Tuesday, October 28, 2008

10/28 Update

Not much change today, which is good. I'm still leaking quite a bit of fluid throughout the day, but the peri and Dr. K both seem to think that my water has not broken. There is no way to know for sure without an ultrasound, but I won't get another one unless something changes. Maybe it's better that I don't know because if I found out it did, I may worry a little more.


With all of my free time, I've been looking for survival stories of preemies and have seen some cases of preemies born at 22 and 23 weeks that have not only survived, but haven't had long term issues. I know this is not common, but it does happen. Both doctors have said they will start steroid shots at 24 weeks, but I told them I would like to start at 23 weeks instead. My peri said if I want to do that it's fine. He did say, however, that the goal is to have a child that someday rides the long bus, not the short bus. :) I guess that can be offensive, but I didn't take it that way. I think he's just trying to let me know that chances of having long term issues that early are high. Anyway, he's very positive and seems to think I'll be here for awhile, which is what I want to hear. The steroids are two separate shots, and each shot takes 48 hours before the full benefit is seen, so if I started at 23 weeks, they would be in full affect 4 days later.

They are also going to have a neonatologist come speak with me to give me more information on what to expect. Here is what I've read so far:
  • A baby born at 24 weeks gestation has about a 50 percent chance of survival.
  • A baby born at 26 weeks gestation has about an 80 percent chance of survival.
  • A baby born at 28 weeks gestation has about a 91 percent chance of survival. For a baby born after 28 weeks and weighing more than 3 pounds, the chances of survival are even further increased.
  • After 32 weeks gestation, a baby has a 96 percent chance of survival and a significant decrease in the chances of suffering significant health problems. Babies born between the 34th and 36th week of pregnancy are likely to have minor developmental delays, but are not likely to experience any long-term effects.
I think I've finally gotten used to having my head tilted down and seem to have less headaches now. I got a sponge bath (about as nice as it sounds) last night, so I am feeling better. My hair is getting pretty nasty, but whatever. I'm just going au natural. I may even have Rob take a picture later, so you can see my new home. It may make you a little jealous.

11 comments:

Allison (Dashiell's Mom) said...

Thanks for the update. We're all pulling for you on bbc! Hang in there (both figuratively and literally!!!)

Allison

Tiffany said...

Oh Jenell, reading your posts bring it all back for me. I remember being in the hospital, with unwashed hair, etc but you do what it takes to save your babies. I am praying for you to be strong and your babies. There is a really good chance you and your lo are going to be just fine. There were women on my floor who were in your situation and were there for a few months. So beat the odds and be a fighter. Keep strong and pray.
Tiffany

Leana said...

Jenell, I am so relieved that things are okay so far and your doctor seems to be taking such care. The end result of all this stress, fear, and discomfort will, we all pray, be unprecedented happiness for you and Rob. So many people are sending you love and positive energy!

Tristansmommy said...

Oh Jenell praying without cease!! We love you and are pulling for those beautiful girls!! Keep your head down, but chin up!! :) stay strong!!

Amy Peterson said...

Everyday is one day closer to 24 weeks! You are doing so good!!! I admire your strength and I know you look just as beautiful with greasy hair, just like camping minus the firepit smell!! Love you!!!

Melinda Turansky said...

THank you for the update. I am continuing to pray for those sweet little ones. May the Lord be gracious and merciful today to you and your husband. Melinda Turansky out in Kauai...

Kim McNeilly said...

Hey Jen! We are continually praying for you and these sweet babies! I, too, keep hearing of these miraculous stories of situations just like yours. It is so encouraging and makes me see how God can out-do anything! You have such an amazing attitude and strength and I will be praying for only even more for you as you fight for these babies! We love you and hope to make it to see you soon! Kim and family

Mrs. Spit said...

Got your blog from Holli (Brenna's mum). Just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you and praying for you.

The women on the Pre-Eclampsia forums have lots of wee ones born at 23 weeks, and they have some amazing and beautiful sucess stories. I also have some good research that someone sent me on micro preemies. Send me an email if you'd like it.

Kami said...

Thanks for all of the updates. I am checking in daily to make sure you guys are all hanging in there and saying lots of prayers for you. Stay positive!!!

Mom to 2 boys +? said...

Jenell, I'm praying continually for you and your sweet girls. Hang in there!
Kara

Gonzalez Family said...

Jen, you're amazing! You have such a good attitude through all this. Thank you SO much for all the updates, it's killing me being so far away! So it's wonderful to still be able to hear what's going on every day. The Lord has given you such strength and courage, I really think you're one of the strongest people I know. You're girls have an amazing momma. :)Give Rob our love! We're so with you guys in thought and prayer...I don't think I've prayed so hard for anything in my life!