I had another appointment today. This should come as no surprise. I'm always at the doctor. Unfortunately my appointment didn't go so well. Fortunately E is fine. She passed her NST right away, though she's still difficult and insists on dropping off the monitor on the regular. Me? Well that's another story. I decided to ask what the deal was with the 24 hour urine I had done 2 weeks ago since no one ever called me with results. Why I assumed this was a proper course of action I will never know. I was actually pretty excited at first because my urinary protein is 3000, which, again, is way less than my norm. The problem is my creatinine has increased by about 30%. Urinary protein loss is indicative of problems, and in kidney disease usually indicates your kidneys are going to stop working right, not that they aren't filtering currently. Creatinine tells you how much of the crap your kidneys are actually filtering out of your blood. Mine's been stable for a few years around 1. It was 1.1 in December. It's now 1.4... and it sucks. Once again I didn't see my regular doctor, but the one I saw said something along the lines of the pregnancy is finally starting to take a toll on my kidneys but hopefully it's not permanent. Thanks for that.
I did some research and apparently creatinine is supposed to go down during pregnancy, and only about 16% of people with my level of renal dysfunction have a loss of renal function during pregnancy. Of course I'd be one of them. About 6% progress to End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) within a year. And it pisses me off because we did the IVF when we did in order to preserve renal function. We could have tried IUIs, but we didn't because we wanted to be sure we started while my kidneys were decent. And still I end up with problems. I just have to hope they're right and it goes back to normal after delivery. For now I'm pretty scared, and I don't like that they didn't make more of it. Tel me what I can do to help... something.
On the bright side, when I got home, the bassinet was put together! A had done it today, which is awesome because it's one thing we do need to have right away. It vibrates, plays songs and soothing sounds, and has a mobile with lights. She's going to love it! Here it is all put together:
It has a cool basket at the bottom so I can store a few diapers and wipes so I don't have to keep getting up to change her. It really is more perfect than I imagined it was!
Behind it you can see the recliner where I'll be spending the remainder of my nights during pregnancy. It's hard to explain exactly what hurts when I sleep in the bed, but it's all sorts of parts that shouldn't hurt. It's more comfortable in a way... I fall asleep and stay asleep better in the bed. But it just hurts too much every time I try to get up.
Oh yeah, my insulin dosage got upped today, too, 'cause my sugars suck. I kind of expected that. Still, it's been a not awesome day, and I have a lot of questions for my OB (finally seeing one of my regulars) on Friday.