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2005-12-23 - 10:47 a.m.

Wow, things can change quickly.

Itís only been two weeks since my last midwife appointment and up to that point my weight gain had been just under a pound a week and my blood pressure was a nice low 113 over 53. In fact, Iíd felt quite smug about being on target for a 135 pound weight gain overall, and with such low blood pressure and good health. Yesterday? Iíd gained 7 Ĺ pounds in the last two weeks and my blood pressure was 137 over 83 Ė the highest itís ever been in my life.

When they added in the fact that Iíve got some trace protein in my urine, my feet and ankles (as Iíd mentioned) had gotten puffy, and Iíd had a headache last weekend for the first time since getting pregnant, they decided to have me go in to the hospital for a consult. Iíve been told that itís ďvery, very, very unlikelyĒ that Iíll actually be at work until my projected last day of Jan. 27th and that itís possible that today might be my last day depending on what the test results say. Iím looking at much more frequent blood pressure monitoring (theyíre going to give me a machine) and the feeling is that yesterdayís readings may be a fluke but itís better to get it checked out. If it is pre-eclampsia than they think it would be just the early stages so if Iím careful and get adequate rest Grommet and I should be okay and be able to go to term.

Iíve notified HR and sent a heads-up to my boss that I will, at the least, be leaving earlier than projected and that itís possible that today is, in fact, my last day.

Itís not all doom-and-gloom though, those acrobatics Iíve been feeling lately have, in fact, been the Grom doing some spinning and he is now head down. All the better to push her out into the world when the time comes (hopefully not before four weeks from now).

So, Iíve got lunch plans with my father and step-mother today, then Iíll be sitting in the hospital for most of the afternoon, waiting around to find out if there was a good reason for the scare. In the meantime, Iím trying to put my files in order here at my desk.

Wish me luck and Merry Christmas. Iíll try to report back as soon as I know anything more.

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Edited to add: Okay, I spent about 2 1/2 hours in the hospital. They took my blood pressure (back down to a reasonable 121 over 73), 3 vials of blood and a urine sample, and strapped an external fetal monitor to me.

The verdict?

Everything was within "acceptable" parameters but the trends disturbed them. I had a trace of protein in my urine, plus a higher level of uric acid than they'd have liked. I'd had really low blood pressure, and now it was a bit higher. The blood results were still good but not ideal...

The upshot was that they want me to take it easy as much as I can over the next while, go back to the midwife this coming week for additional blood pressure and urine testing, and go from there. If I suddenly develop symptoms such as seeing spots and a blinding headache, well, then I'm in trouble and should page the midwife on my way to emergency.

Hopefully it won't come to that. I will, however, have to put the kibosh on my plan to go take some classes at the gym this week. And I snickered out loud when I was told to avoid stress for the next few days. Stress? Over Christmas weekend? With my sister Spider coming? Are they kidding me?

My midwife did say that at least I had a good excuse not to engage in any of the normal sort of conversations that seem inevitable with Spider. Easier said than done though.

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