A toco transducer is the name of the thingy they use to monitor my uterus. (Toco is from the Greek prefix meaning childbirth.) They also use a fetal heart monitor. I am monitored twice a day for an hour (or so) at a time.
Last night I was on the monitor and at around 10:00 the nurse came in saying I was contracting. I asked how much, and she said about every 3 minutes. That’s not really what we want, so she said she would call my doctor. I expressed concern calling her so late as I didn’t want her mad at me. (I’m very sensitive.) The nurse assured me that the doctor wouldn’t be mad at me, if anything she would be mad at the nurse. Then she comes back five minutes later with a syringe. (See? I knew she would retaliate against me for disturbing her evening.) Anyway, she gave me a shot of Terbutaline to stop the contractions. Today the same doctor came in to see me. She said, she wasn’t mad for calling her so late. She doesn’t get mad, she gets even. Anyway they are going to increase my procardia dosage from every 6 hours to every 4 hours. My problem is that I have a hyper-sensitive uterus. It is always getting irritated, and that stimulates contractions. I guess that’s why I’m still here. They can stop them before they lead to full blown labor.
I learned something new today. If I ask for ice cream they will bring it to me. Isn’t that a great discovery? Okay so the selection is rather limited, but still, ice cream! Yum!
Today Rachel turned 18 months old. It was her first official day in nursery. I gave Jeff the assignment to take some pictures, so hopefully I will have them posted in the next couple of days.