Just a quick update: my blood pressure dropped well back in to normal range, so we are just waiting for the results of my urine screen. We went ahead and got the corticosteroid shot to develop her lungs on the just in case (there’s no harm to the baby and it won’t require delivery in any certain period of time, mostly it just burns when they shoot it in my tuchus).
The bad news is my creatine is still elevated. That can mean, well, just about anything, but it’s an indicator of kidney dysfunction. For funsies, the on-call high-risk OB (who is freaking hilarious), the resident, and I placed bets on how many kidneys I have. The resident won with her vote of two. The bad news is that normal kidneys means it’s more likely pre-eclampsia. The good news is pre-eclampsia goes away post-baby, while having one kidney is kind of forever (unless it fails and then I would have no kidneys, which would suck). Anyways, the plan sounds like another steroid shot to finish maturing the baby’s lungs (my butt is burning just thinking about it), a small dose calcium channel blocker when I go home to keep my blood pressure down (it will also prevent pre-term labor and help my migraines, but those are just bonus), and rest. I’ll be allowed up for 1-2 hours a day, no strenuous anything, and I’m only allowed to go to work for a few hours once a week. Luckily, 99.9% of my work can be done from anywhere with an internet connection.
For the record, I feel fine. The baby looks and sounds fine. If for some reason my urinalysis comes back obscenely bad then they would take the baby tomorrow, but no one expects that and a 29 week old fetus post-steroid injection would be fine. A few months in the NICU, but ultimately fine. Not that we expect that. The plan now is just to take it easy and follow my discharge instructions and have a full term baby. Oh, and they are scheduling me in with my psychiatrist who I haven’t seen in a long time because I’m obviously feeling overwhelmed and post-partum depression is common in people with a pre-existing history of depression.
Anyways, so far I’m ok and so is she. I fully intend for both of us to stay that way and I’m so thankfully that I chose such a good OB. Thanks for all the kind words, well wishes, and e-mails! It really means a lot!