Missy and I had our 33-week checkup this morning. First the good news:
The babies are enormous. Both Baby A (S) and Baby B (R) each weight just over four pounds, while Baby C (J) weighed in at a whopping five pounds. FIVE! She must be hogging all the food, or making the most of Missy’s roomy rib-cage…or both. But…dang. All three babies are growing right on or close to their projected schedule. And after some gentle persuasion, all three were moving and demonstrating their “practice breathing.”
Then came the BP check…and the not-so-good news:
Missy had an elevated blood pressure, and she was showing signs of swelling that she hadn’t previously shown before. Mix those symptoms in with a persistent headache and quite a few more contractions than normal and you can guess what happened next. Another ticket to the hospital.
And by hospital I mean former Soviet prison deep within the Eastern Bloc.
There was practically no room in the Inn for Missy when we checked into Mercy’s Maternity Triage & Treatment unit; we were informed that Missy was being placed in the very last available bed. We soon found out that this room was not meant for inpatient care at all, but rather outpatient observation (read: not intended for overnight stay). However, since they were completely full, they had no other choice. Linoleum floors, gurney-like bed, and a poorly placed TV all made for a cold and uninviting welcome.
“At least you have a window”, our nurse told us. “Six out of our seven outpatient rooms don’t even have windows.”
Lucky us. Missy’s room, which is in the new wing of Mercy, overlooks the older building, which one could easily mistake for Cold War-era Czechoslovakian military barracks. The 50 degree temps with the cold wind and rain didn’t help things either. None-the-less…Missy is now settled in to her (hopefully temporary) hospital digs. As soon as an inpatient room becomes available, she will be moved.
Some of the nursing staff has recognized Missy and welcomed her back; they are doing everything they can to make her as comfortable as possible. She is confined to laying on her left side and has been given meds for the headache and contractions, but the general opinion is that she will remain in the hospital until delivery…which has now been bumped up to the middle of next week, given that all goes well until that point.
We’re excited, but super nervous. Please continue to pray for Missy and the babies….and keep checking back for updates! We love you all!