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.