Monday, December 15, 2008
15 December- While the weather outside is frightful, the exams remain delightful. Ok, so maybe that's a stretch but Kel did have another good appointment today. The fluid levels were up a bit from last week, the heartbeat is still right where it is supposed to be, and Kels' white blood cell counts are normal. Even more exciting is while last week's technician would only give a 51% suredy of the baby's sex, today's said she is 85% sure its a girl. Good thing cause the pink stuff has started rolling in. Last week we were unable to talk to Kel's specialist who today cleared up some information about Kel's stay in the hospital. The date is set for January 2nd, and she will be admitted to Labor and Delivery, not Antepartum like we originally thought, The purpose for the change is the specialist requesting a much closer eye on Kel and the baby than what the Antepartum unit can provide. This puts Kel more at ease since she will be much more 'in the know" about the situation. While we spoke with the specialist today, he was willing to admit the obstacles we've overcome but reminded us of his (and now our) greatest fear still to come. While Kel and the baby could beat all the odds and get to a good date for delivery, the lung development is still a serious concern. The absence of fluid does not allow the baby to take in the amount of fluid it normally can and that is what develops the lungs. While steroid shots later in the pregnancy help lung maturity, if development has not occurred before then, the steroid does no good. The scariest part is that no one will know until we cut the chord and the baby attempts to breath on its own. Please pray that we continue to beat the odds and give our doctors one more thing to be surprised about.