Friday, June 20, 2008

Ha, Maybe?

So, I nearly fainted at my 28 week appointment today. Apparently my issues are neither psychosomatic nor anxiety related, which I think the folks at the doctor's office may have suspected until now. In less than five minutes, my blood pressure dropped from 120/70 to 70/50, seemingly caused by me spending less than 10 seconds in a semi-reclined (far from fully reclined) position so they could check Lou's heartbeat (they later checked it with me lying on my side -- I wasn't concerned, since s/he had been kicking away all morning). And it took a really long time to rebound, inching its way up to 80/55, then 90/60 over a 35 minute period.

They wouldn't let me leave the exam room to get the glucose screen blood draw done, so the lab tech came to the exam room and did it there while I lay on my side. (This was totally embarassing.) Right before the blood draw, my bp had gone back up to 100/70, but fell back to 80/50 after, so they kept me there for another half hour until it was back to 100/70 and let me leave.

What I am to try until my next appointment in two weeks, at which point we'll reassess: one can of Coke or one cup of coffee first thing in the morning (what pregnant lady is prescribed caffeine??), followed by an iron supplement washed down with a big glass of full-sodium v8. I am also to drink at least 40 ounces of water before leaving the house in the morning (I was drinking 30, which seemed like enough, but apparently it may not be). I am also to call immediately if the dull, uncomfortable ache under the right side of my rib cage gets worse or is accompanied by vomiting, as they are concerned my gall bladder is inflamed, further compressing my innards (and causing problems of its own) -- someone had suggested that in the comments a while back, and it turns out that may be part of it, so thanks for the heads-up.

As for the glucose screen, the drink wasn't nearly as bad as I feared. It was far less syrupy than I thought it might be and not really that difficult to drink. I'm pretty sure I'm going to fail (just a gut instinct), but the midwife said we'd cross that bridge when we came to it (the thought of having to get my morning caffeine in the form of black coffee makes me want to vomit).


Jen said...

It's good that they believe you now. I love that they prescribed you caffeine! I hope the new tricks work.

Meghan said...

I'm sorry you almost fainted again but at least it happened there and they now have to take you seriously (not sure why docs don't in the first place but that's a whole other issue)

Hope the caffiene, salt, and extra water does the trick!

Ms. Infertile said...

Sorry about the near fainting again but good that they could see what exactly was happening. Hopefully their "prescriptions" will help.
Good luck on that glucose screen - hoping for normal results.

Kim said...

Oh my! I hope the caffeine works! Make sure that they know about your bp when you deliver if you get an epidural - it makes your bp drop. nclm

Maria (MKC101103) said...

Ditto what the others said. It's like taking your car to the mechanic and it won't make that noise. I'm glad they believe you now!

docgrumbles said...

well, at least they recognize that your syndrome is real!

C said...

I'm sorry about the fainting, but at least it happened where they could witness it! I hope you pass the glucose test. I narrowly failed my first one and had to do the 3-hour test. It wasn't fun at all. Although I passed it, thank goodness.

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~Jess said...

How scary! At least they believe you now. Hopefully they get things figured out quickly.

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