Sunday, January 18, 2009

Hotel de Hos-pi-tal

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.

82 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear you're in the hospital, but it sounds like you are receiving excellent care. Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help you through your stay. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Ron to wait things out a little bit longer.

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  2. WOW! I am so glad you and Ron are ok and it sounds like you are handling all of this beautifully. I know it must be scary and frustrating all at the same time, but I will be praying for you all and knowing that God is chilling out in the hospital with you--keeping everyone safe.
    *hugs*

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  3. Sending peace-filled thoughts your way and your bun gets to bake a bit longer.

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  4. Lots of prayers coming your way. You're at a great point, but I know it's nice to go a little further. I hope that the next couple of weeks fly by uneventfully and I'll be keeping you in my prayers! ((hugs))

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  5. You certainly haven't had an easy go with your pregnancy. I am so glad you and Ron are safe. The hospital, while it is a huge drag, is the best place for you to be. I hope you spend a few more weeks just hanging out there. You sound ok and I hope your spirits stay up.

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  6. Thinking of you and your family here in Los Angeles. You have a really great attitude about this, and that can go a long way.

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  7. So sorry sweetie. You sound so calm even though I can't imagine how stressful it must be. Continuing the prayers for all of you. *hugs*

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  8. Yikes, how scary. So glad you've got such a good doc (leaving a Duje game is a pretty big deal ;) and are being monitored. Keeping all 3 of you in my prayers

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  9. Being stuck in the hospital for an extended stay sucks, but just keep reminding yourself that it is helping keep Ron safe, and that is what is important. It hasn't been an easy pregnancy, but definitely worth it. Try to rest, and know that you are in my thoughts.

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  10. Glad you made it safely to the hospital. It sucks being there, but it is for Ron so you'll make do. If you send me the name of the hospital, I would love to send you a bed rest care package. Send me an email if you want (dbablin at yahoo dot com).

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  11. Sorry to hear that the hospital is where you must stay...but it sounds like you are getting great care.

    Praying for all three of you...

    ((HUGS))

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  12. So sorry about the extended hospital stay but at least you are getting great care and all is well with Ron. Hang in there and I'll sending peaceful thoughts your way. Hugs to you.

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  13. I'm glad you're cozily checked into the hospital where they can keep an extra close eye on you and Ron, even though I KNOW the hotel de hospital isn't the most fun place in the world.

    It's amazing...I'm reading your blog thinking, Can't AnYtHiNg be easy? Nah...

    But still totally worth it.

    Hang in there.

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  14. JJ,

    Thinking the best thoughts for all three of you. And please pass on my birthday wishes to Mook!

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  15. Hi JJ - Sorry to hear you're stuck in the hospital for the duration, but happy to know that you and Ron are getting the care you need. Way to go to both of you staying so calm in what must have been an incredibly stressful situation. I'll be checking back often to see how things are progressing and wishing you well. Happy birthday, Mook!

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  16. I'm glad you're in good hands! I hope both that you're in there long enough for you to feel safe about Ron, but not so long you go stir crazy! Here's hoping your two men don't share a birthday!

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  17. Awww, JJ. Sorry to hear that you're in the hospital now. But also glad to hear that your'e in the hospital now because we know you and Ron will be well cared for.

    Hang in there. You're a trooper.

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  18. You are in the best place now. I spent more than enough time in the hospital during my pregnancies. It was a love/hate thing with me. I hated being there, but loved that I wouldn't be freaked out or in shock at home should something go south.

    Best of luck. Take care, watch the new mom channel they show at most hospitals and enjoy this time of rest.

    Ron will be here before you know it, and you'll be wishing for some time to rest. (and hopefully, before you know it will be in 3 weeks).

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  19. Stay strong, JJ. You're a brave, brave lady and an awesome momma. Please don't hesitate to let me know if you need anything at all.

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  20. JJ - you guys are in my prayers! xoxoxoxo

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  21. wishing you all well as you wait for ron's arrival. hope he can stay put a while longer. at least you're where you need to be and getting great care.

    happy birthday mok!

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  22. I'm sorry you're stuck in the hospital but it does sound like the place you and Ron need to be right now. If you need any company, I'd be happy to sit and visit a while, help the time pass, or bring ya stuff if you need anything. I don't live far from where you are.

    Hugs,
    Katrina

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  23. Hang in there. It will all be worth it in the end!

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  24. I'm sorry you have to stay in Hotel de Hospital. And I'm sorry you got a scare, with both you and Ron. You have good care there, and I know Ron is being taken care of! Hang in there. I hope Ron stays put.

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  25. Thinking of you JJ! Hopefully Ron will bake a bit longer, but sounds like you're in great care if he can't wait to meet you guys. Best of luck!!!

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  26. Thinking of you JJ! Hopefully Ron will bake a bit longer, but sounds like you're in great care if he can't wait to meet you guys. Best of luck!!!

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  27. I'm praying for all of you and trusting that Ron is going to come out healthy and strong! He's been quite a fighter this whole time--just like his Mom! :)

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  28. ack JJ! So scary! Take care, and hope Ron is able to keep baking for a few more weeks.

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  29. Glad you are okay and getting great care. Wishing you and ron a boring stay for a while longer :)

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  30. I'm sorry that your When came so soon. But it is good that everything seems to be going fairly smoothly so far. I'll be thinking about you.

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  31. The hospital can be rough, I was there for less than 24 hours with my preterm contractions and it almost drove me crazy. At least they have wireless! Glad you and Ron are hanging in there. I'll be checking in.

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  32. JJ - Hope Ron stays where he is for a while longer, and I'm sure that Mook would rather be there with the 2 of you then anywhere else in the world, it's good that you have good health care people at that you're getting the care you need (and in a recent study that I read about health care services, patients that are polite and grateful get much more attention from staff then those who are mean - so I'm sure you will have a good stay).
    Take care and we're thinking of you.

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  33. Sorry to hear that you're in the hospital, but that that they are taking great care of you and Ron. Sending lots of good thoughts and prayers your way.

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  34. Did you have heart problems before or are these pregnancy related??? Hang in there...its so worth it!

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  35. It all sounds so scary. But I'm glad they're keeping such a close eye on you. You're all in my thoughts and prayers.

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  36. Thinking of you, Mook, and Ron and beaming the love.
    (& selfishly thrilled that you have your computer so that you can keep us updated!)

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  37. Rest up, and keep on being safe. You're in the right place, even if it is boring as hell:-)

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  38. Sorry your in the hospital. Mook, Ron and You are in my prayers. Good luck and rest, rest, rest.

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  39. I will do my best to help you keep your spirits up!

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  40. Sorry to hear that you are in the hospital. I'll be thinking and praying for you both!

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  41. Glad you are where you need to be - sorry it's in a hospital! What a memorable birthday for Mook!

    If you haven't already discovered them, here are some entertaining websites for you to browse to keep you occupied:

    http://postsecret.blogspot.com
    http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com

    :) Carrie

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  42. Ron, stay in as long as you can!

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  43. Have no fear... Blake my nephew was born at 32 weeks. They all know up there what they are doing! The place you are at, are full of Angels!! Im glad that I saw you this week and that your hair is ROCKING!!!!!! Im thinking aobut you babe!!!

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  44. Oh no sweety. I am glad that you were with you husband and we could get you to the hospital. I was a little over 34 weeks when I was put in bed rest and Lyla came 2 weeks later. Hopefuly ron will wait a little longer. Take care, rest and don;t worry about anything else. Hugs

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  45. Thinking of you, JJ. Happy Birthday Mook!

    I am glad you are being monitored. It sounds like they are doing everything they can for you.

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  46. what a bummer that you have to be there and things can't just be easy after everything you've already been through, but it does sound like you're in great hands and you and ron will be well cared for. and hallelujah that you've got your computer!!

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  47. Ugh. Sorry about having to go there, but you are right - glad the biggest angel of them all was there when the time came. You try to just stay as comfortable as possible and let little Ron grow grow grow. :)

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  48. I'm so glad to know you are in teh hospital--all those people who go home scare the be-jesus out of me!

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  49. I am sure it is getting old, but I Am so glad you are in the hospital where they can keep a close eye on you and little Ron! I will be thinking of you and checking back often!

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  50. You are definitely in the right place. I'm sending good thoughts your way.

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  51. I am sorry that you have found yourself in the hospital early.

    However, I am thrilled that you are in a place where you are surrounded by caring people who are taking fantastic care of you, Ron, and Mook!!! It's gotta be scary and hard but you are doing a great job and Ron will know how hard you worked for him!! ~Hugs and prayers~

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  52. Oh sweetie...I'll be thinking of you, Mook, and little Ron. Stay in there a while longer, little guy--that's an ORDER!

    ;)

    ((HUGS))

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  53. I'll be thinking about you and Ron and Mook. I'm so glad that you and Mook were together when it was time to go, and that you're there so that they can keep an eye on the two of you to make sure you stay safe and healthy.

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  54. I think Ron just wanted to meet his fabulous parents earlier than expected. You are in my thoughts, but it sounds like you are in the best hands and well loved so I will sleep tonight knowing you are safe and wait for your next update. At least you have your computer to keep you a little more sane. Good luck and keep cooking.

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  55. Clearly I need to get on twitter! Sorry to hear you're in the hossy; hope Ron stays in a while longer. Thinking of you!

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  56. You know if I lived closer I'd be popping in for a visit. It stinks that we're so far away. The hospital is the best place for you. They will take good care of you and Ron. As always you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  57. I'm glad you're getting fantastic care but I'm also sorry for the loss of "normal".

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  58. Happy Birthday, Mook...:)
    JJ, all the best to you, Mook and Ron. It seems that you are handling this gracefully. Let's hope that Ron keeps cooking a little longer and that your cardiac issues clear themselves right up!
    JP

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  59. Glad you're safely in the hospital - too bad Madame Pomfrey isn't there to see to Ron's well being! I bet SHE could do something about a previa...

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  60. JJ, now how did you manage to post all that and sound calm and well? You amaze me. I am glad you completely under the supervision of the doctors and that they are helping ron mature his lungs in advance in case he needs it.

    Wishing you an uneventful birth! :-)

    And, please wish Mook a happy birthday.

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  61. JJ, Thinking of you, Mook & Ron and keeping you all in my prayers. I have so enjoyed your blog, I've been following since Redbook. As sucky as being in the hospital can be, remember to take moments to enjoy this special time that you & Ron have together, and don't forget to relish your last days with Mook as "kid free" :)

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  62. Sounds like you really had a scary time of it. I am glad you are in such good hands. I pray that Ron will remain where he is for a little longer. But I am also sure that he will be absolutely fine if he makes his appearance sooner. God bless!

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  63. Whoa! Here's hoping Ron cooks for a while longer but glad you're in the right place if he decides he wants out ;)

    Thinking of and praying for you all!

    xxx

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  64. It sounds like the hospital is taking good care of you. Hang in there Ron xo

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  65. All my prayers are with you guys!

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  66. Sorry you're cooped up in the hospital, but glad to hear all is well. I hope you get to cook Ron until he is big and strong and that all goes smoothly! Hang in there!

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  67. You and Ron and Mook are in my thoughts and prayers, and I am so glad you are being well cared for. Hang in there, JJ!

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  68. Glad to hear that you and Ron are doing okay. Hope the rest of your hospital stay is long and boring ;). Good luck!

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  69. I'm relieved to know you have a wonderful doctor and staff looking out for the whole family. You are def. in my thoughts and prayers.

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  70. Sorry that you're cooped up in the hospital--also glad to hear that Ron is staying put for the time being!
    Hoping all goes perfectly when Ron is ready (hopefully in a few more weeks).

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  71. Sounds like you are in the best place for now. Hang in there!

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  72. Oh my gosh... Ron's almost here!!! How very exciting. Although, I'm with you that it'd be nice if he cooked a little longer...I'll send up a prayer as well. Glad to see that you're in good spirits and that you're in a safe place now.

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  73. Well I'm sorry you have to stay in the hospital that long but I'm really glad you made it there ok and they're watching you and taking care of you.

    You are in the best place you can be for both you and Ron. Stay positive (well try to - I would be going NUTS in your position!) and keep cooking that boy!!!

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  74. Good luck with everything, I will be thinking about you all!!

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  75. Hang in there sweetie. Bedrest is frustrating, but you are SO in the right place. I'm glad things are going okay. The whole NICU thing is scary, but having been through it with 2 31-weekers, I KNOW you can do it. And Ron will come through like the champ he is. Email me anytime if you need NICU support! Although I'm hoping Ron stays in there as long as possible. All I can say is get lots of pillows for all that time in a yucky hospital bed!

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  76. The hospital can be a boring place, but you are in the right place considering your circumstances. My hubby spent a lot of time in the chair next to me, I know he was bored too, but it was great to have him there.

    Good luck!

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  77. Wow! I'm sorry that you're in the hospital, but SO glad to hear that Ron is well. Hang in there! I'll be thinking of you guys and hoping that he hangs out just a bit longer, but no matter what that he arrives healthy and happy. :-)

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  78. Oh babe, I'm thinking of you, Mook and ron. Hang in there, you're doing a great job! I'm praying for you guys.

    xoxox
    Flicka

    PS~I don't know if they'll move it or what the state of your veins is, but there's one on the back of your forearm that's out of the way, just below the elbow. Best. spot. EVER. It doesn't get in the way of anything, you can bend your arm, and you don't get your lines caught on much when you have it there. Might be worth asking about if you feel up to it. xx

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  79. That's my friend, JJ...always so bright and sunny even though she is subsisting on hospital food for weeks (we hope) on end as she waits for baby Ron to grow. Grow baby grow! Take care momma. Thinking of you.

    xoxo,

    Ms. Planner & Missy

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  80. JJ! POOR YOU :(

    I've said a little prayer that all stays uneventful until at least the babes can be born safely! Thinking of you and sending some more HUGs and kissy things.

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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