This past Wednesday I went to my OB appointment, which was supposed to be a normal, quick and routine check up. What I did not expect was for my blood pressure to be a little high. Up until then, my numbers had been perfect!!! It was an unwelcomed surprise for me and my doctor. There is a possibility it could be nothing and just a fluke thing, or it is also a sign of preeclampsia since I also had some swelling in my feet too. They did some blood work and took another urine sample to check various things that might also point towards preeclampsia, but thankfully those all came back normal. My doctor told me to stay home from work on Thursday, check my blood pressure twice a day, and call them with the numbers. I took it multiple times a day and only once did it even get close to the high reading I had at the doctor (which I mistakenly took after standing up for a few minutes and walking around, a couple minutes later after I sat down it was fine). Even though my numbers were good, my doctor asked that I stay on bed rest through the weekend and call back Monday with my results. I'm not to go back to work until given the doctor's approval.
Today would mark day 3 of bed rest and I must say I already eagerly anticipate its end. It's one thing to not feel well, but it's a totally different situation when you feel fine and can't do anything (especially when you have a ton of things to do to get ready for a baby's arrival). Now my list of to do's has transformed into a list of things for others to do for me, which goes completely against my default nature to just do it myself. I'll confess I've done a couple things like laundry when I've been home alone because I know that is the only time I will be able to get away with doing it (not that I I truly got away with it, I just got chastised by Casey later when he figured it out).I'm trying very hard to comply because I prefer to do my bed rest here at home than at the hospital. We'll be 36 weeks on Monday, so Caden needs another week to make it to full term, but I know any extra time he can stay in there will be to his benefit, so we'll do what needs to be done and the Hixon house will survive bed rest!
Either this picture or one of me laying on my side in bed is my current view:
Thankfully my wonderful husband has truly stepped up to help out with cooking dinner, doing the dishes, and even went on our hospital tour class by himself! My Mom has also brought me lunch and went to the grocery store for us. Sweet friends have brought iPhone chargers to me, so I had a way to charge my phone. How blessed we are to have such wonderful family and friends to help us in our time of need! We'll see Monday how long the bed rest continues for...
"Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken." Psalm 62:1,2