Life has change quite a bit in the past few days. Here is the story:
This past Monday I had Eric come home early from work because my ribs were hurting. I had been coughing a lot from a cold, so I just figured I was sore from that. I rested for a bit & felt better. Then on Tuesday afternoon while I was washing the dishes, I started to have a sharp pain in my left side & my breathing became shallow. I could barely talk. Patricia called Eric to come home from work & he immediately took me to the ER when he got home (praise God his work is so close!). Eric waited in the waiting room with all the children until my mother & brother came, who took them back to our house.
The dr ran a CT scan & saw some spots in the lower parts of my lungs. He said it could be pneumonia or blood clots and urged me to have a cat scan done. Eric and I were a bit hesitant because we knew I was expecting & did not want to expose the baby to more radiation. (Surprise to all of you who do not know! :) But, with my family history of blood clots, we thought it best. The cat scan showed that I did indeed have a blood clot- in fact, I had TWO, one in each lung, & my left lung had some damage.
I was immediately hooked up to Heparin to thin my blood & hooked up to heart monitors. We were told that I would be admitted to the hospital "soon." Well, as we soon learned, there is a thing called hospital time. It runs on a much slower clock. They did take me to have an ultrasound while I waited to go upstairs. Eric and I were able to see our newest little one kicking and flipping- the tech said I was around 11 weeks! WOW! Much farther along than I thought! What a joy to see a healthy baby on that screen!
Somewhere around 10 PM I finally got in a room. I sent Eric home to rest & finally around 12:30 AM I was able to sleep because the drs, techs & nurses stopped coming in. Well, kinda sleep- I had so many tubes & could only lay on my back, so sleep didn't come easy. Plus, someone came in every 2 hours. On Wednesday, the next day, I was switched over to Lovenox & was even able to get off oxygen! YEAH!!! That thing in my nose was annoying! After several more tests, including an EKG, I was able to come home. YEAH!!!
So, I'm home now on mostly bed rest for 10 days. My parents have been so helpful with the children! Eric's work brought us a delicious meal last night & the ladies from church are also providing food. I will go my new OBGYN on Monday because I am now considered "high risk." (I'll also see a pulmonary specialist on Tuesday.) Because of my pregnancy (the estrogen increases risk of blood clots), I will have to give myself a shot of Lovenox once a day throughout my entire pregnancy. They will need to induce labor after having me stop injections for one day & then I will begin my med immediately afterward. This will be our first hospital birth. :( To say the least, I'm not thrilled. I'm thankful for medical technology & drs but I sure do wish I didn't have to use one!
So, in a matter of a few days, life can change. I've always been so healthy- this came as a total shock! Once again, I'm learning to cherish every minute with my family. We've known that I was expecting for awhile & it has been a test of faith- one in which I've been weak many times. I'm learning to lean on God for strength. I'm so thankful to Him for preserving my life & the life our little one!!!
Please join us in praying for my healing & for safety for both our baby & myself. Pray for energy for Eric as he cares for us all (and peace of mind for him) and for the children as their lives are a bit upside down right now. Our deepest desire is to faithful to our God in the midst of this trial!