Monday, July 7, 2008

In Hospital

Daughter called me yesterday morning a little after 9 because she was "sick" - with withdrawal. She and "boyfriend" both - not because they decided to quit, but because her car broke down.

I convinced her to let her dad drive her to the hospital in Terrel (1/2 way between us) - They ended up care-flighting her to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, because of the high-risk pregnancy and they have a level 3 NICU. Before she was transported she'd started having contractions. She had "all kinds of things going on..." per the nurse

When we got to Baylor about an hour later, they wouldn't let us in to see her - finally the doctor came to talk to us and explained that she had been very combative, they almost used restraints, but once they got some methadone in her, she settled down. We went in and were relieved to see her calm and comfortable. Hungry, even.

Sonogram shows her to be about 36 weeks, her cervix is still thick, and the contractions seemed to have stopped (magnesium.) I like the Doctor - he would like to keep her and see if she'll go closer to full term and is hoping that "free methadone" will be the incentive for her to stay in the hospital. He said he won't discharge her until the baby is born, but they can't force her to stay... he is also going to get psychiatry involved.

Keep us in your thoughts!


pat said...

This is the best thing that could have happened to her. The contractions probably came on due to the withdrawal. I hope she stays and she may just do so considering they are giving her methadone. You are in my thoughts.

mother of drug addict said...

My prayers are with you and your unborn grandchild. Good luck!

BHM said...

Oh,I pray they can keep her in the hospital.Can you make it so the boyfriend is not allowed in? He will talk her into leaving.
This baby needs all of our prayers, as does your daughter.

stellaluna said...

Oh my gosh, what an awful situation for you to be in. I hope that your daughter will be convinced that she and the baby will be far better off if she stays there and gets good care. Maybe they can reason with her, and like you say, the incentive of free methadone may help. Thank goodness they are trying to get her some psychiatric help.

I'll keep you all in my thoughts and hope that this is a turning point for your daughter. Please take care of yourself.

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

My thoughts are with you, with you, with you! Getting into the hospital with a good doctor sounds like a wonderful thing for the baby -- I hope she is able to stay there.

kel said...

sending many hugs and prayers your way.

cornbread hell said...

i so wish for the best for ALL of you, d. i think of y'all often. more often than i have a right.

peace to you, especially, but my tears are as much for a.