Week 22 to 23+: What Happened??

As probably noticed, I was missing for a while in the blogging space. Many should know by now that I am back to the hospital!!  Yes, this time round I was warded in KKH. Been here since last Tuesday and looks like this time it is going to be a longer “vacation” here.

Wasn’t well enough to make any entries here last week; but stole the laptop from hubby to update the “world” and my friends on what exactly happened. Can’t type tfor oo long ‘cos I am not supposed to sit up for too long. Ok.. stop blabbing.  Here goes:

Basically, I was diagnosed of Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM) shortly after I seek a second opinion. Most will recalled that I have been in and out of hospital 3 weeks back. Shortly after returning home the 2nd time, the situation didn’t improve and thus I was prompted by friends to see another specialist gynae; which thankful I did! In layman’s terms, the gynae said that my water bag has already burst and I was having contractions and could go into labour any time!!! BUT then I was ONLY 22 weeks into my pregnancy when he dropped this bombshell on us. The gynae recommended that I checked into KKH immediately and thus that’s where I had been for the last 2 weeks.

Over KKH, I went through series of blood tests, IV drips of antibiotics/saline and tons of scans…. to conclude that yes – the amniotic fluid (water bag surrounding baby) has leaked/burst. And that is termed as PROM. Essentially, now the drs and I can only prolong the pregnancy for as long as possible. If an infection sets in, they have to deliver the baby immediately. If I have contractions, labour will come as well. The danger is, I am not even in the safe period for a preterm delivery! In the medical world, a baby is considered “viable”” (having a chance to live in this world) only at 24 weeks of gestation. As such, they painted a very bad picture for us. Kim and I felt totally helpless when we were first presented the “reality”. BUT… we have came a long way to believe that baby will be fine and a miracle will happen! 🙂

Right now, I am having an ultrasound scan 2x a week, injection 1x a week, blood tests 2x a week and many other small and big tests along the way. The good news is that the Aminotic Fluid Index (AFI) has increased slightly since the day I was admitted. The summary is:

1) I have to stop leaking fluid (there is a tear somewhere in the womb) so that the aminotic fluid can be retained in the womb. The fluid is critical for baby’s lungs development at this stage.

2) Baby has to continue to regenerate more aminotic fluid in order to replenish what has been lost. A minimum of 6cm AFI is deemed as the “safe” level of fluid for baby’s lungs development. Currently I am at 1.5cm (a far cry from 0.5cm when I was admitted!). Though we are not anywhere near 6cm, we are praying. 🙂

3) Many people do not know that basically the amintoic fluid is almost 100% made up of baby’s pee! Baby will actually swallow the fluid surrounding him and then pee it out! Interesting info here (Yes, so please pray my baby pee more! haa)

4) Now it is a waiting game too. We are waiting for 23 weeks + 5 days of gestation and dr will give me 2 steroid injections to boost the development of baby’s lungs just in case he arrives early. Thereafter, we continue to pray for as long a gestation towards full term as possible. Though drs are not optimistic that I can reach full term, they are aiming for as long as baby and I can “tong”; i.e. prolonging the pregnancy for a longer period than now.

5) Yes, it looks like the long “vacation” is still going to continue here at KKH. I am not complaining ‘cos we know that a day here is a day gained. Currently, we are riding on the grace of God and the prayers of many friends and family to go through every single day. 🙂

Please continue to pray and pray for us ‘cos we are positive that your prayers are working!!! A BIG Thank you to all who are making a difference in our lives right now (all the magazines/books, the comfort food, prayers and sms and etc that are making things just that bit easier to go through daily). And of course not forgetting my mum and hubby who comes and visit me everyday without fail; taking shifts to keep me company. Love you both! 🙂

Week 20 to 21: In and Out .. of hospital

Yes.. I was in and out of hospital again this week. Cause: Heavy bleeding and cramps (AGAIN). Kim had to rush me into hospital in the middle of the night after we called gyn for her advice. As usual, got a jab and rested in bed. Some nurses recognised me – “didn’t you just left??” – yes.. I gave a tired smile. What do you want me to say? “I missed you all; so I am back to visit earlier than expected?” ok.. me and my grumpy attitude coming out. 

I don’t understand – I didn’t stepped out of my house, I didn’t move much at home, I didn’t do anything wrong!!!!! WHY?? Why must this happen to me time and time again? It is really one emotional roller coaster – not just for me but for Kim and mum as well. Of course, we are exhausted; but we are reminding bb everyday to stay strong and healthy – we love him and we can’t wait to see him (not too early of course!).

 

This time round.. there isn’t any novelty in a hospital stay anymore. The food doesn’t taste as great anymore… think I am just “over” it – I wanna go home! boo boo… 😦

 

Lots of friends are reminding me to stay positive and think happy thoughts. I am; I am trying.

A friend just told me that her little girl was down with hfmd recently but all she wanted to do was to play! haa.. this reminded me that actually kids are really innocent and most of the time do not see problems the same way as adults. They possess a sense of innocence and “care-free-ness” in them to actually overcome the sicknesses or problems without magnifying them.

I realised this is the same as the little one in me. Though this is not the first time I am experiencing severe bleeding and cramps; it always seemed that he is perfectly fine (kicking and moving actively) whenever gyn does a scan during our “emergencies”. It seemed that he is oblivious to what is going on around his “house”!! Whatever bleeding, whatever placenta detachment, whatever cramps – he always looked so happy swimming in his “pool”! When his parents are worried sick, he never failed to comfort them with his innocence. 🙂

 

Yes, stay positive, think happy thoughts, look at happy babies’ pictures, remind my little one to stay strong and healthy. 🙂

 

 

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my all time fav pic - i titled it "the praying boy"

 

 

My first experience ….. staying in a hospital

 

Except the time I was born, I had never been admitted into a hospital. I thought maybe my first experience will be the time I give birth to bb. HOWEVER, this hospital-stay experience came earlier than expected…

 

I was admitted into Thomson Medical Centre on Wed!

 

It was one ordeal I never asked for. Updated in my previous entries – I had been experiencing bleeding for 1+ week.  After 3 visits to the gyn and 2 injections; there still aren’t much improvements to my conditions. Tues night became the last straw for me. Cramps and backache and fountain of blood – enough to scare me to ring for help. Gyn already said if there is a next “relapse” – I won’t have a choice but to admit myself into the hospital. I woke up knowing the choice is no longer mine. Called gyn and told her the situation; packed my bags and went straight to the hospital with mum and hubby in tow.

 

Gyn brought forward the 20th week detailed scan and shortly after she found out the reasons for my discomfort. It is likely to be placental abruption. This is a serious complication during pregnancy where the placenta is detached prematurely from the uterus wall. For more info and illustrations – read here 

The weird thing is that I don’t belong to any of the “risk categories” nor did I had a major impact on my womb. Gyn is also concerned that this condition shouldn’t happened so early in a pregnancy if any at all. Why did it happened to me then?? I asked that question umpteen times too. I didn’t quite have an answer to that. But at least now we know the cause of bleeding and cramps. I was immediately put on dosages of blood-clotting medicine and womb-calming injection. I was classified a C.R.I.B – Compulsory Rest In Bed – as well.

 

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Compulsory Rest In Bed - CRIB

                            

 To me – it was a rather interesting hospital stay. Let’s not talk about all the discomfort and etc. I must say that TMC really impressed me in terms of their staff, facilities and most importantly – FOOD! We asked for a 4 bedded room (I didn’t want to spend too much); but we got a free upgrade to a 2 bedded room instead! The nurses were really “Thomson angels” – as the name nicely suggested. Most of them attending to me are older, auntie-looking nurses. But they really do their job well! Throughout my stay, b’cos I am a CRIB – they kept saying (nicely) – “don’t move; just press the attention bell if you need anything”. They reminded me time and time again not to move an inch. Must say that they make an otherwise unpleasant incident much easier.

 

Ok – now to my fav section – FOOD! Thank God, I still have an appetite. 🙂 Probably the only thing I look forward to are meal times. They served us 6 meals daily!

haa.. no wonder gyn told me that from the scan, bb is quite chubby! His stomach and weight is slightly above average at this stage! I thought – never mind – I am too troubled to be concerned about dieting in the hospital. Anyway, hospital food is supposed to be healthy right? hee.. that gave me the excuse to eat, eat and eat…..

 

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1) Breakfast – roti prata , banana and milo                          

2) The famous boiled soup (supposed to promote lactation) and milo

3) Lunch – stewed lamb, bread & butter, corn soup, salad and mango dessert

4) Dinner – Chinese menu (veg, stewed chicken, double-boiled soup and fruit)

5) Night snack – slice of fruit cake and milo

6) I forgotten to take a pic of tea time – slice of tuna bread and milo

 

So.. I was really well-fed! haha.. Never imagined hospital food to be quite yummy! I had mee siam for breakfast the other day too! Thought these hawker-like food aren’t supposed to be healthy?? But then, since they are “hospital-food” – should be fine right? So the above are my “comfort food” throughout my 3 days, 2 nights stay at TMC.

 

Of course, I had my loving Kim and forever-sacrificial mum for company in the day time. 🙂 Can’t ask for more. 🙂

But it is good to be home now – especially away from a snore-louder-than-anyone-I-know neighbour and away from confinement as a CRIB. 🙂

Gyn continued to advised RIB – Rest In Bed – but at least I have the comfort of my own bed and internet access! haha…

Continue to pray that bb stays healthy and grows towards full term. 🙂