Baby Tjader's Journey

A life undefined by pPROM, prematurity and Cerebral Palsy.

Day 43: Steroids July 27, 2010

Filed under: Bedrest,Updates — Aimee @ 6:23 pm

I just received my second and final dose of steroids, so while I rub the area of injection (read: butt), I figured I’d share my disdain for these damn things. Why anyone would want use these drugs recreationally is beyond me. I slept all of two hours last night, because I was so wired. And when I got to the hospital, I was already exhausted because I hadn’t slept well the night before being admitted. When I finally fell asleep at 4 a.m., the night nurse came in to change the bag of antibiotics. I opened one eye, saw her next to my bed, but closed my pirate’s eye and tried to get back to sleep. No such luck. She was in the room for a LONG time monkeying with the IV, left and came back, then messed around with it some more. I got back to sleep for an hour or so around 7 a.m.  I have not slept all day. I have also broke out in a rad rash on my face and chest, so I look really hot today … literally.

Baby was monitored this morning and again this evening and passed with flying colors. That’s my little Tjader! One of the nurses came in and said she can’t believe how active this baby is for being just 24 weeks. As she was leaving, she waved the monitor strip in the air and said, “I’m off to brag about my 24-weeker!” Man, that made me feel good.

Mom left this afternoon to head back to Bemidji with Marley. I’m going to miss her. And I’m going to miss him. It’s just nice to have your mom around at times like this. She and Tyler got my room looking pretty darn good. She even bought Baby T’s first premie outfit, which is hanging on my bulletin board with a note from Nana. Tyler worked today, but will be arriving tonight with Russell the Min Pin. Tyler’s brother, Sam took Russ to get one of his vaccinations today so that he could come to the hospital. I’m so excited. Tyler’s not staying with me tonight … he woke up with a sore back, so until he gets a decent mattress pad, i.e., memory foam, I’d rather he stay at home and get his good husband sleep. He’s under more stress than I think he’d be willing to admit, so it’s important that he sleep well.

In the major complaint category, the hospital blocks many websites I use, such as Hulu, Netflix and get this … Facebook! I was on Facebook earlier, but now access is blocked. I can still access FB on my phone, but I’m not happy about this latest discovery.

In the happy department, I get my last IV of antibiotics at 10 a.m tomorrow, then goodbye IV!!! What a huge relief that will be. Can’t wait to shower, wash my left hand and change into new PJ’s. I think I’ll celebrate by changing my nail polish.


One Response to “Day 43: Steroids”

  1. Aimee, I had no idea you were pregnant until I saw your post on Facebook with Rochelle and Laurie. What a scary thing to have happen! I’m sending you positive vibes and hope it all ends up beautifully with a happy and healthy little baby. There’s no question that he/she will be adorable — his mom is lovely and dad looks pretty cute in his picture, too! 🙂

    So best wishes from one of your former Strib colleagues — if you can handle the newsroom, you can handle anything, right?

    — sherri

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