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+ 0 - 0 | § More ultrasound pictures

Here are the ultrasound pictures from yesterday that I promised to scan in. Click on "more" below to see them.

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+ 0 - 0 | § Here for the duration...

Well, we talked to Dr. Botti this morning.  They checked my cervix and found that I'm still 3 cm dilated, so it is the doc's opinion that I'm too far along to go home and have confidence that I'd be able to get back here if I went into labor quickly.  In other words, I'm in the hospital until we have a baby.  Dr. Botti said that the baby's condition really makes it necessary for him to be born in a hospital with adequate facilities to handle him, so being at home is a risk for us.  The good news is that we've now made it to our first goal of 34 weeks, which is surprising given that this whole thing started when I was only at 29 weeks.  Since every ounce that the baby gains is helpful to him and to the surgeons who will take care of him when he arrives, this is a pretty big milestone.

Anyway, please continue to email, call, and visit us.  Things here are monotonous at best, so we look forward to surprises and different things to do.  Oh, and good food....can't forget the food.

+ 0 - 0 | § Update on the possibility of going home

Well, nothing certain to tell right now, but we talked with Dr. Botti, (who Kari tells me is Dr. Ambrose's colleague, instead of my previous description), and he says that on Monday morning, they will check Kari's cervix, and we'll see from there whether or not we will be able to be outpatients for a little while. No matter what, we can't do anything until monday, because they will need to get her in the system as an outpatient, so that we'll get appointments, and such. Apparently doing this on a Sunday is difficult.

We had another bio-physical profile (BPP) this morning. That's the test where they give points for different things, such as amount of fluid, movement, etc. *** passed the test in about 2-3 minutes, which Dr. Botti says is about the quickest BPP that he has ever administered. We got a couple more ultrasound pictures. I'll try and remember to scan them in tomorrow when I go home, so that I can put them up for people to see. *** has grown, and less of him fits on the ultrasound picture as time goes on.  :)

+ 0 - 0 | § Probably not going to be able to go home :(

Well, we talked to the doctor this morning, well, to be precise, he's the doctor 3rd down on the totem pole, below Dr. Botti, who is below Dr. Ambrose. Anywho, he said that there is no plan right now to send us home. That sucks, but I guess it is a bit less stress option than being home, and worrying whether or not we can get to the hospital in time. It is the boring option though.

+ 0 - 0 | § There's more to a name than I thought...

Of all the subjects, this whole name thing seems to get everyone involved.  I'm sure that Little ******'s name will disappoint everyone after all of the hype!

In any case, things here are the same as usual.  We haven't had any tests or talks with docs, or really anything new to speak of.  My big news for the week was the pan of lasagna brought in by my mother yesterday.  Mmmmmm!  I met another of this floor's patients today while heating up my leftovers this afternoon.  She has been here for two months now, and she's not even as far along as I am.  I hope that I'm not here for another month...I think I'd be crazy.  (More so than usual.)  Oh, well, back to my paint-by-number kittens.  I hope everyone is doing well!

+ 0 - 0 | § What's in a name?

Just so everyone knows, Farquar is the name that Dan and I have been using for the baby since we knew he existed...it is NOT going to be his permanent name.

+ 0 - 0 | § Less tests, more wake-up calls

So, they are gradually paring down the amount of testing that they're doing on the baby and I.  The nurses told me this morning that we only have to do the NSTs every other day now.  The baby has behaved pretty consistently during the tests over the past two weeks, so they don't think it's necessary to test as much.  It does seem as though they are preparing Dan and I for going home sooner than later, though the subject hasn't come up for the past few mornings.  It would be great to sleep in my own bed and have non-hospital food for a while.  It will also be nice not to have the morning wake-up routine...this morning was weigh-in day.  Every Tuesday, they go to all of the rooms at 5:30 AM and make the pregnant ladies get out of bed and onto a scale (on top of the usual tests and questions).  Most people dread seeing their weight on a scale when they are in a decent mood...anyway, it will be nice if I get a chance to sleep past 6 one of these days.

All in all, things are going well.  Things have been stable for a while now, and we're approaching 34 weeks...a bit of a milestone for little Farquar.  The paint-by-numbers kit is progressing well, and we received a snack-filled fruit basket today from the outside.  A very exciting day, indeed!

+ 0 - 0 | § The Usual

Well, they did the daily Non Stressed Test, (NST), today, and of course, he was calm as a cucumber again. They even had Kari drink some OJ just in case, to see if he would get hyper from the sugar, but no luck. The fact that he doesn't show the acceleration isn't really a big deal, because he has never really done that. Apparently, once he starts doing that, he has to keep doing that otherwise it's a bad sign. It seems that there are a few nurses that only see us every once in a while, and they forget that we haven't seen an acceleration yet, so they get all worried when he stays calm. But, eventually, she checked the charts, and saw that this was normal, so everything was ok. This sort of thing happens all the time, so neither Kari nor I got very worried over it.

We talked to Dr. Bodi this morning, and he said that either tomorrow or wednesday, Kari would get her cervix checked again.  This would be the first time in a couple of weeks. Hopefully, she's still at 3 cm, but you never know, she could be at 7 cm, and then we'd start running around waving our arms in the air screaming. But, in my expert non-medical opinion, I think that she's probably still 3 cm, and that they'll let us go home after the weekend. Then again, I always was an optimist.