Steroid Shots for the Babies
I got a call on Sunday from one of my OB doctors, Dr Keen. My appointment this week was Monday. It was discussed at their weekly team meeting and decided Friday with other doctors that week 25 was a good week to give me the steroid for the babies lungs to develop since they're delivering at 32 weeks. The name is Betamethasone Sodium Phosphate & Bethamethasone Acetate, I heard the doctors mention this shot before but I thought it would be administered closer to my C section. I was actually happy to be getting it.
The doctor and I talked for a few minutes, she said the shot was subtle but would do the job and most importantly, wouldn't put me or the babies in a emergency situation when the time came for them to be delivered. She also mentioned it was a two shot prescription, so I'd get one shot Monday then come back in 24 hours to get the second shot. Ohhhhh, and most importantly the shot would be given in my butt cheek, FUN!!!
I had to go to the hospital before my appointment, pick up the prescription and take it with me to my appointment. Again, my weight, urine and pressure were taken and were normal. After my vitals, I went right into the the ultrasound room. Dr Keen was there along with Dr Murphy, it was my first time meeting Dr. Murphy. After the ultrasound I had a talk with Dr Murphy, I liked him, he wasn't so clinical talking and I was able to relate to him. He again put in for my C Section date with the scheduler. He mentioned he wouldn't mind delivering me and again went over the C section protocol. He too was leaning towards the outpatient options, stating that with the outpatient stay, I would open myself up to infections or other complications while waiting for the babies to arrive. He said something I'd never heard before, he referred to babies B & C as twins. I'll admit, this took me off guard, and I asked, if that was the case because this was the first time I ever heard someone say that.
He replied actually no, because one placenta indicates they are identical. Anyway, our Q & A session was basically over and it was time for my shot. I willingly gave my right butt cheek and took it like a champ. It initially didn't hurt but it was sore for about 15 minutes, but fine after that. Upon my departure, Dr. Murphy said he wanted to see me every week going forward, so when I returned the following day, I scheduled all my dates until the week of August 22nd. I received the second part of my shot and aside from that, there was also a tentative date for my C section given, August 30th. I won't know for sure until next week, if this is the actual date of my C section or if this is the date I need to come in to get prepped and ready for it.
The day care also called to discuss the girls coming there. They have availability in early December, but I couldn't commit just yet, not knowing how long they'll be in the hospital and if my job is going to hold my job for 4-6 months or so, then I'd realistically take all the time they were giving me. I understand from a business perspective, they would need to fill the spaces, but it's hard for me to commit NOW in July, not knowing where I'll be in December. I told them I'd have to confirm in August and pray that I have a few more answers then.