Tuesday, January 24, 2006

What a night...

Tonight around 6, I noticed my contractions were starting to be regular, and about 5 minutes apart. They weren't hurting so much as they were uncomfortable. Forrest got home around 6:30, and I asked if he wanted to go get dinner at Moe's (burrito place in Falls Church). My contractions still weren't letting up, but I wondered if maybe some activity would make them subside. All during dinner, they were still happening, and I realized it'd been an hour and a half. So I called my doctor, who suggested we head to the hospital to make sure I wasn't in pre-term labor.

Got to the hospital, checked in and all that jazz, and they led us down to triage. They hooked me up to a fetal heartbeat monitor and a contraction monitor. At first, the lady put the monitor up way too high and it didn't read diddly-squat, even though I was having some contractions. Secondly, she placed me almost flat on my back, and I was not comfortable at ALL. Finally, I managed to convince her to move the thingy down, and I attempted to get into a comfortable position. About that time, my contractions started showing up on the monitor... every 5 minutes like I'd been feeling (up until that point, I was worried it was all in my head, and that I was the crazy lady who cried "Wolf"). They called my doctor who said it was too early for me to go into labor, so they gave me a shot of Terbutaline to stop the contractions. It promptly halted them, which was good.

We're home for now, and I'm dead tired. I had plans on telling you all these funny stories about the trip to the hospital, but I'm just too exhausted. For now, here's a list for you (more for me) so I can expound upon these thoughts later on.

-Hospital Gowns
-Nurses w/ self-proclaimed "short-fingers"
-Contraction spikes when said nurse does internal exam
-What happens when you laugh while hooked to the fetal monitor
-How impossible it is to stop laughing when you find out what happens
-How incredibly AWESOME Forrest was during the whole time, and how calm he kept me
-Eavesdropping on the nurses and what they're talking about w/ other patients
-Watching other women's contractions on the monitor
-Ice chips and my dreams of having snow cream syrup to put on them
-much more, that's all I can remember for now...

So tune in tomorrow, when I may have a more coherent, witty commentary on our trip to the hospital!! :)


Isabel said...

What a drag. I hope you (and baby) are doing better today.

Keep us posted!!!

Erika said...

So glad you are paying such close attention, and thank you for the update!

VHMPrincess said...

Hope you guys are getting some good rest today! And that the preterm labor doesn't return...