Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Sorry for the lack of updates on my sister, but I was waiting until we knew more. She had a CT scan this am that showed absolutely NO improvement over the past week of being NPO, having an NG and IV fluids. The surgeon (Dr. P) is still not convinced that surgery is the best option, but considering the fact that nothing has changed my sister is willing to take that risk.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Nikki remains in the hospital. She still has her nasogastric (NG) tube in her nose that is draining her stomach. She is still not eating anything and we are still just waiting for her ileus to resolve. She did however, get a PICC line placed yesterday so she is able to receive some much needed total parental nutrition (TPN) and lipids (fats) through her PICC. (TPN is a fancy word for IV fluids with essential electrolytes, amino acids, and other goodness needed when your body is not eating and you are depleting resources.
She is still having bouts of nausea and her NG tube is being difficult at times. One of the most frustrating things for me has been hearing about the poor care she is receiving from the nursing staff. It isn't every one of course, but those bad eggs sure spoil the lot! Fortunately, her mother-in-law and husband have been amazing advocates for her care and are keeping everyone in line since Nikki feels so awful!
We are also very fortunate that one of her physicians, Dr. P (surgeon who performed her 1st surgery) has been with her throughout this all and is doing an excellent job advocating for her care as well! It is unfortunate that things are so slow, but we are confident this is the best plan for her. Dr. P has reassured us that this is a very SLOW process (waiting for her bowel to "wake up") but he feels this is the best option for Nikki. Surgery right now just isn't ideal and it will only slow the process even more, if not make things worse. Especially since they think that might have caused this ileus!
My dad is driving out there right now and is going to relieve Nikki's mother-in-law of her role on the front line! I am just so thankful that Nikki has such wonderful in-laws who are caring for her as she is their own daughter. What a blessing! I know that has made it more bearable for us who are in Grand Forks.
Thanks again for the prayers and please keep 'em coming! I will do my best to update as I can. We are also confident that God is in control and He has a plan. What more can you ask for?
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Here is our little peanut at 14 6/7 weeks. He/She is laying on his/her back looking up. You can see the little nose, and eyes. The legs are sticking up and there is a perfect shot of one of the cute little legs. It is bent at the knee with a little flexed foot. You can see the ball of the femur at the top left of the picture and the knee is the bottom of the V made by the leg. The little part on the right of the V is the foot! (It's easier to see if you turn your head to the right. I would point it out, but I am not sure how to do that on the computer).
It was amazing to see that little bugger moving all around since I can't feel it yet. Hopefully soon I will! It was moving so quickly it was hard to look at anything for very long, but I did get to see the little heart beating!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
- Jonah: "That was the coolest thing I have ever seen. What is that long thing hanging from the baby's tummy? Are you going to have two babies?"
- Me: "That is the umbilical cord, and no I am only having one remember?"
- Elijah: "Why is the baby all dirty (it was covered in vernix and blood)? What is all over it? GROSS!!!"
- Me: " The baby is not dirty Elijah. Do you remember how your fingers look like raisins when you are in the tub too long? That white stuff is kind of like a lotion that protects the baby's skin because it is inside a bunch of water in the mommy's tummy."
- Elijah: "If it is in water it should be clean, not dirty!"
- Jonah: "It hurts to have a baby? Did you get medicine mommy?"
- Me: "Yes, it does hurt and no I did not get any medicine."
- Jonah: "Why?"
- Me: "Because mommy thought I could do it without medicine and I did!"
- Jonah: "No, why did you do that again if it hurt so bad?"
- Me: "Because I love you that much! Remember that when you get older!"
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
- Hurray for the 2nd trimester!
- Hurray for Zofran: My new best friend!
- I have only been in once for IV fluids!
- The boys are SUPER excited about this little one and are anxious to feel him or her kicking.
- Elijah has stopped talking about hurting the baby and is now talking about feeding the baby, changing its diaper (yeah right), and sharing some of his toys!
- I got a sneak peek at work of our little jumping bean when we were slow a few weeks ago thanks to my great friend who works in labor and delivery (she will remain nameless for her protection ;0)
- I am still able to wear my normal jeans (I did just order some maternity ones because this won't last too much longer)
- I am hoping to feel the baby move soon. I was able to feel Elijah at 16 weeks!
- I don't think I will every grow tired of little kisses on my belly from the boys!
- I AM going to find out the sex, but Richard doesn't want to know...or so he thinks.