weeks along today and counting. I was wondering if I was going to make it to the 22nd week, after last night, but here we are. The babies and I are hanging strong, after all that ruckus yesterday. We will continue to take it one day at a time until I can't hold those little rascals any longer. I am striving to stay positive through all of this. I know this is a very special occasion for Thomas and I. We are creating life, what a sacred and glorious opportunity. To me there is no greater thing I could be doing at this time in my life. With all the challenges that I know will come, I am doing a great work, and that is what motivates me more than anything else. We are so excited to bring these beautiful children into the world. Thomas and I often discuss what will they look like, who will each one of them look like. We are getting more and more excited as each day passes.
Lat night was not the best of nights for me. I was having contractions almost all night, finally around 3:00 am Dr. Kirshon said to put me on Magnesium Sulfate. I was Leary of going on the medication because of all the horror stories I have heard. I was given an exceptionally high dose at first. They call it a loading dose, which was 6 grams. I was shocked with how well my body has handled it. The only side effects I have felt is my face got extremely hot, kind of like hot flashes. I also have been very jittery, but other than that I have been ok. I was worried more about how the babies are doing, so this morning the MD decided to do an ultrasound. The Ultrasound went amazingly well. All the babies are growing and seem to be as healthy as can be. Found out that 2 of the babies weigh 1.2 lbs, three are at 1.1 lbs, and one is at 14 ounces. We feel pretty good about that. The average weight for one at 22 weeks is 1 lb. My cervix is doing ok after all those contractions. I have not dialated, and it is still closed. I will continue to move forward trusting in the Lord.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Late this afternoon the local Fox news came to visit us in the hospital. They came to do a follow up visit to see how everything is going with Amanda and the pregnancy. We had about a 20 minute interview with one of the anchors (Melissa Wilson). She was very nice and friendly to us. I felt a little awkward simply because I could not put make up on or do my hair. Thomas always tells me why does it matter if you have make up on or do your hair, you are beautiful to me and that is all that matters. We had a good interview today I felt.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Today was a very rough day on my blood sugars. Dr. Kirshon decided to put me on a different drug to help stop contractions. I started to have more contractions. The contractions were not very painful, but my doctor was being cautious. He decided it was time to start Terbutaline.
(Terbutaline is a β2-adrenergic receptor agonist, used as a fast-acting bronchodilator (often used as a short-term asthma treatment) and as a tocolytic to delay premature labour. The inhaled form of terbutaline starts working within 15 minutes and can last up to 6 hours).
This medication has really had an effect on my Blood Sugars. It has made them high. So that has been a little discouraging today. We shall see if my body ajusts to this medication like they say it will.
I was excited to see my Mother and Father In-law this eveing, they helped brighten my day. They are about to embark on a full time mission tomorrow. They have been called to serve in the louisiana, Baton Rouge Mission. So we won't see them for a year and a half. It was so nice to be able to see them and visit with them before they left for their mission. I wish them the best.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Tonight two couples from our church came to visit with Thomas and I for a "Date night". We played the game Canasta and ate some yummy cheesecake and fruit. It was a good night and we all had fun. Best of all the girls won the game.
I found out after meeting my night nurse tonight that I had met her before. I met her at my work (Texas Children's Hospital - Gastroenterology clinic). Her daughter sees a doctor there and I happened to help them at their last appointment in April. Now the nurse is taking care of me. It's so interesting how peoples lives cross each others paths.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Last night was not good. I have been getting really itchy and it keep me up all night. I was given Benadryl, but it didn't really help. I'm tired and ready to go to bed tonight. I hope I sleep through the night tonight even though I'm still itchy. My doctor says its the pregnancy that is making me itch.
Today I was having pain and I thought for sure I was having more contractions, but after they monitored me there was not any. I took some Tylenol and now I'm feeling better. It was just that ligament pain again. It's really sore to walk.
Thomas is such a wonderful husband! He is so thoughtful and cares so much for me. Today he surprised me and brought me flowers. They are so beautiful and brightens my room. Thank you Thomas!!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Yesterday I had friends from church visit me. They brought me some coloring books. I have not colored in a long time and I really enjoyed doing that today.
Tonight I took another wheel chair ride. It's always good to get out of my room. Well another day is done and I'm still doing good. Hope each day continues to go well.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tonight we had some great people come to visit us here in the hospital. One family brought me some coloring books and coloring pencils. I was amazed because I love to color, I don't know how they knew that. They also brought beautiful flowers for me, it was so nice of them. We also had a family from our ward come to do Family Home Evening with us. They read a great story to us, and the children sang to us. It was touching. We are so blessed to have so many good people who care about us. After all left Thomas and I decided to play a game that a good friend brought the other day for us to play. The game is called Sequence. I had never heard of it until they brought it to us to use. It is a pretty fun game. We played and Thomas beat me, but that's ok I had fun. It helps me to take my mind off the stresses of this pregnancy.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
This evening Thomas and I watched out my hospital window the thunderstorm that rolled through. It was nice to see the rain and lightening, something we have not seen in a while down here in the medical center. This was our entertainment for the day as we were bored with being in my room all day.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Every day 3 times a day for one hour I wear a monitor for contractions. I don't really like to wear it because I worry it will show a lot of contractions and I will have to advance to stronger anti-contraction medications. I was told the stronger medications (terbutaline, Magnesium sulfate) cause annoying side effects. Currently I am taking an oral medication (Procardia) to keep the contractions from occurring . It's side effects are tolerable, but I'm afraid it won't be strong enough as I get farther along. I have had some contractions, but not enough to advance to the stronger medications just yet. I pray to be able to go longer before having to go on the stronger meds.
I have been staying in the hospital with my beautiful wife every night except for one to this pointin the pregnancy. I know we have a long road ahead, but we will move forward with faith. I will do my best to be here for her each day, to ease the burden, the worries, and the discomforts associated with being in the hospital. I have a little designated area I am assigned to. I will do what ever it takes to get these children here save and sound, and make it as bearable as possible for Amanda.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I was so happy tonight to get out of my hospital room for a wheel chair ride around the hospital. My doctor allowed me to take a ride in the wheel chair after I told him I really needed some time out of my room. It was so nice to get a change of scenery and really see what the hosptial is like. We rode up to the newborn nursery and saw some brand new babies. They were so cute. I look forward to seeing our 6 babies when we hopefully reach 30 weeks. I look forward to another outing outside of my room later this week.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I have had a good experience thus far with the Hospital and staff. They have taken great care of me. They all have been so kind and patient with me. I am in the new wing of the hospital which opened back in February 2009. I do have a private room. They have made me as comfortable as possible and best of all Thomas does not have to pay to park. Thank you Woman's Hospital of Texas for your great service and patient care.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I have always heard hospital food is not exactly gourmet food, and that is not a far stretch from the truth. I am only allowed 2600 calories to this point by my physician, so I am limited on what I can order and eat. I will probably go through the menu several times over, as I will be here for a long time (well that is the goal). My wonderful husband Thomas has brought me some of my favorite foods from the outside. I find it increasingly hard to eat because of limited space in the belly due to all the babies growing within. I will continue to plug along and we will make it.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Thomas survived the first twenty four hours in the hospital with me. He has been such a huge help thus far. He continues to take care of me as much as he can. He rubs my legs and feet, he holds me when I get discouraged to calm me down. He always is smothering me with kisses, and he is just so darn loving, kind and compassionate and patient with me. I couldn't ask for a better husband. He is so determined to be with me in the hospital as much as he can, but he has to endure the sleeping quarters in our room.
Friday, July 3, 2009
I work up at 4am this morning in pain. I was so scared thinking I was having contractions and so I woke up my husband. I took some Tylenol and the pain stopped. I was able to go back to sleep then I woke up again at 6am and the pain started again. This time is lasted longer and was more painful. I really thought I was going to lose these babies. Good thing my doctor's appointment was this morning. We called the doctor and he advised to come in earlier than my scheduled appointment. About 15 minutes after speaking with the doctor the pain stopped. Thank goodness! We left the house on our way to the doctor after that.
We got to the doctors office and he did an ultrasound and exam. All looked well with the babies! They are all growing well and are on target. They are approximately 9 oz each. Still little, but growing. According to the doctor, the pain I was having was due to ligaments (muscles) stretching around my uterus. It's normal and can be very painful, but the doctor wanted to start monitoring me closer since we are in uncharted territory. He decided to admit me to the hospital. So now my new home is the hospital. I will be in the hospital until I deliver these babies (around 10-12 weeks). I miss home and I miss my own bed, but this is the best to make sure these babies stay in the womb as long as possible. They will monitor me twice a day for contractions and do more frequent ultrasounds. The monitoring will increase as time goes on. I hope I can sleep in this new environment. My husband will attempt to sleep here with me in the hospital as well. Dr. Kirshon came to visit me this afternoon before he went home for the day, he seems to think everything is ok right now.