I am pleased to announce that I am now only getting my blood drawn every 12 hours! WooHoo! I was on every 6 to check my Magnesium levels and boy is my right arm bruised. They're only allowed to stick that arm because the IV is in the left. I don't have cooperative veins. They're small. They roll around. This has been quite fun. 4 different nurses had to stick me twice to actually find blood. The best one was at 3:30 in the morning. She turned all of the lights on in the room first, then took a half an hour to stick me twice and keep moving the needle around inside my arm. It was lovely.
Last night they called the lab tech to take my blood instead. It turns out that I taught both her daughter and son! Funny. I would say small world, but my school is very Philipino and nursing is the #1 most popular profession, so whenever I see a Philipino nurse I check their name tag.
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Medically, I don't have a good update, but not a bad one either. I'm still bleeding although it's not flowing at all. I find it when I have a BM (bowel movement - I'll just say that one once...). They can't find a source or cause of the bleeding which is mostly good, but of course this still concerns them.
My contractions have been pretty consistent. My high is still 6-7 an hour but I have periods with much fewer also. They are not painful at all, but some cross the line into slightly uncomfortable. I do feel almost every one. This means they might decide to put my Magnesium back up (we lowered it because I was pretty stable and it was making me a sick zombie).
I also started steroid shots today. I'll get one today one tomorrow. (Butt shots. Ow. I avoided those with my IVF.) The steroid will help the baby's lungs mature in case he is delivered early.
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School is all set which is a huge relief. I felt like I was abandoning all of my kids...just after I really started to get to know them. But I found a great sub who is going to write all of the plans so I'm off the hook! And I can feel confident that they are still getting a great education.
My puppy is a bigger worry/stressor. We've been taking her to day play since Mr. GG doesn't have a lot of time to spend with her in the evening. Usually I get home around 4... He doesn't get home until 6 and then he comes to see me. She's also spending half the week at my sister's with her cousin Roxy : ). But I know that if I am released to go home (to strict bed rest), I won't be able to have her around all day. She's too rambunctious. So I guess we will just stick with the day play and then when Mr. GG is home it will be ok. I miss her : (. I hope she doesn't think I've abandoned her!
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By my count I'll be 24 weeks tomorrow, but by the hospital's, it's on Friday. Either way...24 is big. Viability! (Although I've learned a lot more about this in the last week and a baby can be viable before 24 AND 24 still has very discomforting odds.) The goal written on my "Labor and Delivery Plan" (hah) is "Keep Baby Inside. No Bleeding." That's what I'll be working on for the time being.
Thanks for all of your support!