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Friday, July 07, 2006

20 Weeks 5 days

We just got back from another appointment and we are happy to report that all is well. The boys are still stable and had no signs of stress. Ben’s MVP (Maximum Vertical Pocket) was at 3.4 and Jake’s was at 6.7. No major change!!! Our doctor told us today that it is just a waiting game at this point. As soon as a change occurs in the boy’s condition, we will have to start making decisions. We are obviously hoping it will not get to this point.

If things progress in the next few weeks, we have the option of either serial amnio reductions or laser surgery depending on the severity. Once we get to 25 weeks, the option for laser surgery will be taken away from us. Medical professionals feel at this point the babies are viable and they would actually do better in the NICU then inside of me. I can’t wait to get to this point because then Kevin and I are not going to have to make a very difficult decision. Knowing that Ben is not getting as much of the placenta as he should, laser surgery could cut him off completely. Again, we don’t know this for sure but that is what the doctors are predicting. So as you can see, we just have to wait patiently and pray they can stay stable as long as possible.

Throughout the last three weeks there has been several positive signs that have made me believe God is telling us everything is going to be ok. For example, today I was sitting in the waiting room and a women and her baby came and sat next to me. We started talking and she began to tell about how her sweet little boy was born at 26 weeks. He was 2 pounds and 4 ounces. He was in the NICU for three months and is now home and thriving. Her story brought tears to my eyes and reassurance that this can be done!! Also, yesterday I was having a rough day (I think the bed rest is starting to get to me a bit) and I decided to flip on the TV to take my mind off things for a while. Oprah was on and the topic at hand was “MIRACLE BABIES!” Most of the stories were about multiples too! I felt like God was speaking directly to me!!

The last really weird thing that happened was when Nic and Josh were on their honeymoon they were standing in line at the airport and they started chatting with the people in front of them only to find out they had twins. Well the weird part is that this couple’s twins had TTTS and the husband is a perintologist who specifically deals with TTTS. We ended up getting their phone number and spoke with them at great length about the different options we have. Maybe this is all just coincidence but I choose to believe not. I am very confident we have someone guiding us through this. :)

FYI) We are at my parent’s house now. Its nice to be here and again, we are appreciative of everyone’s help and support!

6 comments:

Renee said...

Great news Danielle and Kevin! The boys sound great! Funny how many "personal" signs are coming your way. You are right, they are all happening for a reason! Keep soaking in all that new knowledge for future use! Have a great week!

Renee

Anonymous said...

That is so exciting! What a long way you guys have come already! And what an amazing journey it has been! It sounds like the twins are doing amazingly well!!! It must be all of the love and dedication from both you and Kevin! We can't wait for Monday's update!
Love,
Corey and Adam

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