Saturday wasn't a very stressful day. It was nice to relax a bit. I finished dialysis and had lunch waiting for me. My appetite has been better since I've been here.
A NICU nurse came in to talk to us and relieved alot of our fears. We now know that they will let us see her after she's born, maybe even hold her before they take her to the NICU. Jason can go with her right away, but if he decides to stay with me then we can send one of my parents back with her. They expect to have to help her to breath (not sure to what extent) and to help her with a feeding tube. The breathing, sucking, swallowing reflex doesn't work well until about 32 weeks. She'll need help keeping warm, too. Chances are that's it.
Jason, Alli, my mom and I got a tour of the NICU, too. I was expecting a sterile, bright room with white walls and floors. Instead, it's a cozy, warm area with dark carpet and dim lights. There are tons of nurses there at all times, too. Each baby has its own little cubical (like an office). We get a "parent's drawer" where we can keep some clothes and blankets for her. She even gets a bulletin board that we can decorate!
They were great with Alli. I'm glad she got to come back with us. The nurse gave her some diapers, a pacifier, and a bottle. Jason said she was taking care of one of her dolls all last night. We also found out that Jason and I as well as our parents are allowed to visit her 24 hours a day. Alli can come back with us at any time and we can bring even non-relatives back with us whenever we want.
They encourage "kangaroo care" which is just skin to skin contact, so we'll be able to hold her for sure. Since I will be on some medication after delivery, I will not be able to nurse her. But the hospital offers a milk donor program. It kind of freaked me out a little in the beginning...someone elses milk seems a little weird. But they told us that the breast milk is better than even the preemie formula. Even if it's for a few weeks, I think we're going to do it. Plus, the hospital believes in it so much that they pay for it. Amazing.
The cardiologist finally came in around 7:00 last night. She changed my blood pressure medicine and it's working well. My pulse was even down to 88 while I was sleeping. She came back to see me this morning and seemed well with how it's working.
The anesthesiologist came in today to talk to me about tomorrow's surgery. He said they might have to put me under instead of giving me an epidural. That did not make me happy. But, it turns out that he thought I was getting blood thinners during dialysis which complicates the epidural process. Since I'm not getting blood thinners, he said he'd check my chart again and we should be able to do an epidural instead. I want to be awake...I need to be awake.
Not much on my schedule. Jason and Alli will be coming up after church and I get to take a shower. Hooray! Other than that, I just get to rest up for tomorrow. I'm sure I'll be bored, but I'll have my computer and some magazines. I'm glad to be getting the chance to rest and relax. It's amazing how much better I'm feeling.