Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Still ugly

Went to the doctor this morning, because not only am I completely unable to breathe normally, the baby wasn't moving at all. Even a breathing treatment didn't get him going, and those usually make us both fairly wired. He finally woke up and started hiccuping while I was sitting in the waiting room, and I nearly cried in relief (as well as out of general misery).

The doctor did a non-stress test and said he looked good, but she still sent me to L&D for a pulmonary workup and a few hours of monitoring. Chest x-ray was clear, white count was OK, so it looks like it's just a garden-variety upper-respiratory infection and asthma exacerbation. My peak flows were rotten -- I'm only breathing at about 40% of my normal capacity, though a couple breathing treatments put me closer to 50%. However, there's just not much to be done about it right now. She doesn't want to give me steroids as long as my oxygen saturation levels are OK, so I'm just supposed to keep sucking down the albuterol until I start to kick this.


HEATHER said...

Have you tried raising your arms above your head?
The nurses at my ob's had me doing this to help releve some of the breathing problems I had.
Praying for you!

Emmie (Better Make It A Double) said...

Goodness - I haven't been here in a while and didn't know all you've been going through. I had hyperemesis and complete bedrest with my twins, and it was hell. Best of luck -maybe under the circumstances, I'd better take Jenn up on her offer to host the breastfeeding info, unless you really want to?

Eva said...

So sorry. Breathing is hard enough when someone's crowding your lungs, to have those lungs not so healthy is awful. I hope you feel better soon and that you soon get to meet the little one.

Rachel said...

Wow-just came across your post. Pregnancies can be rough without all the complications! I know just thinking about having my beautiful babies with me helped me get through a lot. These little one's we bring into this life are so precious and miraculous. Hang in there. Rachel