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!

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