Okay, that was painful! So I got there yesterday at 10am and they asked me all of the questions and I found out that I hadn't registered yet. I told the nurse I just had a baby here in September, am I not still in the computer? Well, evidently I have to re-register for this delivery. So after doing the paperwork and answering tons of questions they got started on the "gel" stuff at about 10:45. They checked me first and I am still dilated 1-2cm (really 1 and a wiggle is what she said) and I am 40% effaced.
After starting the gel she told me they would leave me on the monitor for about 30 minutes to watch Katelynn's heart rate and see if I have any contractions. If Katelynn and I were doing good she would have me go walk for 30 min come back check Katelynn's heart rate and then walk again for 30 more minutes. I started feeling contractions about 20 minutes later but they weren't showing up on the monitor.
Off I go to walk for 30 minutes. My mom had the kids up there with her at work and so she came back over to the hospital to walk with me. We went to the mommy/baby boutique to exchange my pajama's my mom got for me to wear in the hospital. I was hurting so bad I couldn't see straight. It was a different hurt that I hadn't felt before. Severe pressure and the only thing that helped was to sit down. It was excruciating! I hated to be a complainer but I went ahead and told her when I went back that I was experiencing severe pressure. I didn't feel like a contraction but maybe more like a constant cramp. She said "good, maybe it's working".
I went and walked 30 more minutes and dreaded every step. In fact I stopped and sat down a couple of times to catch my breath. I got back and got hooked back up on the monitor but still nothing showing up on the monitor. They checked me before I left and I was "unchanged". Now I was supposed to pack up my kids and go home. I was no where feeling like doing anything but to lay in bed. It was so painful that I had Ryan come home a little early to help me. Thankfully Haylee was in need of a big nap and I didn't have to get up much with her. The 2 times I did get up was to make a bottle and to change a dirty diaper. I thought I was going to die. I thought my water was about to break any minute. My contractions were coming every 5-7 minutes or so but it was a walk in the park compared to the other pain.
At about 6:00 or so I started feeling more relief from the severe pressure but was still having the contractions. They were pretty regular and I thought I need to go get a shower and see if that will help relax me. I did just that and then ate a great dinner my parents had come over to fix. By 8:00 I barely had anymore pain and the contractions were tapering off as well. I was relieved but kinda bummed that things were ending.
We will have another chance to go through this on Monday and I will be better prepared for what is coming and the pain I am going to feel. Please pray that Monday's "gel" treatment will at least make me progress in some way. So frustrating to go through all of that and to stay the same. I want it to help things along even if I don't go into labor on my own I don't want this to be for nothing! Thank you for your prayers.
So this was my day...how was yours?