The Orange Jug and Unconditional Love
I'm lying in bed because I've put myself on bedrest. I went to the doctor yesterday and learned that I may have preeclampsia due to rapid weight gain (10 lbs in 2 weeks actually, and I'm not sure why I feel comfortable telling you that lovely fact. I'm not exactly thrilled about it, but I know it's all fluid and will disappear soon), high blood pressure, and swelling in my feet and ankles. I was sent to the hospital lab for blood work and to get the oh so exciting "urine jug". Basically, I had to collect my urine in a large, bright orange jug labeled "Urine Specimen" for 24 hours. Thankfully, it's over. However, it was inconvenient at school today--having to strategically plan my numerous bathroom breaks when students were not expected to be in the bathroom. I didn't feel like explaining to a 5 year old what was in my orange jug and why I had it in the bathroom. I have another doc appt next week, but if there is any concern with the lab results, they will call me in sooner. Meanwhile, I am monitoring my blood pressure at home--which, by the way, was completely normal this afternoon. I think part of the reason I had high BP at the doc's office is due to a very stressful week at work and the fact that I sat by myself in a quiet, sterile room for 10 minutes after the nurse told me I had gained 10 pounds. Any girl's BP would be high after that kind of information! So, even though I haven't been told to, I'm playing it safe and resting a lot until I have an all clear. I've had plenty of time to think while lying in the bed. Most of my thoughts have been filled with how blessed and thankful I am to have Brent. He has been more than wonderful to me throughout this entire pregnancy (and marriage)--completely selfless and willing to do whatever needs to be done...with a cheerful and joyful heart. No complaining, no impatience, nothing but his tremendous love for me in action. I'm very humbled. I don't understand why or how he could love me unconditionally. Then, I remember that he is loving me as Christ loves me, Who's love for me I really can not comprehend! God created the PERFECT husband for me and I hope and pray that I show my love for Brent as much as he shows me. I can't wait for the day that I get to see him hold our sweet Lily for the first time!
Posted by Brittany at 9:25 PM