Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ryan, week 24

I had my 24 week appointment today. Since I am fortunate to not drive in I-65 traffic, I over-estimated how much time I would need to get to my 8:15 appointment and was an hour and five minutes early. Better early than late, right? I got a killer parking spot in the deck, which NEVER happens and proceeded to wait in my car for a while. I decided to head in about 30 minutes early in case they weren't busy and could go ahead and see me.

At this appointment, I started the "rotation" of doctors. I signed in and they called me back within 10 minutes. They weighed me, which is oh, so fun and then the urine sample and then onto a room. When the nurse took my blood pressure it was 140/90 which is HIGH. I began to panic because of my pregnancy with Jacob. She asked if that was normal, and I said no. She told me they would let me "relax" and take it again before I leave. Anyone who knows me knows I'm a worrier so "relaxing" was almost out of the question. I tried to take my mind off of it by reading a magazine. The doctor came in and was very nice. I'm not one of her patients so she had to ask some background questions. She measured my stomach and said that this baby was measuring big - you go Ryan! Keep growing! Then we listened to his heartbeat, which sounded good and strong. After that she asked me about the blood pressure...if it was normal, etc. Then she mentioned my next appointment would include the gluscose test and if I had passed it with my other pregnancy. I failed it and had to take the three hour test. She wanted to go ahead and do some blood work to check my sugar and wanted me to come back earlier than normal to take my glucose test. I asked her if there was protein in my urine because of the high blood pressure and she said no, which means that it hasn't been high for an extended period of time. She said they would check my blood pressure again before I left.
Thankfully, my blood pressure had come down to 124/80 after the blood work so I guess I'm ok for at least three weeks, which is when my next appointment is.

Please keep me and Ryan in your prayers, especially my blood pressure. I only have a 5% chance of developing pre-eclampysia this pregnancy, and I'm afraid that's where I'm headed.

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