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My fever kept spiking up to 102 all day, no matter what I took for it. I was not enjoying it. I hate having a fever. Consequently, while I pumped as much as I could today, I didn’t attempt to nurse any of the babies at all today. I hope that doesn’t cause a set back because I imagine tomorrow will be more of the same. None of them are good breastfeeders, but I was thinking we had started to make progress with Ellie at least. Our little guy is totally too lazy anyway and I’m sure he was relieved that I wasn’t shoving a breast in his face half the day. Abby’s so little that while she’s got good technique, she’s not physically strong enough to breastfeed effectively anyway. None of them would have done anything to help unblock any blocked ducts today, so I just pumped as much as I could and left it at that.

I hate having fevers. Pain I can handle (and boy is this a LOT of pain), but fevers are so miserable to me. Yuck.

I heard some bad news about a friend of mine today and I will hopefully write about it tomorrow. I feel just awful about it.

I completely copped out and Tuesday I had a baby nurse come for three hours. The advantage was that she fed the babies while I SHOWERED and then she organized the nursery for me and then she gave the babies baths. She was awesome and worth every penny. I don’t know WHAT I would have her do if I had her here for 12 hour shifts, but she’s pretty good at self-directing, so I’m guessing she’d figure something out. Anyway, her three hours here left me feeling completely calm and in control all day Wednesday. I would still have felt that calm and collected today, except that I felt like death all day. Fortunately, I had a friend here in the morning who rushed over when she heard about the mastitis because she said what I really needed was to get into the HOT shower immediately, but I couldn’t shower without another adult here because of Ellie’s heart monitor. And then this afternoon a teenager came to help for a bit. And finally, the baby nurse came from 4-8pm which was terrific, because I got a nice long nap to sleep off the fever a little, and she fed the little ones while I pumped pumped pumped some more.

I feel a little guilty for not taking care of them much today, but honestly, I was lucky to be upright at all. I’m just lucky today happened to be a day I had lots of help. Normally I don’t have people here during the day, but I happened to accept an offer of help for the afternoon just yesterday, even though I had no idea what I would have her do with me. And when the baby nurse emailed me yesterday to say she could give me a couple hours this evening, I debated not having her come, but I’m so glad I took her up on it. She will probably come for at least one feeding tomorrow also, which makes her an angel or a saint as far as I’m concerned, considering that she’s working overnight with twins tonight.

The good news is that this will pass. No one ever had permanent mastitis, right?

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My fever kept spiking up to 102 all day, no matter what I took for it. I was not enjoying it. I hate having a fever. Consequently, while I pumped as much as I could today, I didn't attempt to nurse any of the babies at all today. I hope that doesn't cause a set back because I imagine tomorrow will be more of the same. None of them are good breastfeeders, but I was thinking we had started to make progress with Ellie at least. Our little guy is totally too lazy anyway and I'm sure he was relieved that I wasn't shoving a breast in his face half the day. Abby's so little that while she's got good technique, she's not physically strong enough to breastfeed effectively anyway. None of them would have done anything to help unblock any blocked ducts today, so I just pumped as much as I could and left it at that.

I hate having fevers. Pain I can handle (and boy is this a LOT of pain), but fevers are so miserable to me. Yuck.

I heard some bad news about a friend of mine today and I will hopefully write about it tomorrow. I feel just awful about it.

I completely copped out and Tuesday I had a baby nurse come for three hours. The advantage was that she fed the babies while I SHOWERED and then she organized the nursery for me and then she gave the babies baths. She was awesome and worth every penny. I don't know WHAT I would have her do if I had her here for 12 hour shifts, but she's pretty good at self-directing, so I'm guessing she'd figure something out. Anyway, her three hours here left me feeling completely calm and in control all day Wednesday. I would still have felt that calm and collected today, except that I felt like death all day. Fortunately, I had a friend here in the morning who rushed over when she heard about the mastitis because she said what I really needed was to get into the HOT shower immediately, but I couldn't shower without another adult here because of Ellie's heart monitor. And then this afternoon a teenager came to help for a bit. And finally, the baby nurse came from 4-8pm which was terrific, because I got a nice long nap to sleep off the fever a little, and she fed the little ones while I pumped pumped pumped some more.

I feel a little guilty for not taking care of them much today, but honestly, I was lucky to be upright at all. I'm just lucky today happened to be a day I had lots of help. Normally I don't have people here during the day, but I happened to accept an offer of help for the afternoon just yesterday, even though I had no idea what I would have her do with me. And when the baby nurse emailed me yesterday to say she could give me a couple hours this evening, I debated not having her come, but I'm so glad I took her up on it. She will probably come for at least one feeding tomorrow also, which makes her an angel or a saint as far as I'm concerned, considering that she's working overnight with twins tonight.

The good news is that this will pass. No one ever had permanent mastitis, right?

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Fever over 100.4? Check (100.9 before I took medicine to relieve it).
Flu-like symptoms? Check.
Tender painful breast and sore nipple? Check.
Probably cause, missed pumping/breastfeeding times? Check.

Can we spell mastitis, boys and girls?

UGH.

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Fever over 100.4? Check (100.9 before I took medicine to relieve it).
Flu-like symptoms? Check.
Tender painful breast and sore nipple? Check.
Probably cause, missed pumping/breastfeeding times? Check.

Can we spell mastitis, boys and girls?

UGH.

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Jessica Here…
First off, let me reassure everyone and let you all know that Karen sounds perfectly fine, very calm, and very “Karen-like” 🙂 Any of us that know Karen in real life know her penchant for keeping cool in crazy situations… Hence her calm demeanor this evening!
Anyway, after talking to the Momma herself this evening, she’s doing well. They’ve admitted her because of her possible pre-eclamptic issues. The tests that were run a few days ago, showed slightly elevated liver enzymes which along with high blood pressure, usually indicate issues with pre-eclampsia. So, for right now, she’s there for observation purposes only… There are no definitive plans as to what they’re going to do right now. We chatted for a bit and she laid out the three distinct possibilities:
1. The MD’s come back tomorrow and decide on a delivery time. (eeek!)
2. The MD’s come in and decide that the pre-eclampsia is not progressing and send her on home.
3. The MD’s come in and decide to sit on her and the babes for the duration…
Tomorrow at twilight marks the start of one of the larger holidays for Karen and her Family, so of course, hanging at the hospital (while not fun) might be the most practical of the options… I’m really hoping they don’t just send her home… But hey, Doctor’s know best right?? 🙂 On that thread of thought also, the Terbutaline pump that Karen has been using to keep the contractions at bay? It has been discontinued… The Doctors see a connection between pre-eclampsia and terb, so no more of that for now! I was reassured to hear that she was still taking some Procardia, but was unfortunately a little uncomfortable regardless… On the upside, they’re 32 weeks tomorrow…
I’ll keep you all posted with information as it becomes available! Please keep them all in your thoughts!

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Jessica Here…
First off, let me reassure everyone and let you all know that Karen sounds perfectly fine, very calm, and very "Karen-like" 🙂 Any of us that know Karen in real life know her penchant for keeping cool in crazy situations… Hence her calm demeanor this evening!
Anyway, after talking to the Momma herself this evening, she's doing well. They've admitted her because of her possible pre-eclamptic issues. The tests that were run a few days ago, showed slightly elevated liver enzymes which along with high blood pressure, usually indicate issues with pre-eclampsia. So, for right now, she's there for observation purposes only… There are no definitive plans as to what they're going to do right now. We chatted for a bit and she laid out the three distinct possibilities:
1. The MD's come back tomorrow and decide on a delivery time. (eeek!)
2. The MD's come in and decide that the pre-eclampsia is not progressing and send her on home.
3. The MD's come in and decide to sit on her and the babes for the duration…
Tomorrow at twilight marks the start of one of the larger holidays for Karen and her Family, so of course, hanging at the hospital (while not fun) might be the most practical of the options… I'm really hoping they don't just send her home… But hey, Doctor's know best right?? 🙂 On that thread of thought also, the Terbutaline pump that Karen has been using to keep the contractions at bay? It has been discontinued… The Doctors see a connection between pre-eclampsia and terb, so no more of that for now! I was reassured to hear that she was still taking some Procardia, but was unfortunately a little uncomfortable regardless… On the upside, they're 32 weeks tomorrow…
I'll keep you all posted with information as it becomes available! Please keep them all in your thoughts!

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Yeah, so first of all… checking blood sugar four times a day? SUCKS. Worse? All of my blood sugars have been completely, utterly, astoundingly, ridiculously normal. Technically, I know, this is a good thing. It’s just that it’s extremely annoying to do this when there isn’t even a really good reason for it!

Furthermore, the diabetes educator that came out to edumacate me was completely patronizing and annoying. She kept lecturing me on the perils of diabetes and blah blah. And yes, I get that it’s something to be taken seriously… except, hello? I have not yet been diagnosed with diabetes (nor does it seem like I will be if these blood sugar readings are any indication). She emphasized that this would “obviously be a serious lifestyle change” what with the diabetic diet and all. Now, I’ll use the diet as a guideline, but I’m not following the diet all that strictly at this point because, again, not so much with the diabetes diagnosis. But I wasn’t going to tell her that. What I told her was that the biggest lifestyle change really was going to be that I was going to need to eat much much more and much more often according to the diet guidelines she was handing me (a 2500 calorie diet).

“Oh,” she said in a sickenly sweet and patronizing voice, “I think you’ll find once you start measuring portions, that you weren’t eating as little as you think you were.”

Okay, what part of I’m pregnant with triplets and I’ve lost 22 pounds in this pregnancy did you miss in this conversation? And how dare you assume that I’ve been overeating all this time!! I’ve had doctors accusing me all my life of overeating, so I’m accutely aware of the number of calories I consume in an average day. Yes, sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less. But on an average day, I’m not eating ANYWHERE NEAR 2500 calories. Yesterday and today, in the spirit of cooperation, I probably had about 1800 calories and I can’t begin to describe how sick I feel from eating all that food and eating practically non-stop. Ugh. Ick. Yuck.

Enough bitching about that though. Let’s talk about contractions.

Five last night. Five this morning. Not over threshold, but combined with a lot of cramping, my terbutaline dose was raised a tiny bit and I was asked to remonitor mid-day just to see how things were. My strip was a little odd, so who knows, but I was just told to make sure to monitor a little early tonight and send it in. So I did.

I monitored from 6-7ish. 10 contractions.
Demand Dose at 7:15.
Remonitor from 7:45 to 8:45. 8 contractions.
Regular dose occurred at 8:15 in the span of time I was monitoring.
Another demand dose at 9:30.
Remonitored from 9:50-10:50pm. “At least 9 contractions” but the monitor had been all wonky and kept telling me to adjust the sensor, so they’re not sure they saw them all.

Thank heavens Dr. P. was on call tonight, because he’s not making me come in to the hospital. Yet. He raised my basal rate by 10%. He said to sleep through the night. And if I’m over threshold again in the morning, he’ll call in Indocin to my pharmacy. If, however, I top out on the terbutaline (which it sounds like I’m about to do), I get to be hospitalized. My doctor, as a general rule, does NOT hospitalize patients unless there is no other option. So, well… phooey.

So there you go. That’s tonight’s fun. Hopefully tomorrow will be, um, less fun.

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