Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thursday Morning....

We had another ultrasound this morning to check the heart again as well as do a movement test. They measured how much she moved as well as practiced her breathing in a certain amount of time. She scored an 8 out of 8... so that's great.

The MFM (Maternal Fetal Medical Doc) came in and said that the fluid around her heart has actually decreased from what it was yesterday and the day before. The heart is still enlarged, but the fluid is decreasing, which seems to be a good sign. This is also more evidence that the problem has been caused by some kind of infection or virus that I have come in contact with. No lab results yet, so they still don't know if I have a current virus or infection, there are so many things they are checking for that it could take a week or so to get it all back. If I do have an active infection shown by the blood work, they will probably induce to get the baby out of that environment.

We toured the NICU today and the nurse took us around to show us other babies that are around the same gestational age as our baby is now, she kind of told us what to expect when she is born and about her possible stay there. That NICU is so nice, brand new and the nurses seemed wonderful.

We are home now! Praise the Lord... but it's a little weird to be here and not be able to do anything... like pick up socks off the floor, take out the trash etc... but I guess I should take advantage of it! I am sure when the baby actually does come, I will be wishing I could go on bedrest...right?

I will have twice weekly ultrasounds with Maternal Fetal Med, and see the OB once a week. They want to follow the baby so closely so that if she does go into heart failure, or the heart's function decreases, or it continues to enlarge etc... we will be able to get her out as soon as possible.

We are just trusting God right now. There have been so many answered prayers thus far, and I know that the Lord will continue to amaze us. The hardest thing for me is that there are so many unknowns. I like to have my ducks in a row and know the possibility of certain things happening, or not happening... I like to research and find out all the possible causes, treatments and outcomes of certain situations. Maybe it's God's grace that even the doctors don't really know what's going on... It is forcing me to trust more fully in Him and not hang on every word the docs are saying. (which is what we should really do all the time, right?)

God has a plan for her life, knows her due date, knows exactly what is going on with her, and has had all her days recorded before time began...

Psalm 107:19-21
"Lord Help! They cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He spoke and they were HEALED- snatched from the door of death. Let them praise the Lord for His great love and for all his wonderful deeds to them."

How encouraging it is to know that just by speaking a word, God can heal. Why should we place our trust in anything else?

Thank all of you so much for all your prayers, love, food, and support. I could never express how much it means to us.

PS. you may get tired of my blogging...it won't hurt my feelings... it's just one of the only things I can do right now...just a warning, people!

5 comments:

Chelle said...

There is a lot in my head and heart right now, but I can barely type through the tears. Praying for you all, and praising Him for the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Kari said...

Jamie,

Praise God that you are home!! There is no better feeling than being able to sleep in your own house!

You are SO right about enjoying the bedrest as much as possible. I can't tell you how many days I wish I could be on bedrest now!

I completely understand your helplessness and being upset that you can't take the trash out. I am completely the same way- ask Katie- I always have EVERYTHING planned. But, I will tell you that I totally think God used the bedrest thing to teach me to let go of some control issues and learn that it's ok that the bathroom isn't clean every time someone comes over! Also, I was never very good at accepting help from other people, and that is something that you learn in about a day when you're on bedrest!!

Hang in there- it will be over before you know it. Oh, and try not to do too much research on the internet- that was the best advice that someone gave me- all it does is create complete paranoia!!

We'll keep praying, and keep us updated! I love reading the posts- I'm stuck in this house with 2 babies all day and we don't get out much!

Kari

Anonymous said...

jamie- im so glad you are blogging because it lets me know how you and your baby are doing. I am sorry to hear about this situation but you guys seem to be handling it extremely well. I will be thinking about all of you and if i think of anything involving bed rest fun i will pass it along. i know some people addicted to playing scrabble online. and i love online shopping. christmas on line shopping. Just think of how much you can knock out. alright take care, allison ashby

Jennifer Wheeler said...

Jamie,

I will not get tired of the blogging! I check it every night when I get home from work for updates on our newest little family member and details on how I can specifically pray for her and you.

Bri said...

Blogging is great therapy! I am so glad you are home and I continue to pray for the safety of you and your little one.