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|Sat, 03-28-2009 - 6:47pm|
hi ladies! carol let me know chris had started a thread for me... thank you chris - you sweet thing... and thank you all, for your support. it means alot to me.
here's a brief description of what happened. part of this is cross posted from what i put on the sister board:
i'd been having a lot of false labor contractions the last month, which happens to coincide with getting off full bedrest, and having more, but very limited, activity. last thurs we went to the peri at the hosp for my monthly u/s. my cervix which was normally 4.2 cm was varying between 3.4 & 2.2cm. they admitted me overnight, gave me some steroid shots to help the babies' lungs (& brain) develop alittle more should they come right away. then friday i was checked again and my cervix had shortened to 1.9 - 2.1cm, and funneling (opening from the inside) , so they kept me over the weekend. the peri said he'd be surprised if i kept the babies in more than 3 or 4 wks, best case scenario.
then monday i had my cervix re-checked. we were shocked to see that it had lengthened to almost 3cm. the peri's tell us this isn't common, so we're very lucky. baby a and baby b have both flipped. during the u/s we could see baby a had her foot down in my cervix where it is funneling. oh baby! everyone says it's not dangerous, but it's freaky to feel her down there when she's kicking and jumping. also my ffn test came back negative... i don't really know how far out the ffn predicts labor. so the peri on that day gave us the choice of going home... i'm home!
i absolutely fell apart on monday after hearing this news... had been trying to hold it in, and finally some good news allowed me to really release all that emotion.
there are some things i miss about being in hosp. i do feel more vulnerable at home, and do miss the hosp bed, and constant feedings, and constant access to nurses, and daily dr. visit. most of all, my contractions are a constant reminder that all is not ok. but extended hosp stays just prolong possible exposure to infections.... and there is no other medical intervention that the docs think can help me. cerclage is not recommended past 20 wks. hosp is only 15 minutes from home if/when i need to go back.
my big goal is 28 wks, and from there i'll set two week goals. also focusing on everyday as a success. will do my absolute best with the bed rest. dh has me set up better than before... fridge in bedroom, seat in shower, and big wedge pillow in bed for support when i need to sit up. yes, i'm feeling elderly ;)
oh, guess what, i'm back on progesterone suppositories... woohoo! there's no research to show this helps twin pregnancies in my circumstance, but it doesn't hurt. not going on tocolitics (meds that stop or ease contractions) at this point... again research shows it doesn't help twin pg's in my circumstance. plus, i've been having a tough time with racing heart episodes, and i think the turbutaline will make that worse. so i just stick with bedrest and see the peri again 4/7.
hope you are all doing well. sending out the big baby dust! will be checking on you guys - have a borrowed laptop now...
ME, 35 (with bad tubes and a clotting disorder) DH, 37 (no problems) Together 2001, Married 11/2005, TTC since 1/07.
IVF #1 w/ICSI- July/August '08. Beta 8/15 - BFN
IVF #2 w/ICSI- Sept/Oct '08. 1st Beta 11/5...992 HOLY COW - BFP! 2nd Beta 11/7...3020. bleed at 5w5d and u/s 11/17 shows 2 beans & subchorionic bleed. 13 wk NT scan 1/6 went well. big scary bleed 1/7... put on bedrest 1 month. babies looking good at 18 wks on 2/9. 20wk anatomy scan looks good, and we are expecting 2 girls.