"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." ~Randy Pausch

Friday, August 13, 2010

Dialysis Day 66

Here We Go...

I saw the OB on Wednesday. She called and wanted to talk to me in person (never a good thing). She explained why she wanted me to have an Echo. My nephrologist says that fluid around the lungs is typical in a dialysis patient. But, it's not typical for an OB patient. So, my OB wants to cover her bases and make sure there isn't anything wrong with my heart. She's looking at me as an OB patient, not a dialysis patient. Makes sense to me.

For the first time she told me that she's concerned about MY weight. The baby is getting everything she needs...she's taking it from me. So I'm loosing weight while she is gaining. I'm having such a hard time eating. I'm just not hungry! I know you're supposed to eat alot when you're pregnant, but I'm just eating like normal...not very much. Once again, I have been told that I have one more week to gain some weight or I will be in the hospital.

And then she told me that we will be delivering this child within the month. She seems to be so concerned about my health that she wants to do it soon. On Thursday and Friday of next week I'll be getting steroid shots for her lungs. I'll be 32 weeks. The delivery will be scheduled. But she's not sure now if it will be a vaginal delivery or c-section. My nephrologist will only allow them to give me a small amount of IV fluid. Fluids are necessary for both types of delivery. The doctor is going to do a little research this week to see which will be safer for the baby, and me.

Another Rough Night

My breathing was terrible last night. Jason brought a chair up to the bedroom to see if that would work, but it didn't. I went downstairs again. The only sleep I got was about 45 minutes sitting at the kitchen table with my head on a pillow on the table. It's the only way I could breath. I gained 2.5 kilos since my last treatment. I did drink alot yesterday. It makes it even harder to eat when I can't drink.

I think this will get easier after the baby is born. My dry weight won't keep changing after delivery. It will keep going down until they find the right weight. I'm sure I'll still have to watch my fluid intake.


  1. Please let me know if I can help in any way.

    Love and prayers are with you.


  2. All the breathing issues sound scary. Saw Jason's FB update. Sending warm fuzzies to you and the baby!

  3. Thinking of you guys. I just saw Jason's Facebook update. Let us know if we can help with anything at all.