Thursday, April 14, 2011

Update from the Med

 MARK AND I ARE SO GRATEFUL TO EVERYONE WHO IS PRAYING FOR HENRY AND HARPER.  WE HAVE BEEN HUMBLED, AND OFTEN BROUGHT TO TEARS FROM THE OUTPOUR OF LOVE AND SUPPORT FROM OUR DEAR FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND EVEN STRANGERS.  THERE IS NO WAY IN THE WORLD WE WILL EVER BE ABLE TO ADEQUATELY THANK YOU ENOUGH.  GOD IS SO GOOD, AND HE HAS CONTINUED TO POUR OUT HIS BLESSINGS ON OUR LITTLE FAMILY.  I APOLOGIZE FOR TAKING SO LONG TO UPDATE THE BLOG.  OUR BLOG ADDRESS, ALONG WITH FACEBOOK, IS BLOCKED FROM THE WIRELESS CONNECTION HERE AT THE HOSPITAL.  I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO READ EVERYONE’S SWEET MESSAGES FROM MY PHONE, BUT RESPONDING TO THEM HAS BEEN QUITE DIFFICULT.  PLEASE KNOW HOW GRATEFUL WE FOR ALL OF THEM.  
 
AS OF TOMORROW, I WILL HAVE BEEN A PATIENT AT THE MED FOR A WHOLE WEEK.  I’M NOT GOING TO LIE, I WAS EXTREMELY DEPRESSED ABOUT HAVING TO DO THIS, BUT GOD HAS GOTTEN ME THROUGH THAT, AND COMPLETELY CHANGED MY ATTITUDE.  ALTHOUGH THIS IS NOT THE PLAN I HAD, OR THE WAY I ENVISIONED ANY OF THIS GOING, I HAVE REALIZED THAT SOMETHING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE “PERFECT” TO BE WONDERFUL.  THE DOCTORS AND NURSES HERE AT THE MED, AND LABONHEUR HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL!!!  I WAS SO UPSET ABOUT NOT DELIVERING IN TUPELO, BECAUSE I JUST ADORE MY DOCTOR THERE, BUT GOD HAS GIVEN US A DOCTOR HERE THAT WE HAVE JUST FALLEN IN LOVE WITH.  WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THE TEAM OF DOCTORS THAT ARE TREATING HENRY AND HARPER.  EVERYONE ON STAFF HERE REFER TO OUR BABIES AS HENRY AND HARPER, INSTEAD OF “BABY A” AND “BABY B!”  THAT MAY NOT SOUND LIKE MUCH, BUT TO A REALLY SCARED MOMMA AND DADDY, THAT MEANS THE WORLD.  
 
TODAY, I AM OFFICIALLY 28 WEEKS.  THAT IS A HUGE PRAISE, AND WE ARE GIVING GOD ALL THE GLORY.  WE ARE NOW JUST PRAYING TO MAKE IT TO 29 WEEKS.  EVERYDAY, I AM BEING HOOKED UP TO FETAL MONITORS (TWICE DAILY), RECEIVING AN ULTRASOUND, AND MY VITALS ARE CHECKED EVERY TWO HOURS.  ONCE A WEEK THEY TAKE ME TO THE MED PLEX TO HAVE THE “BIG” DOPPLER ULTRASOUND.  
 
TODAY, WE HAD THE “BIG” ULTRASOUND.  THEY TOLD US THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO SEE A SMALL AMOUNT OF GROWTH IN HARPER, WHICH IS GREAT.  HER HEARTBEAT WAS STRONG, AND ALTHOUGH THE BLOOD FLOW IS RESTRICTED IN HER UMBILICAL CORD, THERE IS BLOOD FLOW.  NOW, HENRY IS A DIFFERENT STORY.  ONE THING WE ARE EXTREMELY THANKFUL FOR IS THAT THE MASS HAS NOT GROWN.  HUGE PRAISE.  HOWEVER, THE FLUID IN HIS AMNIOTIC SAC HAS INCREASED FROM LAST WEEK’S SCAN.  THEY ARE ALSO CONCERNED THAT MAYBE THE MASS IS PRESSING (OR DISPLACING) THE OTHER LUNG AND THERE COULD BE EXTRA PRESSURE ON HIS HEART AS WELL.  THIS EXTRA FLUID IS VERY ALARMING BECAUSE IT COULD CAUSE HIM TO HAVE HYDROPS OR SEND ME INTO LABOR.  BECAUSE OF THIS, I WILL NOW BE GOING TO THE MED-PLEX DAILY FOR DOPPLER ULTRASOUNDS.  OUR DOCTOR MENTIONED THAT WE MIGHT POSSIBLY HAVE TO DO AN AMNIOCENTESIS REDUCTION IF THE FLUID CONTINUES TO INCREASE.  THIS WOULD JUST BE WHERE THEY DRAIN SOME OF HIS AMNIOTIC FLUID.  WE ARE NOT CRAZY ABOUT THIS, BUT WE ARE TRUSTING OUR DOCTORS’ JUDGMENT.  THEY WOULD DO THIS TO HELP AID IN KEEPING THE BABIES FROM BEING DELIVERED PREMATURELY.  
 
THIS IS THE LATEST UPDATE THAT WE HAVE ON OUR BABIES.  WE JUST ASK FOR CONTINUED PRAYER.  WE ARE COUNTING EACH DAY A BLESSING, BUT WE ARE PRAYING SPECIFICALLY THAT WE CAN MAKE IT NOW TO 29 WEEKS.  ONE OF THE DOCTORS WHO HAS BEEN IN PRACTICE FOR OVER 25 YEARS, TOLD US THAT HE HAS NEVER LOST A BABY DUE TO IUGR THAT WAS DELIVERED AFTER 29 WEEKS.  THAT FILLED US WITH SO MUCH HOPE.  SO, WE ARE PRAYING FOR 29 WEEKS.  I ALSO ASK FOR CONTINUED PRAYER FOR MARK AND MY MOM AS THEY TRAVEL BACK AND FORTH FROM MEMPHIS.  
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR PRAYERS.    
 
 

14 comments:

The Ueltscheys said...

Praying for you and Harper and Henry! Love you both!
Whitney

Gayra Quinn said...

Keeping all of your family in my thoughts and prayers and praying for mountains of wisdom for the medical team. HE is able!!! Blessings, Gayra

Gayra Quinn said...

Keeping all of your family in my thoughts and prayers and praying for mountains of wisdom for the medical team. HE is able!!! Blessings, Gayra

Dennis said...

Praying with you this morning for 29 weeks and strength for Henry and Harper, and for peace for mom and dad. Love y'all.

Julie said...

BJ,

You, your family, and especially your precious babies are in our thoughts and prayers. Of course we are prayers for the team of doctors and nurses taking care of you too. Mother and I saw your mother yesterday and talked to her for a while. If there is anything we can do for you or your family please let us know!

Julie Little

Peyton Long Hutchinson said...

Hey BJ- I am praying for you, Mark, Henry, and Harper. I pray you feel the Holy spirit's presence in a mighty way! I pray also God gives the doctors amazing wisdom and grace. "so let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us where we need it most." Heb. 4:16

fourstinkerbugs said...

We are so excited that you made it to 28 weeks! That is such a victory! Now, we are praying for 29. That is so close, it will be here before you know it. Hang in there! We love you and are praying for you continually.
Susan

Becky said...

BJ I just want you and Mark to know how blessed I feel to be a part of your family. Me, Clint and the kids are praying for ya'll everyday and we LOVE all 4 of ya"ll so much. GOD IS GREAT!!!

elam4527 said...

BJ, You, Mark, Harper and Henry are in our prayers continually. I feel so blessed to witness someone with the Faith that you and Mark are evidencing. Only GOD can make a BABY grow and he is the one that we are depending on to work this miracle for you and Mark. I already Love Henry and Harper and can't wait to hold them in my arms. Bobby and I Love Ya'll

Anna said...

Praying, Praising, praying again. Love you.

Patty Skaggs said...

Praying for Henry, Harper, their mommy and daddy, grandparents, and medical teams. As well as requesting others to pray with me. Thanks for the detailed update. How very AWESOME is our God!

Anonymous said...

Praying for sweet Henry and Harper, along with you, Marc, and your families.

Martha Jobe said...

BJ & Mark. I feel like this is a good report. Praying for full- term, healthy, babies that will know the Lord and walk with Him always. Praying for a healthy Momma and safe delivery...for great grace, safety, strength, and peace for all of you. I love you and Henry & Harper. Martha Jobe

Lindsey Vira said...

BJ- I have been reading your blog, and wanted you to know we are praying for you, Mark, Henry and Harper. Stay strong!