Monday, April 25, 2011

Urgent care and uterine entrapment

Things have been progressing nicely...I know, I've been a bad bad blogger. But, in my defense, I am EXHAUSTED and a little nauseous still. The nausea has gotten better but is still there once in a while, however, the exhaustion...wow. I'm TIRED. And, I have a delightful and very energetic 14 month old to chase around, so I'm pooped and barely have time to check on everyone else, let alone write a post...but this last week warrants a real blog entry.

Friday morning I woke up at 3 am and had to pee something awful...and couldn't. Not for the life of me. I know this isn't entirely unusual in pregnancy with women who have a tipped uterus since I had a little bit of this with my daughter...at about 18 weeks. So, I sat there and wiggled around, leaned forward, leaned back, etc.....nothing. Okay, back to bed. Maybe next time. I tried repeatedly until 6 am when I got the faintest of half hearted trickles. And then nothing again. So, knowing this is likely the same thing I had before, when the uterus is stretched enough that it is taking over the entire pelvic cavity (happens sooner with twins...about 11 weeks I guess), and if you have tipped uterus, it gets kind of stuck there for a while, pushes on your bladder and...um...closes your urethra. So, Brett went to work, I went to the pool to see if swimming can make my uterus move. It didn't. Nothing...then a slight trickle when I tried as hard as I could. Around noon, I was desperate and called my OB who was closed but I did the emergency line and he called back. He told me to try a few positions but that the trickle I am experiencing is not the stuff from my bladder but rather overflow b/c my bladder is totally full. He suggested I try to get on my knees and chest for a few minutes and then try again. If that doesn't work, its off to urgent care for catherization. He said to avoid the actual emergency room because they will leave me waiting too long and this is getting critical. At 3 pm (12 hours after it started) I finally made it to urgent care, totally mortified, and had to be catherized. They were amazed at how much my bladder held. So, it was emptied. RELIEF. Then I was told that in order not to have to go back to urgent care, I have to pee every 2 hours at least...even setting a timer at night. Apparently, if I sleep through one needed pee break, my bladder might overfill and get stuck again....so the weekend went by. I was mostly able to pee (if I leaned forward and lifted up my belly) and sometimes, not so much. But, I got through it...and I am exhausted. So so tired. I was also scared b/c I did the google search and heard that most cases eventually correct themselves but some extreme cases can get stuck and can cause miscarriage. So, first thing this morning, I made an appointment with the OB to discuss. She said that there is no way this will cause miscarriage, my babies are fine, but she is glad I came in. We talked...this should be over by the end of the week, hopefully and then she gave me a quick ultrasound, which was incredible of her. She knew I was worried. The babies were doing great. They were stacked on top of each other like in bunk beds and baby a on the bottom was rocking out and going nuts in there and baby b was snoozing away. It was wonderful. So, now no worries about miscarriage and I can handle the discomfort until it gets better...but what a weekend!

Besides that, Easter was great...though filled with some worry. Teagan had her first family egg hunt...the church one is next weekend. I have some great pictures but am too lazy to upload today:-) I will do it this week though b/c she is a sight to see in her cute little easter dress!

9 comments:

MyTwoLines said...

That sounds excruciating! I am so sorry :(

LisainSK said...

Ah that sounds soo worrisome indeed. I can't believe you lasted that long too! Sure hope it never happens again!

Hope in Virginia said...

Oh my, that sounds terrible! Like chinese torture or something. Hopefully the regular peeing will keep it from getting so severe again. But it's terrific to hear that babies are happily bunking away in there :)

Linda said...

That must've been scary for you! I'm so glad that you were finally relieved. :) Did I tell you I'm so jealous? :) I keep thinking about our conversation we had on FB about doing another cycle together. And now look at you, you're going to be a mom to three! How exciting!

Lost in Space said...

How miserable!! I sure hope everything is fine now.

And I have been living under a rock apparently...Congrats on the twins!!! Amazing in so many ways.

PJ said...

Ugh, how do I keep missing your posts? I'm so sorry.

Hopefully that peeing thing has worked itself out! Especially because every two hours, even at night, is awful!

If your mother in law comes, it might not be as stressful for you. We didn't know what we were doing, having never done the baby thing. I'm sure you'll have a lot of things figured out, and the twins thing will just be a matter of tweaking everything. It just really didn't work out for us.

Can't wait to see Teagan in her Easter duds!

I slept from about 7PM to 6AM for much of my first trimester. It's exhausting growing two babies!

Caroline said...

I hope you're feeling better now, you poor thing. Getting up every 2 hours is torture when you desperately need sleep.

Kristen and Kiko said...

So I've been offline for a while and finally finding time to catch up (you'll understand when the twins come)...which by the way...TWINS!!! Congratulations!! Twins ROCK!! Girl twins even better (yes, I'm biased)...but I'm hoping for a boy in there for you :). So sorry to hear of the pain you endured!! No fun!!! I hope you are doing better now! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm really glad you posted this. I am on my fourth pregnancy and am expecting this to happen to me again as it has the last two pregnancies. My doctors had read about it but never actually saw a case before. Now they have seen it twice in the same person. Lol. I am sorry to hear that this happened to you but it is also nice to know that i am not the only real person out there that suffers from this. I am just at 6 weeks now so i expect the entrapment in another six. I was hoping for a way to prevent it. My doctors keep me catheterized for 2 weeks. What a pain. Thank you for posting.