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 :)