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Thursday, April 25, 2013

It's been a while...

I suppose this is the fastest and easiest way to update family and friends on my life, if there's still anyone out there reading this blog still. I don't blame ya if you're not. Even I got so bored with me I gave up on it. :)

First off...a few REALLY quick updates.
1) Exactly a year ago we sold our house in South Jordan and started renting an amazing place in Hollday. We absolutely love it here and have found that cleaning a house that was 1200 sq/ft to a house that is 3500 sq/ft to be much easier. There seems to be a place for everything and clutter that took up an entire room only takes up a corner of a room now! Yay!

2) I still have my pinky finger and it looks great, all things considered.

3) Tim and I finally became an aunt and uncle to two adorable boys (Maddox and Dash) and with ANOTHER nephew due in a month (Rowan)! I thought the Spencer family was the best at popping out boys, but as of right now, the Layton clan is killing it!

4) I'm 32 weeks pregnant with boy #3!! And we couldn't be more thrilled!

And now for the real reason I'm updating. This past weekend we went on a family vacation to The San Diego area for a little family reunion. While on the trip I swelled up to epic proportions. I woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and almost cried because my face was so fat and gross. My feet and legs were unrecognizable. I had pitting edema up to my knees. I tried taking it really easy while there. I rested, put my feet up, drank tons of water, and hoped the cool ocean water would help with the swelling. Nothing worked. I had my sis-in-law check my blood pressure. It was a little high compared to my normal readings, but it was still within normal range, so I didn't worry about it.  I chalked it up to the long car ride and elevation change. When we got home Sunday evening, I immediately propped my feet up and put cold packs on them. Within the hour I could see a difference, by morning there were tiny little bumps where my ankles are. I decided against calling the doctor about anything because I had an appointment first thing Tuesday morning. To make an already long story a little shorter, I'll use bullet points to fill in the rest of what happened once I arrived at the doctors:

- found a good amount of protein in my urine
-blood pressure was 164/110
- went immediately to the hospital for blood testing, fetal monitoring, and to start my 24 hour urine test (so fun)
- while there, my doctor sent over a high risk pregnancy doctor to take over my treatment for the most part. He did an ultrasound to check on the baby's growth and the amount of amniotic fluid and to also go over my blood test results and figure out a treatment plan. The baby is measuring 2 weeks behind (with preeclampsia, usually before the mom starts showing any signs of having it, the first thing affected is the baby's growth). The baby is still within normal range but on the very low side. Amniotic fluid and umbilical cord looked good, so that was a plus.
- - my blood test results showed that my platelet counts are slipping and my liver enzymes are increasing.  If this continues to happen, once they slip outside of the normal range, I'll have what is called HELLP Syndrome, which is a serious type of preeclampsia. They will induce me immediately, if that happens.
- blood pressure continued to stay high for the next two hours. My doctor told me they needed to get me to another hospital that can handle a baby born at 32 weeks, because the one I was at was only equipped to handle babies that are 35+ weeks. He was heading to the other hospital anyways, so offered to drive me instead of having to take an ambulance. I asked if Tim could come from work and drive me, he asked me if Tim was medically trained, I said no, and the doc told me nope because I was at a high risk for a stroke or seizure. So, the doc drove me to a different hospital.
- at that point he was pretty sure I was going to have the baby in the next day or so, and wanted to keep me over night for monitoring. I got a steroid shot to help with the baby's lung development. After a couple of hours of checking my blood pressure, he felt it had gone down just enough to send me home and put me on full bed rest instead. :/
- he won't let me go further than 37 weeks, but realistically he's thinking the best case scenario would be me being able to make it to 34 weeks. If I can make it just 2 more weeks, that could save my baby 3-4 weeks in the NICU. He said for every day I can keep the baby inside, it saves the baby 2 days of NICU time. So, we're hoping for longer than 34 weeks!
- I went back to the hospital on Wednesday to turn in my 24 hour urine sample (totally gross). Results came back that evening saying that I definitely have preeclampsia. To be diagnosed with it, there would need to be at least 300 mg of protein in my urine, and I have 506 mg. While that seems like a bit, it's no where near the 5000 mg that would classify me as having severe preeclampsia. So, that's a good thing!

I head back to the doctor first thing in the morning to go the gamut of testing again (blood draws, urine sample, blood pressure check, fetal monitoring, amniotic fluid levels tested, etc). As of right now, I'm supposed to go in about every other day for testing, most likely until they feel it's time for me to have the baby.  I'm totally bored with all this now, as I'm sure you are too, so I'll stop here. I'll probably keep this somewhat updated. I dunno. Maybe I'll update it a lot because I don't have anything else to do besides lay in bed ALL DAY and build a baby.