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Week 33
Bladder Infection

I spent most of the day in the hospital battling some of the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. It renewed my desire to have a repeat c-section when it is time for this baby to be born. Anyway, I woke up this morning at 5:40 am with some pretty intense pain in my lower left back. It radiated a little to my lower pelvic/abdomen area. It did not feel like contractions because my uterus was not getting hard. It felt like a lot of gas build up or a constipated feeling. Nevertheless, it was very intense and did not let up. After 20 minutes of trying to deal with it, I called dh (Brad) who was working and asked him what I should do. He suggested that I call my OB office and see what they said. So, I called and got my least favorite OB on the staff. Anyway, after telling him what was going on and answering lots and lots of questions, he told me that if I felt it was that bad, I should come in. He made it sound like it was a bother to him.

In the meantime I called Brad, and he came home to get me. I also called my parents who came to get Ryan. My mother called my daycare kids and cancelled daycare for the day, and we were off to the hospital. All this time I was in such intense pain that I could barely stay in my seat for the car ride. A 20-minute ride seemed to take forever. When we finally got there, we had to check in, and the receptionist thought I was in labor because I was crying so hard.

Once I got to the OB unit, I gave a urine specimen, and they put me on the monitor. It was so painful for me to lay there, and I still felt like I was going to die. After a lot of tests and an IV and blood work, they decided that I have a bladder infection, and they, at that point, decided to medicate me for the pain ~ FINALLY!! They gave me a mixture of Phenergan and Nubain which knocked me on my butt. It did not take away the pain, but it took the edge off and allowed me a couple hours of sleep.

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The OB also checked me for effacement and dilation but I was very thick and tight which was good. He scheduled a sonogram and a little later they came for me. I could not keep my eyes open during the sonogram, and I was in a lot of pain again. I did not even pay attention to the sonogram. The tech did tell me that the baby weighed 4 pounds and 9 ounces, but I do not believe that at all since I just had a level II sonogram last week and the baby was only 3.5 pounds by their measurements. I doubt that she grew that much in a week's time. Anyway, when I got back to the room, they medicated me again, and I slept for a while. The scans of my kidney turned out negative so they ruled out kidney stones.

At this point in the afternoon, I still had a lot of pain, but the OB would only give me Tylenol. Amazingly enough, within an hour, I was almost pain-free. They also had put some Ancef in my IV to try and fight the bladder infection. I slept for awhile, and they gave me some Pyridium which is supposed to help fight bladder pain as well. It worked. By 3 pm, I was pain free again. At this point, the OB wrote me a prescription for Keflex (antibiotic) and Pyridium (pain killer), and we came home.

I have never felt pain that intense in my life before, and I hope I never have to again. I have had bladder infections before but NOTHING like this one. I was told that pregnancy can aggravate it. I had the most wonderful nurse in the hospital named Linda Howell, and I hope that I get her again when I go back in 5 weeks for my c-section.

Other than this incident, the week has been uneventful. The baby has been moving non-stop since I posted last week about how scared I was by her lack of movement. I feel pretty good, and my blood pressure has been holding its own for the most part. My regular OB appointment was today but it was cancelled since I was in the hospital. I will see Dr. Bates next week and I also have a sonogram next week with Dr. Dolkart as well. Here is hoping for another uneventful week and another 5 weeks of smooth sailing! :)

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