Fourth time’s the charm?

April 25th, 2007 by Chris

K & I had our third visit to Labor & Delivery at the hospital today. The first time involved IV fluids and a very late night. The second time was part of our Childbirth Class a few days later. Today’s visit was prompted by what we have diagnosed as a careless assistant at the doctor’s office.
To be fair, there may have been reason for concern. K had her regular Dr’s visit yesterday, and her blood pressure was higher than normal. This is the second appointment in a row where this has been true. Prenatal hypertension is not terribly unusual, but it can be a sign of more serious health issues for both mom and baby. So yesterday Dr What-Do-You-Think recommended that she return today to have her blood pressure checked again.
Today the measurement was almost 20 points higher than yesterday. Rather than checking again a few minutes later, the assistant (I’m not sure if they’re a nurse) called Dr. WDYT for a recommendation. He sent K over to Labor & Delivery. This was at about 1:30-2 o’ clock this afternoon.
After various tests (which were delayed or lost at least once) and a fairly busy (and therefore unattentive) staff on the L&D floor, I actually finished work before K was released. I met her at the hospital and she was finally OK’d to go by about 7:30. Of course, K hadn’t had anything to eat since a light lunch at 12 or so. Like she isn’t constantly hungry and exhausted enough already.
After we stopped for dinner and got home, K pretty much went straight to bed.
I’m sure she’ll feel better tomorrow, but lets hope we only need one more visit to L&D… and everything goes as planned.

One Response to “Fourth time’s the charm?”

  1. Heidi Says:

    Hang in there, Kristin (and Chris!) … 1) it will all be worth it in the end, 2) whatever hassle/exhaustion you’re currently facing is nothing compared to what’s coming, and 3) we’ll be praying for things to be smooth sailing form here on out! *hugs!*