Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Hello all, Kevin here.
Well, I wish I could say that all of our questions were answered today, but I think that day will never come. However, both Michelle and I would like to give our formal endorsement for Dr. Owens. He is such an optimistic doctor and has such great bedside manner, which is something that Michelle and I both desperately need now.
One thing that he did say was that as the abdomen grows it is possible for the omphalocele to shrink. (Remember our 'miracle' possibility early on on this blog? It's still a scientific possibility). We'll keep all our fingers crossed, which will look weird for a while.
Michelle and I are on Spring Break this week and going to be going down south. During that time we hope to be referred to a group of pediatric doctors that will eventually be doing Karsie's birth. Owens agreed to make the referral. It was either San Diego or UCLA, and no city can beat the August weather in San Diego. It will make the travel a little difficult for me if Karsie has to be incubated, but it's better for Michelle to be closer to her family if I'm not there.
I was also able to feel Karsie for the first time a few days ago. I do have to say that if strength is any indication of fetal development, Karsie is just fine. The first time I felt her I barely felt anything. Since then, she's been lifting weights and working on her drop kick. I feel sorry for Michelle the more Karsie grows.
Other than a few minor questions about health of Michelle and normal pregnancy issues, not much else was discussed. Karsie's heart rate was 145 (which is normal) and Owens had a hard time locating her because she was moving around too much, which is a wonderful sign. However, after birth might be interesting with such an active kid with an omphalocele. Look forward to seeing our friends down south very soon.
P.S. Happy anniversary to two very special people to us. You two have been such wonderful friends and Michelle and I could not be happier for you.