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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Baby has arrived!
« on: February 17, 2011 at 01:42 PM »
Didn't know where I should post this....so here goes!

As most of you know I've been on bed rest since 27 weeks...my water broke at 31 weeks 5 days and I was on hospital bed rest until yesterday (32 weeks 4 days) when I delivered Kiefer Ryan. He's 4lbs and 17 inches long. The plan is to keep him on CPAP until tonight. He already started receiving breastmilk via g-tube and is doing super well so far!

I'm pretty happy we made it this far! I've been so thankful for this forum. Good luck ladies!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Roll Call for Monday February 14th
« on: February 14, 2011 at 11:23 AM »
Still cookin at the hospital. Not leaking quite as much fluid as I was over the weekend. Baby scored 6 out of 8 on biophysical ultrasound. We never caught him practice breathing or hiccuping. However we have caught hiccups on the NST multiple times. My blood sugars are finally coming back down after being so out of whack from the steroids. Officially 32 + 2weeks. Was almost expecting baby to come today. I was feeling so horrible last night....but I guess it must have just been tummy cramps. If I'm still cooking on the 25th I will be induced because risk of infection will be higher than risk of issues for baby (34 weeks).

I'm tired because I can't sleep in these beds. I feel horrible but I feel done. I've had multiple meltdowns in the past two days and it's getting really hard to keep it together in general. My older kiddo is sick and so I can't see him until he's all better. I'm depressed but at the same time know that I'm doing the best I can for baby....doesn't make it any easier though! I guess the countdown has begun.

Taking things day by day. Good luck ladies!!!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for February 7
« on: February 12, 2011 at 12:41 PM »
Day 2 at the hospital and things are going well. They aren't planning on a catheter because of the increased risk of infection which is already so high. My bathroom is literally 3 feet away from my bed....I'm in a super tiny room this time. I actually take it as somewhat of a bleassing because this bed is hell! They did a sterile cervical check before I was sent by ambulance and my cervix was completely closed - go figure.

I feel like I'm reliving the same timeframe that I did with my DS. He was also born in February (Leap Day) and it's all so familiar at this point except that I'm more than two weeks further along. I'm officially 32 weeks today. I received the second steroid injection for baby's lungs this morning....which are all sorts of fun with blood sugars....my doctor here isn't concerned a whole lot about what my levels are. He said they should start to even back out within about 3 days. He didn't want to put me on insulin or anything other meds for the few days and risk any major low blood sugar levels either.

As long as baby is still cooking on Monday I will have a biophysical ultrasound. They seem really positive at this hospital which helps my anxiety levels immensely! It's still hard being away from my DS but we installed Skpe which helps cause then I can see that he's okay!

Keep cooking ladies!


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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for February 7
« on: February 11, 2011 at 04:27 PM »
Kind of frustrated. Woke up this morning....my water broke. So I got an ambulance ride up to a larger hospital with a NICU.

Currently 31 weeks 6 days. So every day I stay pregnant is a blessing at this point. I got one steriod shot already. Currently on continuous monitoring with some very mild contractions. Possibly one to three an hour. Drinking lots of water and also have an IV so I'm continuously getting the nurse to help me go to the bathroom.

My son is going to sort of be bouncing around between my mom, sister, and MIL. He is coming to see me tonight and I think I'm honestly more worried about him than I am about myself or our newest babe. I know we're in a good place for both of us.....and I just feel so bad for him cause he's such a momma's boy. Such is life though. He will survive and we will be home as a family as soon as we can be.

Outcomes look relatively good though, especially compared to my 29-weeker who is doing absolutely awesome. I hope we can continue our luck with healthy babies!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Just Put on Bedrest - How to cope
« on: February 09, 2011 at 10:03 PM »
Lori:

I just wanted to you to know it's completely normal to feel like you're losing your sanity. I think all of us have been there and will probably be there again at some point until we have our babies safe in our arms. It's so hard to go from being able to do everything to barely doing anything. I've been told that some people learn how to knit or sew because then they have an end product to look forward to. I however am not that talented!

I tend to try to schedule my days somewhat. Even if it's just that I'm going to call a certain person at a specified time or whatever. I try to make sure I have contact with the outside world as much as possible just to feel "normal". I also tend to research things forever just because I have the time. I do a lot of online "shopping".....I love looking at baby stuff and household stuff although I can't afford to buy anything....but I'm also the type that loves to look through catalogs as well, maybe it's just me though? I also tend to get sucked into news websites. There's also a lot of places that have games online for free that are worth checking out.

I know a lot of what there is to do is somewhat mindless....but it'll be worth it if it gets you through. I also learned through some other really wise momma's on this site to set up small goals. Even if it's just to make it another day...or week....

Good luck to you!!!!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for February 7
« on: February 09, 2011 at 09:49 PM »
It's been busy in here this week. Welcome to the new members - it sucks to be in our situation but hopefully you will gain a lot of support through this board. It's one of the few places I've found where other people really get what it's like to be on bed rest. It's not a vacation by any means and it is sooo hard physically and mentally that I don't think unless you've lived it you could possibly understand it.

I had an appt today. 31+4 weeks today. Will officially have made it two more weeks than I did with my son as of tomorrow! Had my last FFN test and it came back negative. Since I also have gestational diabetes I will start to have NST twice weekly in a couple of weeks...however, my blood glucose levels have been within normal limits since I started testing so my OB isn't horribly concerned about that. My OB has changed her mind a bit about allowing me off of bed rest before baby is born so I'm going to be applying for short term disability tomorrow and praying that it goes through otherwise I'm not sure what's going to happen.

Someone had mentioned having meltdowns. I totally can relate. In fact I have at least one meltdown a week if not more depending on what has happened. Then I have days like today where I'm pretty content....I'm excited that my appt went well and I'm so relieved to have made it this far.

To all of our new members: Keep your eye on the prize. You can do this.....we all can! In the next few months we will be able to hold our babes and realize that every moment was well worth it! 

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 31st
« on: February 03, 2011 at 03:30 PM »
Congrats to twins2beintx, JacErnst,and pillowqueen! Enjoy your newest family members!


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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 31st
« on: January 31, 2011 at 01:56 PM »
Pixie - Congrats on making it full term!!! I hope your BP issues resolve on their own and you have a wonderful easy birth. I'm so excited for you to be so close to holding your little one in your arms!  ;D

arenee22 - Welcome and I'm going to agree with previous posters that generally once you're put on bed rest you usually aren't released until either the babe is born or you get close enough to full term that your HCP agrees to release you. In my situation my OB and I agreed that once I hit 35 weeks I'll be able to do a lot more, including returning to work. However I work at my hospital and I am in an office setting (mostly sitting, no lifting required) so hopefully it won't push me into preterm labor. But I'm not holding my breath because who knows what can happen between now and then!

LizR - Welcome to you as well! I'm hoping you have a great week as well!

I just started on my 30th week over the weekend. I have an appt Thursday with the diabetic clinic and I'm excited to say that with minimal changes to my diet all of my blood sugar levels have been well within normal range. I mainly found that I have to eat a lot more frequently and make sure I'm spacing out my carbs as to not overload my system. My biggest weakness has been getting rid of 7UP. I know...I'm kind of pathetic....it's just that had been helping sooo much with some of nausea issues. Also have an appt on Friday with my OB and will be getting another FFN and my 17P injection.

Has anyone noticed their older child acting differently? My son will be 3 at the end of February and had been an excellent sleeper and now is having tons of problems staying asleep and seems to be having a hard time leaving the house without me. He actually started crying this weekend when his grandma was picking him up to take him swimming for his cousin's birthday party. I feel sooo bad for him!  :'(

Sorry for the novel. I hope everyone has a fantastic week!!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Roll Call for Monday January 24
« on: January 29, 2011 at 08:29 PM »
Yvonne & Elizabeth - we must have similar due dates as I'm 30 weeks as well! =)

Nothing too exciting this past week. Met with the diabetic educator.....my numbers were over the highest threshold by 5 so I'm apparently diabetic. It's kind of a pain....mainly remembering to eat so often and to eat more carbs than I thought I should. I guess it gives me something else to focus on while laying around all day. I'm not looking forward to going back to work though because it will be a pain to work all the testing and eating into my work day since I work funky hours....but I'm hoping to make it that far since that will mean I've made it to 35 weeks if I get released back to work!

Husbands: Admittedly we've had some rough days....or more so I have and then have gotten a bit not so nice to my hubby. He's doing a lot of things he never had to before since I took care of a lot of the household chores. I only work part-time outside of the house so it was only far that I did the majority of the cleaning. He is absolutely wonderful though because after my laptop dying his past week he went out and bought a new one for me! So that helps a lot because being able to connect with people helps me feel a little less isolated!!!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Roll Call for Monday January 17th
« on: January 23, 2011 at 12:14 PM »
Reaganh3,

Thanks for the tip! I actually started eating prunes a couple weeks ago to help too so I'm not looking forward to that side effect! I'm a carb junky which is probably part of the problem in the first place. And I admittedly don't eat very frequently so I suppose I need to get myself more organized and have my hubby pick up more diabetic friendly foods. No more sweets aloud in this household. Hopefully if I get in the habit it will help us all even after pregnancy as admittedly both my hubby and I have become rather chunky after we got married!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Roll Call for Monday January 17th
« on: January 21, 2011 at 09:10 PM »
We've been having some computer problems this past week and I somehow lost my recent post.  :(

Anyhow. Had an eventful week. Had my 17P injection, glucose test, and FFN test on Wednesday. Awesome news: FFN test came back negative. So I feel a little bit more relaxed regarding that. Not so good news: I failed both the one hour and three hour glucose tests. So starting next week I have to start going to the diabetic clinic weekly along with taking my blood sugars, etc. I admittedly don't know much of what I'm going to have to do until I meet with them next week Thursday (the soonest the could get me in). I'm going to try to restrict sweets in general, which is soooo hard as I LOVE chocolate! But it has to be done. I'm also trying to drink some extra water, on top of the 60+ ounces I was already drinking.

I'm just sad that I have to deal with this on top of everything else. Just another thing to worry about.

pillowqueen: Thank you for sharing that article!

Hope to check in again next week to see everyone doing well!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: How do u relieve stress on bed rest?
« on: January 10, 2011 at 10:36 PM »
So far I don't have any type of routine...but I want to second watching Law & Order. I watched that show a ton last time around. I also ordered the Hypnobabies "Baby Stay IN!" but I mainly listen to that while falling asleep.

I wish I could knit or something but I'm not quite that talented. I do really enjoy reading and crosswords to keep my mind occupied. Mostly it's magazines though since I can't seem to concentrate long enough for books. I also find that surfing the web for funny/inspirational blogs somewhat helpful.....or even "shopping" online for the baby, although I rarely order a thing!

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Congrats on another week ladies!

We've made it to 27 weeks and have also been put on modified bed rest. Didn't realize quite how difficult it would be this time having a toddler in the house as well. We've scheduled some times for my family to come over and some trips out of the house for him which will help. I'm somewhat glad that I have to go to the clinic weekly for the 17P injections. I will also be having biweekly appointments with my doctor. I also have my first ffn test on the 19th so I guess that's my next big goal.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Roll Call for Jan. 3, 2011
« on: January 03, 2011 at 12:37 PM »
Nothing new to report. Have officially made it to 26 weeks.  :) Having an ultrasound on Wednesday this week....will find out if I'm getting put on bedrest then or on January 19th. I'll post more when I know more!

Good luck Elizabeth on getting to go home! You're in my thoughts.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for December 27th!
« on: December 28, 2010 at 12:43 AM »
Haven't been online much with the holidays and all. I'm still not on bed rest yet, now at 25+2 weeks. Having a cervical check on Jan 5th and depending on the results will either be on bed rest then or at my following appointment where I will be 28 weeks. Since we never figured out why my first pregnancy ended early I don't think my OB knows exactly what to do. I will also start the FFN's at 28 weeks.

I've been getting the 17P injections which seem to be helping considerably. I think I may have over did it a bit with the holidays. Not used to spending so much time on my feet. I have admittedly been taking it easy for the past month or so....leaving a lot of the lifting (laundry, shoveling, etc...) to my husband. Knock on wood though I'm physically still feeling well.

Very excited to see some momma's making it to term!! That's awesome and is really giving me hope!  ;D

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