Hospital Trip

Yesterday I wasn’t feeling well, and started having some cramping in my stomach. After a few hours of feeling like this, I finally called Jamie to see to ask her if she thought I should call my doctor or not. She told me that I probably should given the fact that I have been having issues already.

So when I called they told me that my normal doctor wasn’t on call, and since I was calling after hours they would have a doctor call me back. When the doc called be back he said that the only way they could evaluate me was if I went into labor and delivery at the hospital and had them check me. I was thinking great now how am I going to get there, since I am not supposed to drive and Michael was not here. So I called my mom who said that she would come out here.

When I got to the hospital, Michael was there waiting on us. I was very glad to see him. We went up to the second floor, and they took me back to the labor and delivery triage. Of course I showed up during shift change and it took them about an hour to come and actually hook me up to the monitors and check me out.

Nora’s heart rate was fine and in the 140’s, and I wasn’t having any contractions. They started to check out other things. They checked my urine and my cervix. My cervix was fine, just really soft but not dilated. My urine however, had bacteria in it. They said that could be why my stomach felt strange and hurt.

So after 3 hours on a very on uncomfortable bed, I got to go home. They gave me some medication for my UTI, and told me to drink a lot of water. I was just glad to be going home.

Michael had to go back to work, but I was hungry, so Momma and Linda said that they would take me to get something to eat. So I went to Cracker Barrel in my pajama pants that have moose on them. Then Linda took me home.

I was glad to get home, and Evie was very happy to see me.

Cinnamon

For the past few days I have been craving cinnamon, so I thought I would post some health benefits of it. Enjoy!

Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.

Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.

In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.

When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.

One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.

Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.

It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

The Use of Infant Sleep Positioners

The FDA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), are now saying that using infant sleep positioners are dangerous to babies. There have been reported in infants 1 to 4 months of age. The FDA has contacted the makers of these products and have asked them to stop marketing them unless they can prove that any benefit would out weigh any risk of suffocation. If you would like to read one of the articles where I found this information please click here.

A Little About Baby at Week 24

Baby Center

Week Twenty Four: Practices breathing

You are 24 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 22 weeks)

  • The child is now gaining around 3 ounces (90 grams) a week.
  • Baby weighs about 1.3 pounds and is 12 inches long.
  • Baby weighs about 600 grams and is 30cm (crown to heel) long.
  • The eyelids can be seen very clearly.
  • If born at this stage is officially considered viable, they may well be able to survive.
    The lungs are developing branches of the respiratory tree and cells that produce surfactant. This is a substance that helps the air sacs inflate easily and also keeps the small air sacs in our lungs from collapsing. The baby practices breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid into developing lungs. The unborn baby is covered with a fine, downy hair and the skin is protected by a waxy substance. Some of this substance may still be on the child’s skin at birth at which time it will be quickly absorbed.

    Baby gains about 3 ounces this week. The weight is in muscle, bone mass and organs. The body begins to fill out with its appearance increasingly becoming more like that of a newborn. Taste buds begin to form. If mom drinks something strange or bitter, baby may be observed showing his or her distaste.

    Little creases have appeared on his palms. The muscular coordination of the hands has improved as they sucks their thumb. Over the next week or so, the sweat glands will be forming in the skin.

    Mother: Gentle exercise will keep you fit and help you cope with the delivery. Pregnancy yoga, pilates or go for a swim, aquanatal classes are a great way to make friends.

    Baby now weighs about 1.3 pound (600gm) and is around 12 inches (30cm) long.

    After this week your baby is officially considered viable. 36% of babies can survive premature birth at 24 weeks – However, serious complications are still possible.

    Baby Center
    Your baby’s growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he’s almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

    The Bump
    Baby’s now the size of a papaya!
    Baby’s skin is becoming more opaque as the fat starts to pack on. And, thanks to the formation of small capillaries, her newly thick skin is taking on a fresh pink glow.

    Pregnancy Today
    An important milestone this week: Your baby is now viable. In other words, she’d have a good (around 40 percent) chance of survival, with medical help, if she was born right now. Nevertheless, with every day that passes, her lungs mature a little more and her chances of survival get better.

    Your baby is very active because she still has plenty of room to move around inside you. Her brain is developing fast. Her skin is still fragile and transparent, with her blood vessels, bones and organs visible through it, but over the coming weeks it’ll thicken and become padded with fat until it’s opaque, like yours.

  • Quote

    I am currently reading “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” By Ina May Gaskin. At the beginning of the book she has had women wright their birth stories for people to read and to be inspired by. Today while I was reading I came across a birth story by Valerie Gramm. She titled her story “It’s a Nose!”. Her baby was born face up, and the midwives were afraid that she wouldn’t be able to give birth the way she wanted to her son. Labor was very slow for her and she was in a lot of pain. She says in her story this, “It took a lot of strength, but the love of our baby overpowered the hurt.” I find this quote very inspiring. This lady knew what she wanted to do and she didn’t care how much it hurt, she done this for her baby. Just thought I would share.

    Similac Recall!!!!

    Beetles in formula?? Well Similac says that it may be possible in some of their formulas. They are recalling some of their powder formulas because small beetles have been found during quality control. Here is what they are saying:

      “Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of certain Similac-brand, powder infant formulas in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean.

      Abbott is recalling these products following an internal quality review, which detected the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility. The United States Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) has determined that while the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae, could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted.

      The recall of these powder infant formulas includes:

    • Certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers.
    • Certain Similac powder product lines offered in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.
      To immediately find out if the product in your possession is included in this recall, parents and caregivers should visit www.similac.com/recall/lookup, and type in their lot number to determine if their product is affected, or call (888) 376-2054.

      No Abbott liquid infant formulas are impacted. Products not involved in the recall include all Abbott Nutrition liquid ready-to-feed and concentrated infant formulas and all powder and liquid specialty formulas, such as Similac Expert Care™ Alimentum®, Elecare ®, Similac Expert Care™ Neosure ®, Similac® Human Milk Fortifier, and metabolic formulas for inherited disorders.
      About the Recall
      The company is implementing a plan to address this matter in the affected manufacturing facility, which is expected to be completed shortly. No other facilities or products are involved in this recall.
      Abbott has consulted with the U.S. FDA regarding this recall.
      Information for Parents and Caregivers
      Products with affected lot numbers should be returned to Abbott at no cost to the consumer.
      Parents and caregivers can go to www.similac.com/recall/lookup or call Abbott’s consumer hotline, (888) 376-2054, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
      Both the website and the consumer hotline have specific details on how to complete the return process.
      Holger Liepmann, executive vice president, Abbott Nutrition said:
      “Abbott understands that parents expect to feed their children only the highest quality product. We are taking this action so that parents know that the infant formula products they provide unquestionably meet the highest quality standards for which they are known. We regret any inconvenience this situation poses to parents and consumers.”
      About Abbott
      Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs nearly 90,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.

      Abbott’s news releases and other information are available on the company’s website at www.abbott.com.”

    Now I am very proud of my choice not to feed formula if at all possible.

    Appointment Today

    My doctor’s appointment went really well today. We had another ultrasound, and the cervix today was measuring 20.5mm last week it measured 21mm. The stitches are holding really well. Nora has really grown in two weeks, and is now 1 lb and 6oz! She is going to be a big baby. Once again she would not cooperate for most of the measurements, and we are still not 100% sure that she is a she.

    I asked Dr. Roberts if it would be safe to paint Nora’s room now. She said that after 24 weeks it should be safe. So anyone up for a painting party?? I have the color picked out, but I really just can’t do anything. Here is the paint color we have picked out

    A Little About Baby at Week 23

    Baby2see.com

    Week Twenty Three: Sense of balance develops

  • You are 23 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 21 weeks)
  • He or she measures over 28cm and weighs up to 550 grams.
  • The baby is over 11 inches tall, weighs about a pound.
  • The eyebrows are visible.
  • The child can successfully suck.
  • Bones located in the middle ear harden.
    Your baby does a regular ‘workout’ inside your womb. He or she turns from side to side and head over heels. Thanks to a fully developed inner ear, which controls balance, your baby may have a sense of whether he or she is upside-down or right side up in the womb.

    Skin pigment is now forming. The fetus is now proportioned like a newborn except it is a thinner version of a newborn baby since its baby fat has not developed much yet.

    The pancreas, essential in the production of hormones, is developing steadily. Baby has begun producing insulin, important for the breakdown of sugars.

    If born now, your baby would have a 20% chance of survival, the odds going up with each passing day. By this week, your baby weighs a little over 1 pound (500g). Its crown to heel length is 11 inches (28cm).

    Baby Center
    Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she’s more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby’s increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won’t faze her when she hears them outside the womb.

    Pregnancy Today
    Your baby is still small enough to move around freely in the womb, but by this stage many have already settled into a head-down position. This is the best position for birth but if she’s still head-up, there’s plenty of time for her to turn. You may have noticed that she already has regular waking and sleeping times, and she might follow the same routine after the birth. She might also become more active if you play loud music or eat a sugary snack, like ice cream, proof that she’s becoming more connected to the outside world.

    The Bump
    Baby’s now the size of a papaya!
    Baby’s little face is fully formed…minus the baby fat, of course. The next task at hand for baby: sprouting two teeny-tiny nipples!

  • Enough Chicken Tenders Already!

    If you have read my last post you know I had an ultrasound last Tuesday. Well, things did not really go as planned. They started to measure my cervix, and I noticed right away that something didn’t look right in there. My cervix was barley there, and there was this “U” shaped thing pressing down against it. Turns out that the “U” shaped thing was Nora’s amniotic sac. They told me immediately that I needed to go to Fort Sanders hospital. I knew then that I would be going to see Dr. Roussis for an incompetent cervix.

    I got to the hospital, and it took me a long time to figure out where I needed to be. When I finally figured out that I needed to be on the labor and delievry floor, I was tired and not feeling right. They got me into a room right after they talked to Dr. Roussis, hooked up the IVs and all the other stuff that they needed. I was so hungry when they finally got done with all their stuff, however the caffatiera was closed so we ordered pizza. I was so nervous and scared that I wasn’t able to eat very much. When they told me at midnight I couldn’t have anything else by mouth, I was thinking I should have ate more.

    The next morning we went down to the Perinatal Center for another ultrasound. The first lady that done the ultrasound, seemed like she was in a rush to get things done, and she was not very good either. She done the test on my cervix, and I could already tell that it was smaller than it was the day before, and it just looked wrong. The lady took some pictures and printed them off. Then she went to do some measurements on Nora, and this is where she started to hurt me. She was pressing so hard on my tummy that I thought she was just going to push Nora out. She wouldn’t talk to us either about what she was seeing, and Michael and I didn’t like that. Then another ultrasound tech came in to review the pictures and realized that none of the pictures saved on the computer, and the person that took the pictures didn’t print them off. So we had to start the process all over again, but this ultrasound tech was much better.

    We finally got back to my room upstairs, and Dr. Roussis came into the room to talk to us. He said that my cervix was shorter and the amniotic sac was actually coming through the cervix. He then looked at his nurse, told her to put everything else on hold, because I had to get into surgery now. That totally freaked me out, and I started to panic. The nurses would not let me sit up in bed, and started giving me drugs to stop contractions that might happen during the surgery. They came in a few minutes later and wheeled my bed down the hall and into surgery.

    When I got into surgery they had me move over to the surgery table, then they let me sit up for a a little while so that they could inject some numbing medication into my back so I wouldn’t feel them doing the surgery or stitching my cervix closed. I will spare you all the rest of the details of the surgery since it is rather graphic.

    When I got back to the room, I couldn’t feel my legs, hips or belly. That was so strange not to be able to feel or move my legs. The doctor came in and told me that everything went well, and they were able to stop my dilation (I didn’t even know I was doing that), get my amniotic sac back up into where it needed to be, and stitch everything shut. Michael and I were very happy to hear that. The nurses came in soon after that to start my antibiotics.

    It was late that night before they let me eat, almost 7pm. It had been almost 24 hours since I had anything to eat. The nurse came in and asked me what I wanted, and I ordered chicken tenders. I kept texting Momma telling her how awesome they were. I think I was just so hungry anything would have been awesome.

    On Thursday I had another ultrasound, and my cervix looked awesome. At 33mm it looked perfect. The cerclage (the stitch in my cervix) looked good, and it was holding. We were so happy. The ultrasound tech decided that she would try to check Nora’s gender since we have not gotten a good view and still don’t know 100% that she is a girl. Nora would not cooperate again, and crossed her legs.

    When I got back to the room they still would not let me walk or move around much, but I did get to take a shower. Breakfast was nice to have, and then for lunch I had more chicken tenders. I also had to have another IV because the one in my hand started putting medication under my skin (SubQ) instead of in my vein. The only place that they could find the put the IV was in my left arm right where my elbow bends. That meant I could not move or bend my elbow.

    So when Friday came around, my left arm was very stiff, I was tried of being in the bed, and wanted to go home. Dr. Roussis came in and told me to start increasing my activity, and that I could downstairs and outside in a wheelchair. Another thing was, they told me that I could put on my clothes again. Let me tell you, hospital gowns are not fun. So it was nice to take a shower and get into my own clothes.

    Michael went home to spend some time with Evie and to get some things done around the house, and Linda and Sarah came to stay with me while he was gone. Later he called and asked me to come downstairs because he needed some help with some things. I told him that I couldn’t go because I had just been hooked up to the IV for more antibiotics. Then he told me that he brought Evie by to see me and she was outside with him. So Sarah asked the nurses if I could go, and they said yes, that I would just have to be in a wheelchair and take my IV poll with me. Seemed reasonable to me. After a little stress with the elevators, Sarah and I finally made it down to the garage to see Evie and Michael. I was so happy to see her that I started crying, and when Evie saw me she started crying too. I couldn’t hold her or pick her up, so Michael held her in front of me so that I could love on her. It was great getting to see her. She looked so stressed and tried, and I felt so bad that I couldn’t be home with her. We soon had to go back up stairs to my room, and Evie had to go home. Michael said that she slept most of the way home, and was such a good girl for him. That made me feel so much better.

    When I got back upstairs supper was waiting on me, and guess what it was. CHICKEN TENDERS AGAIN!!!!!

    Saturday was nice. Jamie and Ben came by then a little latter Jane dropped Abbie off and she came up too. It was so nice to be able to really visit with them. While they were there, Michael left then and went home to take care of things, and we visited and watched the last of the UT football game. They brought my supper while they were there, and you will never guess what I had…. CHICKEN TENDERS!!! I was thinking, ok the first day they were pretty good, but now they are getting old.

    After the game, Jamie, Ben, and Abbie went home, and Linda and Michael were on their way to the hospital. Traffic was terrible, and Linda called from outside of the hospital, and said that she wasn’t going to be able to make it because she could not even get in the parking garage. I felt so bad that she had driven all the way out there, and couldn’t even find somewhere to park or anything. Jamie text me a little while later and said that they were stuck in front of Children’s Hospital. I looked at the clock and they had been gone an hour and Children’s is not too far from where I was. Another hour later, Linda just decided to go home, Michael decided to stop and do some shopping to let traffic clear out, and Jamie and Ben where finally on their way home.

    Sunday brought no chicken tenders for the first time since I had been there. They decided to take out my IV in my left arm for a little while because it was getting old, so I was able to go a few hours without one. I took a nice LONG shower, and got to move my left arm like I normally do. It was so stiff I could barley move it at first. However, when they went to replace it, they had trouble finding another vein to put it in. It ended up almost in the same place on my right arm.

    Monday, I thought I was going to have an ultrasound, but Dr. Rousiss decided to wait until Tuesday. Also, no chicken tenders, however there was a lot of waiting.

    Tuesday, I finally got my ultrasound. My cervix was 25mm this time, and I was about to freak out. The tech also measured the fluid around Nora, and all of that seemed normal. Nora once again would not open her legs for us to take a peek. At about 11 or 11:30 Dr. Rousiss came in told me not to freak out about the cervix, and he would be back in a little while to talk things over with me. 3:00 came around and he still had not come, and Michael and Linda both needed to leave. About 4:20 or 4:30 Dr. Rousiss came back in and said that everything looked great, and that the little bit of shorting from last week’s ultrasound to that ultrasound was completely normal and he expected to see that. The he told me I could go home. I was thinking great, I have no one to take me home now. Luckily, I had just been hooked up to antibiotics that took an hour to go in, so they had to wait for me to finish that before they could send me home. I called Momma, and asked her if she would mind to come and get me when she got off from work. That worked out perfectly. When she got there, they were taking out my IV, and getting my discharge papers together. Then about 5:30 they let me out of there!!!

    It has been a long week with a lot of scares and tears, but Nora and I are doing well for the time. The doctors are hopeful for the future, and think that Nora will be fine. We need to at least keep her in there for another 8 weeks, but if I make it to my estimated due date I would be very happy.

    Thank you all for all the prayers, thoughts, and visits. You don’t know how much it meant to Michael and me. We are very great full to have such wonderful family and friends. Please continue to pray for us, as we have a while to go before Nora will be even close to ready to meet us face to face.