Friday, July 17, 2009

Slow and steady...

Well, there's still a ways to go, but by the end of today she's finally starting to feel a little better. The big news is that the contractions finally have slowed down to about 2 or 3 per hour, so she is no longer on the magnesium sulfate. Many of you moms out there might remember that drug with something less than fondness (it's the stuff that contributed most significantly to Shelly's overall yuckiness yesterday). Shelly had to get about twice the dosage they normally give, since her contractions were so frequent and everyone was VERY intent on preventing her from going into labor (she's still only at 24 weeks today). But this morning they had slowed enough to the point that the docs felt ok with dialing it back, and by mid-afternoon she was off of it altogether. Now she's on some other drugs to prevent contractions, ones with less severe side effects.

But as far as pain goes, much of the day was like yesterday. She continued to have the same issues with the epidural -- her left side completely numb, and her right side not at all. Sad coincidence: one of the surgeons, who popped in to check up on her, pointed out that her right side was more seriously affected by the surgery. The incision in her skin is symmetrical, horizontal like a regular c-section (but wider), but the incision in her uterus was vertical and placed several inches over to the right. Just bad luck that the epidural wasn't reaching those nerves. And although the pain from the contractions was less frequent, Kaitlyn decided to compensate by wiggling around all day long, which hurts just as much. (But of course Shelly and everyone else are delighted that Kaitlyn is so active after such a big surgery; indicates she's recovering well, and also helps us stay optimistic about her mobility in her legs.) They've also had to do an ultrasound, a fetal echo, and constantly reposition the baby monitors, all of which involved putting painful pressure on the incision. By the afternoon they decided to just scrap the epidural altogether and try out various painkillers through her IV, and they've helped keep the pain more tolerable. She still hasn't been able to eat -- well, she did eat some (about a tenth as much as Audrey normally eats in a meal), but wasn't able to keep it down. But on the whole, things are definitely improving.

So that's the story. Kaitlyn's doing great, having a grand old time elbowing (and hopefully kicking?) her mommy's sore spots. And Shelly is healing too. Tomorrow, with no magnesium and better pain meds, she'll hopefully be able to eat and perhaps talk on the phone (first call, of course, would likely be with Damon). Will keep you posted. Love you all.
--K

8 comments:

  1. Wow...I'm glad to hear things are getting better for Shelly. I don't doubt your heart is breaking at seeing her so miserable, Kendall! But it's so good that Kaitlyn is moving around so much, as painful as it is...thanks for keeping us posted!

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  2. Can't stop feeling for you guys, much, much much much love to you all! Our prayers still hold you and we are so inspired by your faith, courage and optimism. Thanks for posting such great details, you really move me to tears with every word!!!

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  3. Perhaps you have a future in journalism K.

    Thanks so much for keeping us posted. I think about Shelly all day long!

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  4. Yay Kaitlyn!

    Sorry Shelly.

    And thank you for letting us know, Kendall. I'm sure you must be miserable watching this and not really being able to do anything.

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  5. We are so relieved to hear that the surgery went well and the contractions are stopping and Kaitlyn is active and all of that. Yay for no more Mag--that stuff is AWFUL! I hope every day gets better for Shelly.

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  6. We are so pleased to hear that you are feeling better and the baby is doing so well. Hopefully as each day passes, you will feel stronger and more like yourself. Love you both and can't wait to hold little my little niece Kaitlyn. Aunt JoAnn

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  7. Cheers and hooplah! We hope Shelly, that you are up to real food soon, and that this pain gets less and less, hour by hour, and that you feel much more normal soon. Bless our little Kaitlyn's heart (and legs and elbows!)--keep it up, little exercising lass! We're praying hard that you feel much better, Shelly. Kendall, keep fluffing those pillows and giving her ice chips. WE LOVE YOU! ~Mom & Dad

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  8. Wow. Congratulations on being the bravest people I know. I have been on that terrible magnesium though not for the same reason. Who can say they gave birth twice? You are a rare breed. Thank you for the wonderful posts.

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