I had the colonoscopy with removal of the partial bowel blockage done on June 4. Despite the labour and delivery unit speaking with the doctor prior to the procedure in regards to the use of at least some anaesthetic, the doctor wasn't comfortable with using any at all. So this procedure was, as you can well imagine, a *touch* painful. The good news is that they did not find any cancer cells, but they did find that I have a mild case of Crohns disease. They have chosen not to treat it at this time as it is not "severe" enough to treat and the treatment does have implications for the pregnancy, which I have already mentioned. The only thing that still remains a mystery is why I am having bleeding in that area as they could not find a source for the bleeding. So, although it's comforting to know that there is *something* going on with that part of my body I don't know if we have found the whole answer as yet. They were not able to complete the colonoscopy due to the amount of pain that I was having and the pain triggering an increase in the fetal heart-beat. It has been recommended that I have more procedures repeated after the baby is born.
It was hoped that the colonoscopy would help with my constant vomiting and pain. Unfortunately, it hasn't helped. I continue to be extremely nauseated the majority of the time, continue to bring up mouthfuls of food and acid almost "on demand", and feel lousy most of the time.
I have now come to have problems with my blood pressure being too low. It's been about 85/54 at it's highest this week. I've been passing out quite a bit and feeling "woozy" most of the time. The perinatologist has put me on a high sodium diet ("eat all the potato chips and french fries you want") and gives me an IV bag at the hospital twice a week. My sodium levels, electrolytes, potassium and iron levels are all quite low. So we're hoping that the IV therapy will give me the boost that I so desperately need. She said earlier this week that I'm only a week away from viability, the point at which a fetus can live outside the mother's womb, although the thought of having the baby that early scares me quite a bit. She has also recommended that I not be driving, so I am forced to rely on my parents to drive me the 1.5hr trip one-way to the hospital for my IV line to be done. I feel incredibly bad about the additional stress I am putting on everyone, but who could have predicted that it would turn out like this?
On a good ending note, the baby continues to do well and is growing. It's hard to believe that in a few short months we will get to meet our little jumping bean!