The past week has been relatively quite. Seeing how I only had to take 2 pills, I was feeling pretty good about today's appointment. First on the agenda was the glucose screening. I had zero problem downing my fruit punch in five minutes. Maybe I am strange, but I found it to be rather tasty. I was called back for the ultrasound shortly thereafter. The baby's measurements look good, estimating him to be about 1 pound and 10 ounces. Today's sonographer took my cervical length "non-abdominally." :) I felt a contraction starting almost immediately so we are unsure about the initial measurement. The first reading was around 2.7 cm/27mm. Then we got to watch those numbers fall by the second as the contraction intensified. The lowest we saw was 1 cm/10mm. Needless to say, it was very scary and disappointing to see the numbers go so low. Once the contraction faded, the numbers went back up, remaining in the mid/low 2's. There was obvious funneling of the inner cervix as the contraction started and even after it ended. Also not a great thing to see.
Thankfully, my state of mind has been optimistic and positive all week. Otherwise, I would have been a wreck having seen such numbers. I was quite eager to hear Dr. B's impression of the ultrasound. I think it is accurate to say that he was concerned but not overly concerned. I wasn't admitted so that is a good sign! As a result, he made a few changes in my medication for the the next week. I will be taking terbutaline every 8 hours now rather than on an as needed basis. He also prescribed another medication, Indocin, to be taken over the weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday). The hope in taking all the meds is to prevent further shortening of the cervix. Maybe there will even be some lengthening by next week. Time will tell! Next week he will also do a fetal fibronectin test to help us know if I will go into labor in the next 2 weeks. Rather than me trying to explain how it works, I put a link to the site that explains it's purpose rather nicely.
I suppose I will have the "shakes" and an increased heart rate constantly over the next week. At least that is what I am hoping for! In the meantime, I am trying to keep a positive attitude about the future. Isn't it just like Satan to take my high spirits and try to squish them in an instant? I would be lying if I said his attempts have failed. But, I am not completely down and plan to avoid going there. All I know to do is to ask for prayer. This little guy needs as much time inside the womb as he can get. I can only pray the new plan of action will grant us the time he needs! And that I will be given peace of mind as we wait and see!
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