Thursday, July 16, 2009
Trying to Prolong Pregnancy
There's a reason we have not posted in a while. Short story is that we're in the hospital again....most likely to stay this time.
Long story: Michelle started to show some signs of real labor a day or two ago. We'll spare some of the gory details. She also started to have contractions move from just tightening to mildly uncomfortable to fairly painful in a very short amount of time. We waited it our for a while to see if they went away, and they did not.
At 3:30 this morning we called it and came into the hospital. Michelle was in actual labor and so they gave her a sonogram, upped her dose of medicine, and did some other invasive tests. We found out that her cervix is still closed but much thinner than she was just a short while ago. We want that to stay the same because Karsie is doing just fine. She has an excellent heart rate, her movements are still plentiful, and she responds well to all the contractions. It's Michelle's uterus that's causing all the problems.
The on call doctor put her on a blitz of medicine to stop the contractions, but they don't seem to be stopping completely. They still have somewhere to go as far as increasing her medicine and giving her multiple kinds of medicines, but while they haven't stopped they have slowed down greatly and she is contracting within the minimum guidelines.
We have an ultimate goal of 38 weeks (which may be a small miracle at this point), a closer goal of 36 weeks, but our first goal is to get to Monday. First of all that would make her 35 weeks, but that's also when our doctor comes back from vacation. He should have been more considerate of our situation. He can take his vacation any time after we give birth. Also, we're pretty sure that our surgeon is mostly available at the beginning of the week.
While we are at a good place now at almost 35 weeks, we still ask for prayer that Karsie stays put for a while longer. We really want to get to 38 weeks now because we just heard back from an acquaintance in New York also w/ an omphalocele, and they just had their little baby at 38 weeks, and she got to go home in just over a week. While we don't expect that to be our case, we are sure, and they are sure, that her being born at 38 weeks had a lot to do with her recovery. News will follow when we know more...