Sunday, January 27, 2008

Adventures in Triage

So, you know that Friday was my last day at work. And I think I mentioned how long I had to stay and I had to work a lot. No taking it easy. I really should have relaxed more!!

At about 7:00 I started having some Braxton Hicks contractions. I ended up having 5 or 6 in 1 hour! I remember my doctor saying not more than 4 in an hour! So, I called Triage. They told me to drink a big glass of water and lie down. If they didn't go away in an hour, go in. So I did that, and they slowed down. Then I went to bed. Well, every time I woke up I was having one. Then at 1:00 I decided to stay awake and count them. I had about 5 in a little less than an hour! So, I told hubby we had to go in.

I was hooked up to the monitors, and yes, I was still contracting. They did the FFN test and an internal - those were NOT FUN. Now, I have been to triage before and had both of these done, and they were not bad. But apparently, this night nurse did not have much practice or something! When she put the speculum in it felt like she was ripping me apart! Even when she swabbed, it was so painful! Then, she did the internal, and again, not so good! Then, she couldn't find my cervix. So I had to have another nurse do an internal. Going in, she was better, but she also had problems finding it. Finally, she found it. I am 1 cm dilated, but my cervix is still long, thankfully!
They gave me a shot of terbutaline to stop the contractions, and that worked. I really don't like terbutaline. It felt like I had about 10 venti lattes, and all cracked out. My FFN test came back negative! That is the test they do to see if you are going to go into labor in the next 2 weeks. Because it came back negative and my contractions had topped, I got to go home.

Yesterday, I put myself on bed rest and drank TONS of water. Early in the day I was still contracting - about 3 an hour, but they cleared up. Today I've only had a couple! So I am taking it easy. The girls need to stay put!

1 comment:


Okay girls- listen to your Mommy- you are not done yet, you still need to stay in and cook for a few more weeks okay?! I don't care if the turkey timer has popped out of Moms belly- it is not accurate- you are not done yet! You still have at minimum 4 more weeks to go- if you are going to be good little girls- which I know you are going to be- you will stay right where you are for another 6 to 7 weeks- okay!
Sorry triage was crummy- terb does suck- drinking coffee would be much better- the shaking and what not feeling isn't any fun- had a coworker back in June that had to have several doses of terb after working (we tried to make her take it easy- she is kind of like you :) ) she finally delivered a few weeks early at 36 wks- everything turned out great :) I know that you are getting anxious and want to meet the two little darlings- you have plenty of time to lavish them with love- start a daily mantra- Maya and Sophia- stay where you are- Mommy needs her rest and it's not time to play yet cause you're not finished baking yet- Mommy loves you tons and tons- but inside is where you need to stay!
Hang in there Heather- you are almost there! Keeping you in my thoughts- sending you lots and lots of love!