Well, I got admitted yesterday...for all of four hours. Oh well. I wasn't ready yesterday anyway. I really wanted to get through this Sunday. I'll be 38 weeks and I can handle that.
So, I'm having lunch with a friend in the atrium of the women's center (I work at the hospital).
I had a quarter of a coca cola because I was dying for some caffeine and my lunch was some leftover pasta and a small Tupperware of watermelon. We ate and then walked out to the parking lot to get something from my car. When we came back in I was winded a bit but not bad. Another friend came up and asked to feel my belly. I allowed her to do that but when she did she was pressing hard. It was like she was trying to grab a baby body part and all of a sudden I had a hard contraction and shortness of breath. I told her to stop a second and the next thing I knew I was having heart palpitations. My heart was racing hard and it felt like it was stuck. I sat down and waited for it to stop. It did not. Last time I had this happen to me it was around 13 weeks and my boss had me put my head between my legs and breathe. It worked. Well, I can't put my head between my legs now...there's a huge belly in the way. LOL.
So, we went up to L&D to ask a nurse to check my blood pressure. I was certain that it must be out of whack as I just had a "check" at my appt on Monday and I don't think that my friend put me in labor by touching the belly. (However, if she had she would be in HIGH DEMAND around town tonight!)
L&D nurse freaked out and admitted me once I said I was 37.5 weeks. I start to cry b/c I just wanted her to check my damn blood pressure and I wanted to go back to work. Now I'm in a panic and my heart is still racing and I can barely talk. My friend Christi was awesome. She somehow stayed calm herself, tried to calm me and managed to give all my info to the registration lady and got me admitted in less than five minutes.
Once I got to a room and I was able to lay on my side the heart racing began to slow. THANKFULLY! My blood pressure was actually low...which I found out can cause the heart racing. My OB ordered lab work and came over pretty quickly to see me. Best we can tell one of two things caused this to happen. Either baby girl got her self nestled on some nerve that caused all this and she moved when I finally laid down on my side. Or the caffeine combined with the sugar in the coke and the watermelon sent me into this episode. I have no idea but no more caffeine for me til after the baby is born!
If it happens again I'm to call or go back to the hospital and I'll get checked out by a cardiologist.
Basically I got sent home to rest and I stayed home today as well. I'm scheduled to work Mon-Wed next week but we'll see what happens. I probably should have just called this week my last week from the beginning. Who knew all the stress that was going to come our way during this pregnancy? I have a nice long weekend and I am no longer driving anywhere by myself by order of my husband. Would hate to have an episode like that in the car. Not to mention I've been driving around town having contractions for two weeks now. So next week I can probably handle three days with door to door service and no traffic to fight.
I'll update on Mike's appt tomorrow. We're heading to bed so we can get up early tomorrow. We've got Lindsay's new bed being delivered in the morning and we're planning on some fireworks tomorrow with friends and family if we're up for it (we being Mike and I).
Time to ice the ankles!!!