Saturday, March 02, 2013

Man (and woman) down!!

On Tuesday I did some light shoveling and felt a little twinge in my lower back. Nothing really at all and barely even of note, if not for what happened on Friday. After sitting at my computer most of the morning working on various things and feeling good about going to the Blackhawks' game that night, I bounded up the stairs towards my bedroom where I was going to get my gym bag ready for a post lunch workout. As I walked down the hallway, I felt my lower back tighten up and the pain literally brought me to my knees. Unable to move for a few minutes, I wrote off the idea of the gym fairly quickly. After getting to my bedroom, I was able to take some anti-inflammatories, but there was still a fair amount of pain.

It was tough to sit or stand, but doing either was fine.  Initially walking was tough too, but eventually I would "loosen up" a bit and be able to walk sort of normal. The really crazy thing is that I had PT on Wednesday and they really put me through my paces. Thursday was nothing out of the ordinary. Then BAM, Friday noonish it struck. Ugh.

But we had plans for drinks (just me) and fish at Emmit's before going to the Hawks game, so I had to suck it up. LL had a trip to the baby-doc where they strap a monitor on her and measure the baby's heartbeat for an extended period of time and make note of when she moves.  She was almost late for the appointment due to work and a stupid cab driver, both of which elevated her blood pressure, which is not good. As a result, the doc said he wanted her to go on bed rest starting today and to avoid going to work. He felt little things were elevating her blood pressure to bad levels.

Unfortunately, LL also wants to spend as much time as possible with the little gal on the back end after birth, so taking time off PRIOR to work is not a good thing. Sigh. We're working through it to come up with a good solution, hopefully involving working from home and/or me chauffeuring her as needed. Tuesday LL goes back to the doctor though and hopefully he won't want to induce or anything. There's a greater chance of having a c-section if they need to induce at this point, so we're hoping to avoid having to do that. Tomorrow LL is 38 weeks.

On a brighter note, the Hawks won in OT and recorded a point for their NHL best 21st game to start the season. It was also their 200th straight sellout and Hossa's 999th game. Good stuff!

Saturday night, tonight, will be another Pizza Group night! Should be fun!!


terri said...

I've experienced back issues like you described. Awful! Hope you're feeling better now.

Sorry to hear about LL needing to go on bed rest. Obviously, you want to do what's best for the baby, but I hope you can work out a good solution for leave time after baby arrives.

Michael Podolny said...

Hang in there both you and LL. Those last few weeks before birth are always the most stressful.

alexis said...

ugh, that sucks for both of you. Please take care of your back Joe, you need to be able to pick up your kiddo for many years to come!

So sorry to hear about LL. I guess there is more to the story than just one elevated blood pressure test, I can't imagine they'd resort to c-section or induction just for a one off, even in crazy medicalized American birth culture. Don't worry - no matter what they will both be fine!

Lakeview Coffee Joe said...

Oh yeah, Alexis, it's been elevated and creeping higher for the last month. At some point it's dangerous for LL as well as reducing blood supply to the baby. Since the baby really isn't growing much at this point, 38 weeks, they are thinking "why risk anything?" ignoring that a c-section has risks and has a lasting impact.