Author: Lala
•Friday, July 02, 2010
(Friday afternoon update from Carl, plus evening update from Lala.)

So, Lala officially has preeclampsia, which they are watching closely.  There were 7 grams of protein in her urine in the 24-hour urine sample, so the doctor said that was her "ticket" for staying in the hospital for the rest of the pregnancy.

I talked to our doctor this afternoon, and she said that the blood pressure is elevated, but not apparently severe, and the blood chemistry doesn't look too bad.  They are going to watch the blood pressure very closely, and also look for signs of liver dysfunction or further kidney dysfunction.  At any point they could get a reading that says, "Operate now!" and they'll do it.  However, the doctor hopes they can go as long as a few more weeks.

Since I can't just take all of the next month off of work, I'm trying to get hours in day by day as I can.  That's difficult because the main thing on my list is to do two major site conversions/moves, which are kind of all or nothing.  But I think I have the easier job compared to Lala.

We have had lots of support and well-wishes.  The Relief Society President and her husband came over last night, and he helped me with a blessing.  We got an extensive care package from my family yesterday, and our Netflix DVD this morning.  Between cell phones and WiFi we are keeping sane and in communication, and with buses, trains, and cars, are keeping mobile (for me and my mother in law).

I think it is very good for Lala to have her mom here.  I must admit I'm kind of glad that I can focus on computer stuff and budgeting while someone else figures out how to cook cassava and things.  It is nice that her mom can keep her company when I'm not around.

They hook me up to the Stress test and Contraction monitoring apparatus every morning  for almost an hour. Routine includes Blood Pressure reading and babies' heartbeats monotoring 5 times/day, daily urine test, weight gain, bloodworks, ultrasound 3 times/week, medications and vitamin and daily visits from the Resident Doctor, my OB, and the High Risk Doctor. 

My best friend Pops came to visit me with David and brought some Filipino food.
My swollen left hand from being hooked up to IV
With internet connection available, Carl works from the hospital sometimes.
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On July 2, 2010 at 3:31 PM , Ellen Sorenson said...

Thanks for the update. It sounds like good news that Lala will continue to have constant monitoring, yet the babies might get a little more time to grow before they make their grand appearance. You are in our prayers! Mom

On July 2, 2010 at 7:41 PM , Rebecca Reid said...

I am very glad to hear an update! I'm glad to hear there is a chance that the babies will stay put for a little longer but do pray that Lala stays well! Hang in there! We're praying for you and the babies.

On July 3, 2010 at 11:18 AM , Susannah said...

Best of luck, Lala. We've been worried about you. I am glad to hear you are okay and we'll keep praying that everything will work out...and hopefully you can go home!