Wednesday, December 31, 2008
31 December- Happy New Year!!! Kel has almost made it through day three of her stay and the visitors have started pouring in. We thank all of you who have made time to come by. Even though Kel and I weren't real excited about being in the hospital early, it has had its benefits. Since Kel's water broke seven weeks ago the attention has been focused on Kel's health and how Kel was feeling. Suddenly we've reached the point of viability and doctors and nurses are flooding us with information about Caroline and what to expect. Tonight we received a visit from one of the doctors in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Whether Caroline is born soon or ten weeks from now she will assuredly spend some time there. It was great that she used words like optimistic and hopeful but as a neonatalogist she was able to inform us of many more risks and things to watch out for that we had not heard up until now. Of course the biggest concern is still lungs but we heard warnings about her brain, her eyes, her food intake and much more. Still the doc said the best prevention is for Caroline to stay inside Kel until that 34 week mark. They even let Kel come off of her monitors for half an hour so that her and I could tour the NICU. What an overwhelming experience. Kel and I's hearts broke for those tiny babies but it was very nice to see what kind of care Caroline will be receiving. Please pray for longevity. The longer Caroline stays in the womb the better her chances and the shorter amount of time she spends in the NICU. Please pray for her lungs, that they grow and develop on schedule. And finally, please pray for Kel and I, that we are mentally and emotionally ready for the huge hill we have yet to climb. The road has been so long already but with new information we see that the hardest part of Caroline's journey has yet to begin.