This is my second pregnancy, and at my 20 week ultrasound I was diagnosed with Complete Placenta Previa and put on a number of limitations - no exercise, no lifting, etc. And most important, if I was to have any bleeding I was to go straight to the hospital.
Last Wednesday morning (Nov 25th) I had a small bleed in the morning, so I came right over to the hospital to be seen by Early Labour & Delivery. At that time, they put baby on the monitors and did a gentle exam to see where the bleeding was coming from. Based on the exam, it was determined that I would be admitted. This was somewhat shocking for me, as I hadn't been expecting it.
On Wednesday & Thursday (26th) I recieved two steroid injections to help Baby's lungs develop quicker, so they are stronger if I have to deliver early. On Thursday I recieved an abdominal ultrasound - Baby measured right on track for 29-30 weeks, and the placenta still looked to be complete previa.
On Sunday (29th) in the afternoon, I had another ultrasound, this time a trans-vaginal ultrasound, to get a better look at the cervix itself and where the placenta was lying. Based on this ultrasound, the placenta is low but not actually covering the cervix. However there were a lot of blood vessels over the cervix, which is very concerning. Invasive Previa is now the term we are using.
At this point on Sunday, I was told I would most likely spend the remainder of my pregnancy in the hospital - reason being, if I start to bleed at any point in time, I will be assessed immediately and will most likely have to deliever immidately. This was all extreamly upsetting for me - I cried on and off for the rest of the day.
Emotionally & Mentally I was a mess. Realizing I wouldn't be going home any time soon was hard enough, but knowing that I won't be home for Christmas made it even worse. I talked to Mom and Jake on the phone, and Jake came over later to spend time with me. While he was visiting, we packed up my things and I got moved to a private room, where I will now live until it's time to deliver.
Up until now we have been telling Allie (my 2 year old daughter) that I was away for work - a concept she understands. I've been missing her terribly, but didn't want to upset her by having her see me in the hospital if we didn't have to. Well, now we have to ... so we will create a routine where she and Jake come to visit every couple of days, and hopefully she will be ok with all of it.
On Monday (30th) I had a busy day - I saw my OBGYN, my nurse had me on the monitor for awhile (we do that every morning), had a blood draw, spoke with someone from the Neo-Natal team (got lots of info and took lots of notes), spoke with a Social Worker, and spoke with a Dietician. Mom was also in to spend time with me and help me get more settled into the "new home". I had two friends stop by in the evening for visits as well.
Today, I was awake early, around 6:30. I was up and dressed with the lights on when my OBGYN stopped in on her rounds -- she does her rounds early and has woken me up more than once. Still I managed to forget to ask her to fill out the medical form I need to submitted for my EI claim. There's always tomorrow.
Now I am working on a plan for my "daily routine", so that I feel as human as possible and can keep a positive outlook on things.