Archive for February, 2009

I had my appointment today with the peri.  It was with the male doctor I met with last week and wasn’t crazy about. 

He ran late.

3 hours late.

Yup.  3 hours.

The nurse, for shits and giggles, took my BP after I was waiting for a long, long, long, long time.  It was high.  How high? 160/10-something.  I told her I was irritated.

But – like the other peris at the UKM, once I got into the room with him, I was 100% his. 

I didn’t feel that way last time and BJD was prepared to tell this guy to slow down.  But nothing needed to be said.  In fact, when he asked (in German) if I had any concerns other than the Braxton-Hicks contractions I’ve been having, I asked him for clarification (in German).  He responded that we could speak english.  Woohooo.  You betcha I did!  And know what?  His english was good (Mrs. Spit – is that proper grammer there?  I know I can say he speaks well, but I always get confused when I speak of someone’s speaking ability.)

So onto the appointment.

My BP is too high.  My diastolic (bottom number) is consistently running around 100.  He discussed with an “oberartzt” (higher up doc) and I’m to start methyldopa 3x daily at a low dose.  Of course, sourcing it has turned out to be a problem.

You see, the Apothekes (pharmacies) here in Duelmen are CLOSED from 1:00pm forward on Wednesdays.  Our appointment was at 9:30, we didn’t leave until after 1:00.  BJD had to go to the “Dienstapotheke” (or emergency pharmacy that HAS to serve you – they rotate within the city by day).  They didn’t have it in stock and would have it by 6:00.  He went to pick it up at 6:00.  Nope.  Apparently there was a problem with their supplier (?!?!) and they wouldn’t have it until noon tomorrow. 

We’ll try our local apotheke tomorrow. 

Little girl is doing BEAUTIFUL!  She’s right on track for everything.  Blood flow to her is still in the “okay” range and she’s growing and thriving.  *VBG*

He did explain that I will NOT be going past 40 weeks.  In fact, if I were 37 weeks today, we’d probably be discussing delivery. 

If anything happens over the next week, I’ll more than likely be hospitalized until I hit full-term (next Thursday) and then delivery would happen.  And as of next week, well, I can be delivered at any time.

A VBAC is an option, as is a repeat c-section.  Everything depends on if I am induced or if I go into labor on my own.  And, of course, so long as the BP meds can get my numbers into a good range (I think he said under 150/under 100 is what they’re looking for – but not 120/80 as that would be too low right now), I’m going full-term AT HOME.

Home stretch – here we come!!!

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Which is why I haven’t written. I received the new charger in record time – ordered it from ebay in the States and wow! I was super impressed with both the price and shipping time!

But did it work?


With a little encouragement from my brother (thanks bro!) I opened up the back and cracked open the laptop.  What did I find?  Nothing that I could fix, not that I could see anything wrong.  I’m sure it’s the actual plug itself – the female part if you will – where the adapter goes into that is bad/loose/something not right.

So here I am, writing from BJD’s laptop once again.

And I sit here, waiting for the word to get a netbook – it’s smaller than what I am used to, but in my price range.  (Although if you ask BJD right now, nothing is in our price range.)  🙂

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The charger on my laptop has crapped out on me.


I have a Gateway.  It’s not even 3 years old.  I’ve had to replace the hard drive, the battery and now am awaiting a new charger – well, I call it a charger, I think the “official” word is adapter.  But who cares? Not me.

So I’m writing from BJD’s work computer.  A good old Dell.

On the plus side, IF my laptop won’t charge, I get a new laptop.  And I definately will not be getting another Gateway.

On the negative side, while it was charged, I did not back it up.  I’m hoping to get enough of a charge to back it up soon.  But as a friend pointed out, I should be able to get a backup made from the hard drive.  I just don’t want to mess with that. 

Any suggestions for a decent laptop for mostly internet browsing and personal use? 

I’ve recently been introduced to a netbook.  Any opinions?

BTW – I’m still pregnant.  Further along than last time.  Woohoo!  Preeclampsia is beginning to win but I’m not giving in that easily!  As a reminder, if you want to read the updates, just let me know!  I find myself being more open with the emotional aspect of it all with a password.

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and I’m okay with it.

I’m now officially more pregnant than last time.  And while I’m sad that this is probably the last time I will be pregnant, BJD and I are not making any permanent decisions yet.

I am getting NSTs every 2 days.  Baby girl is doing well.

My BP is starting to really go wonky.  And well, yesterday while rushing to get out the door, I saw stars.  Literally.  I stopped, rested a few and took my BP. 

Let’s just say that it was very high.  But like I told BJD, I needed to eat.  We were heading to his mom’s for dinner. 

We took my BP machine with us, ate, laughed and talked with his family then I took my BP again.  150/100.  *sigh* much better. 

Yes, 150/100 is good for me.  It’s what I call, my new norm.

But edema has started in my legs.  I commented on it during my last peri visit – and at that time it was chalked up to normal pregnancy symptoms because it would go away in the morning.  But I notice it’s staying longer and I can just feel the water swelling in my body.

If anything feels weird in the next day, we’re heading straight into L&D.  Until then, I have another peri appointment Wednesday morning at 11:30 our time.

In the meantime, my hospital bag is packed and in the car.  Has been for the past week.  Baby girl’s clothing (i.e. Henry’s baby clothes that are gender neutral) are washed and mostly folded.  Cloth diapers are prepped and stocked in the changing table (little prefolds – man, they are CUTE!).  Newborn wool is washed and lanolized, ready for little girl’s butt.

I’ve ordered some incredibly cute Zutano clothing and a few pairs of wool pants as diaper covers.  I even had 2 custom longies made – one pair for Henry as a gift from his sister and one for little girl.  His are blue and grey, hers are pink and grey.  I think they went out last last week so hopefully we’ll get them soon. 

Oh – and my laptop charger has completely crapped out on me.  Which means no pics for a while – even though I have a cute pic of me with my belly that I just can’t believe is supposed to get bigger!!!  (I’m on BJD’s work computer for now.)  If I can convince him, I will upload it here and share with ya’ll …

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34 Weeks!

This is my milestone week.

I have to double-check, but I think Bubba Joe was born at 34+2.  This is the week that if I will be more pregnant than ever before.

We had our peri appointment this morning.  Little girl was laying funny and well, I think she doesn’t like the peri.  But, overall, we’re okay! 

I will continue to have NSTs every 2 days. If there is a bad one (like earlier this week or even last week), I’m to go immediately to L&D.  Do not pass go, do not collect $200.  So, I go Saturday to L&D (since my OB is closed), my OB on Monday then back to my peri on Wednesday.  Wednesday will also be the last day for me to take LDA (low dose aspirin).

Stuff for little girl is pretty much all taken care of – gotta love me the internet!  Cradle, glider, and some cute girl clothing should all be here (hopefully) within the next week/week and a half.  And guess what? I did the ordering!  I had say in what we get – it wasn’t me reminding BJD (yet again) that we needed a bed and a chair.  🙂

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So the second NST today went okay.  Not great, but okay.  So, I’m home.

We go to the Uni-Klinik to see my peri first thing Thursday morning.  I’ll be 34+0 weeks pregnant!

Will definately keep ya’ll updated!

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Crap crap crap crap crap.

Her heartrate was ALL OVER THE PLACE this morning.  Up and down and up and down.  And while normally that might be okay, the highs were borderline too high.

I didn’t eat breakfast before going into my regular OB.  All I needed was a NST. BJD was supposed to call first thing this AM but didn’t call until after 9:00’ish.  They told him better to come in sooner than later because their day was full.  I quickly showered (as quickly as possible with this belly – whew, it gets more and more interesting getting bigger and bigger!) and off we went.  I did not want to eat because I thought the sugar/carbs from breakfast might just give her too much energy. 

I was wrong.

Her numbers were high again. 

So, my OB said we can either go into the Uni-Klinik or come back in the afternoon.  After speaking for a few minutes, I told her I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet (it was now past 11:00am).  She said that it could also be that I’ve not drinken enough – which I knew I hadn’t yet.

I also told her that I’m afraid to go into the Uni-Klinik because I’m afraid they’ll keep me.  Silly, I know.  But if I can be okay without going in, I’d prefer it that way.

We agreed – we go back this evening at 6:00pm for a 2nd NST.  In between now and then, I’m to hydrate myself.  If the numbers are still not good, off immediately to the Uni-Klinik we go.  If the numbers are okay, we can go home.

So, if I post again later, you’ll know the 2nd NST went well.

If not … I’m in the hospital.  Praying for the health of little girl.

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