Day 80 Update

I’ve been on bed rest for 80 days and I’m 33 and 5 today! This is the 4th calendar month I’ve been on bed rest for – crazy.

This week’s appointment went well. Baby and cerclage both look good.

On Saturday I flip to 34 weeks – a day I never thought we’d see. I’m starting to believe we may actually weather this storm.

Upcoming milestones:

Ring in September – That’s today! Milestone met 🙂
Dr. Yee OB appt – Sept. 2nd
Flip to 34 weeks – Sept. 3rd
Prenatal massage – Sept. 5th
Below Deck season premiere – Sept. 6th
Flip to 35 weeks – Sept. 10th
Dr. Katz MFM appt – Sept. 12th

 

Girlfriends’ Guide to Surviving Hospital Bedrest

Hi everyone! Today marks 5 weeks since I was admitted to the hospital. I can’t believe how far I’ve come. I’m so proud of BBS (Baby Boy Sieminski) for hanging in there with me.

Below are some items I had brought to my room to make my stay more comfortable. If any of you reading this are in the same boat as me — I hope these ideas help you on your journey.

Before I get started, let me note that I’m on strict bed rest with bathroom and shower privileges. I did have to lie in the trendelenberg position my first day here (ugh) but haven’t had to do that since. So for those of you in trendelenberg, with a foley catheter, or using a bed pan – not all of these suggestions will apply to you, sorry.

Bedding

  • Pillows from home – hospitals are dirty, disgusting places. You really don’t want to know what happened to the pillow on your bed before it got to your head. Just think about what actually happens in an L&D room or postpartum room. Need I say more?
  • Snoogle – see above re. hospital pillows. Rather than fighting with two or three pillows to support your back and hips, just bring your snoogle from home. If you don’t have one at home – buy one online and have it delivered to your room. Amazon, Diapers.Com and Instacart are all great delivery resources.
  • Throw blanket and twin comforter – I’ve got my soft and cozy throw blanket from home for chilly days, and for when I just want a little taste of home. Paul got me a cute twin comforter from the back to school section at BB&Beyond. It makes my room really homey and keeps me way warmer than the hospital blankets.
  • Egg crate – the mattress here is comfortable, but its encased in plastic. I was sweating like a hog my first week and a half here. Paul and BB&Beyond saved the day once again. The egg crate is comfy, keeps the heat at bay (for the most part) and can potentially help with preventing bed sores.

Room

  • Shelving & Storage Baskets – There isn’t much storage in my room, so I bought a plastic 3-drawer storage unit for my clothes. I’ve got a simple plastic storage bin for all of my snacks and a larger sized basket for all of my toiletries (there’s not a lot of counter space in the bathroom). I bought all of these from Target online and had Instacart deliver them.
  • Laptop Lap Desk – This one came from BB&Beyond and has saved my life. It helps me get the angle just right when I’m watching TV on my computer and allows me to type pretty easily from a reclined position. Paul found mine at BB&Beyond.
  • Decorations – I’ve got lots of framed photos of Nora and Paul. Not only do they make me happy, they cheer up this drab room too!
  • Lotions & Potions –  Lip salve, hand lotion and stretch mark lotion. PS – your hand lotion can double as lube for the fetal heart rate monitor. The hospital gel is super drying after awhile.
  • Water Bottle – I’ve got my 1 liter BKR bottle here. I like knowing how much water I’m consuming in a day. Plus, I hate drinking out of plastic bottles or cups – that’s all the hospital has 😦
  • Humidifier – I brought BBS’s humidifier from his nursery. My room is crazy dry. I’ve gotten a few nose bleeds since I’ve been here. So the humidifier is super helpful
  • Air Purifier – I’ve got asthma and am allergic to dust (see earlier comment about how dirty hospitals are). We happen to have an air purifier in every bedroom in our house. So bringing BBS’s purifier from his nursery was easy enough. For those of you who don’t have crazy allergies like me – you can skip this one 🙂 PRO TIP: most purifiers give off white noise which is very welcome here since there’s always a lot of commotion outside my door. If you don’t go the purifier route, def get a white noise machine or download an app to your phone.
  • Room Spray – When you eat, sleep and poop all in the same room, who wouldn’t want a room refresh now and again? PRO TIP: pour some of your room spray into your humidifier for a long lasting smell-fest 🙂

Bathroom

  • Full-Size Products – Being on bed rest is a real mind F, so the sooner you accept what’s happening and give yourself over to it, the better.  Having my full-size products helped me cope with the idea of being here for a long time. Obviously, none of us know when the baby will make his appearance, but being prepared to stay for awhile and not fight with travel sized tubes, allows me to relax into this process.
  • Bath Mat and Toilet Mat – Paul got these at BB&Beyond. Just a small little something to make it homey and less antiseptic.
  • Toilet Paper – So happy I’ve got my Angel Soft here 🙂
  • Shower Flip-Flops & Room Slippers– It’s like being in college again. I’ll say it AGAIN – hospitals, and L&D and postpartum units in particular, are gross. Don’t go anywhere bare foot. Eweeeeee.
  • Hairdryer – Having a wet head isn’t something I love, so I take quick showers and build in the few extra minutes it takes me to dry my hair into my “standing up” time.
  • Make-Up – you might not put on a full face everyday. But it’s nice to have the option. It’s an easy, time-killing activity you can do from bed.
  • Towels – Brought my own from home – the hospital ones are the size of a washcloth.
  • Shower Cap & Dry Shampoo – You def. won’t wash your hair everyday. No need to spend the extra time standing up.

Activities

  • Laptop – My hospital has decent WiFi, so I’ve got Amazon Prime, Netflix, HBOGo and Xfinity streaming
  • Kindle/IPad
  • Adult coloring books and colored pencils/markers
  • Scissors & Tape – to hang up cards and open packages you receive
  • Earbuds – I like to listen to Radio Andy on my Sirius XM app and zone out while coloring. Having my earbuds is great b/c it blocks out all the hospital noises that inevitably float in through my door.

Snacks & Food

Now that I have gestational diabetes (Oh! Forgot to mention that, didn’t I? I’ll do an update later this week to let everyone know what’s going on with me and my new milestones), here’s what I’ve got in my snack basket…

  • Peanut butter
  • Lara bars
  • Raw almonds
  • Ok-Mok crackers
  • Wheat Thins
  • Triscuits
  • Sugar Free Reese’s PB cups
  • Chamomile tea
  • Decaf Chai tea
  • No matter how good the hospital food may be at first, it *will* get old. I use DoorDash to order from my favorite restaurants – they deliver directly to my hospital room!

Please indulge me and take the survey below to let me know if you want me to post pics of my new abode. I’m happy to oblige, but only if it’s of interest to you all! xoxo

 

6.14.2016 – Seriously?

When life keeps giving you lemons, I’m here to tell you, you WILL get sick of making lemonade.

Two weeks ago I went to see my OB because I’d been spotting for about 24 hours. I was 22 weeks and 3 days pregnant. She did an exam and told me that she could feel my membranes. She said I have an incompetent cervix and I needed to immediately go to the hospital where I’d be admitted for at least a couple of days.

She told me that she was going to call a high risk surgeon to meet me and she was hoping he’d be able to place a “rescue”cerclage in my cervix. There wasn’t a whole lot of certainty in her voice though. She was really unsure whether anything could be done. She was very factual and calm, but I could tell baby boy and I were in deep shit.

So I hopped a cab (faster than uber or an ambulance) over to CPMC California. The nurses in triage were expecting me (I started having major PTSD flashbacks of the adria leak and my trip to the ER for the antidote….)

Long story short, I was having emergency surgery within an hour and a half. I was 3cm dilated and the surgeon could see baby boy’s feet coming out through the membranes (which were bulging out of my cervix).  Thank heavens the doctor was able to get the bag back into my cervix without rupturing it and there was enough cervix left to work with to insert a cerclage.

I’m not going to lie to any of you. The outlook those first 72 hours was really, really grim, but my body pulled through, and, far as anyone can tell, the baby is none the wiser (though he did get a good healthy dose of narco post-op and a 4-day-round-the-clock-dose of antibiotics via IV to my body).

So now I’m on indefinite bed rest at the hospital. Since I was asymptomatic when all of this started (save a little spotting) my doctors are hesitant to breathe a sigh of relief. We’re forced to take everything day by day and pray for the best.

It’s been 14 days since I arrived here. It’s been incredibly hard not to see Nora, Maisey and Paul all the time. It’s been a major test of character to have to surrender 100% control of everything in my life. From caring for my child, to my own body. I have to be strong every day and remember that I’m a mere vessel. Here to incubate the newest member of our family. It’s not an easy job at all. I was in a lot of physical pain early on. Now I’m in a lot of emotional pain. But when I focus on one day at a time, that helps.

This past Saturday I hit 24 weeks in my pregnancy, which is a huge milestone. Should baby boy arrive at this point, there are life saving measures that can be taken. That was not the case when I first arrived at 22 weeks.

So we are grateful for every small victory and we’ll keep pushing on. There are so many more details to the story, but the above is the gist. We’d appreciate it if you could keep us all in your prayers and hold space for us. We’ve got a long, long road ahead and hope that it’s drama free.

xoxo,

Andrea