My bag was packed and I paused to pose in the 'picture spot' before heading to the hospital in downtown Houston this morning.
I stood in the same spot Amber has been snapping her week by week progress with this Quad Squad Pregnancy!
Wish Louis Dean had got a picture of me taking THIS one of Amber!
I was lying on my back ON the porch looking UP as Amber was looking DOWN!
I had been given very good written directions - by Amber.
We speak the same language so I drove straight to the hospital - DOWNTOWN HOUSTON, mind you! - with nary a wrong turn!
I arrived to find a cheery brave face in the bed!
She was doggedly doing some editorial work in spite of feeling the effects of the magnesium sulphate IV pumping into her body.
She brought some of the comforts of home - since we hope and pray she will be there for many weeks as she 'grows the babies!'
Her cool pillowcases make me smile - as does her super comfy comforter!
I bought the comforter for her when she was 12 years old at Tuesday Morning. It was her first 'grown up' bedding. It is in as good shape now as it was then. Some things are just made well and stand the test of time. She used this through her teens and college life and then on into marriage and now is with her as she approaches motherhood!
Her fluid intake was restricted to 8 oz. of water every hour.
Since day one of this pregnancy she has been guzzling water like crazy!
At least 3 GALLONS a day!
For whatever reason her body has demanded WATER!!!
So going over 18 hours on the mag IV and so little water really did a number on her.
By 2:30 this afternoon her little body said, "ENOUGH! That's IT!"
The nurse was called, the IV halted, blood panel done, doctor came to see her, and EKG was ordered. She was in bad shape. As soon as she was given the OK to drink more water she slowly began to feel better. One of the side effects of the magnesium sulfate - apparently - is feeling like you have the flu! Plus the babies had been real quiet - which caused Amber real concern. Later in the evening they monitored the heart beats and all four were doing well. Every baby's heart beat had their own 'sound.' It was the neatest thing to listen to the personalities of their hearts beating!
Baby 'B' is the Wild Child of the group. When the nurse was getting HER heart beat - that baby wanted everyone to know she was indignant and gave such a THUMP it made the little Doppler wand jump up!
I left about 7:15 happy to know Mike was with her and she was feeling somewhat better. It is so hard to watch your child suffer........even as that child is suffering in order to have HER children! She definitely has a 'Mother's Heart.' You never get over it.
Hopefully she is sleeping as I write this before I go to sleep. A hospital is NOT the place to get any real REST!
Praying tomorrow is an easier day for her as they resume the mag IV.
She went in knowing this first week - and the first days - would be extremely rough.
The things we do for our children!
I am going to do it again in the morning......and so is she!!!