Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A "Little" Scare

So, I had a little scare today. If you've been reading along, then you know that I've been having some troubles with swelling in my right foot. Well, the past fews days, the swelling has evened out a bit - still worse on my right foot, but also starting to be more on my left foot.

And it's been starting earlier and earlier in the day - which has Brent absolutely positive that I should be on full bed rest. His case in point? I didn't really have a problem with swelling over the weekend or Monday when I stayed home and off of my feet. But we'll see what the Dr's official ruling on that is tomorrow at my check-up.

But I digress. Today, I had to go to work and the swelling in my feet was really bad by 9am. I had a meeting with some people from our Corporate offices that I really couldn't have missed, so I went in to work with the knowledge that I would be leaving at 1pm, AKA my normal time. But by 11am, the swelling had reached my knees.

And that's never happened before.

So I had one of the guys drag a chair in to the conference room so that I could put my feet up until it was time for me to go home. That seemed to help for a litle bit, but within the hour, I had a new symptom. Something like heart palpitations. Or flutters. Whatever you want to call it.

After an hour going by and them still happening and the swelling not getting that much better, I headed to the house. And on my way home, I called my Dr. Since this made for two new symptoms, I was supposed to call and let them know, even knowing that I had an appt the next day. When I got home, I immediately laid down and actually propped my feet up above my heart level (I read somewhere that's best). Want some proof? I remembered to take a picture this time:

Yeah, my feet don't normally look like that. Neither do my calves, for that matter. I mean, you can sort of still see the curve of my calf on my left leg, but it's totally gone on my right leg. I should have taken one of my ankle - there's so much swelling that it's starting to "lip" over my ankle area, if that makes sense.

The problem with an almost 39 week pregnant woman laying like that? Yeah, all of the baby weight came crashing down on my diaphragm and I was totally breathless and almost unable to breathe. Not so smart. I stayed laying down the entire hour until the Drs office called me back.

And then I heard these words "We'd like to see you right now."

As in come in right away, do not pass Go, do not collect $200.

Scary, right? Right. I was a little freaked out, and so was Brent. And then we calmed down and took it easy the rest of the drive to the hospital/dr office. That was after we sped through the neighborhood and I had to yell at him that he was stressing me out more than anything else at that point. He laughed and wondered about how he would be when it was really time to go for real. I wasn't laughing so much.

So we got to the drs office, did the waiting game and she took my blood pressure. It was perfect - 120/80. But after checking the swelling and seeing how bad it was, she wanted a urine sample to test my protein. Brent freaked out and Wendy, the nurse, had to calm him down a little bit. Don't worry, the story ends as well as it can. My protein levels were great, blood pressure normal, and no dizziness. So I was sent home and put to bed. I have been given specific instructions about staying in bed all evening, taking it easy, drinking LOTS of water, and other such instructions.

I keep my normal appt tomorrow since I didn't really see the Dr today. So, keep your fingers crossed and send positive thoughts my way, if you don't mind. Thanks!

1 comment:

Natalie said...

Sending tons of positive thoughts your way!!!!

P.S. I didn't see the picture of your swollen feet in the post.