I just realized I never updated what’s going on with me so far. I still have the high blood pressure, and the amniotic fluid levels were on the low side, so I’m supposed to lie down a LOT — as much as I can; 20 minutes for every hour I’m up, or any time when I can feel that my blood pressure’s up. (It’s easy for me to tell when it’s up — I feel exhausted and shaky when it’s high.) The lab results were good, though — no signs of pre-eclampsia, good iron levels, good thyroid levels. I’ve still got the remains of this dratted bronchitis and am still coughing and don’t quite have my full voice back, but I’m very slowly improving. They’ll keep doing fetal monitoring once a week (which will be easier to manage than the twice a week they had initially told me) and I’m supposed to pay close attention to make sure the baby’s moving regularly, and other than that I just have to be cautious and take it easy. This is of course easier said than done when you have four kids with busy schedules, but I’m doing the best I can, and trying to make sure I have Dean or the kids do all the lifting and moving that needs doing (like carrying laundry up and down stairs, etc.)
We’ve had lots of help — a neighbor who watches the kids for me when I go to appointments, other neighbors who’ve brought us meals, and very understanding ward members when I’ve had to miss meetings and cancel appointments. It’s been lovely to be so well cared for.