This isÂ basically justÂ how it went when I went to the hospital for kidney stones. And of course, even though I was in excrutiating pain, I couldn’t stop giggling because I just kept replaying this scene in my head. And I’m pretty sure the nurse thought I was delirious because I was giggling so much, and when I tried to explain she just looked at me like I was crazy and said, “we’ll try to get that pain medication in here as soon as possible, hon.”
Seriously? My kidney stones are back. Not as excrutiatingly painful as last time, but STILL! So, I’m “relaxing” as much as I can and drinking TONS of water again. Although I think I’ve really been drinking tons of water anyway, but whatever. I have my vicodin on hand as well, but I’m trying not to take it because I really don’t want to just sleep through my days.
At my 38 week appointment yesterday, doc told me that she wants me to get an epidural as soon as I check in during labor, for 2 reasons:
- I’m prone to kidney stones (clearly). If I get dehydrated at all during labor, I could be looking at dealing with both the pain of kidney stones AND the pain of labor… yuck.
- The scars on my cervix that were originally preventing me from getting pregnant in the first place are going to be “uncooperative” when IÂ go into labor and she suspects that I will NOT dilate even though I’ll beÂ advancing in labor… so she’ll probably have to manually dilate me, which will be, in her words,Â excrutiating and awful.Â She also told me that when I do check into the hospital, I need to have them call her right away because they’ll try to send me home since I won’t be dilated. Eeek!
So I guess that takes away the guesswork. I’ll be getting the drugs. I’m a little disappointed because I was kind of hoping to get through labor without them so my husband could be all proud of me, but I’m seeing less and less reason to put myself through that pain when my labor is looking like it might be more abnormal. Bummer. But not. :)
So… now we wait.
Due Date: 9 more days.
Thought I’d just update those of you who follow but aren’t my facebook friends… I’m due in 3 weeks! EEEEEK! The nursery is done (will post pics soon) with the exception of the dresser which came missing 10 parts (grrrrr). I received some AWESOME gifts at my baby shower, my friends totally rock.
My pregnancy has been super awesome for the most part, with only one major (sort of) hiccup… about a month ago I noticed I was having some serious pains in my left side. Adam and Sam laughed at me (I was laughing at myself as well, so they’re not evil) one night while I contorted into all sorts of different positions trying to get comfortable and escape the pain, but I couldn’t really get it to go away. I finally fell asleep later that evening, and when I woke up the next morning at 6am I thought I was dying! Just on my left side, searing stabby pain, absolutely no position was comfortable. I spent an hour trying to get comfortable, then went downstairs so I wouldn’t wake Adam with my tossing and turning. After pacing the living room for 15 minutes I started to hurt so bad I thought I was going to throw up, but then I was thinking to myself “OMG I haven’t cleaned the downstairs bathroom in like weeks, I totally can’t puke in that toilet!” so I hobbled upstairs to my nice clean bathroom and laid on the floor for 15 more minutes (never actually got sick). When my doctor’s office opened at 9am I called and explained my symptoms, and they told me to come in. I threw on sweatpants and shook Adam and told him I was leaving… didn’t want to wait for him to wake up fully to drive me!
After successfully driving myself to the office (dumb, dumb idea) without barfing or crashing, the PA told me she wanted me to go to the hospital and check into OB triage. Scary! So again, I drove myself there — didn’t want to wait for a ride. Got to the hospital, had an ultrasound on my kidneys and found out I had kidney stones. YOWZA! So, to stop my long story from being even longer, they gave me an anti-inflammatory shot, sent me home with Vicodin and told me to drink lots and lots of water. I took 3 days off work and never felt the pain again.Â So, I must have passed it.Â Whew! Â Glad that’s over!
Other than that… I feel great! I’m sleeping well, I’m not to sore anywhere, I’m JUST now starting to see a teeny bit of swelling in my ankles and only at night after I’m on my feet all day. I had my 36-week appt yesterday and my doctor thinks my labor will be “an easy one” — whatever that means. It was comforting to hear though! :)
So now… just a waiting game! Adam and I have a co-ed family baby shower tomorrow afternoon, and my last day of work is Friday (WOOOOOHOOOOOO) and then I get to be bored until baby comes. I’m kind of excited to see how it happens… will my water break while I’m sitting on the couch or at the store? Will it even break? Will I think labor is easy at first and then totally freak out? Will I even need drugs? I know now that I won’t be begging for them until MAJOR pain hits… with the kidney stones I surprised myself with my pain tolerance – made it to 4pm when they offered me the shot, never shed a tear – even though it felt like someone had stabbed me with a very large knife in my left side. So, we’ll see. Fingers crossed that baby doesn’t come too early… my mom flies in on the 27th! :)