I had a good night sleep. They woke me up every couple of hours to check my blood pressure. They changed my dose of blood pressure medicine yesterday and it's working well. My pressure is good until the meds wear off. My pulse is still high. The cardiologist who specializes in pregnant women is coming in today. She's going to be me on some IV meds to lower my heart rate.
That's the big story right now. My body is starting to give up on this pregnancy. My heart has been working over-time for quite a while and can't keep up. They explained that it has to beat faster because it can't beat hard enough. It is slightly enlarged and this is all leading up to the fluid I'm retaining around my lungs. It's all starting to make sense.
My nights were getting really bad. I think, looking back, that I could see that my body was giving up. I'm really hoping that after the baby is born I will start to have an easier time keeping up with dialysis. I'll only need it 3 times a week and possibly for only 3 hours a day. That will really cut back on the amount of time I'm here.
So What of the Baby?
Dr. said he's going to stay in the hospital for 6 weeks. That terrifies me. I'm especially worried that I'm going to be in the hospital for 5 days after c-section and she won't be able to be in the room with me. The NICU people are supposed to come to my room today to talk to us about what to expect. I want to know how often I can go in to see her. I want to know who else is allowed to go in: Alli, my parents? I want to know if I'll be able to hold her. Or will she be in an incubater and all tied up with tubes and wires. I don't like the unknown.
I'm in dialysis now and will be getting another steroid shot today for the baby's lung development. They say the meds start working right away which surprised me. The shots in your ass hurt like hell, by the way!
Besides talking to the NICU people and seeing the cardiologist today, there's nothing else planned for the day.
They are adding a little extra fluid on me today. If that doesn't work out for me then I'll be dialyzed tomorrow, too. It's not my scheduled day. Otherwise, the extra fluid will be "cleaned" during dialysis on Monday and the extra fluid will be helpful during surgery. I'll head up for the c-section right after dialysis.