Courtesy of Christy Lilley
Christy with her son, James
Christy with her son, James Courtesy of Christy Lilley
Late last week, I went to the doctor for my twice-weekly blood pressure check and non-stress test. I guess I'm doing well — maybe too well.
A few weeks ago, I ended up in the hospital with high blood pressure. Since I had preeclampsia in my first pregnancy and was showing many of the warning signs of developing it again, I was monitored for a few days and then told to go home on bed rest.
The doctor I saw last week (not my regular doctor or one who's seen me during this pregnancy) decided to lift most of the restrictions, including going back to work. She said that my blood pressure has been much better, the baby looks great, and it's probably going to be a few more weeks until I deliver.
Christy Lilley, 32, lives in Charlotte, N.C. Already the parents of a toddler, she and her husband, Jim, welcomed Diana Marie on July 7.
She sees no reason to induce me, so she can't continue to keep me out of work. However, she still wants me to rest and stay in the air conditioning as much as possible. I take this to mean: We are worried that the disability company might challenge our decision to put you on bed rest, so we are going to send you back to work to protect ourselves.
I was quite taken aback by her decision, since at least four different doctors in the practice told me that I would be at home for the remainder of my pregnancy. Of course, I am thrilled that both the baby and I are doing well enough that I don't have to be on bed rest. I'm just surprised at how all of this was handled.
If I had known going back to work was a possibility, I would have managed things differently when I was told to stay home. I scrambled to find someone to take over all of my open matters and transition all of my work. If I had known it was temporary, I would have stayed involved. Now I have to re-engage in everything I already handed off, just to have to go through the trouble of transitioning it all again in a few short weeks.
I know I'm not a doctor, but is it crazy to think the reason we saw such an improvement in my blood pressure was because I haven't been working and have been taking it easy?
I know that in my first post I said that I was putting all my faith in my doctors. I certainly hope that their decision to send me back to work does not cause me to rethink that.