Thursday, October 30, 2008

In the hospital

Well, after 2 uneventful weeks of the doctor saying I was "doing awesome," I somehow ended up in the hospital all of a sudden yesterday. The trouble started in the morning when the nurse called to tell me that I'd registered 10 contractions in an hour. I gave myself an extra bolus of terbutaline and remonitored; doing that cut my contraction count in half, but I was still over my threshold of four. I remonitored again in the afternoon—same story: five contractions in an hour. That's when the nurse called to tell me that the doctor wanted me to come to the hospital.

Ted brought me to triage, where they put me on a contraction monitor for over an hour. When they saw that I was still contracting every 5 to 6 minutes, they decided to admit me for overnight observation. Once I got to my room, I found out that the doctor wanted to put me on a magnesium sulfate pump to "wipe out" my contractions. So they hooked me up and I prepared to be miserable. Fortunately, I tolerated the prescribed dose very well; the only side effect I experienced was that I felt very hot. We turned the air down and got a fan, and I was fine for the rest of the night (although Ted just about froze to death—sorry, honey!).

This morning I am having contractions every 10 minutes or so, which is better than yesterday but still not great. The resident told me that sometime today they will give me a steroid shot to accelerate development of the babies' lungs. They say it's just a precaution, but the nurse did mention that they give the shot to women who have a very good chance of delivering in the next few days. It's scary because I am not feeling any pain or anything different, yet they are telling me that these babies could come at 25 weeks and 3 days.

Please pray with us that I can keep these babies cooking for at least 3 more weeks. Thanks to a visit from my mom last weekend, the nursery is ready to go, but just about everything else (including those four little bodies) is not!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh my ... that's scary.
The incredible four need to listen to mommy - tell them that they can't move out until their lease is up mid to end of December.:)
Trust that God will take care of you and the four cuties!
Sending tons of good vibes! Love, Gabriele

Becky B said...

"The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." Isaiah 58:11
Praying for you!!!!
Becky & Chris

Angela said...

May God comfort you and keep those babies cookin a little longer. God is good! Im so proud of you, you've got amazing strength Suzy!
Love ya
ang

Heather said...

Oh no! I was just going to email you today to see if you still wanted a visit on Saturday after the birthday party...sounds like that's a no-go (well, not with Sam in tow, at least). Have Ted let us know if people are allowed to come see you or not, and we'll be happy to pop in. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!

Anonymous said...

Hey Suzy, I had a bad feeling after not hearing back from you on a message I sent yesterday. I'm praying for you guys as you try to convince those cute babies to stay put longer! I like the idea too of using the line on them that they can't move out until the end of their lease! Try logic with them!!

Kim

The Murray Crew said...

Hey Suzy,

Jen and I are praying for you and your babies, hopefully you can go home and wait a few weeks before they make their debut.

Let us know if we can help you in any way.

Brad and Jen

Ashley Z said...

Suzy,

Saying extra prayers for you today. I was on mag sulfate (one of the highest doses possible) with my daughter, Addison. The side effects can be a little crazy but, if tolerated, the medicine can do its job. My specific prayer will be that the mag works, you tolerate it, that the babies develop quickly, and that each of them develops surfactant miraculously early.

Ashley

brittany brooks said...

oh my i am about to go threw the same thing you went threw... i am 6 week pregnant with quads

Suzy said...

Brittany, I found out about our quads at 6 weeks, and I remember ALL the emotions ... feel free to e-mail me at four-by-two@hotmail.com for advice, hope, whatever. :) Best of luck to you!

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