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+ 0 - 0 | § some helpful links

Hershey Medical Center

Their website

Tetralogy of Fallot

What it is

How to discover it

Esophageal Defects

What it is

Another link

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Fetal Echocardiography

A link

Medications

Nefedepine

Stopping Preterm Labor

Dr. Spock

For a quick background on what we're dealing with, I've reposted the origional "Catching Everybody Up" below if you click "more"

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+ 0 - 0 | § No news is good news, right?

Well, nothing has happened in the last day, so that is very good news. Kari is still having contractions, about 10 minutes apart, but they are weak, and aren't very threatening. I'm even starting to feel better about the idea of taking Kari home for a while. I suppose we'll talk with the doctor tomorrow morning.

+ 0 - 0 | § A good day too

Everything has been stable this afternoon and evening so far. Kari's been having contractions, but they are far from severe, and the baby's been active. Kari and I have even started having the dreaded talk of going home to wait out things, but I would like to have at least two days straight without an "incident". Plus, there is always the issue of whether or not she would be on medication if she went home.

I'm kinda curious how many people have been keeping track of this blog. If you have been reading it, drop me a comment. It doesn't have to say anything other than you've been here. Honestly, whether or not people read the blog wouldn't affect my writing it. I find it therapuetic just putting these things down on (figurative) paper.

+ 0 - 0 | § A good night

Well, since the scare yesterday morning, everything has gone reasonably well. I'm sure that something else will scare us today, but the baby has been active, with a steady heartbeat all through yesterday evening, and into the morning today.

+ 0 - 0 | § update - apt to change

Well, it looks like everything has been going well since this afternoon. She's now on a fourth medication, nifedipin, which I don't really know anything about, but it's not brethin, magnesium sulphate, or indometheprine. Kari just got off the fetal monitor, the baby's heartbeat was on track (150s) and her contractions were relatively far apart.

In other good news, it doesn't look like she has dilated any more since a couple of days ago.

+ 0 - 0 | § Our Contact Info...

In case anyone doesn't know, Dan and I can be contacted using the following information:

Hospital Room: 717-531-6331

Email addresses: kariell@netconex.com, norton@che.udel.edu

+ 0 - 0 | § A Note

Just a note to everyone. Feel free to give out the address of this blog to anyone who asks questions about how we and the baby are doing. There is no private information up that will be put up that we don't want anyone to know.

+ 0 - 0 | § Another scare this morning

They were talking again about the possibility of sending us home this morning, but decided it would be better if we stayed. They hooked Kari up again to the fetal monitor and everything looked normal. The contractions were about 8-10 minutes apart.  But, then the machine lost the heartbeat, and Kari couldn't find it again, she kept finding her own heartbeat instead. We rang for the nurse, and she came in and couldn't find the heartbeat. Eventually, the nurse did find the heartbeat, but it was severely depressed, to around 80-90 bpm. Normal heartbeat for babies is 120-160 bpm. A score of doctors and nurses were called into the room, and they looked all nervous. They had her move around to all different positions, and eventually the heartbeat got back up to around 120 bpm. They brought in a ultrasound machine, and found that the cord had wrapped around the babies leg several times. I'm guessing that moving around losened it up. Getting tangled up in cords is fairly common with people with too much amniotic fluid, like Kari.

Press "more" for the rest of the story. Don't worry, everything turns out alright, for now

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+ 0 - 0 | § Present state - apt to change

Right now, Kari's contractions are less severe than last night, and it appears that the endocine is working to slow them down, but we have a limited time that she can be on it.  Once that runs out, who knows what will happen. The last time they tried to get her off of it, she had her worst contractions so far.

+ 0 - 0 | § Hospital food sucks!

Dan wanted me to test this out, but I really can't think of anything to say other than hospital food really sucks.  I'm sitting here with the "menu" in front of me wondering when I'll next have real food...

BTW, thanks to Josh for bringing in some beef BBQ yesterday!

+ 0 - 0 | § Catching everyone up

A brief overview of the events that led up till now.  Just click on the word "more" below, and a detailed description will popup.

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