Friday, October 31, 2008

Hospitalized Halloween

Journal Moment:
The day ended on a better note than it had began... in the hospital... in AZ.  Fun stuff.  Here are Greg and I after a fun overnight stay with the lovely hospital accommodations... 10 Terbutaline shots... 6 bags of random antibiotics... 2 steroid shots (to beef up little man's lungs)... my RH- shot & a few others that I still have no clue what they were for... a zillion bags of saline solution... needless to say I was a puffy marshmallow of a pin cushion (with bruises for weeks from the IVs on both arms...)  I swear I'm pregnant with the next Jack Bauer... who apparently thinks he's too tough for this whole "utero" stage of life as he's trying to make his debut WAY too early.  I was with my mother and sister-in-law when I kept having pain but didn't want to be dramatic so I just tried to ignore the pain that would take my breath away and was killing my back.  We were out on a busy "errand" running day... and I didn't think it was labor pains because I was only 27 weeks along.  They subsided and then came back FOR REAL the next day when I was driving with Haven, thankfully I was able to drive to the hospital where my mother and sister-in-law's amazing doctor was able to see me.  I realized it was something more serious when I couldn't stand or sit and it was getting to be pretty unbearable.  (Having a Bicornuate uterus makes my labor pains a little different than most apparently, as the pains I was describing as lower back pain that shot forward along the right side of my stomach, which is the side I've carried both babies on now due to my "functified" uterus were mistaken for something else.   I guess to ere on the side of caution this description of my pain led to an ultrasound of my kidneys and other precautionary measures to treat a kidney infection... as opposed to them seeing labor signs.)  Soon after Haven and I were wheeled to the hospital my mom and mother-in-law were able to be there with me and to help take care of Haven.  Now if I could just be guaranteed that I'll be able to have them BOTH here for the REAL LABOR that would be amazing.  It took a MILLION shots of Terbutaline to stop the contractions & pain.  I've since been switched to Nifedipine which works a lot better with way fewer side effects, as the Terb. didn't really work for me.  Due to my one-sided pregnancies and the fact that I was only 27 weeks along they also didn't think I was having as hard of contractions as I was because my "whole stomach wasn't tightening" with each contraction... hmmm... probably because my uterus is only blown up on one side... just a thought :)  After being discharged we headed straight over to Jeff & Heather's where we met the rest of Greg's family.  We had so much fun and it was pretty much the "hot-spot" on the block because Jim & Sarah, Jeff & Heather, Grammy & Papa Updike, Jared & Reb and a  couple other friends of theirs all brought they candy they would have given out at their own houses... so basically by hitting the Updike's house... they really hit the trick-or-treating JACKPOT as it was a 6 in 1er.  (+ the fact that all of my mother-in-law's candies are the FULL SIZED candy... there were some happy little kids that night.)  It was so fun to see all the kids dressed up.  Here's a picture of Haven & Papa Updike on the golf cart giving all the kids a ride.
Here's Jameson, Haven, Gracey & Cassie.  
We've got some beautiful nieces and nephews... they're all so fun.