Monday, August 24, 2009

Long Day and GUS

From 11:30 today:

I was at the doctor's office for about an hour and a half this morning. Most of that time was spent on the monitor. It was quite a feat to get Jimmy's heartbeat on the monitor; the nurse chased her around for like 10 minutes before the doctor came back in and finally "'caught" her. I was laughing at her rambunctiousness. Here's what we found ... I am still having contractions - a few that took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. Just took another dose of TERB. So shaky it's tough to type.

The doctor checked my cervix - not so delightful - it is not open but she's concerned that it maybe shortening already. I am scheduled to go to Maternal Fetal Medicine - they handle high-risk pregnancies and what-not - this afternoon. These specialists will do an ultrasound to measure the cervix and decide on a course of treatment for controlling the contractions.

At this point, there is no cause for the contractions - the bladder infection came back negative.

Today at 5:30:

Ugh! It's been a long day. My second appointment of the day - the ultrasound - took 2 full hours followed by a few errands ... lunch because I was starving, picking up a prescription, and grabbing a few groceries for dinner. I am finally home and resting.

The ultrasound included lots of time spent looking at BGV 2.0. It was so, so, so good to see her - I couldn't help but relax and smile and just soak up all of her cuteness. She's still measuring on the small side, but looking very healthy and active.

After getting a good look at the baby, I had the pleasure of having my vag invaded for the second time today. Delightful, I tell ya! The cervical measurement came out in the normal range, which means the contractions haven't affect the cervix - good news!

It appears - barring any other diagnosis - that I have GUS, Grumpy Uterus Syndrome. While this is not a medical term, hubby and came up with it on the way home and it cracked us up - a laugh we very much needed. Besides it sounds more tolerable than Irritable Uterus. Regardless what you call it, it means I'll probably have contractions for weeks and months. I'll be taking extra-strength Motrin three times a day to keep the contractions at bay. My cervical length will be measured weekly or every other week ... more vag-invasions in my near future. Resting - and figuring out a different channel for all this 2nd trimester energy - is part of the treatment, too ... as if that's even possible with a two-year old to take care of and entertain!

I can't thank you enough the care, concern, calls and comments :)


Miss Mel said...

We have been thinking of you all day long and we all said special prayers for you tonight before kids bedtime. Much love and thoughts are with you from the Bugaj Family!

Oliver'sMom said...

So glad there's a plan in place and that you are both safe. Please DON'T hesitate to call if you need a hand with anything; Ollie and I wouldn't mind one bit if you needed someone to take his pal "Natty" out to the zoo or a park some Sat or Sun. Keep resting, I'm thinking about you all! ;-)

Jaime said...

GUS made me laugh...I know it was a laugh you and CPV needed, too :). I'm so sorry you have to go through this! Sending loads of love from WV~J, J, and D

Chi-town momma said...

Love your positive attitude. GUS :) Rub your belly and now go get some rest! Love you, friend! (sorry for my rambling messages today!)

Emmett Joseph said...

I'm glad you have a plan in place, and I'm happy that you got to see so much of BGV today. I'm sure that brought you a lot of peace. Can't wait to see you on Sunday!

Janelle said...

Darn GUS! We will keep praying. Thanks for the updates.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Good luck, I am totally praying/thinking of you!

Jessica said...

Thanks for the updates. I've been thinking of you all day! Sorry about GUS, but glad it's not affecting Baby V 2.0. I'll call you tomorrow. :-)

Big Mama Cass said...

Wow, motrin? really? I didn't know you could take that while pregnant at all.

In other news... your captcha is totally asking me to type in BOOBE... like as in boobie? seriously?? lmao!!

Minkz said...

Hey, I do hope you feel better soon. Its no fun to have contractions right now... :( but will send you good baby vibes.
Take care.. and so excited that you are having another girl... :) sisters are definitely the best. And i can give you hand-me downs from Aahana for sure. :)

Jessica said...

I'm so sorry that you have GUS. That doesn't sound like fun at all. I wish I was close by to help with Nat. Keep us posted and you'll be in my prayers.

Laura and Kelly Allen said...

I'm so glad you are keeping up your sense of humor... GUS and vag-invasions. I'm glad the baby and you are OK, though it doesn't sound very fun.

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