So quite a few people have been curious as to what all happened, how I ended up in the Japanese healthcare system and not on base etc. if you have been following from Facebook and are wondering, here is the full saga of snafus…..I know many in the military have read “in a Japanese hospital” with concern as we usually go off base for health complications, but don’t worry – it has nothing to do with my health – it was just logistical due to those little things that Japan has now and then – you know – earthquakes…….you never know what will throw a kink in your plan I guess…..
About six weeks ago (more or less) we found out from the hospital on base that due to a number of unforeseen logistical problems (repairs from an earthquake that cracked the walls) the base hospital would be under construction during the due date. After looking at a number of possibilities, we settled on a nearby hospital just about twenty minutes from the base.
I saw the doctor several times before I disenrolled on base – I stayed in the military care system until the last night before the renovations were scheduled to start.
I went in for a routine appointment and they said I was measuring at nearly a four and suggested I consider inducing. I was having regular contractions, and know nothing about pregnancy and childbirth other than a lot of friends had induced and it seemed to work out well for them. The fluid was a bit low and she seemed a bit concerned about that. Besides, I just wanted those constant contractions to stop. So I agreed to it, and the medication (pitocin) seemed to work the opposite for me as everyone else. I haven’t really had any contractions since they tried to induce. When the contractions stopped, the doctor shut off the machine. I’d been on it for about seven hours. I’d gone from a four to a five, but that was it.
They were rather concerned about the fluid again, and suggested I stay while they run tests for another day to observe. In the meantime, they tried cervidil, which also had no effect. Best guess was that there was a slow leak of fluid – as the tests came back positive for it the first day and at the appointment a few days before. But there was none now. It seemed to have healed (in the middle of pitocin? How does that work?) so they kept me there for a couple days running tests and watching for infection then finally let me go home. Yeah, still at five centimeters, but I guess this kid isn’t ready to come out yet…….
The night nurses kept waking me up to run tests – and eventually the doctor just prescribed some antibiotics and kept checking my blood and other fluids for signs of infection every few hours.
I did appreciate the Japanese doctors not wanting to rush to anything more extreme. They seemed to have a good sense of when to just shut off the machine rather than upping the dosage anymore and not wanting to rush to a C-section instead.
In some ways – I am a little bit relieved to not have a baby yet. That whole “resting” thing I was planning on doing when I went on leave from work – yeah, still haven’t done that yet…….might be nice to try it…….I’ll probably just go back to the Japanese hospital when I actually go into labor…… Hopefully next time it’s real.
We’ll see what happens next……