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In my previous post, I had mentioned Omi's blood pressure had been taken at the Health Department, and found high. I neglected to mention the specifics of that, though. The measure was taken at 160/110. Later that day, at Wal-Mart, she used the BP machine and it gave her a reading of 156/112 (I think.)

After we got back from Wal-Mart, Wednesday evening, Omi took a nap. She then did some research online, and saw why the doctor/nurse had been upset. We discussed it for a bit, and she decided she wanted to just go ahead and go to the ER. (No doctor, yet, so not very likely to get seen for "anything" -soon.-) So, we grabbed our sweaters (it was Midnight-ish) and headed in to town, to the ER.

So, we got to the ER, and she put down why she was there, and that she was pregnant. Within five minutes, we were sitting with someone explaining why were were there. (This discussion, including previous medical details and history, suspisions, and casting our star chart, was repeated at least half a dozen times while we were there.) They started taking her BP, had to switch cuffs (failed the first three times, lol) and it rang up at a whopping 185/120. This made the medical staff gibber slightly, and slapped Omi in to a bed, drew eight vials of blood, took a urine sample, and attached a BP cuff to auto-test every five minutes.. for five hours. After hour three they gave Omi a shot of a BP med that's pregnancy-friendly. This took her BP down to 117/78.. for about a hour. It then went back up to about 145/95. After they injected her, they brought in a doppler mic to try and hear the baby's heart. They failed at this for about 15 minutes, then brought in an ultrasound device.. and showed us the first picture of the baby. Weighing in at 4 ounces, and about 15 weeks development, baby is still young enough to not be able to sex. Omi had a crying jag, and the nurse was able to clock 161 heartbeats per minute. (slightly high, but acceptable - they said standard range for beats is 100-160)

The hospital decided to keep her for 24 hour observation, and stuck us in a nice room. With one bed. Yay for me, though, they brought me a pull-out chair. After a couple hours, we went for a full-blown ultrasound (the other one was a bedside-unit, not quite as precise) and then we slept for a while. Over the next 24 hours, the hospital ran a large battery of tests on Omi. The staff was somewhat confused because there were no other symptoms, just high BP. (no feet swelling, no kidney issues, etc) The only test that came out positive was the screening for Gestational Diabetes - they are going to require her to take the longer test that calls for fasting sometime next week.

Anyways, this morning (after they finished collecting test samples) they had a social worker come in and ask us a few questions. Due to our financial situation, we should (or more to the point, Omi and Baby) qualify for Pregnancy-Medicaid. So, she gave us a list of paperwork to send her and told us it would backdate the cost to the first of this month, and will cover them until the end of the second month after delivery. This was the only real time someone brought up the cost of this.

So, with that taken care of, we thanked the staff, got in the car, and drove away.

We have an Rx for Omi for her BP, we have paperwork for Medicaid, we have paperwork for WiC to fill out, and we have two appointments we need to make, on top of the basic DR appointment. One for the Hypertension Clinic, and one for the High-Risk Pregnancy Clinic. Yes, the BP being that far up automatically makes this a high risk pregnancy.

An amusing side note, the baby seems to be very, very active. Little 4oz tadpole doing summersaults in the belly.

The cafeteria food was good quality, but most of their pre-packaged foods had HFCS in it, which was annoying. Glad to be out of there.

(pictures will be scanned in soon)

Family News

Sep. 1st, 2005 11:47 pm
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I just got an E-Mail from Mom.
She said my grandmother had a heart attack, and has been diagnosed with Congenital Heart Failure.
More news as it comes.

Late night

Jun. 19th, 2005 10:49 pm
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Well, we ran under [livejournal.com profile] warinbear D20, today.
I managed to level my character, taking a prestige class "Duelist" to first level.
We are currently underground, and had encountered a group of Spider Leg Horrors and Driders.
The encounter was sticky, but we managed to win.
I was reduced from 87 hit points to 1 hit point, due to a good set of hits from one creature.

I took the last of my Rx Steroids, today.
I am hoping that I can actually get to sleep later tonight, now that I have finished the meds.
I know that the drugs had been messing with my sleep pattern, and hope they are done with that.
I do not know how much more my boss will be able to work with me over, regarding this.

I know that, while I am tired, I am not sleepy, as of yet.

My time sense has also been screwy, today.
I know we finished gaming about 8 or 8:30 PM, and that it is now 11PM.
I do not feel as if it has been two and a half hours since.

I can hear a wind blowing, carrying sounds of change on it's soft pillows.


Jun. 19th, 2005 02:25 am
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Today we cleaned the house, and I took day five of the steroids Rx.
I think I might just be about ready for some sleep.
Tomorrow, we game!

We watched Resident Evil, the movie, tonight.
I enjoyed it, even though there was no plot beyond return of the living dead.
Sometimes brain candy is a good thing.

I am enjoying MM6; I got blasters, today! Wee!!

We met a friend from LJ, today, also; nice woman.

I think I will go to sleep, now.

More stuff

Jun. 14th, 2005 09:55 pm
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I went to the Doc, today.
He told me it looked like I am having "mechanical problems" with my rotator cuff.
He gave me a steroid treatment, and some Rx pain meds, and told me to otherwise try exercising the arm when the pain went down. If the pain does not go away, then they will do a direct injection, and only then will the XRay the site.

As long as I can drive to work, tomorrow, I can go.

In other news, I have a fish.
I got a Betta set up in a 2 gallon tank, and it seems to have survived my doing so.
If he is still alive in a week, I will think of a name.

I thank the sleepy side effect is kicking in; TTFN.
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I have not updated my journal, lately, so I figured I would get to it.

Long Entry Ahead )

I need to go to take Advil, and go to bed, now.


Feb. 23rd, 2005 05:36 pm
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It feels like this crud has settled into my lungs, almost.

My nose is not really running, much, but I am having to cough anytime
I do anything other than sit in place, and I still cough when sitting some, too.

My balance is still somewhat off; I don't trust myself to drive, right now.
I can manage to walk without swaying, though I can't promise to be the quickest person, right now.
If I still have this crud tomorrow, and have not managed to get to a recognizable turning point,
then I think I go to the clinic and make sure nothing extra is needed.
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Went to work yesterday, and noticed that as the sinus crap went away I was starting to cough.
Coughing more, today.
Sinus crap mostly, but not totally, gone.
Body aches.
Weird dreams.
Sense of balance off.
Called in, today - driving would not have been a good idea.
I think I managed to dehydrate in the 12 hours I was asleep.
I have almost no apatite, and energy.

Sense of balance is somewhat better, but depth perception still off.
Vice around back of head.


Jan. 26th, 2005 02:38 am
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I believe the stress has translated into two things.
My head hurts, and I have taken pain killers for this.
My head is now fuzzy. (A sign of a migraine, for me)
I am tired, but AWAKE - Insomnia rules, tonight.
I am tired, fuzzy, and Insom.


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