the only other time i have been in the hospital was when i had isa. well, i am getting a bit ahead of myself.
when i went for my prenatal checkup last week my midwife said she thought she heard and irregular heart beat and referred me to winston for a more detailed ultrasound. i didn't really freak out or anything. i figured i would go down and get the ultrasound and they would tell me that they didn't know what she heard and that i had nothing to worry about. kind of weird for me since i freak out about pretty much everything.
well, i got there and they did the ultrasound for about 45-60 minutes. i got a couple cute 3d pictures of the baby and then they told me to wait for the dr. i still wasn't alarmed at this point. when the dr came in she gave me another ultrasound for about 30 minutes and then the fun began.
they found several "abnormalities" in the baby's heartbeat and brain. then i freaked. i wasn't ready for anything like that. i wont go into a lot of detail because even the part i understand is confusing. they sent me straight to the hospital so they could monitor baby for 24 hours. i had a ton of ultrasounds yesterday and my room was full of doctors for about 4 hours. they ended up taking me off the fetal heartbeat monitor after a little while because the heartbeat is so weird that the machine couldn't read it. about every 2 hours a nurse has t come in and listen manually. the good news is that the irregular heartbeat doesn't seem to be negatively affecting the baby in any other ways.
several downers to the situation are that i will need to drive back to winston (1.5 hr) twice a week for ultrasounds to make sure that the baby's heart stays fine. they had to give me steroid shots to develop the baby's lung in case i have to deliver early. they hurt. also, i wont find out about the brain abnormalities until next week when they do an MRI. i hate waiting.
overall a very stressful and exhausting half a day. hopefully i will be out of here and back home this evening but i have to wait and see what they found from all the test yesterday. fun.