I know, I know — it’s only Monday afternoon, yet I still feel compelled to get some writing done. Perhaps, it is the nice springtime weather that found its way into New England this weekend that has given me the motivation I need to start my spring cleaning and get some things crossed off my never-ending “To Do” list. Or, it’s the fact that just over three weeks post my c-section, I feel great physically and emotionally. I actually spent quite a bit of time last night researching how long after a c-section one has to wait before resuming a running program. Man, I can’t wait to get back to sprinting, lifting more than a few pounds at a time and just overall pushing my body to limits that I haven’t experienced since early last summer. And this nice weather certainly puts me in the mood to go for a nice, long jog. Anyhow, whether it’s the sensational March weather or just my endorphins kicking themselves into high gear, you get to enjoy a surprise mid-week post.
Since I happen to be one of those “numbers” people, I decided to present some final tallies from my pregnancy with Elyse. :0) I hope that you find it entertaining, as well as informative. Some of the figures are redundant, as they were included in my original Pregnancy By the Numbers post. So, please excuse the repetition. However, I find it fitting to include all of the figures from this pregnancy, as it is also my hope that this post may serve as a guide for other expectant or future-expectant NAIT parents, since I do include Elyse’s platelet counts at birth, the day after birth and 10 days after birth.
So without further adieu, here’s how the numbers stacked up…
2.2+: The number of liters of water that I drank per day to protect myself from the severe headaches that IVIG can bring on. As a nursing mother, I’ve decided to continue with my daily water regime. It has helped keep off any additional water weight gain and really has improved my milk supply this time around.
4: Days per week that I jogged on the treadmill while pregnant. Also, the number of weeks I’d go between Level II ultrasounds.
5: Miles I ran four days per week in order to stay healthy and stave off any extra water weight gain.
5, 12: 5 pounds, 12 ounces. Elyse’s lowest weight on record after her birth.
6: Pounds Elyse was when she came home from the hospital. Also, the number of Level II ultrasounds that I had during the pregnancy.
6, 6: Or, 6 pounds, 6 ounces, otherwise known as Elyse’s birth weight.
10: Days Elyse spent in NICU. Also, the number of mg of Prednisone that I’m currently taking per day, as I’ve spent the last three weeks tapering off of the drug. Only three weeks or so to go and then I’m free!
12: Noon — the moment Elyse was born.
16: Weeks of IVIG treatments.
18: The number of months that it took me to mentally ready myself for another pregnancy. Also, the number of pounds I gained during this pregnancy. :0)
19.25: Inches Elyse was at birth.
20: Week that I started my IVIG treatments.
30: mg of Prednisone that I took for the last four weeks of my pregnancy to ensure that Elyse had as high a platelet count as possible.
33: The number of bags of IVIG fluid needed to ensure that this pregnancy is successful.
35: The week that I had to stop jogging, as my body decided it was time to take things easy. Plus, I found out this week that I was 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced, so I decided that mentally, it was time to stop any rigorous exercise. Instead, I rode the recumbent bike for 75 minutes per day, four days a week. I said I was going to slow down, not stop exercising altogether. I’m cautious, but also crazy. I blame my obsessive need to exercise during Elyse’s pregnancy on the fact that I felt like I had absolutely NO control over my body. Between the IVIG infusions, the Prednisone and the fact that I was carrying around another human, being able to control what I ate and what I did with my body physically was the only control I felt I had at the time.
36: Week that I had my c-section. I was actually 36 weeks, 4 days when I delivered Elyse.
60: gm of IVIG that I received per infusion.
120: gm per week of IVIG that I received each week.
170: Hours I spent hooked up to an IV bag since the end of October.
600: mL of fluid that was pumped into my body during each infusion.
Thousands and thousands: The number of donors that it takes to make up just one bag of IVIG fluid.
43,000: Dollars per week that my insurance company was billed for my IVIG medication and at-home care. Multiply that by 16, the number of weeks I had IVIG infusions, and you get a very large number.
81,000: Elyse’s platelet count (taken from her heel) shortly after birth.
95,000: Elyse’s platelet count several hours after her birth.
102,000: Elyse’s platelet count (taken from the cord) shortly after birth.
113,000: Elyse’s platelet count the day after she was born.
335,000: Elyse’s platelet count 10 days after birth.
750,000-1,000,000: Dollars that it is estimated that this pregnancy cost my insurance company. I am determined to come up with a final tally for this one because if it is close to one million, I’m copying another NAIT mom’s idea and having a t-shirt made for Elyse to commemorate her Million Dollar Diva status. Corny, I know, but it truly boggles my mind knowing that it cost so much money to save my baby’s life.
Infinite: The sheer amount of gratitude and thanks I have for everyone — our family, friends, my Nurse Jules, the doctors, the nurses, the ultrasound techs, and the countless unknown faces — that had a part in seeing this pregnancy to its happy conclusion.