Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Best Laid Plans....

For the past 3 months, David and I have been planning our first real vacation with Chloe. The 3 of us were planning on heading to Myrtle Beach, SC today and staying for a full week. The hotel was paid for, everything was coming together nicely and then it happened...
Yesterday, I woke up just feeling "off." I was faint feeling and having several contractions which I thought were just Braxton-Hicks. To me, it wasn't really a big deal as I have them all of the time. So, I took Chloe to gymnastics, went to Chick-fil-A for lunch, then came home and did laundry, dishes, and started making the packing list. Throughout all of this, the contractions kept coming but I was in denial. All I could think of was my beloved vacation that I was determined to go on. I called David at work to ask him what he thought I should do as my OB has a rule of "if you are contracting, don't come here, go to L&D." I definitly didn't want to go to the hospital. I mean really, that would mean I would get behind on my packing and cleaning, would have to find a babysitter for Chloe, and would probably go up there to find out that what I was having was indeed no big deal and be sent home. Wasted time... Well, when David got home from work, I was in all out pain so I decided that I would go to L&D. My friend Erin was my life-saver and volunteered to keep Chloe for me so I got a bag together for her and off we went. Keep in mind that I really only thought I would be there for 2 hours so I packed the bare minimum for Chloe. Thank God Erin has 2 small children and has all of the kiddie food, sippy cups, pack-n-plays, movies etc... that got Chloe through the night.
Upon checking in to the labor unit, I was hooked up to the monitors and found that I was indeed in pre-term labor and my contractions were 3 minutes apart!!! WHAT?!?!? I could not believe it. I mean, yes, I had been feeling them all day, but 3 minutes apart?!? At this point, I started asking the nurse if she thought we could still go on vacay because I needed a break and that bedrest doesn't necessarily mean I have to be in bed, right? I can rest just as well on a sandy beach or in a lounge chair at the pool. I think she thought I was joking, but no, not me...I was serious! At that point, I was reminded of a verse that I read this week that has stuck in my mind so vividly. It's in Psalms and speaks to the tune of "You can lay out your plans, but the Lord will determine your steps." Hmmmm.... maybe God was trying to show me how true that was. Here I was planning vacation, getting everything just so, and then my world was rocked. And for those who know me, you know that I am a very Type A, don't mess with my plans, type of person. I started to stress even more at this point, but could really feel God telling me that it would all be alright. Anyways, the nurse phoned the OB on call and got some orders. I was told I couldn't have the main drug that they use to stop contractions because of my history of rapid heartbeat and instead they started an IV, gave me lots of fluids and 10 mg of Morphine. This didn't stop them so I ended up also getting a pill which 6 hours later caused my contractions to finally stop. So...13 hours after arriving at the hospital, I was sent home and told to minimize walking, stairclimbing, exposure to heat, and anything else that may have brought on the contractions.
However, guess what...we can still go on vacation!!! Yes, it's several hours later than we wanted to leave, but I am comfortable and confident that my son and I are A-OK! Most importantly though, I have seen how although my plans may be just perfect and well-thought out in my mind, that God still directs my steps. We may not get to where we are going in the way we thought we would, but His way is always better. I don't know why this had to happen, and truly, I am not even questioning it because I know it's from Him.
When we get home I will blog about our trip and post some new pictures...it's been a while I know. Myrtle Beach...here we come!

2 comments:

MOM said...

God does have a way of stopping us in our tracks and put our focus back on him. Speaking from the voice of experience. Looking forward to vacation pics. MOM

Kristi said...

So how was the vaca? How are you feeling? I'm on PH a lot and haven't seen an update from you. I hope all is well. Pat your belly boy for us and give Chloe hugs.