Saturday, April 17, 2010

Life in the Hospital

Wow, I can't believe that I've been here for 17 days already. The days are long, but when I think about being here for over two weeks it's seems to go by a little faster. We've appreciated all the support we've received so far. The phone calls, texts, emails, and comments are more of an encouragement than you know.

I'm not allowed to sit up for very long, so this is going to be a quick post, but I wanted to update you a little. It will also be a miracle if this does posts cause our internet is so slow. My family in Kenya has internet that works faster than this connection! Well, as you all know I was admitted to the hospital on April fools, not a very funny joke. We came in because the doctor said that Vanessa had slowed so much in growth and my amniotic fluid was really low. The combination of these two things put her at a lot of risk and the specialist told us things could go badly very fast. After I was admitted not much happened until the next week when the specialist came to do another ultrasound. We got such good news! She started growing again and my amniotic fluid was way up. Both the specialist and Dr. Frields we're very encouraged by what they saw and said she looked good. Unfortunately, not good enough to go home. They still say I'll be here until I deliver and it's looking like that could be some time in the next week or so.
We have another ultrasound Tuesday night and we'll more than likely make some decisions at that point. Because of the condition Vanessa has the doctor explained to me there is no way she can make it full term. There will be a point in the next couple weeks where she quits growing again and it will be too dangerous for her to stay inside me. We're praying for wisdom so the doctors know when it's time to induce, not too early, not too late.

We're very hopeful that once she's out and in the NICU she'll continue to grow and we'll take home a healthy baby girl. Apparently, there are a lot of health concerns with a baby with this condition and of course a premie, but Dr. Frields thinks she looks really good. He doesn't believe we'll be dealing with any complication besides a small baby once she comes. Praise the Lord!

My time here has been difficult, but I've learned so much and God has been so good to me. I don't have time to go into all I've learned or the ways I've already seen God working, but it's been incredible. I'll have to write about that once I'm out and able to sit up again.

Here are some of the praises we have so far.... Elijah is well taken care of. Caleb and I have families that have been so supportive and encouraging there aren't words. I miss Elijah terribly and it's been one of the hardest things for me, but it's so comforting to know that he is so well loved.
Vanessa grew and Dr. Frields is continually encouraged by what he sees on the monitors.
We are under great care. We love our doctor and the nurses. I've gotten to know the staff pretty well being here so long. They come in and visit with me and have blessed me so much.
They took my IV out. I know that probably seems like a little thing, but it's huge for me. It was really hurting my arm and making it hard for me to sleep. I'm thankful they were able to take it out. I had bad sores on my stomach from the monitors and the nurses didn't think they would go away because they had to keep the monitors on me, but God miraculously healed them!! They were painful and I'm so glad their gone.

Please continue to pray for us though. Pray for wisdom for the doctors. Pray Vanessa would continue to grow and be healthy. Pray that God would do a miracle and she wouldn't have to go to the NICU. Pray I can delivery naturally. Pray that I would continue to make good use of my time here in the hospital. And pray that I would be a good witness to the nurses.

Okay, I've spent way too much time on this. I'll update again when I can.


Stephen and Tiffany Seston said...

Oh my goodness! You're strength is a great and valuable testimony to all who witness it! I just want you to know, my class has been praying for you every Tuesday morning! You're on our prayer worries, I never put names, just initials! Hope the prayers are continually being answered for you and your darling baby girl!

kt said...

Oh Jess- I can't wait to come see you again! Thanks for the update on the blog. We love you so much and are praying that God gives you the strength you need each day (as we know He will!)

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