Thursday, 5 July 2012

Pregnancy Diary: 05/07/12 - Being Induced at 37wks!!... That's TOMORROW

I'M BEING INDUCED!!!!
BYE BYE BUMP!!!!!!... HELLO BABY!!


OK so I'm only 37 weeks as of tomorrow and they're inducing me! Why? Because my ribs want to kill me and baby isn't helping!

Teitze Syndrome is the sporn of the devil! It is THE most painful thing you could have on a long term basis whilst pregnant (don't hold me to that). It is so painful when not pregnant that most people only get diagnosed with it via A&E when they go in thinking they're having a heart attack!....... A HEART ATTACK!! It causes swelling in the cartilage in between your ribs and it spreads your ribs apart, it is a very rare condition and often misdiagnosed. It isn't very well known by general medical practitioners but the ones that do know of it flinch when you say you have it, as if to say 'Ouch you poor thing'. The reason it is so painful during pregnancy is due to the fact it can't be treated. When not pregnant it is a simple, but long, course of anti inflammatory drugs and it is cleared up quite easily. Whilst pregnant however the drugs needed can't be taken as they can have lasting effects on the baby..... Although it is suspected I had the problems before my pregnancy it was misdiagnosed as a trapped nerve and so untreated, by the time a lovely little old locum doctor diagnosed it I was a good few months pregnant... TYPICAL!

I have suffered quite a lot with it but as the weeks have gone on the pain has become excruciating and uncontrollable with simple pain relief. Codeine didn't even hit the thing on the foot let alone the head! The more the baby has grown, the worse the pressure has become on my already swollen ribs. I can't sit up straight, slouch, bend, stretch, lay down on my back or either side, I can't stand up for too long either because my blood pressure is so low so I get really dizzy... the pain makes this worse so standing up is out of the question too..... this has left..... oh wait....... nothing! I physically can't do anything. This has meant no sleep, I am exhausted. It has also meant constant pressure on my stomach and so I have been getting chronic acid reflux and I have struggled to eat. I have felt so sick, weak and completely not with it. I hate it!

On top of this my head was spinning about the thought of giving birth with this pain in my ribs.... I was starting to panic. I can hardly breathe already and deep breaths are like someone stabbing me in the chest. How can I breath through contractions with this hanging over me. How can I push when the pressure on my ribs will feel like they're cracking, even more than they're doing now! What the hell was I going to do? I had spoken to my mum, who works in a hospital theatre, and she spoke to her colleagues who were anaesthetists and C-Section experts, they had told her I needed to see the consultant to develop a plan of action for labour as by the sounds of things both myself and my ribs wouldn't be able to cope. This was worrying me as they are the experts and they were worrying.... time to talk to some experts nearer to home and see what they said.

So yesterday I made an appointment with the GP and she not only gave me a stronger pain killer and she referred me over to the consultants at the hospital to develop a plan. These are very strong pain killers though and they make you very drowsy but after a good few days of not sleeping, eating and struggling to breathe I thought brilliant at least they'll help me sleep. I had had enough by this point. I have spent the week crying in pain and knowing that they can't do anything to help me and I had a whole 3 weeks, maybe even 5, to go was killing me. I broke down in tears in the GP's office and she was so good. She didn't realise just how much it was destroying me and so she did say to me 'I don't think they'll let you go another 3 weeks'..... I had this in my head this morning when I went to the hospital so what was to come next wasn't a huge shock.

We had a few hours of waiting in the clinic this morning before we were seen by the consultant, as we were technically classed as a walk in (but this was after a quick upset last night over very strong and regular, but fake, contractions and a rush to the hospital to check me over, all was fine but we had Kyd with us today as he had been shoved around late last night and was exhausted, he wasn't impressed that he had to sit and wait but he was very well behaved). I explained to the consultant what was happening and what I'd been told by others doctors and my mums colleagues and she talked me through a few things about what they could do with the labour at the time. She said they could do an early epidural during labour as this would numb my rib area too, but this comes with it's own risks. She asked if I was OK, I tried not to cry but I did, I told her I'd had enough now and that I was exhausted. She said I looked out of it and I explained that I'd taken the new pain relief but that it was still hurting just being sat down. I went on to tell her I was worrying because if I had to take these for another 3 weeks and they knocked me out this much, I wouldn't be comfortable looking after Kyd. She agreed and said that I wasn't fit to look after him with these side effects. I think this was why she then said 'I think we need to induce you sooner rather than later'...... eeeeekkkkk!!!...... I thought right they mean next week.... NOPE she said 'we can do it tomorrow morning'..... I took a deep breath and said 'ummmm OK' you should have seen our faces! Hoff looked like he was going to pass out. They wanted to keep me in so they could control my pain relief tonight but I said it was important I spent some time with Kyd and get sorted as it was all a big change for him. She agreed and here we are... at home.

Tonight we are going out for a meal at one of Kyd's fave places for a 'last supper' as such. We will be having talks and cuddles to get ourselves sorted and mentally ready for this new arrival! I can not believe we are going to have a baby with us in the next few days... I was fully ready for him coming in another 3 weeks but this is scary. I would say I was taking deep breaths to calm myself down, but as I physically can't without screaming in pain, I'll just say PANIC!!! breathe, breathe, PANIC!!!

Tonight we will be trying to get a good nights sleep before going to the hospital at 7.30am to start the induction....

I'll keep you all updated via Twitter just check the #BaihoffBaby hashtag for regular updates and follow me on @Baillie_MyLife..... Should be interesting!

WISH US LUCK!!! (I don't think it's really sunk in with Hoff yet... This should be fun!)

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  1. You poor thing, the pain you've been experiencing sounds awful; I'm pleased that you are being helped quickly.
    Hope you have a wonderful evening & that everything goes swimmingly tomorrow.
    And finally, the photo of Kyd & your bump is so beautiful it brought a huge smile to my face & a little tear to my eye.

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  2. good luck to you all :D exciting times :D

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  3. Good luck lovely - will be thinking of you. Horrible that you've had to suffer like this. Hopefully it'll all be over soon and you'll have your beautiful baby to help take your mind off it. xxx

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