The story of Olivia Hope

Friday, December 4, 2009

Another Day

I had a dr. appointment today. I was totally dreading it. It was my first apt. since CHOP and I didn't know what my dr. would say or want to talk about and I was also worried about my health. I had high blood pressure at the end of my pregnancy with Gwen so I was induced a week early. I had been reminded by Dr. B at CHOP that if that were to happen again I would be induced again and of course the earlier that would have to be done the worse the situation would be. However everything was fine. Well, everything except for the 25 pounds I've gained so far! (believe me I don't know how that is happening!) I saw my dr. that I've been seeing through this pregnancy so far and he was very kind and supportive of not terminating. He said I can continue to plan on delivering locally and we will talk later about what we would like for them to do for Olivia knowing that she may not have long. He also checked her heart rate like usual. He said that most babies with Trisomy 13 or 18 tend to have very inconsistent heart rates. Very up and down and all over the place. Olivia's has seemed to be pretty consistent and good! It doesn't mean anything but it's obviously not a bad thing. I also talked with him about whether or not to get an amnio. I mentioned before the only way to know for sure if it's a chromosome thing or just a developmental thing would be through an amnio. I thought I wanted one because I was also concerned about whether or not this would be a hereditary thing and could happen again. However the more I thought about it the more I realized that it would just add more stress and unnecessary events to our already stressful situation. Knowing doesn't really change anything. The outcome remains the same no matter what they find in an amnio. He agreed with the way I talked about it and assured me that from what they knew already about the situation I shouldn't at all worry that this would be hereditary. Obviously I already have a very healthy little girl and all signs point to this being an isolated event. This was very comforting for me to hear. All in all I guess it was good appointment other than the circumstances.
Please keep praying for everything I have previously mentioned and pray for my health. The high blood pressure really wasn't that big of a deal last time and it was only a week early that they induced. Just pray that I'll stay healthy so I can keep this bun in the oven for as long as possible (full term). I know this alone can't change Olivia's chances but it could help. BTW my due date is March 27th.

1 comment:

  1. the knotts have been, and will continue to lift your family and precious olivia hope up in prayer.

    your courage and faithfulness through this reflect what a mighty and loving God we serve!

    -suzan knott