Sunday, September 12, 2010

First L&D Visit

So today Trina texts me at work and says there's a possibility she might be leaking amniotic fluid. In the restroom, she noticed a palm sized wet spot in her panties that didn't smell like urine. Later, when she checked again, there was another spot. She put in a call to the nurse who said she needed to get checked out. She really really didn't want to go to the hospital for what might amount to a leaky bladder. I asked her if anyone she ever knew had the same situation, what would she advise them to do? Without question she would tell them to be safe and get checked, so she got dressed and drove to my job. This gave me time to finish up a few things and delegate the rest of my day to my coworkers. Being the incredibly clever gal that she is, she Map.Quested directions to the hospital from my work and got a shorter route than what I would've taken.

When we got to the hospital, they put her right into a room. She had to give them a urine sample and get into a nifty hospital gown. Our nurse looked familiar to me... After running through some of our information she looked at me and said "I know you from somewhere, did your friend give birth here?" I DID have a friend give birth there 3 years before and this was her nurse! She then went on to remind me that she had been a client at my job a while back. I totally remembered her and we chatted for a moment. Small world. Trina's mouth was hung open. She said "Oh my god, you're a freak like her! How do you people remember this shit?" Trina never remembers anyone or anything and I remember the teeniest details from useless interactions that happened years ago. It was fun to run into someone like me. It was even more fun to watch my wife get so flabbergasted. :)

After Nurse S and I caught up, she undertook the tedious task of trying to get 3 fetal monitors on Trina's big belly. It took a while, but we finally managed to get what looked like 3 individual heartbeats registered. Everyone looked good and started kicking the crap out of the sensors. Then she used a test strip to check the pH of the fluid on Trina's perineum. It appeared to be negative for amniotic fluid so she did a second test. This involved sticking a swab inside Trina's vagina for 60 seconds then swishing it in a fluid for another 60 seconds, then putting a test strip in the fluid for 5 minutes. Luckily, that test also came back negative. Trina was feeling silly for "wasting everyone's time" by this point, but the nurse and I kept telling her it was better to get checked and have it come back negative than to not get checked and put the boys in danger. Our nurse gave the on-call doc our test results and boys' heart rates and we were released. :)

I'm SO glad this was just a test run. I want our boys to bake for a few more weeks. I'm also happy with how smoothly everything went. Our hospital bag has been in the car since Tues so we had everything we needed "just in case", I didn't have any freak out moments and now I have a faster way to get to the hospital from work. All in all it went very well.

10 comments:

Courtney said...

I'm SO glad it was just a practice run...but I'm not gonna lie, I've been following your story since I joined BBC and I check your blog daily for news of their births. Granted, they should just stay in a liiiiittle longer! Thanks for keeping us updated :)

K J and the kids said...

I had a few of these. :)
Not for leakage..contractions.
She is doing SO SO SO great.

Have they done a fetal fibronectin (sp) test on her ? It's supposed to indicate whether or not you'll have them in a 2 week period.

Either way....glad you checked and that things were ok.

Candi said...

it was a great practice run for sure!! happy they can bake for longer

N said...

Phew! Glad it was just a test run, but I think you guys did the right thing. :D

H2 said...

What a good experience you had and I'm glad it was a test run and not the real thing. :D Yay for making it another day baking, Trina! You're a rockstar.

Movie Gyrl said...

Thank God that everything turned out well. Loved that the boys were kicking the hell out of that sensor. That is too cute.

Pufferfish said...

So glad to hear that everything is still going well. I know it's got to be so incredibly stressful not knowing "when". She's doing great and I hope she can hold those boys in a few more weeks.

Nicole said...

Good news! Glad they're still in there doing their thing.

Mommies Making Miracles said...

I'm glad that this turned into a pratice run!! We had a few pratice runs ourselves. I can't wait until the babies are born, I can't wait to see what they all look like!

anofferingoflove said...

awesome to hear it was just a false alarm. keep on bakin', boys!!