Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Further adventures of Nico and Phred

When I went to the loo yesterday morning, there was a big ol' chunk-o-mucus on the tp. Not enormous, but big enough for me to be concerned. Slightly larger than an M&M (Smartie, for those of you across the pond. Or do you have M&Ms over there these days?). I started to write a post asking about what the size of the mucus plug would be, if that's what it was, but then decided I was just being silly, and should call the doctor's office and ask them.

So they had me come in for triage again. A quick check of my cervix... was not as quick as they had been in the past, so I was prepared for bad news. Turned out not to be so bad - still closed, but now 70% effaced. So not great either. Back to Labor and Delivery for more monitoring.

The monitoring again showed that Phred is doing just fine, but my contractions are still on the order of 4-5 minutes apart. This time they decided to try hydration, despite my protests that I was quite well hydrated, thank you very much. A liter of oral fluids and 2 liters of IV fluids later, they said I was right, that hydration was not the problem. Yeah.

Two more checks of my cervix by a different midwife showed no change, but she definitely agreed with the initial estimation that it was shorter. So, they sent me home again, home again, jiggety... no jogging allowed! And made me an appointment for an u/s this morning.

The u/s, thankfully, was definitively good. My cervis was measuring at 3.3cm, where generally pre-term labor isn't thretened unless it's less than 2cm. So I think that we can finally start to relax a bit, although I still plan on being hypervigilant about the symptoms of PTL.

So a few more wracked nerves later, it looks like we'll make it at least a couple more weeks. And every week that goes by is good!!

Thank you all so much for your good thoughts and wishes through these trials :-)

15 comments:

Leigh said...

Phred's just eager to meet you guys but just tell him/her to hold on for a while longer! Hugs, prayers and good thoughts coming your way. Hang in there and keep thinking positively.

One Mother's Journey said...

Oh Nico, this kid is going to drive you nuts before it's even here... lol.

I'm sorry your going through all this but thanksfully things sounds stable. I'm sure your nervous though - hang in there.

Kim said...

How annoying. It's great to hear that you're both doing well but this must be driving you crazy! I really hope this settles down soon.

Hoping said...

so glad things are good and take it easy!

Molly said...

Man, it must be scary for you. Hang in there. Every day that kid stays firmly lodged is a good day.

Rebecca said...

You sound so calm - you're handling this so much better than I ever would. I'm sorry you keep having these scares. I hope Phred stays put for several more weeks.

S. said...

Take it easy. :)
It's good to hear that you're trying to be as calm as can be.
Sending you lots of best wishes.

pixi said...

Never a dull moment for you, eh? Well, I truly hope that you won't have to face any serious "excitement" for some time yet. Still, it must be quite a head trip to deal with all these goings on. I hope you're doing OK, despite it all.

pixi said...

Never a dull moment for you, eh? Well, I truly hope that you won't have to face any serious "excitement" for some time yet. Still, it must be quite a head trip to deal with all these goings on. I hope you're doing OK, despite it all.

elle said...

Hell, Nico, this kid is already giving you a run for your money ;-) I am sending soothing, womblike thoughts to Phred - hold tight, little one. Your time will come - in three months. I'm glad things look better. Take good care of yourself Nico.

Kath said...

Dear Nico, I am so sorry this scary ride is continuing. Thinking of you and hoping Phred starts chilling out soon, and stays inside for a good long while.

Alexa said...

Ugh. This must be horribly nerve wracking. I am relieved to hear that your cervix is at least continuing to stay long, even if your uterus is shockingly ill-behaved. I will be thinking of you.

Liz said...

What a scary experience. Glad all is well.

April said...

Oh, Nico. Phred's making ME nervous ;)

Thinking of you, and keeping you in my heart.

tonya said...

Wow, I'm right there with ya... 32 weeks with PTL and pre-e. Very scary.

Praying your little one Stays Put!