Day 6: Today there was NO absent flow on either baby, good news. So just more monitoring and bed rest. I have some new great doctors (well 4th year med students), Matt and Snow started their high risk maternity rotation. It is nice to have a smiling face pop in my room a couple times a day...I think if I keep plenty of candy and snacks around they will come back to refuel!!
Here are some pictures of the twins taken this morning!!
Good news from the ultrasound fairy! The cord Dopplers are NOT showing any absence of flow today and Melanie was taken off continuous monitoring. There will still be daily ultrasounds etc but we're hoping to keep the Bonk boys in their current residence for weeks to come.
Our follow-up visit from Monday left no doubt where our future lay - in the hospital for observation. The twins are still doing well, but both of their cords have "absent end-diastolic flow." Basically, this is medical-ese for: the babies are fine, but there will be a point where the cord blood flow will reverse to "retrograde flow." Unfortunately, this reversal is going to happen - we just don't know when. The best place for us to be is under close observation while the twins grow and mature as much as they can. When the time comes, the C-section fairy will swoop in and take to the So far, Melanie has received a steroid shot (and will get another tomorrow) to help the twins lungs mature faster. She's a little bit hyper from the shot (and is eating like a teenage boy.) Emerson is fairly clueless, climbing on any expensive piece of medical equipment, spinning around and, of course, hitting his head on any protruding object.
Thanks to all of our wonderful friends and loving family who have extended every resource to help us out.
We may be posting more often, since there isn't a whole hell of a lot to do in the hospital...
Well, I am truly dizzy from this roller coaster!! Baby a's (the smaller baby) doppler (the blood flow in the umbilical cord) showed more stress on Monday's ultrasound so we are going back tomorrow morning for a Bio Physical Profile (BPP) of both babies. What is a BPP you ask, well I did...it is a detailed ultrasound to observe baby's body movements, muscle tone, breathing movements, and the amount of amniotic fluid. If there is more change I will be admitted to the hospitail continued observation.
On the upside, I am feeling great and the babies are kicking all the time. I am just focusing on everything being fine because I don't want to think about life in a hospital bed for a month or two. Not to mention what we will do with Emerson.
This video of Emerson is appropriate for today's 'dizzy' feelings :)
We had a wonderful Easter Sunday with family:
Emerson discovers the Easter Bunny has come...
More egg hunting, being the only little kid has it's perks...all the eggs!
Practicing our "dirty look"
We will keep you up to date on what happens tomorrow! Love, J.E.M.