Well that sucked.
A week and a day in the hospital, 6 days on antepartum ward, and a PICC line later, I finally came home on Monday. I was so weak and exhausted that I had to take a nap after I showered.
Yeah, that exhausted.
To be fair, the antepartum ward was awesome. All the rooms are huge and private because during construction or engineering, or something, they didn't put in enough oxygen tanks, so the rooms, which were supposed to be doubles, became singles. Let me tell you, that was the best mistake ever made. It would have been even harder to have a roommate. I am a pretty low stimulation type person, and just having the other person there, when I felt like utter shite for 5 out of the 7 days, would have been awful. It wasn't until Saturday that I could concentrate long enough to read, but then had nothing to read! My sister, the soon to be full fledged librarian, came through with a great book, and I was at least entertained for Sunday and the part of Monday I was there.
In the end, I never had the 'magical' relief that most people get when they pass a kidney stone. I seemed to have stones, and muck and gunk in my ureter, plus a swollen kidney from being pregnant, in addition to it being swollen from the ureter clogging, so I was not a happy camper. When I had my ultrasound on Monday, there was no more blockage in the ureter, so I didn't need the nephroscopy, thank goodness. Like I need a piece of plastic in my back and the feeling of needing to pee all the time!
I've been surprised at what a slow recovery it's been. I think that the end of second trimester fatigue has hit, in addition to recovering from a week of being sedated and hardly sleeping (I mean for a twin pregnancy, I realize I have 6 more weeks to go before I hit 28 mark, but I'm as big as a 28 weeker!)
Since I've been home, the babies have gotten so much bigger! Their kicks are much more distinctive, and wierd feeling, and yes, baby A has kicked me in the cervix a few times. Not painful, but weird! Last night they were very active, although baby A is easier to feel (posterior placenta), and Husband FINALLY got to feel some kicks from the outside. Next baby B needs to give daddy some kicks!
I find myself startled when they start kicking, as if something bad is happening, and then I remind myself that it's just them kicking, and it's ok.
In terms of me and the pregnancy, I've got some sort of dermatitis going on in my girl parts-not conducive to a good nights sleep! It was gone the whole week I was in the hospital, so I'm doing some detective work, and trying to eliminate (soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper), and see if I can figure out what is causing the irritation.
***Changing my laundry detergent did help a bit, but I finally took my girl parts to the dermatologist and she suspects a yeast infection. Turns out, some women never get the internal type, which jibes with my experience of myself, and just for TMI's sake, it had started to wander down my thighs! Never have I been happier to smear myself with nystatin and hydracortisone! Waiting to hear back from my OB on whether he wants me to do an internal treatment as well.**
Also, I've started to 'stutter' when I breathe sometimes. Its like that kind of breathing that happens after you've been sobbing, and you're winding down. But I'm not sobbing, and it doesn't happen all the time, or in just one positon. This morning Husband was worried I was crying in bed! Nope! Just breathing like a pregnant lady!
Also, I'm developing a hernia below my belly button. I was getting worried that I has having some sort of odd set of contractions, but only in one spot! When I take a deep breathe (sometimes), or straighten up, or sneeze, I get this tight feeling below my bellow button. Turns out, ye olde abdominal wall is a splitting a bit. Seems likes it's not a big deal, as long as nothing protrudes through it...So I'm on super princess duty, no lifting, no deep breathing (JUST KIDDING!) and I'm wearing my maternity belt which seems to make the whole belly area a lot less uncomfortable. The big buggabo is laundry. My laundry is in the garage, my bedroom is 2 floors away. Husband will do everything he can to make it work, but he is a VERY busy guy, and dammit, I wanna do laundry when I want to!
We lost a whole week and weekend of prep time, but we'll get it together somehow. We still need to get our new mattress (we have everything, including the bed frame!), the boy's mattress', decide on dressers, and find a nursing love-seat for our second floor, clear out the babies room, the closet and another storage closet. Oh, and move me out of my office! No biggie. Ugh. The hernia doesn't make it any easier to do the prep work, but I'm going to try. Our registry is up (we did multiple places...is that normal?), and the baby shower, which I'm also treating as my 40th birthday party, since these babies are all I've wanted for my birthday for 4 years, is underway. My mom, sister and cousin are collaborating, and I know it's going to be lovely. My mom already ordered the cake from my favorite bakery, and I've requested bowls of peanut m&m's. Sounds like a good party, eh?
I'll try to keep up a little better here. After all, blogging shouldn't affect my hernia.
I'll try to get a belly picture up, I have one on my phone that I can't figure out how to get on here, from here...