Near the end of the babysitting, my feet were really swollen. Really, really swollen. I know that a lot of pregnant women swell, but it was abnormal. Jeffrey felt a prompting that we should go check my blood pressure. Thank goodness for my husband. We went to Rite Aid (thank goodness for 24-hour drug stores!), and it was not pretty. Healthy blood pressures are under 120. We did mine four times, and it was in the 150s to 170s each time. That's not good.
So, we went to the hospital last night. We were admitted around 10:30 pm. They ran a bunch of tests, and I do have preeclampsia. That's when the fun began. They moved me into this beautiful big room and hooked me up to a bunch of things. :) I have the two external monitors (for contractions and the baby's heartbeat), an IV with normal fluid and magnesium sulfate, a catheter to monitor my urine output, and Cervidil to try to get my cervix ready for labor and delivery.
In about an hour or an hour and a half, they'll check my cervix and start me on Pitocin. I have been having very steady contractions, so we are hopeful that Jill will come out vaginally. If she doesn't, then it would be a Cesarean. Due to the dangerous nature of preeclampsia, Jill has to come out today.
All things considered, I am feeling great. My only real complaint is the effects of the magnesium sulfate. It makes me feel very, very warm (but my temperature shows that I'm actually pretty cold), and it's giving me a headache. I put up with it for about 3 hours, but then I decided to take some Tylenol. My body didn't put up with the Tylenol very well. I threw up immediately. On the plus side though, I'm not nauseous at all. It was just the same old same old problem I've had my whole life: I'm not very good at swallowing pills. The sad part was that it took too long to get the throw-up bucket, so the first round of vomit was just all over my chest. Hehe. That was a thrill.
But seriously, they have me closely monitored, and I am doing great. Jill is doing very well, too. Her heartbeat has remained very strong and steady, and she's been moving regularly. So, Jeff and I feel very, very blessed (and a little bored and extremely excited!).
Pictures of my luxurious accommodations
I feel like I'm in a nice hotel, but when you open the drawers you find medical instruments instead of extra blankets. :)
Gotta let the fam know what's goin' on
Jeff and I (The wet wash cloth was my first attempt to soothe my headache. Sadly, in the violence of the vomit, the cloth was thrown off and landed in the barf bucket. Ew.) ;)