Well here I am doing some incubating in hospital! This morning at 6.15 I got up to settle Eva and went to the bathroom to discover blood in the toilet. I reassured myself that blood volume always looks worse when mixed with water and called Andrew.
Any bleed with a placenta previa earns you instant hospital admission so I then phoned the hospital to seek their advice re transport, ie. urgent or car. They advised car so that was a relief. Auntie Ali kindly came and collected Eva who had been woken to the news of breakfast with her cousins so was excited.
On arrival there seemed to be no urgency so that was reassuring for us. The bleeding slowed very quickly with just a scant amount by lunch. In the meantime the baby was continually monitored with a great heart rate and lots of movement to express displeasure at the monitors! No contractions to be seen which is great.
Medical staff visited on several occasions to obtain histories and check on the situation. I stayed fasting until lunch and signed my caesarean consent form in case of an emergency. This bleed has earned me at least a few days here. There was a maybe for staying in until birth but I ignored those words for now! The loss is significant enough but not drastic at this stage.
I have had one dose of steroids to develop the baby’s lungs. I am on bed rest with toilet privileges which is far better than strict head down bed rest with Eva! I am sporting some very attractive anti embolism stockings which may also help my worsening swelling.
This may have been triggered by the ultrasound or just have been a random event. It’s very sad to think that we were busy preventing the pre-term labour with a cervical stitch and now a totally separate issue has landed us in hospital.
So here I am dealing with bed rest, hospital food and nurses who don’t wear a uniform! Andrew is home putting Eva to bed and trying to do a few hours of work. Eva has a Daddy day tomorrow and will visit late in the day. Eva visited today and coped quite well with Mummy in bed.
So for now it is wait and watch and pray. In reading today I found Philippians 4 verse 6 & 7. “6 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. 7 Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”
We will keep you updated as we can and as always thank you for your prayers.