It really wasn't a question of "will it happen"...more like "when will it happen"
First and foremost, my biggest fear about all of this, is that I would start to bleed from the previa, and I'd be all alone. Just this past week, I called our county to check on our ambulance dispatch--since we live in the opposite county of where my hospital is. God heard my prayers and kept the angels (the biggest one, being Mook) near by when the time came...
We had just gotten back from lunch with Mook's parents to celebrate his birthday, when I had the strong urge to get to the bathroom--thought it was just all the water/tea I'd had. As I do every single time, I checked the TP, and I had to do a triple check--definitely bright red blood. I guess I sat there a long time, because Mook came to check on me and I calmly said, "It's time to go"
My bags were only semi-packed so we skipped that, grabbed the paperwork I have been compiling, the camera, and my purse and we were out the door. We called my OB and the hospital on the way--my OB was actually at the Duke game, but stepped out to talk to me--what a guy, huh? =) Mook and I both did a really good job of staying calm, and not speeding to get to the hospital, and just held hands. It takes us about 25 min to get there, and thank goodness they didn't make me go through triage when I got there, and got me straight back to a room.
Short story of being in maternity admissions: great nurses, got an u/s, my OB left the Duke game early to come back to check on me. Bleeding slowed, and Ive actually only had spotting since then--a good sign we can keep Ron cooking bit longer. I did get a shot to start helping his lungs mature, and Ill get my second one this afternoon.
U/s results (combined with this past Tuesday's appt): Ron is in 50th percentile, weighs 4lbs 7oz, and looks really good overall--we saw him practice breathing--he even stuck his tongue out at us! I posted that picture on his glamor shots. Placenta, of course, had not moved. My cervix still looked closed and long, but my OB told me earlier this week, that it really had no significance anymore, since the blood from the placenta can eek through the cervix.
The plan was to keep having me come back for a check in over the next 3 weeks, where he still planned to do the amnio at 36 weeks (Im 33w4d today). Now the plan is: I'm checked into Hotel de Hos-pi-tal until Ron enters the world.
Am I bummed? A bit--its gonna be hard being away from Mook and not being able to finish nesting (we just got the mattress yesterday--still dont have a car seat!) But overall, I know Im exactly where I need to be--Im so, so thankful my doctor rocks-he wont have any other OB check on me, but him.
So once I got checked into a room last night, things started going downhill a bit--I went into a bit of cardiac distress, which therefore put stress on Ron--the nurses stayed in here with me for over an hour--I was put on oxygen and on some IV fluids. Ron's HR was jumping from 164 down to 90 something, and my heart was skipping all over the place. Thank goodness it regulated--but I am still on 24 hour monitoring. Ive also been placed on procardia permanently--the BH have turned into full-out contractions, and they don't want me having ANY at this point. I'm feeling OK, just really woozy and I hate having an IV needle in my hand--worst.spot.ever.
Mook is here spending his 30th birthday on the couch with me--poor guy. I feel so bad--but Im thankful we're together. I'll be sure to make it up to him...but I told him he JINXED it when he said just the other day: "Maybe Ron WILL be my birthday present..." Yeaaaa...let's wait just a bit longer.
NICU nurse came in this morning and answered all of my questions--so far, the care Ive received has been fantastic--even the food is pretty good=)
Im doing my best to remain in good spirits--last night was really rough--and I appreciate the msgs and texts I got from my twitter updates--thats all I could do until Mook brought the computer this AM.
So this room will become my new home away from home for a little while longer, but I'll take it if it's keeping both of us safe and healthy. I will definitely keep everyone posted. Thanks, as always, for the thoughts and prayers--Mook and I both are so appreciative.