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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pretty Scary

Sooooo....just a few days after my "so different" post, things started to seem very familiar - and not in a good way.

Sunday evening I was lying on the couch when I felt a little fluid leaking - I went to the bathroom and there was blood.  I was concerned, of course, but not freaking out, because they had seen a subchorionic hematoma on the ultrasound since our week 10 scan.  

I went to the other room to get my phone to call the doctor when I started leaking a lot of fluid.  I started crying and told Forest my water broke. We were in shock - incredulous - my cervix was <4 cm long and closed last Tuesday! How could this happen??!!?!?

We went to the closest hospital and called my doctor's exchange on the way and told them my water broke.  She called back immediately and said she was calling the hospital and telling them to admit me right to L&D.

They put me on a stretcher and took me up to L&D.  There was a large pool of clear fluid on the stretcher.  When my doctor arrived she examined me and there was a lot of horrible, awful looking blood.  She said she couldn't see my cervix and she said that was good, because it meant nothing had progressed very far down the birth canal, but she didn't want to be poking around in there anymore.

They brought in a bedside ultrasound machine.  Both babies were kicking and squirming and appeared to have normal fluid levels.  She said it was a good sign that Baby A was fully visible on ultrasound, in a transverse lie - she had not entered the birth canal at all.  She said that they'd have the perinatologist evaluate me Monday morning and that it is theoretically possible to be on bed rest for many, many weeks - even ruptured - to reach viability.  We had zero hope before she got there, but with those positive findings, we had some hope to hold on to.

Monday's ultrasound revealed normal fluid levels around both babies.  They looked at my cervix with the abdominal ultrasound and said that, while they couldn't get exact measurements without a transvaginal ultrasound (which they didn't want to do because it might exacerbate the bleeding), my cervix appeared long and closed. He said that it "definitely isn't wide open".  The only part of that exam that was disturbing was that Baby A had moved "head down" and that made me upset - I felt like she was getting ready for birth.  But everyone else just said that it was a good sign, because they move around all the time, and that if she had lost too much fluid, she wouldn't be able to move at all.  The peri said that he wasn't convinced I was ruptured and he said that "we might all be looking back on this as just a very scary day".

They told me to sit tight in the hospital until Wednesday and then, if the bleeding stopped, I'd have another scan, including a transvaginal evaluation of my cervix.

Yesterday's scan was even better. Zoe had moved back to a transverse lie (no longer head down) and the fluid still looked normal. I had no leaking and the bleeding was very light and was just old stuff.  The transvag showed that my cervix is still completely closed and long.

I think the peri was ready to send me home yesterday, but my doctor wants me to stay here until at least tomorrow, when I'll get another ultrasound and make sure everything is stable.  

They might do a procedure kind of like an amniocentesis where they inject blue dye into Baby A's sac and then put a tampon in and see if it turns blue.  Niiiiice. I'm thinking that they will decide not to do that since the leaking has stopped completely.

So, apparently, the fluid was all with the hematoma, which finally reached a critical mass on Sunday and broke free.  It is showing as being much smaller on ultrasound yesterday vs. Monday.

I am on bedrest for now.  My doctor said we'd come up with a "long-term plan" after tomorrow's scan.

Unbelievable. And the scariest thing I've ever been through.

We are so, unbelievably, happy and feel so blessed that our babies are still with us and appear to be totally fine.

What a week!


Ashley said...

OMG. I got chills just reading that. Glad things are better and hopefully you won't experience anything like that again...well until it's time for things to be leaking. :)
Praying for you--hang in there!

Anonymous said...

My heart was pounding reading this!! So glad the twins are doing good. I hope it was just the hematoma and you wont have any more scary things happen.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. I am SO sorry that you had to go through that. I am so relieved to hear that everything is looking good now. I hope that things are uneventful from here on out. Big hugs.

Adam and Julia said...

Oh my Gosh! I am so sorry that you went through something so scary. You are a real trooper, and I am soooo glad that the babies are okay. I will be thinking of you and praying for you all the time. You hang in there momma! MUCH LOVE.

Jamie said...

Oh, Amy!! That is more than scary. I am so happy the twins are doing well - and are doing better with each progressive scan.

Hang in there, little mama. And keep your feet up!!

Melissa Carpenter said...

Amy I am so praying for you and those little blessings!!!

natalie said...

I am praying for you and your beautiful, strong, babies. Stay in there guys, it's much more warmer and comfy! I am glad things are looking up for you.

Courtney said...

I am praying for you and those babies!

Take care and rest! ONLY positive thoughts!

Love ya!

And your twins are going to love and kiss on each other like mine!

The Emersons said...

OMG Amy that is so scary! We were all worried about you at work. So glad to hear things are better and both babies are ok! Thinking about ya!

Jill M. said...

Omgosh Girl! This was a very scary read and you had me on the edge of my seat! I am soooo relieved you and your babes are ok! I can't imagine that you have ever experienced anything more scary than thinking your water broke, AGAIN! It is possible that your sac sprung a leak and then repaired itself, I've read that can happen. Eat lots of protein, that will make the sac stronger. Take it easy and take care of yourself.

Sommers Family said...

I can't believe you had to go through all of that! Sending positive thoughts and prayers to you and the babies.

Here's to some very boring and uneventful bedrest.

Just Another Mother said...

Holy crap Amy! I can't even imagine what you must have been going through. Damn! You deserve and easy peasy pregnancy. I hope the rest of it is just that and this is a singular scary event. Hugs to you and your babies.

Stacie Tate said...

oh my gosh glad to hear the twins look good. Keep us posted and know that you and the family are in my prayers

lis said...

that is SO scary. i hope you are doing well on bedrest, my friend.

Alex and Jill said...

I am just getting to read this...I am so thankful you and babies are okay!!!

Continuing to pray...


Jules a.k.a. Julie said...

My heart stopped as I started reading your post but so glad for the happy outcome. Thinking of you constantly, Amy. Let us know how you are doing.