Monday, November 10, 2008

Working from Home

Today was my 37-week checkup and it was very similar to the 36- week checkup. Still no progress being made. I was very suprised to hear this, as I was sure that the extra pressure and beginning of pains I started feeling last Tuesday indicated that something was happening. Well, apparently that something wasn't enough to start dilation. Kevin and I both wonder if maybe this means that it will happen very quickly, all at once. One can dream.

One thing different about this week's appointment and last week's was my blood pressure. It is elevated more than normal, but not in that 'preeclempsia' range. The magic number that will require a call to my doctor right away is 140/90. Today mine was pretty steady, sitting right around 138/80. At the end of the day it was 139/77. So between that and the continuous swelling of my legs, the doctor wrote a note stating "Patient is to work from home". It was less than an hour later that everything was in place for me to start working my full time schedule from home, starting tomorrow! It was a bit stressful making sure I had everything wrapped up at my desk and the right files with me, etc. It really hit me when Kevin mentioned that I wouldn't be back at my desk until close to March, when maternity leave ends. Crazy!! I did get a little sad, though. I really enjoy the morning rides to work with Kevin and those are a thing of the past for quite some time now!

So my plan each day is to work from 7am-4pm. The best thing is that I won't have to dread finding something that fits and is comfortable, since I can work in my pajamas! I am going to set up shop from the couch. I will be able to keep my feet up above my heart while typing away on my laptop each day. Plus, since I don't have to get showered and ready for the day right away in the mornings, I can sleep an extra hour each morning. And I won't be tempted to run errands on lunch, so I can use my lunch hour to take a nap on the couch or throw in some laundry, etc. It'll be a nice arrangement and I am so fortunate to work for a company that is so accomodating. The only thing I'll go out for each day is to run right down the street to CVS to take my blood pressure. I want to use a machine rather than an at-home cuff and continue to monitor it on the same machine each day. I may even go twice a day, we will see.

So no progress today ... working from home until Riley is born ... and, oh! Snow! We woke up to our first snowfall this morning! It was a slushy type of snow - the kind that makes the roads all yucky and brings traffic to a standstill because we've all forgotten how to drive in the stuff since the last snow back in March. We made it in safely, though, and by time we headed home from work tonight the roads were completely clear.

So we'll see how my first day of working from home goes tomorrow. I have plenty to do to stay busy and have a few meetings to call into as well, so I am sure they day will pass just as quickly as it does when I am at the office - I'll just be more comfortable and hopefully less swollen.

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