Sunday, July 12

Who knows!

It's so stressful to not know exactly what's going on.

For the past 4 or 5 days the monitoring sessions have showed zero contractions.  Yay.  But every now and then, I feel my belly and it feels HARD.  So I mentioned this to the doctor, nurse, and resident.  No one seems worried.  I don't FEEL it getting hard, I just happen to poke myself at the right time.  But it's still worrying me... like I'm having contractions that I can't prove and, thus, can't be treated.  Yesterday I went so far as to be hooked up to the toco for an extra session just to prove that I wasn't having contractions and it came back completely clean.  So... do I just accept that these don't matter or that they're Braxton Hicks?  Either way, I'm nervous as all heck.  And it doesn't help that I have lots of ligament pain that also distracts me at times.

Oh well.  On another note, today is 26w1d.  Tomorrow will mark 3 weeks of bed rest.  I know this sounds crazzzy, but it has gone FAST.   I've developed a nice little routine that keeps me occupied and I have my eye on the prize.  :)

But here's a normal day... :)

6am: Resident comes in, asks the usual questions, does a little poking leaves.
6-7am: Back to sleeeeep
7am: Nurse comes in for blood pressure and nifedapin
7-8am: Back to sleep
8am: Order breakfast
8-8:45am: Do nothing
8:45-9am: Eat
9-11am: Watch bad TLC shows
11am-12pm: Vitals, monitoring
12-1pm: More bad TLC
1pm: Order lunch
1-1:45pm: Wordsearch or some other mindless drudgery
1:45-2pm: Lunch
2pm: Vitamin and vitals
2-3pm: Lalalalala
3pm: Blood pressure, nifedapin
3-5pm: Nap
5-8:30pm: Johnny's here!!!!  Dinner and shower
8:30-11pm: More mindless TV
11pm: Vitals, nifedapin
11pm-12:30am: Telling myself to go to sleep, but still wasting time
12:30-6am: Let's sleep.  And pee about 25 times.

Th end.


JohnnyKnowsBest said...

That sounds AWESOME! And I'm not kidding! Veg out and watch TV (not TLC, mind you) - but that'd be an awesome day right about now :)

Ashley said...

Doesn't sound like a bad day;) glad all is well!!

ashley said...

I can't believe you have been in there three weeks already!!!! I guess I don't know what to say about the contractions, I'm still not sure of what I'm feeling either. If the monitor's saying you're not having any than I suppose I would go with that. So hard to tell though when you're so new to this experience. Keep plugging along, you're getting there!

May said...

Personally, I was having contractions that the toco wasn't picking up. We eventually learned it had to be TIGHT on me, and much lower than the nurses had been trained to place it in order for them to get picked up. This became less of a problem the further along I got. I think the problem was that I am not a slim person (yay PCOS) and the extra layer of, er, shall we say protective cushioning? was confusing things. If your belly is HARD for 30-60 seconds, then it's a contraction. Tocos aren't infallible, unfortunately.

And you will have them. Try not to freak out. Your uterus is trying to practice for that nice, easy labor it's going to have in 10 weeks or so!!!

I would mention to your doc what you're feeling and see what s/he says. Hopefully the nifedipine is knocking them back enough to keep from getting into a strong pattern. And as I'm sure you know, there are plenty of other things to try.

Good luck! You're doing so well!