Wednesday, July 1

I have faith

Today I met with a NICU doctor... he just gave me a rundown of what a baby born at 24 weeks would look like in the NICU.  It's a little scary and a lot overwhelming.  I'm almost to 25 weeks though, so that's a comfort as well.  At 24 weeks the odds are 50/50.  Not the greatest, but I really have hope.  He also described all the possible complications... or should I say the regular complications... I guess anything is possible.  

No matter when they are born, there will be at least 4 NICU doctors in the room for each baby to whisk them away and take care of them.  I was a comfort and a little bit of a stress talking to him, but I think it helped me realize even more that these babies aren't being written off.  They have a chance and they have a gang behind them pulling for them ready to help. And the important thing to remember?  Every single day makes a difference.   They're better off than they were yesterday and they'll be even better off tomorrow.  (Especially because of the steroids.)

Other than that... things have been pretty uneventful today.  I got my second steroid shot (ditto on the pain from yesterday) so that will be full strength tomorrow.  I'm still on the blood pressure meds, but no scary super low blood pressure incidents today.  I just learned that I cannot lay on my back during monitoring anymore because I did start to get to a scary pass-out state again.



I have faith.

8 comments:

May said...

I remember having the same experience with my first. 24 weeks and 5 days for me. I'm really glad my husband missed this particular meeting- the statistics, etc were terrifying. It can, however, be done- 12 weeks of bedrest in the hospital, no cervix left, bulging membranes, the perinatologist calling people in FROM THE HALL to see this spectacularly funneling cervix and marvel over the fact that I hadn't delivered... Day after day I managed to stay pregnant for just one more day and eventually made it past 36 weeks. Membranes of steel!!

The statistic that helped me get through hard days in the hospital was that each extra day in utero equals three fewer days in the NICU.

Good luck to you. I've added you to my feed reader so I'll be checking in!

Sarah said...

Oh sweetie, I'm sorry you're having to deal with all of this. It must be terrifying. I have my fingers crossed tight that those little guys hang on, and stay put for a while longer.

Cassandra said...

Hopefully your odds are better than average because you're not being caught by surprise and they're doing everything they can to get these babies ready for the world.

Also hopefully these precautions turn out to be a false alarm and you can hold out a good long time.

You are being so brave! Take care, and good luck!

Bill+Martina said...

Keep staying tough, Stace! You can do it! Just keep 'em growing, keep the boys all nice and toasty warm.

Take comfort in the fact that you're there, you're resting, you're being watched, and you're doing everything you possibly can!

Jenn said...

I have FAITH in you too!!!

Ashley said...

I have so much faith in God, you. and these babies!! I have this wonderful feeling that you will make it to at LEAST 32 weeks. Keep staying so postiive Stace, I know that is doing wonders for those beautiful little boys;) ((HUGS))

Ashley said...

I have so much faith in God, you. and these babies!! I have this wonderful feeling that you will make it to at LEAST 32 weeks. Keep staying so postiive Stace, I know that is doing wonders for those beautiful little boys;) ((HUGS))

Shinejil said...

Again, my heart bursts for you and your little guys. You're being such a trooper, and I admire you to no end. You're in good hands, it sounds like, and you may be able to keep them in for longer than anyone anticipates. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.

Hope you didn't mind me posting about you (and not directly mentioning you)... You're in my thoughts.