Saturday, December 7, 2013

Diary of an Identical Twin Pregnancy, Part II - Problems on the Horizon

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Friday, November 22 - My midwife sends the transfer papers to Dr. Elliot's office.

Monday, November 25th - I receive a call from Dr. E's office to schedule an appointment. Due to Thanksgiving that week, the soonest one available is for the following Monday - one whole week away.
Our family spends the rest of the week going on with life as usual. This early on, humanly speaking, there is virtually nothing that could be done to save the pregnancy, except for reducing stress as much as possible. My main concern at this point is the monoamniotic diagnosis from the first ultrasound. While misdiagnoses are common, this is a very severe complication that could very likely kill both babies. I am being optimistic that the appointment on Monday will find the babies healthy and well. The concern about developing TTTS is only peripheral in my mind, overshadowed by the mo/mo diagnosis.
I make sure to rest even more than usual, and continue to ensure I am getting lots of fluids and protein. We have a family Thanksgiving, but take all week to prepare the meal, with help from my husband and older children.

 
 A little craft time with the girls



 Nap time for crabby babies

 Miriam made this diaper cake for me all by herself during nap time. She is a sweetie, and always surprising me with cute things she makes. 


 Dessert: apple strudel...

 ... a la mode

 We played many fun rounds of "Taboo" that day

  Singing hymns




Breakfast: pumpkin pie and hot chocolate

 Another shortcut - we switched to paper plates months ago, when this pregnancy had me wiped out with more-than-usual fatigue. Yes, even for the Thanksgiving dinner. :)

 Homemade kettle corn for story time - SO good!

We then spent the weekend switching summer to winter clothes, exchanging advent calendars, and buying and setting up the Christmas tree.
 


 This little dude just got a little chocolate calendar this year (which he enjoys very much).

In hindsight, it really worked out for the best that I could not see the specialist until after the holidays. I had been praying that if it would be better to see him sooner, they would get a cancellation and be able to fit me in. But like I have mentioned before, nothing much can be done before 17 weeks of pregnancy or so. Knowing that something was seriously wrong, but being unable to do anything about it, would have had me worried sick the whole time.


15 comments:

  1. I am so sad to read all of the troubles your little ones are going through right now. Please know that no matter the outcome, GOD is still in control. I had a miscarriage 8 weeks ago and nothing, nothing can prepare you for that type of outcome. God was and still is so very faithful and good. Praying fervently for you and for your babies.

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  2. I wish you and the babies well. We are blessed to have top-notch OB/GYN and neonatal care right here in Phoenix.

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  3. You, your babies, and your family will be in my prayers. I hope everything comes out for the best for you all.

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  4. Love all the pics!!! Baby Stephen has grown so much!! Love paper plates and making it simple!!! Also very thankful you are being well cared for by Pastor A and kiddos!! Praying lots!!!!

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    1. Can you believe how big he looks with his short hair cut? He is such a sweetheart. I keep looking at him, and thinking how I want to see two more just like him. He really helps me visualize the twins, healthy and well.

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  5. I wanted you to know that there is someone at free Jinger who is posting your private medical information. It sounds like she is a nurse for one of the doctor's. I believe this is a violation of your privacy. These sick, sad women need to get a life! I hope you can get to the bottom of this. Good luck to you during your pregnancy.

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    1. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. In response to it, I asked one of my internet "informants" to look into this. She forwarded me messages from the thread where someone was claiming we are lying about paying for treatment, and that rather, Dr. E's office staff had signed us up for free state insurance, and that we haven't paid a cent. That is not even possible - it would have had to be done through the state. These people are insane! I guess unless I upload the credit card receipts and check images, they won't believe???!?!?? Ugh. I guess when you have run off your husband, and your kids hate you, becoming an internet stalker and liar becomes your new identity.

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    2. I have screenshots of the Countess' remarks. I see the mod is trying to delete the posts that violated Zsuzsanna's HIPAA rights, but the internet is forever and I've already sent the screenshots to Zsuzssanna. The Countess is busted and since she's a personal "friend" of Dr. Elliot's and her husband is an OB, I'd say Zsu has grounds to make a medical complaint against them both. Why a medical professional is so invested in a person she doesn't know is beyond me. Seek mental health, you psycho.

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  6. Congratulations on the pregnancy of two little miracles. I am praying God watches over these little ones and you are able to hold them in your arms in a few months.

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  7. Praying for you !!!! Last year at Thanksgiving we were sure we had lost our precious baby. Praise be to God he is a happy six month old now and we give God the glory for that. I am thinking of you and appreciate the updates.

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  8. So glad you got to enjoy the holiday before the diagnosis. That turkey looked delish. I am looking forward to good news this next week.

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    1. Thank you. Do you brine your turkey? I just started doing that last year, and it makes such a difference! I actually like eating it now.

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  9. Thank you all for the prayers :) It really means a lot to us.

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  10. What a lovely group of children - they are adorable! Glad you guys were able to enjoy the holidays.

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