“Hi! Welcome, we’ve been expecting you!” The overly bubbly, happy front dest clerk is about the only thing happy and bubbly about this place. When I think of camp this is not what I envision. Oh well, I guess I am where I need to be incase Miss Korie decides to try and come early again. C.A.M.P. stands for Centralized Antenatal Monitoring Project. And looking on the bright side, just as the bubbly front desk clerk said, “at least we have food for you!” It looks like I will be here until next Thursday when Korie makes her big arrival.
It has been an absolute crazy and hectic week. I cannot believe it is already Friday. I really started having contractions last Friday in the middle of the night, then they slowed down Saturday and Sunday. I figured they were just Braxton-Hicks. I’ve never had the privilege of having contractions before so I really wasn’t sure. I called Dr. Riche’ on Monday just to be on the safe side. I told them I was MAYBE having a few an hour. They had me come in to the office and hooked me up to the monitor, I really was surprised when I was having them about every 10 minutes. So off to Mercy I went to be admitted for 24 hour observation. They gave me IV fluids and medicine to help stop them. They were never really painful like I thought contractions should be. But by Tuesday morning I was contracting on average every 2-6 minutes. I don’t think they were really ever worried about Korie coming, they were worried about my uterus and the stress of the contractions on it. If it was too much stress and my uterus ruptured then they would be concerned about Korie having to be delivered in Fort Smith. So off to Little Rock I went! I seriously thought Michael would be able to pick me up at Mercy and drive me to UAMS, I was planning on stopping in Conway and having some Buffalo Wild Wings. Dr. Riche’ said, “No! You will be riding in the ambulance.” And let me tell you that was the absolute longest ride to Little Rock. EVER. Even though we got there in a little over 2 hours.
I was admitted to the L&D unit at UAMS. I had a resident and med student come in a couple of times, do an ultrasound and check me. They told me nothing to eat or drink while I was in L&D and on the monitor, this is also the same time they are telling me we were going to wait it out and see if we can get her to stay put until next Thursday. So I am thinking, You’re going to monitor me until next Thursday? I can’t eat or drink while you are monitoring me, just in case you need to deliver? I’M STARVING! I was still disappointed about not getting to ride with Michael and eat at BWW. Anyway, the not letting me eat was not going to work out, so they moved me to the ante-partum unit so I could be watched over night and EAT! The ante-partum unit was like a breath of fresh air compared to L&D. The nurses were much nicer and I felt more relaxed. I actually slept really well Tuesday night.
The “team” of residents and med students came in bright and early Wednesday morning. The resident was Dr. Sick, what an appropriate name for a doctor! Anyway, they felt I was doing well enough to be discharged to C.A.M.P. At C.A.M.P. I was still under the direct care of UAMS. They put you in a motel room, deliver you meals daily, and call you for check-in. It really felt like more of a witness protection program or something. I didn’t feel comfortable opening the blinds, much less going out of my room. I can tell you it was NO vacation!
I started writing this post on Thursday morning while I was waiting on Michael and the kids to get here, and now I am finishing it while in a super comfy bed that is NOT at C.A.M.P.!! While I appreciate the C.A.M.P. program and the services it provides, it was not where I wanted to stay for the next week. With Michael and the kids being here with me, it was just entirely too crowded, and honestly I didn’t really feel safe venturing out of the room. We are staying in Little Rock, like the doctors want me to, but in a much more family friendly and comfortable place!
I am feeling pretty good and really hope to make it until next Thursday. I just wanted to update everyone and say THANK YOU so much for all the prayers, calls, well-wishes and help that has been offered. We are incredibly blessed. We have access to great medical care, we have great family and friends, and most importantly we have a kind and loving God who is always with us. We couldn’t ask for more!
I will TRY and update if anything new comes along.
10,000 Reasons! -one of my favorite songs!