HOSPITALIZED

PhotobucketOn Thursday evening, about 10 p.m., an upset stomach awoke me. I puked. I thought, maybe I shouldn’t have eaten that bowl of ice cream. A half an hour later, I didn’t feel better. I felt worse. I puked again. I thought, hmm, maybe this is pregnancy related? A half an hour later, I puked again, and out of, umm, other orifices, if you get my drift. At the same time. I thought, okay, I’m really sick.

Rinse and repeat for the next 7 hours. I couldn’t even keep water down. I felt at death’s doorstep. Sienna, for herself, was kicking up a storm.

Finally, at 5 am (my stubbornness held out for 7 hours), I called the on-call doctor. She said if I couldn’t keep Sprite down, to go into the hospital for some IV fluid replacement.

I couldn’t keep Sprite down.

My husband woke at 6:30 and I filled him in. He’d been clued in that something was wrong by all of the toilet flushings. I told him I felt I should go to the hospital, but that I wanted to get Brae up and off to school first.

Finally, at 8 am, we got to the hospital. I could barely walk, I was so weak. I was concerned about Sienna, and praying. They admitted me in the maternity ward (apparently, when you’re sick and pregnant, you go to the maternity ward). I was hooked up to IV fluids, anti-nausea, and had blood work. My potassium levels were low, so then they started potassium supplements.

The doctor opined I had the 24-hour stomach bug (which I knew had been going around at Brae’s school, and yet Brae wasn’t sick (yet)). She said when you are pregnant, you are just even more vulnerable. And, with how sensitive my stomach has been during this pregnancy and hormones, I probably was an especially susceptible victim.

They hooked up the fetal heart monitor, and I got to hear Sienna beating away –at about 150 bpm. A blessed sound. Thank you, Lord.

The doctor said as long as I remained hydrated, Sienna should be fine. At this gestational age (22 weeks), they are very resilient.

I stayed in the hospital for 8 hours, on bedrest, hooked up to fluids and anti-nausea. I only threw up once during that time — after trying to eat some peaches. They asked if I wanted to stay the night. I said no. I wanted to go home.

A half an hour after I left the hospital, I puked again, after trying to eat some jell-o and toast. Clearly, the anti-nausea medicine, the same one I’d been on earlier in my pregnancy and had successfully kept me from throwing up, was not working. I was THAT sick.

I remained on death’s doorstep until, truly, about 10 p.m. last night — a full 24 hours after it started. And it left me almost as quickly as it had come.

Today, I’m still recovering. Can’t eat a whole lot and very tired. But so thankful that the worse has passed.

And, I’m a little grateful. I feel like Sienna and I went to war together. And I feel more bonded to her.

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THE HOME STRETCH … NO PUN INTENDED!

PhotobucketWell, we just started our 32nd week and couldn’t be more overjoyed. We have prayed incessantly that we would get to this date, or beyond, so the twins would grow enough to be born strong and come home with us straight away… it appears God is answering those prayers and so much more.

At our last ultrasound appointment we received the wonderful news that both babies are still the exact same size… which is always a blessing with twins, that one is not being crowded out by the other. They’re at the 35th percentile in estimated weight, and that’s compared to singletons, as the scale is not adjusted for multiples. Right now, combined, they are just about 8 lbs of baby!!

The lungs of twins, for some reason, develop faster than singletons… perhaps because the body knows gestation will likely not be as long. They are usually fully developed by 34 weeks, with the majority of twins being born by 36 weeks. If everything stays on course without any complications, we’ve discussed with our doctor testing for full lung development at the end of 36 weeks… five weeks and counting. I guess I better get my bag for the hospital packed!!

Scott and I were reminiscing the other evening about how far they have come. We pulled out the very first photo we have of our little girls… the magnified picture of the two 5-day embryos that Carol Sommerfelt, NEDC Embryologist, thawed the morning of July 21st, 2010 for our transfer later that day. She and Dr. Keenan told us they felt both embryos were of good quality after their three years in cryopreservation… how right they were!! From little dots of less than 100 cells a piece that were hardly distinguishable without a microscope, they implanted well and have now grown to 4 lbs each, packing on about a half pound per baby a week!

Yesterday, we arranged for a photographer to come to the house for what he calls the “Anticipation” portraits… I call them the “Belly” shots!! I hope Scott and I look as poised as the couples Jason has on his webpage! We’ll have a few prominently displayed around the house… one, so we don’t forget these days, they’ve been very special… and two, so the twins will have a visualization of where they came from. Jason will come back again about 7 – 10 days after the babies are born and capture their innocence and the family’s sense of awe.

I’m still able to muster energy when I need to, mostly for the kids… but I’m resting as much as possible, and am blessed to be able to do so. Scott and I are planning a quiet weekend; just the two of us, knocking out a few more baby “to-do” things on our list. But, all in all, we’re ready for our little miracles to arrive. Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2

ASSISTANCE FOR NORTH CAROLINA FAMILIES

The cost of infertility treatment is a barrier for many couples. We’re happy to pass along this grant resource for our friends residing in North Carolina: Pay It Forward Fertility accepts applications for grants (which may be awarded in the form of services or medication) quarterly. Notice that there are a few weeks remaining before the February deadline.

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