So my doctor promptly sent me over to OB-triage, where they hooked me up to various monitors, including an automatic blood pressure cuff, which took my readings every fifteen minutes or so for three hours. They also drew blood, and sent it to the lab for testing. Thankfully, I had a book with me, because it would have been insanely boring otherwise. (Also somewhat painful, as I couldn't get comfortable in the bed they gave me; every position just created new and more interesting back pain. Sigh.)
In the end, it all turned out fine -- everything came back negative, and my blood pressure seems back to normal. They sent me home eventually, with instructions to do a 24-hr urine collection (fun) just to confirm it's all fine, but they seem pretty sure it will be. The main upshot was that I had to cancel the last graduate class we'd hoped to have (a make-up class) last night. Frustrating. Well, maybe I can see them all this summer, after the baby's born.
Ah well. Better to waste some time than to have had something actually be wrong, of course. In the bed next to me was a woman who had had some problem (bleeding, I think), and they were telling her that she had to stay in the hospital for a while. The guy with her said, "Oh, will she have to be here overnight?" And they managed not to laugh when they informed him that they were talking about more of a long-term stay, i.e., quite possibly months of hospital bed rest and monitoring. That could've been me, and I'm so glad it wasn't! It's sort of nice being taken care of for a while, and told you don't have to do anything but rest and get better -- but after a few days of that, I think I'd be seriously stir-crazy.
Speaking of a few days in the hospital, we've scheduled the c-section. It'll be May 18th, a week from Friday. Eep. (Assuming she doesn't come early on her own, of course.) Should be plenty of time to get everything done.
Last night, the glider chair that Jed got us arrived, and Kevin assembled it, so as soon as we put up a shelf, the nursery will be complete. Once we order a baby monitor, pack an overnight bag for me, and install the car seat in the car, the baby-stuff will be done. My gardening is almost done; I just need to pick up and plant four roses with perhaps some artemsia and lavender to underplant them, and enough of the bones of the garden will be in that I'll be happy (though of course, I always want to add more plants :-). Almost the entire list of household tasks is done (just need to clear the railing and send out a chair to be repaired). Today, I hope to get through the three main Roosevelt tasks: finish updating the grad student contact list, grade final papers for my comp classes, and draft the program newsletter. And then there are just a bunch of financial/legal tasks to do; apply for citizenship (again), file department reimbursements, etc.
Hmm...it sounds like a lot when I list it out like that, but there used to be dozens of items on each list, so having it down to 2-4 items/list is so much better, I can't tell you. And since Kev and I are both done with classes now, we should hopefully have lots of time to get them all done in the next nine days. Wish us luck! :-)
Oh, a quick question -- how soon do you think we want in-laws here to help? Kev's mom is scheduled right now to come out from May 31 - June 14, but she's happy to move it earlier if that would be better. Do we want her here right after the c-section, or are we likely to be fine on our own for the first ten days I'm home? It's unclear right now how mobile I'll be; I may be up and about no problem, or I may be mostly in bed for a few weeks. Thoughts? (Note: relevant info: I like Kev's mom a lot, so this is not a painful in-law situation-type-thing. :-) She has promised to do all the cooking and cleaning and laundry, which I'm sure will be incredibly helpful. Just wondering whether we're more likely to want to be alone with baby or not...)