I am going to blame my slow blogging on you guys. I have received so many visits and 3 care packages that I don’t have time and energy to blog. I love the visits and care packages and wouldn’t trade them for anything! You are doing a wonderful job of keeping me entertained.
Now for the babies update. That is probably what all of you are waiting for. Mike tells me about all of you that he works with, my mom tells me about everyone in St. George, and Sandy tells me about all the church people that read so I will try and be better about updating.
The doctors are not really concerned with HELPP. My blood pressure is very low, I’m not swelling anywhere, and I don’t have abdominal pain. Today they did a blood test to see if my platelets have dropped and I will let you know when I get the results back.
The heart decels in Baby D have continued and they have decided that he is in a little fetal distress. Yesterday Baby C joined in on the decels as well. Baby D has them everytime he his put on the fetal monitoring so they sent me down to ultrasound to have a doppler study done on his unbilical cord. They found out his blood velocity is high- which explains why he is having heart decels. I don’t really understand why a high velocity does this but it means he isn’t getting all the nutrients he needs. They checked the blood flow to his brain and he has great blood flow there.
Dr Oshiro is my primary doctor and the head of the perinatology department at Loma Linda. He checks on me a couple of times a week and as far as things go he has the final say. The other doctors that I talk about are the doctors that are in charge of rounds for the week. The all work in his office they are just the ones on call for the week. This week Dr. Gilson and Dr. Lister are working. This is frustrating to me to not have Dr. Oshiro here everyday. For example, Monday Dr’s Lister and Gilson informed me that they weren’t going to sacrifice Baby’s A, B, and C to save Baby D. They were going to let me go to 30 weeks even if Baby D was struggling. Dr. Oshiro came in later in that day and said he would deliver me if Baby D was struggling, especially if I was past 28 weeks. He has full confidence in the NICU here.
I am on on Procardia on an off/on basis. Basically after I have the fetal monitoring I have to go on Procardia. The monitoring really gets my uterus excited or angry which then causes me to contract even more. Normally I have 3-4 contractions and hour. Today, because of the monitoring, I had 8 contractions in 30 minutes. It is all a balancing game. We are praying for all things to balance out.
Today they have also scheduled a biophysical profile on Baby D. This will tell the doctors even more about how he is doing. This morning he did not have a heard decel so maybe he is doing better.
That is it for now. Oh- They have now given me the Pediatric Childrens Hospital Menu to choose from. This will help with the yucky food problem. The food is actually ok for hospital food. The problem is really me. I am allergic to onions so that eliminates almost all of my entree choices. I usually have to order peanut butter and jelly or quesadillas. I love both of those food items but 3 weeks of eating them gets a little old.
I almost forgot- Today is 3 weeks in the hospital. I think that I am still sane. Mike could probably tell you better than I could if I am. I should have him write a blog about his side of the experience. I think he has it far harder than I do. He still has to work everyday, make his own meals, take care of the dogs (they are very high maintenance because we spoiled them), and come visit me. He drives about 1,000 miles a week for work and in normal circumstances this tires him out. I can’t imagine what he is going through now. Poor Mike. **Sorry Rori- I know how you are feeling about the mean BIL. You might have to give up on your vendetta and forgive him.
Thank you to all of you for your comments, emails, calls, visits, care packages, and prayers and everything I forgot!!!!
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