Friday, May 19, 2006

New Meds

Yesterday I had one of my rough days as far as contractions go. Most of the time the medication I am on does the trick, but not yesterday, so we were told to go into Labor & Delivery. We got there and I was hooked up to the monitor for a while. Dorothy was kicking my stomach and making the monitor jump all over. We were in that room for 5-10 minutes tops (hardly long enough for them to see if anything was even going on) when a nurse from my peri's office walked in and said they were just going to take me over to his office and check me out. Good thing, too, because he is the only dr. I trust right now. They did the regular ultrasound (the one they do every week) and also a manual exam (NOT my favorite part). My cervix was measuring at 2.2 and funneling almost down to the stitch, but the stitch was holding well.

The short of it is that he ended up prescribing a drug that is very effective in stopping contractions, but it is one they only give two courses of during the whole pregnany. Each course is only 48 hours because evidently it is a medication they use after preemies are born to close a certain valve in their heart. The valve stays open in the womb, but is supposed to close after birth. It would be very bad for it to close in the womb as it has to do with the flow of oxygen. To tell you the truth I am freaked to take the meds, but they are working for the contractions and I am sure my dr. knows what he's talking about. Still makes me nervous.

On another topic, I just love this blogging thing. I really enjoy being able to have a whole community full of people that get me through the day with laughs and tears and stories about their own experiences. Honestly, I really can't figure out why I didn't start one sooner. I have pretty much thrown all caution to the wind as far as what I want to write about, too because really; if someone doesn't want to read it they don't have to, right? The great thing is, no matter what someone writes about, there is always someone who relates to what they are saying; always someone who says, "man, I wish I had the guts to say that or the ability to portray those feelings in just that way." I (almost daily) find myself saying to myself...

"Self... I couldn't have said that better myself!"

10 comments:

Blair said...

I will email you with my "measurements"... you are doing well dear!
Yes, blogging is fun... and helpful, I advise to document event eh dark places you go.

Mandy Lynn said...

I don't know why I hadn't done this before because I read your blog daily, but I added you to my links list today. Just thought you would want to know. :) Glad you are writing and glad you are feeling better :)

amy said...

I took indocin once. It certainly worked for the contractions and didn't close the kid's valve. In fact he had three rounds of it after he was born.

I know this is rough and scary. Just know that you are doing the best you can do in a situation that nobody should be in. You are informed and you are making informed decisions. You are brave and wonderful.

I will hope against hope that this works and you have many more days with your kiddo inside. I will be hanging out with you cosmically and sending you lots of love and strength.

Maggie said...

Hugs to you!!! You are doing so well. I know the L&D trip wasn't fun.

I never did the indocin routine but they tried it on Sarah 3x to close her PDA after birth. She ended up having surgery to close it.....

So this message is to Dorothy from Sarah 'A da da ba ba da ga'. Translated it's 'Dorothy - Resist closing your PDA!! I did and they tried to close it 3 times. You are a strong little fighter like me - so I now you can keep it open'.

Lori Rode said...

I love your blog. We are with you (even when we're annoying to you). I'm hoping to get to visit soon. Let me know if you need any particular crochet supplies....I'll do my best!

Lori R

miraclebaby said...

LOL Maggie, tell Sarah thanks from Dorothy.

Tonya said...

I couldnt agree with you more on the blogging thing Becci.. Mine was just started recently.. thought I would just try something new and now I love it and love reading others and leaving comments etc..

We were lucky with randie that her PDA did close after birth but they checked her a few times to be sure.

I imagine that was quite a scare for you today but im so glad the stitch is holding well.. I can imagine your worry about taking those meds but like you said you trust your dr so im sure everything will be fine..

Ps.. Dorthy I will tell you once again... chill out on your mom.. she is doing the best she can so kick back.. relax and grow girl!!!

The Princess said...

Just a lurker stopping by letting you know I'm sending you my best. I'll be keeping my fingers and all other body parts crossed for you!

Keeterjen said...

Sorry for the scary contractions. I hope the meds works.

Glad to hear the stitch is holding!

purple_kangaroo said...

Yes, blogging is good and I'm so glad you're finding it helpful. It's good to sort through your feelings and realize you're not alone.

I'm going to go call you now.