Saturday, November 1, 2008

Finally, Some Good News!

So we went to our appointment in Toronto. I. Was. There. For. Six. Hours. It was pretty brutal. I was half starved and half asleep by the time it was over, but ultimately we heard what we wanted to hear. First of all, can I say that they should not make ultrasound rooms so dark and warm and lovely with buzzing machines. They got me up on the table with the preliminary nurse (Dr. Ryan doesn't trust other doctors, so he re-did the entire diagnosis process) and I, with this stranger pressing on my belly, started to fall asleep on the table. And not only did I fall asleep, but I made on of those weird, jolty, falling asleep noises... like "Uh!" and woke myself up, completely embarrassed. It was great. I also fell asleep while waiting for the doctor. I was really tired.

Anyhow, Dr. Ryan came in and spent a good long while checking things out, specifically the umbilical cords because that was the big area of interest. Finally he sat back and said that in his opinion, we should be doing any surgery, because the large twin is so strong and the acardiac (small) twin is so small, as well as the stronger twin doesn't look like he is pumping that much blood into the acardiac anymore. You could see a tiny thread going through the cords, but for the most part, the acardiac umbilical cord was grey. So he wants us to take a wait and watch approach and leave the surgery alone. If I (well, really the baby) can make it until 28 weeks, we'll be in a great position, because if something happened, we could just deliver. So we got the news we'd been hoping for. I have another appointment with Dr. Schemmer when I get back to Utah to confirm the findings and go over everything. Right now our game plan is this:

2 a week monitoring until 24 weeks
3 a week monitoring plus 3 a week non stress tests (30 mins being hooked up to the machines to monitor baby's movement) until 28 weeks
28 weeks I'll be admitted to the hospital until I deliver, Dr. Schemmer will consider me full term at 34 weeks and will deliver then if there hasn't been cause to deliver any earlier.

So as of now I am really happy that we have a plan of action and that somehow, this baby has stopped pumping so much for his brother. I am sure all of the prayers are helping. Keep them coming! We're not through the woods yet, but things are seeming a little more optimistic this week than last week. I am happy that I have such a good team of doctors that are working together to get this little boy to us safely.

Positive thoughts!

Love, Jae

17 comments:

Derek and Mary said...

I'm so glad to hear the news! We'll keep praying for you!

Kara said...

I'm so glad to hear your good news!! I've been wondering about you all week. Let me know if you need any help with anything, including watching Addison once you get back.

The Molcak's said...

I was so happy to read this post. We'll continue to keep you guys in our prayers. Are you guys heading back to Utah then or will they keep you in Toronto? Anyways, I'm so happy for you guys.

Carolyn said...

Oh Jae, I was so happy to see an update on your blog that was good news! Seriously, if you need anything let us know. We can even bring you McDonald's lol. It is right by my house, you know....

You'll continue to be in my prayers! I'm so happy that there is a plan for you guys now.

Sabrina said...

Yay for good news! Such a relief huh? So how many weeks are you now? If I remember correctly, you're like 7 weeks behind me, so 18-19 weeks? Looks like you could get that baby out before me! Hope things keep working out! I'll keep you in our prayers! Love ya.

Nathaly said...

That's so great, Jae! What a relief to hear some good news! I'll keep praying for that little boy of yours.

Janelle said...

That is such wonderful news, Jae! You can count on continued prayers from me. This little guy is just gonna make it!!!

Wahlin Family said...

That is great news, we're happy to hear that things are going well. Let us know if you need anything.

Carly said...

Love you Jae! You are so strong. I'm so glad you got good news. Prayers for your sweet little boy to make it to you safely.

Sara said...

Oh Jae, that's great news. I've been thinking about you.

Beth said...

Keeping you our thoughts and prayers!

Alisa said...

I was so glad to read this great news! I hope they can get this baby here safe. You will still be in my prayers.

Morgan and Derek said...

Jae- that is WONDERFUL news, seriously. I'm so glad!

Lisa B said...

I'm so glad to hear good news for you. We'll keep you in our prayers. My offer still stands to watch Addison if you need it. Love you, Jae!

Jen said...

That's great! I'm glad your trip to Canada went well. And see-it was good you had your dr. in UT do the u/s before you went (even though it wasn't going to be your "big" u/s). We'll keep praying for you and your little guy!! I'm glad he's strong and healthy and we hope he makes it here safely!

Kate said...

Yay!! I'm so happy for some good news!

J.T. and KristaLyn said...

Good to hear.

 
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