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Sitting in the hospital right now
« on: December 13, 2006, 09:03:41 pm »
Hey all,

Unfortunately, I am sitting in the hospital right now with my wife. She is 29 weeks pregnant and is under observation to keep her from going into preterm labor. Who knows how long she will be in here, or when she might go into labor. We've been here before, as our first baby was born at 23 weeks last April. He was much too early, and only lived for a month. Hopefully, things go much better this time.

So I just want to ask you all to keep us in your prayers.

Thanks,
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2006, 09:42:38 pm »
Good luck to you and your wife Sharidan - I'll be thinking about you and sending good thoughts your way.
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2006, 09:58:39 pm »
Good luck Sharidan....our family will keep your growing family in our thoughts  :)

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2006, 10:14:35 pm »

I don't want to imagine what you are experiencing.  Keep your head as high as you can but don't be ashamed if it falls.  Just get it back up when you're able.  Be as strong as you can for her and the child.

We'll all be praying/thinking/sending positive thoughts/sending our free games in the direction of your wife and child.

And do not hesitate to ask if there is anything we as a community can do for you folks right now.  The three of your base are belong to us.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2006, 12:20:53 am »
Hope everything goes well for you 3.... I'll be sending good thoughts your way....

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2006, 06:41:02 am »
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2006, 07:44:43 am »
Good luck Shardian, hope things are going ok for you both....

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2006, 08:07:25 am »
Best of luck. I hope everything turns out well.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2006, 08:50:29 am »
I have a friend at work who's wife is also been in the hospital for a few weeks due to complications with her pregnacy.  My thoughts go out to you and yours as well.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2006, 08:57:09 am »
Even though modern premi wards are capable of amazing things, an underdeveloped child is very fragile, as I am sure you are quite aware.
Sounds like you guys are taking the necessary precautions.
It'll suck if you guys have to camp out there for the holidays but it'll be worth it. You'll all enjoy many more holidays at home later.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2006, 12:35:25 pm »
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.  Stay strong, and please let us know how everything turns out.  We'll all be here trying to send you some good thoughts.
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2006, 01:01:24 pm »
Best of luck Shardian.  I know it's the internet but people here really do care and we're all pulling for you.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2006, 02:48:19 pm »
Hey all,

Unfortunately, I am sitting in the hospital right now with my wife. She is 29 weeks pregnant and is under observation to keep her from going into preterm labor. Who knows how long she will be in here, or when she might go into labor. We've been here before, as our first baby was born at 23 weeks last April. He was much too early, and only lived for a month. Hopefully, things go much better this time.

So I just want to ask you all to keep us in your prayers.

Thanks,
Shardian

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2006, 03:18:32 pm »
I will be praying for you as well.   I, too, have felt the loss of a pre-term child, and I hope it never happens to you (or me) again.

God bless your family.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2006, 04:40:48 pm »
We've been in your shoes and everything turned out great so keep thinking happy thoughts.
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2006, 05:54:26 pm »
My niece was born 3 months early (possibly slightly more then 3 months early) and spent most of the first year of her life in the hospital, but she is now almost 5 years old and doing great.  Your family will be in my prayers and I hope everything will turn out great for you.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2006, 06:03:02 pm »
Good luck.  My only daughter is only four months old.  I can only imagine having to go through that kind of uncertainty, and I can't even imagine how hard it must have been on your wife the last time, after going through so much pregnancy.  I hope this time is different than the last.  If not, I hope ya'll come through it okay.
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2006, 09:58:33 pm »
Best of luck to your wife and the little bundle of joy.  Our prayers are on the way. :angel:

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2006, 10:15:58 pm »
Stay strong and keep being positive for your wife. My family's thoughts and prayers are with you! My niece had premature twins and they are perfect now, so keep the faith.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2006, 10:46:44 am »
Hey all,

Thanks for all the kind words.

Looks like she will be kept in the hospital until Monday for a re-evaluation. She'll at least be on bed rest for the remainder. If contractions start again, then it looks like we'll be moving back into the NICU again. At least I can walk by that place and stay composed now.


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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2006, 11:16:21 am »

Thanks for the update.  Stay strong.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #21 on: December 15, 2006, 12:50:14 pm »
Best of luck.  Been thru it, and it sucks.

Remember - if ever stuck in the hopsital for any length of time - BRIBE THE NURSES.  Bring 'em cookies, or bagels, or candy trays...  anything edible and sealed is good.

The doctors may make the decisions, but its the nurses that get things done.
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #22 on: December 15, 2006, 02:17:01 pm »
Best of luck.  Been thru it, and it sucks.

Remember - if ever stuck in the hopsital for any length of time - BRIBE THE NURSES.  Bring 'em cookies, or bagels, or candy trays...  anything edible and sealed is good.

The doctors may make the decisions, but its the nurses that get things done.

I spent some time as an EMT and a lot of time in hospitals and with nurses.  There is definitely something to that.  Being there makes a big difference too.  When they are overloaded, which is most of the time, it will help you get better treatment.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #23 on: December 15, 2006, 02:24:47 pm »
Best of Luck to you, your wife, and your baby...

29 wk is more than 7 months... technology advances like crazy, so even if the baby decides to come earlier, it should be ok... just be more careful...

but of course, wish everyone / everything goes according to plan, and well...

But best of luck and wish everyone healthy and well....
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #24 on: December 16, 2006, 01:52:16 am »
Shardian,

You and your family is in my prayers as well.

 
I very Sincerely wish you happy holidays, and the best of health to your family.


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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #25 on: December 17, 2006, 02:37:14 am »
I can only add to the well wishes.  Our prayers go out to you...our 4 year old, who performs in her first Christmas pageant tomorrow, was also a risk pregnancy and about a month early (pediatrician said she looked more like 30 weeks than 32)...but she's fine.  Someone spoke earlier of the things they can do these days,  and they're right...and these little ones at 7 & 8 months are tougher than we give them credit for. 

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #26 on: December 17, 2006, 07:09:26 pm »
You're in my prayers Shardian.  Here's hoping it all goes okay.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #27 on: December 19, 2006, 03:19:12 pm »
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #28 on: December 19, 2006, 08:22:27 pm »
Looks like the wife will be in the hospital until she goes into full-on labor...which will probably be sooner than later. Her cervix is slowly thinning out, so it looks like we will have a christmas baby. She will be 30 weeks along tommorrow, so we may not have to spend much time in the nicu. Still a very sucky situation either way.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #29 on: December 19, 2006, 08:57:17 pm »
Lot's of prayers there brother.  Let's pray that little baby becomes a Christmas miracle.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #30 on: December 20, 2006, 08:02:28 am »

That's positive news!   ;D

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #31 on: December 20, 2006, 08:30:52 am »
Good luck! My thoughts will be with you 3. 

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« Reply #32 on: December 20, 2006, 05:32:52 pm »
Good luck!  I'll keep you in my thoughts.  My family extends the best wishes for you and your lovely wife and baby.
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #33 on: December 22, 2006, 06:06:57 pm »
Good news - My wife was released today from the hospital. Unfortunately, she will be on complete bed rest until she goes into labor again which hopefully won't be for a few weeks.

Just want to say thanks again for your support and prayers.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #34 on: December 22, 2006, 06:56:45 pm »

Well, that's great news.  We'll still keep the good thoughts coming.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #35 on: December 23, 2006, 08:53:56 am »
Good luck!  May you be blessed with a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year which sees your wife deliver a healthy baby.  :cheers:

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #36 on: December 27, 2006, 04:12:35 pm »
Guess what? After a Christmas weekend spent laying in the bed at home, Michelle is back in the hospital today. Now she is on more strict bedrest, and will remain in the hospital for the remainder of the pregnancy. Dang, this sucks!!!!

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #37 on: December 27, 2006, 04:16:05 pm »

That's hard.  She's stable at least, though, at the moment.  That's by far the most important thing.

Of decidedly secondary importance:  Are you going to run into financial problems because of this?

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« Reply #38 on: December 27, 2006, 04:29:37 pm »

That's hard.  She's stable at least, though, at the moment.  That's by far the most important thing.

Of decidedly secondary importance:  Are you going to run into financial problems because of this?

Well, I 'think' I am mostly out from under the bills from our son. I may still have a few dollars here and there still out there. I'm sure their collections offices will let me know. ;D

She is staying in a private room, so the bills will add up for that. There are some, shall we say, "characters" that show up in the wing for non-laboring pregnant women, and I didn't want any of them sharing a room with Michelle. To put it in perspective, the nurses fight over getting Michelle at shift start, because the rest are not pleasant.

I think we will eventually be fine financially. I work for a family oriented company, so they are very supportive. I dread the thought of what situation I would be in if I would have taken ANY of the other jobs I interviewed for after college.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #39 on: December 27, 2006, 04:36:46 pm »

My wife was in the hospital for a week a few years ago... I know exactly what you are talking about in terms of "characters". 

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #40 on: January 02, 2007, 04:34:02 pm »
Any updates on the situation Shardian?
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #41 on: January 03, 2007, 09:21:38 am »
She is still in the hospital. She will be going thru some more tests today to see where she stands. I am so far behind at work. It is very hard for me to concentrate right now. - and the stress is really starting to get to me. Once I run out of excuses as to why I am behind, I may be joining donkey kong in the unemplyment line.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #42 on: January 03, 2007, 02:11:41 pm »

I thought you said they were family friendly and would cut you enough slack...?  Do you have other kids to take care of while your wife is in the hospital?

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #43 on: January 03, 2007, 02:47:42 pm »

I thought you said they were family friendly and would cut you enough slack...?  Do you have other kids to take care of while your wife is in the hospital?

Well, I had this long post all written and then I realized it was a bit whiny. I feel better typing it all out, but now I'll present the revised edition

Basically, my company is family friendly, but they still want me to get work done if possible. The problem is my head is just not there. It was the same way when I took off for Riley - I know where I need to be, but I always feel the pull to obligations, you know? It's like this little voice in your head that says, "they don't really mean take off the time. They really want you to get back in there and take one for the team". You never know right? That is the feeling I am talking about that eats at me and frustrates me to the point I can't relax. What I want more than anything is to cut loose from all my obligations and just be with my family with a clear mind.

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« Reply #44 on: January 03, 2007, 05:16:43 pm »
I believe this is the first time in history that this forum and hobby have been described in the same breath as keeping someone sane!

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #45 on: January 04, 2007, 09:33:58 am »
Basically, my company is family friendly, but they still want me to get work done if possible. The problem is my head is just not there. It was the same way when I took off for Riley - I know where I need to be, but I always feel the pull to obligations, you know? It's like this little voice in your head that says, "they don't really mean take off the time. They really want you to get back in there and take one for the team". You never know right? That is the feeling I am talking about that eats at me and frustrates me to the point I can't relax. What I want more than anything is to cut loose from all my obligations and just be with my family with a clear mind.


I know exactly what you mean.  When my wife was in her car accident a few years ago I was the same.  A 3 year old, a small baby, and a wife badly injured with multiple pelvic/vertebral fractures.  Relatives "trying to help" but only making it far, far more difficult by being unreliable and/or doing a hellaciously poor job when they volunteered for anything (e.g. "no, I don't know where the baby is").  The stress and exhaustion quickly overwhelms and the worst part of it is the complete impotence to do anything other than get up again tomorrow and repeat today.

When it comes to your job, it's all about your direct manager.  If he is a decent guy, he'll help you through the workplace situation.  If he's not, you could easily end up unemployed quickly.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #46 on: January 04, 2007, 10:11:52 am »

I thought you said they were family friendly and would cut you enough slack...?  Do you have other kids to take care of while your wife is in the hospital?

Well, I had this long post all written and then I realized it was a bit whiny. I feel better typing it all out, but now I'll present the revised edition

Basically, my company is family friendly, but they still want me to get work done if possible. The problem is my head is just not there. It was the same way when I took off for Riley - I know where I need to be, but I always feel the pull to obligations, you know? It's like this little voice in your head that says, "they don't really mean take off the time. They really want you to get back in there and take one for the team". You never know right? That is the feeling I am talking about that eats at me and frustrates me to the point I can't relax. What I want more than anything is to cut loose from all my obligations and just be with my family with a clear mind.

To sum up, the last year of my life has sucked horribly. To tell the truth, the arcade hobby and this forum are probably the only things that keep me sane.

Obligations suck at a time like this. Take there word for it man...take the time off. Your family is more important and I'm sure they (management @ work) really do understand. If not, then they are jerks. Do what is best for you man. I know I would be one week s.o.b. in your situation. You're doing fine...either way hang in and be strong bro!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #47 on: January 04, 2007, 10:14:12 am »
Take there word for it man...take the time off.


That's easier said than done when the first of the month rolls around and the mortgage must be paid.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #48 on: January 04, 2007, 11:08:05 am »
When it comes to your job, it's all about your direct manager.  If he is a decent guy, he'll help you through the workplace situation.  If he's not, you could easily end up unemployed quickly.

My direct supervisor is awesome. He will be the design manager as soon as the current one retires in a year or two. Well, he unofficially is already to tell the truth.

Now for an update:

Michelle was released yesterday. I'm sure they'll readmit her again next week though, so I won't get too excited. The doctor that was there also discovered she tested positive for another blood clotting disorder that NOONE HAS EVER TOLD HER ABOUT! This is the reason I hate hospitals and doctors- there is always extremely poor communication on every front. She was apparently supposed to be taking alot of extra folic acid this whole time due to the new disorder, and she hasn't been. Needless to say, I am quite pissed off.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #49 on: January 04, 2007, 11:18:32 am »
This is the reason I hate hospitals and doctors- there is always extremely poor communication on every front.


Odd that they would have run the test without telling her about it up front.  That's probably why they didn't tell her about the result.  They can't tell you results from a test you didn't consent to taking.  In fact, if they did run it, and didn't tell her about it beforehand, in some situations they actually cannot tell her the results without fear of consequences from effing up and not notifying her that they were going to run it. 

The liability laws are so circuitous now that few hospital staffs understand them.  When you throw in the new HIPAA privacy laws, which were all thrown in place by the gov't with a "YOU WILL FOLLOW NOW OR PAY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN FINES" thud, most hospital employees have no idea what they are and are not allowed to do with either treatment or patient information (both medical and personal).  This is the industry I work in and it's a big giant steaming heap of poorly (if at all) trained (as to how to manage patient information) people at every level.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #50 on: January 04, 2007, 11:27:18 am »
When it comes to your job, it's all about your direct manager.  If he is a decent guy, he'll help you through the workplace situation.  If he's not, you could easily end up unemployed quickly.

My direct supervisor is awesome. He will be the design manager as soon as the current one retires in a year or two. Well, he unofficially is already to tell the truth.

Now for an update:

Michelle was released yesterday. I'm sure they'll readmit her again next week though, so I won't get too excited. The doctor that was there also discovered she tested positive for another blood clotting disorder that NOONE HAS EVER TOLD HER ABOUT! This is the reason I hate hospitals and doctors- there is always extremely poor communication on every front. She was apparently supposed to be taking alot of extra folic acid this whole time due to the new disorder, and she hasn't been. Needless to say, I am quite pissed off.

I would be pissst too, but maybe the best thing might be to harness that anger though for now, and shoot for the resolve at this time bud! You guys will get through it!!
 

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #51 on: January 04, 2007, 11:29:16 am »
No, they ran these tests back before she got pregnant when we first went to the high risk clinic. The results take like 2-3 weeks to get back. Noone ever told us what the results were - I had to ask a nurse and she gave me a copy of the results. It read like gibberish to me. At our next appointment - which was a month later of course- we asked the doc. He took out the results and said "You have the x disorder".

Now the resident who was working yesterday said to Michelle, "So you have x & y disorders." Michelle said " No, I only have the "x" disorder". He went back to look at the file and told her she did have both and she needed to make sure her normal doctors office made note of it. Apparently everyone assumed Michelle knew and was already taking Folic acid...except for the fact it was never prescribed, and they never mentioned it whatsover to verify she was keeping up with her meds.

They also kept telling her she had a classical incision from the first c-section. We kept telling them no, it was the one that allowed a VBAC. Finally in the hospital 2 weeks ago, Michelle talked to a doctor that was assisting in Riley's delivery, and she verified we were right. Finally, they looked at the original dictations of the first delivery and verified we were right. It felt good to know we were right, but the BAD news was that our doctor said he had reviewed the records of Riley's delivery.

Anyways, I think we will switch to the other specialist in the office now. I didn't have a problem with our doctor being a cocky bastard. I do have a problem with him being overly-cocky and missing possibly important details.
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #52 on: January 04, 2007, 11:37:11 am »
Anyways, I think we will switch to the other specialist in the office now. I didn't have a problem with our doctor being a cocky bastard. I do have a problem with him being overly-cocky and missing possibly important details.


Good idea.  Do it quickly, too. 

In my experience, women always make better OB/GYN/other female specific specialities.  They just understand more and care more.

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« Reply #53 on: January 04, 2007, 11:43:59 am »
The other specialist is an old indian woman. Everyone told us she was really mean. We have seen her once in the office, and she watched over Michelle all last week. True, she is loud and says whatever pops into her mind without hesitation, but we liked her. I just wonder if we could switch to her for the last few weeks of the pregnancy.

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« Reply #54 on: January 04, 2007, 11:47:50 am »

It is mostly up to her if she wants to accept you as a patient with the steep urgent learning curve.

If you mean Indian as in from India, part of that is just culture gap.  She would be as much authority figure as doctor in her own culture and may be prone to what we would consider condescension.  In her culture, she is there to help you and you are answerable to her.  In ours, she is working for you and answerable to you.  It is easy for the two concepts to be at direct odds.

That said, in India, it is far more culturally difficult for a woman to get to that level than a man.  It is less so than it used to be but it may say something about her abilities that she is where she is in her field.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #55 on: January 05, 2007, 07:15:22 am »
When it comes to your job, it's all about your direct manager.  If he is a decent guy, he'll help you through the workplace situation.  If he's not, you could easily end up unemployed quickly.

Yep, I agree. At the birth of our twins, my wife had to stay in the hospital where she delivered, the twins had to go to an academic hospital (because of cleft-palate) and my eldest son (18 months at the time) was at home. My direct manager gave me an extra week off. This week didn't end up in the records (ie. weren't deducted from my total available free days).

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #56 on: January 05, 2007, 02:43:02 pm »
I'm sorry, but first you complain about poor communication, then latter you wish to change to an Indian doctor.

I've had a few Indian doctors over the years and I just don't quite follow the logic there. 
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But I'm sure you know what feels right and if you're more comfortable with her then by all means man, go for it!

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« Reply #57 on: January 05, 2007, 02:48:48 pm »
I'm sorry, but first you complain about poor communication, then latter you wish to change to an Indian doctor.

I've had a few Indian doctors over the years and don't quite follow the logic there. 
(I.E. Tank eue come ah-gain!) 

But I'm sure you know what feels right and if you're more comfortable with her then by all means man, go for it!



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It is easy to describe her current doctor: he is the real life incarnation of Dr. House. No joking whatsoever. Dude graduated top of his class from John's Hopkins. He even has a flock of groupies at his feet everywhere he goes in the hospital.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #58 on: January 07, 2007, 11:38:57 pm »
Anyways, I think we will switch to the other specialist in the office now. I didn't have a problem with our doctor being a cocky bastard. I do have a problem with him being overly-cocky and missing possibly important details.


Good idea.  Do it quickly, too. 

In my experience, women always make better OB/GYN/other female specific specialities.  They just understand more and care more.

Not in my experience.  Too carefree for my liking.  I reckon my male OB/GYN went through more anxiety than I ever would whilst I was pregnant with my kids.
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« Reply #59 on: January 07, 2007, 11:43:28 pm »
Apparently everyone assumed Michelle knew and was already taking Folic acid...except for the fact it was never prescribed, and they never mentioned it whatsover to verify she was keeping up with her meds.


Firstly Shardian, glad to hear that your wife is slowly on the mend but you are still in my thoughts.

Secondly, from your statement above, are you saying that folic acid is by prescription only in the US?
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #60 on: January 08, 2007, 01:23:22 am »
Apparently everyone assumed Michelle knew and was already taking Folic acid...except for the fact it was never prescribed, and they never mentioned it whatsover to verify she was keeping up with her meds.


Firstly Shardian, glad to hear that your wife is slowly on the mend but you are still in my thoughts.

Secondly, from your statement above, are you saying that folic acid is by prescription only in the US?

Sez, no, it's not, but from what I'm understanding, he's saying she wasn't told to increase her folic acid intake AT ALL.

Shardian, the wife and I are praying for your family.  Whatever else you might need, if any of us here can help, I'm certain we would do what we could for you, so don't hesitate to ask.

Cyko, there's a difference in communication (meaning not effectively transmitting information) and speaking clearly or without an accent.  That's the impression I got from your "I.E."  The two things, while somewhat interrelated, are NOT identical, and an Indian woman might be FAR more effective at communication than the person they have as a doctor right now.
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #61 on: January 14, 2007, 08:52:04 pm »
Update Time:

As to Folic acid, it is prescription if you have to take an additional 4 milligrams, which is ALOT.

Anyways, Michelle is still on bed rest, her cervix is still thinning out - 3mm at last ultra sound.
She will be 34 weeks on Wednesday, so we will be much more relieved when that day gets here. The doctor will do a test to see if the baby is ready at 35 weeks, and if she is still pregnant by that time and Elizabeth passes the test, then Michelle will be getting up and walking a few blocks around the hospital. ;D

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« Reply #62 on: January 15, 2007, 04:02:44 pm »
 :cheers:  Almost there

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #63 on: January 15, 2007, 04:22:45 pm »
The doctor that was there also discovered she tested positive for another blood clotting disorder that NOONE HAS EVER TOLD HER ABOUT!

Ask the docs about Lovenox (I might have spelled that wrong...)  My wife was having trouble carrying, and her fertility doc prescribed this blood thinner...  Apparently it can't do any harm, and can help with clotting disorders.
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« Reply #64 on: January 15, 2007, 04:33:57 pm »
The doctor that was there also discovered she tested positive for another blood clotting disorder that NOONE HAS EVER TOLD HER ABOUT!

Ask the docs about Lovenox (I might have spelled that wrong...)  My wife was having trouble carrying, and her fertility doc prescribed this blood thinner...  Apparently it can't do any harm, and can help with clotting disorders.

She has been on that the whole time. It was really funny, because the first time she had to do the shot she almost passed out. Now, it is nothing to her. That stuff is VERY expensive - $2000/month. I count my lucky stars that insurance covered it.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #65 on: January 15, 2007, 04:38:29 pm »
The doctor that was there also discovered she tested positive for another blood clotting disorder that NOONE HAS EVER TOLD HER ABOUT!

Ask the docs about Lovenox (I might have spelled that wrong...)  My wife was having trouble carrying, and her fertility doc prescribed this blood thinner...  Apparently it can't do any harm, and can help with clotting disorders.

She has been on that the whole time. It was really funny, because the first time she had to do the shot she almost passed out. Now, it is nothing to her. That stuff is VERY expensive - $2000/month. I count my lucky stars that insurance covered it.

Ah.  My wife went through the full year of fertility shots... I ended up getting quite good at administering them.  You are quite right, the meds are insane-expensive.  I think I figured out that without the insurance covering the meds, it would have been like $45k in meds alone.

Oh, as to the shots.  I was good at it - unless she made me mad that day.  In that case, I got quite good at finding a nerve.  ;)
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« Reply #66 on: January 15, 2007, 04:39:56 pm »
I did it for her at first, but then she got sick of waking up at 6:30am for me to do it before I went to work.  ;D

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« Reply #67 on: January 23, 2007, 08:48:44 am »
Update again:

Looks like we will be scheduling a 37 week C-section for Feb. 7th pending if Michelle doesn't go into labor before then. I jsut want to thank everyone again for showing your support and praying for us.

Of course, after reading that inspirational story of the guy hurrying up the birth of his son so he could go to the Bears game, I may just have to delay the C-section so we can watch the new Lost episode that night. Think I could get on CNN news for that? Just Kidding! :laugh2:

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« Reply #68 on: January 23, 2007, 09:15:03 am »

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« Reply #69 on: January 23, 2007, 10:51:58 am »
Glad to hear that Michelle has been able to hold on this long.  Keep taking it day by day and before you know it it will be all over.

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« Reply #70 on: January 23, 2007, 10:56:17 am »
Glad to hear that Michelle has been able to hold on this long.  Keep taking it day by day and before you know it it will be all over.

No, before they know it the first part will be all over.  They'll still have a good amount ahead of them as the baby will likely need some extra support and attention after the difficult pregnancy.  The baby will pull thru and be healthy but it will probably have a bit more challenge in the process.  That's my assumption based on the info we have and a good amount of experience, anyway.  So really, the first part is over, but the second leg of the journey begins after delivery. 

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« Reply #71 on: January 23, 2007, 11:36:31 am »
Glad to hear that Michelle has been able to hold on this long.  Keep taking it day by day and before you know it it will be all over.

No, before they know it the first part will be all over.  They'll still have a good amount ahead of them as the baby will likely need some extra support and attention after the difficult pregnancy.  The baby will pull thru and be healthy but it will probably have a bit more challenge in the process.  That's ---my bottom---umption based on the info we have and a good amount of experience, anyway.  So really, the first part is over, but the second leg of the journey begins after delivery. 

Sometimes, even though it's the reality of the situation, it helps to get a "glad to hear things might be looking up" instead of "here's the grim facts you know but I'll repeat them to you in case you were having a good day".
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« Reply #72 on: January 23, 2007, 11:41:50 am »

That's not what I was saying but I see your point.  It was more of a "first leg over, second leg begins now, keep it up" message.  The autocensor screwed that up a little bit.

There is also something to be said for not having everyone telling them "it will all be over shortly" when that is just not true.  He knows what is coming up and what is behind them.


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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #73 on: January 23, 2007, 11:50:45 am »
Don't worry Chad, I understand. Hopefully she'll be healthy as a horse though.

The replies I usually don't like are the "Now you get to be miserable for the next 2 years" kind of replies. I know people are just trying to be friendly with things like this, but they just don't understand, and I am happy for them that they don't.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #74 on: January 23, 2007, 11:59:04 am »
Don't worry Chad, I understand. Hopefully she'll be healthy as a horse though.

I figured.  I come from a culture where pragmatism is as important as optimism.  Optimism is important and valuable but is only one component of strong preparation.



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The replies I usually don't like are the "Now you get to be miserable for the next 2 years" kind of replies. I know people are just trying to be friendly with things like this, but they just don't understand, and I am happy for them that they don't.

Those people are self centered idiots that would say that regardless of the health of your wife and child.  Those are the "OMG we had a kid now my life is over" people.  They are not worth listening to and are actually pitiable, IMO.  What they don't understand is that the birth of a child is the beginning of your real life.  Everything up to that point was just preparation.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #75 on: January 23, 2007, 12:09:08 pm »
Well, I don't exactly see it that way. I figure those people are just trying to lighten things up a bit. Me and Michelle weren't very sociable after Riley died. Michelle still isn't.
The "self-centered people", which we have several of in the family, say much worse things without even thinking of what they are saying.
Here's a sampling:
My brother-in-law:
"Maybe it's better that he died." in reference to the fact he may have had a handicap.
"Why is HIS picture on your desktop?" In reference to being jealous( that's the only reasoning that I cuold come up with) that our son's picture was on Grandma's computer and not his own children.

Michelle's Grandma:
"He died because you were too skinny" Boy that one made Michelle's day.

There have been more, but those stick out the worst.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #76 on: January 23, 2007, 12:22:12 pm »

I'm not very sociable to begin with, so comments like those would at best result in my getting up and leaving without saying a word to that person for some time.  At worst it could get ugly.  I wouldn't even put comments like those into the "he's just self centered" category... they're over the line and offensive to me, even considering that they aren't intended that way.

I should note, though, that people say I am overprotective of my wife and kids.  I see that as wrong the same way I see those people as underprotective of the only thing in their life that really matters.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #77 on: January 23, 2007, 12:40:27 pm »
Having kids is the best thing I've ever done in my life, I wouldn't trade one bit of it for anything in the world. 37 weeks is a good gestational age, I think you have nothing but good times ahead of you. 

Don't worry Chad, I understand. Hopefully she'll be healthy as a horse though.

The replies I usually don't like are the "Now you get to be miserable for the next 2 years" kind of replies. I know people are just trying to be friendly with things like this, but they just don't understand, and I am happy for them that they don't.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #78 on: January 23, 2007, 12:44:25 pm »
I don't talk to my brother-in-law any more. He knows he crossed the line and has tried to make up for it in his own self-centered way, but its too late for that in my book. He is only lucky that I am used to his ways, or things would have definitely became ugly.
Going thru a situation like that, you find out who truly cares about you, and who doesn't. We have cut off contact with alot of friends and family (my entire family included. Long story, the straw that broke the camels back kinda thing). We have also grown much closer to the friends and family who did care, and gained many friends who went out of their way to lend us a helping hand.
So, in a way it sucks to lose friends and family, but the return of knowing who you can count on when the chips are down I think will pay off in the long run.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #79 on: January 23, 2007, 12:44:44 pm »
I believe this is the first time in history that this forum and hobby have been described in the same breath as keeping someone sane!

To sum up, the last year of my life has sucked horribly. To tell the truth, the arcade hobby and this forum are probably the only things that keep me sane.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #80 on: January 23, 2007, 12:46:09 pm »
I agree with saint, I have three myself.

Back to my last comment and the little firestorm that grew out of it.  My comment was of the 'glass-half-full' type.  Each day she is in-utero the better off she will be.  I remember that you were just hoping to reach 35 weeks and here you are past that.  My middle child was born at 38 weeks and she is healthy as a horse and happy as a clam. 

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #81 on: January 23, 2007, 12:51:04 pm »
So, in a way it sucks to lose friends and family, but the return of knowing who you can count on when the chips are down I think will pay off in the long run.


That is important.  Very, very important.  During emergencies I've also run into a third category... people who care but cannot be counted on to do anything and/or actually make things worse when they try.  In the days after my wife's car accident I actually ran into a lot more of those than I did either of the other types ("doesn't actually care" or "can be counted on no matter what").

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #82 on: January 23, 2007, 12:51:37 pm »
Case in point, one of my favorite stories to tell. My then 5(?) year old son was in bed, we were all asleep, when I hear him calling. I get up to check on him, and he feels sick. I go to pick him up and tell him it'll be OK. I'm on the "O" portion of OK, holding him facing me, when he throws up. Blammo. All over me. Onto my face. Into my open mouth. Mmmmmmmm someone else's vomit in my mouth.

. . .

OK, I can deal. It's just a bit of barf, it won't kill me. Side note - someone else's barf tastes just like your own. OK - I hold him to me since we're both icky, figure I'll just hop us both in the shower. Pressing him to me so we don't drip because amazingly it's all contained on me and him. Don't want to wake anyone up, so here we go. I take one step.

BARFO #2! All over me and him. It's warm and pooling over my belly where I'm holding him to me. Kind of chilly on the fringes where the first heave is starting to cool.

...

OK. I'm an adult. I can deal. Comfort my child, dash to the shower and don't worry about the dripping, clean it up later. I take step #2.

BARFO #3! All over me.

...

Some things are more than mortal man can handle by himself. I realized it was time to call upon a higher power. I yelled and woke up my wife. She stumbles in bleary eyed to see what's the matter, and sees me holding my son with both of us dripping with barf. She takes him, I shuffle to the shower trying not to drip everywhere.

Did I mention I still had the taste of barf in my mouth?

By the time I get out magically things have been resolved and cleaned up.

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Good times, good times. One of my favorite war stories actually :) 

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #83 on: January 23, 2007, 12:58:21 pm »
non parents just don't understand such things.

Exactly. As a non-parent myself, let's just say I'm happy everyone in my house keeps their puke to themselves.   :-X

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #84 on: January 23, 2007, 01:00:00 pm »
I could have done with out that story just before lunch Saint.  :lame:  We all have war stories like that one but it will be hard to beat.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #85 on: January 23, 2007, 01:05:44 pm »
So there was the time we were out at a Mexican restaurant with my first child, age 1 year maybe? Wife and I are eating across from each other, baby is in a high-chair at the end of the table next to both of us. We're feeding her bits of soft tortilla while we eat.

Suddenly she gets this horrible look on her face, and I just know she's going to barf.

What's a dad to do? You don't want your child making a mess on herself or the table, right?

So instinctively I stuck my cupped hand under her mouth, and sure enough she barfs up. Into my hand. Which I put there. I don't know why.

And so here I am.

In a restaurant.

Holding a handful of warm gooey barf.

Bits of tortilla floating around like some bizarro soup.

Um....

Now what do I do?

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #86 on: January 23, 2007, 01:06:24 pm »
There are a lot of parents who would just view that as a terrible night where they didn't get any sleep, their shirt got ruined, and the kid was a pain in the ass again.

Any present parent has been through exactly that story.  Most have a few times.  I find that it's not nearly as bad as it sounds because I don't give a crap about the rug, the shirt, or the sleep.  The only thing that matters is making sure the child is taken care of and put back in the right direction.  Once that is done, you can go clean up all of the irrelevant items and go back to check on the hopefully sleeping kid.  Your concern as a father is so strongly for the plight of the child that nothing else matters.  Too many people aren't capable of that.

I remember the period having a wife in bed with a fractured pelvis/neck, taking full care of her (she couldn't do anything for a while), a 3 year old with dozens of wide and deep lacerations that needed to be cleaned up 3-4 times/day to prevent infection and minimize scarring, and a 6 month old baby (that wasn't involved in the accident).  Sleeping on the floor because we didn't have a couch yet and my wife had to be alone in the bed, getting zero sleep/food and basically spending every waking minute of 23 hours daily taking care of the three of them.  It never bothered me one bit because every time I started to get down I'd consider that the only alternative would be having lost two of them.  And that alternative was unthinkable no matter what I myself had been through in the process.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #87 on: January 23, 2007, 01:14:18 pm »
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What is with all the BARF stories? You are probably freaking Sherdian out man!!



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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #88 on: January 23, 2007, 01:30:38 pm »
Naw DK he is just making the rest of is mimic his kids. :laugh2:

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #89 on: January 23, 2007, 02:04:52 pm »
So, in a way it sucks to lose friends and family, but the return of knowing who you can count on when the chips are down I think will pay off in the long run.


During emergencies I've also run into a third category... people who care but cannot be counted on to do anything and/or actually make things worse when they try.

I just toss those in with those who don't care. If you care, you can always find a way to be of use.

Oh and saint, thanks for the barf stories. Good stuff. I'm kinda hungry now. Is that a coincidence, or does that make me weird? :laugh2:

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #90 on: January 23, 2007, 02:23:31 pm »
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #91 on: January 23, 2007, 03:04:58 pm »
congrats!

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #92 on: January 23, 2007, 03:25:28 pm »
Did I miss the post where the baby was delivered?  It seems the time came a couple of weeks earlier than expected.  Cute lil' guy.  :)

I'll be sending good vibes your way.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #93 on: January 23, 2007, 03:32:39 pm »
Sorry about that.
I discussed earlier in the thread that we had a baby born premature last April. He was only 23 weeks along and weighed 1lb 4oz. He lived for 25 days. Those are pictures of him.

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« Reply #94 on: January 23, 2007, 05:28:44 pm »
I don't have any personal experiences that I can relate to what that must have been like for you.  My wife is 30 weeks along now and everyday I'm thankful we've made it this far.

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« Reply #95 on: January 23, 2007, 05:50:20 pm »
Congrats on the forthcoming baby.  I have my second(a girl, first was a son) due at the end of Feb.  I was definitely scared to be a parent the first time and am a little worried about having 2 at the same time, but being a father is one of the best things in the world. 

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #96 on: January 23, 2007, 06:33:30 pm »
Sorry about that.
I discussed earlier in the thread that we had a baby born premature last April. He was only 23 weeks along and weighed 1lb 4oz. He lived for 25 days. Those are pictures of him.

He's a beautiful child and I feel lucky that you shared those with us.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #97 on: January 23, 2007, 08:47:14 pm »
Sorry about that.
I discussed earlier in the thread that we had a baby born premature last April. He was only 23 weeks along and weighed 1lb 4oz. He lived for 25 days. Those are pictures of him.

He's a beautiful child and I feel lucky that you shared those with us.

...and is now of course in a better place than planet Earth.  :angel:

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #98 on: January 24, 2007, 10:58:31 am »
I will be praying for your wife and your unborn child. I had both of mine early, one a month early, the other 2 months early. The second child spent one month in the hospital and was on a monitor for two years because he would forget to breathe.
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« Reply #99 on: January 24, 2007, 11:02:29 am »

Was it obstructive or centrally based (brain signals)?

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« Reply #100 on: January 24, 2007, 01:31:30 pm »

Was it obstructive or centrally based (brain signals)?

Apnea spells in preemies are a developmental thing. Their bodily systems are nowhere near being done deveoping when they are born. The majority of preemies are sent home with a monitor. That monitor also checks for Bradycardia - the slowing of the heart.I guess you could associate it with brain since the problems usually occur while they are asleep, but there are also physical reasons. The lungs are underdeveloped at birth. The different ventilators they are put on cause permanent lung scarring. That is the main problem. While they are small children, the scar tissue takes up alot of space - hence they tend get tire easily (breathing is HARD for a preemie) and have asthma. Once the child matures, that scar tissue only takes up a small percentage of their adult lungs.
I got so used to alarms going off for apnea and brady's for all the babies in the hospital that I tuned them out, which I'm sure is what alot of preemie parents are afraid of doing with their home monitors.

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« Reply #101 on: January 24, 2007, 01:44:51 pm »

That's where the forum comes in.  Hook that sucker to an air horn so if you don't hear it the people down the street do.

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« Reply #102 on: January 24, 2007, 01:59:16 pm »
They did not say, his brain stem was not fully developed, so he would basically forget to breath. I could not tune that thing out! Holy cow, it was really loud! Usually scared him awake, we never had to perform CPR. It also make a horrendous noise when his heart would go up above 220 bpm. That only happened once. Evidently the cough medicine he was on caused him to speed.

I spent 2 hours in the wee hours of the morning watching him bounce non-stop in his Johnny Jump-up. He finally went to sleep and my other son decided he needed to get up.
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #103 on: January 26, 2007, 12:46:06 am »
My baby is just shy of six months now.  Already I cannot say how many times I've been thrown up on.  Although since her diet consists of breast milk exclusively it's not quite as nasty as Saint's experience.

It's loads of fun, though.  Especially now that she's really gaining new abilities quickly.  It's devastating to my wife.  She thinks that she's developing way too fast (as in, she's before long she's not going to be the sweet, helpless infant she is now), but I'm eating it up.  My wife loves infants, but it's about 3 - 8 years old that I can't get enough of.  I can't wait to rough house and so on.

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« Reply #104 on: February 05, 2007, 04:14:06 pm »
We just can't catch a break!
We were scheduled for c-section this Friday, we go in for weekly checkup today and the baby's heart rate is too fast. Doctor wanted to go ahead and do a c-section but Michelle had already taken her blood thinner shot this morning. We get to the hospital and they find she has the beginning of a kidney infection, which is why baby's and mommies hearts are pumping like they are running a marathon. The doctor said this is the kind that can kill pregant women if not treated in time. That's nice, isn't it. Anyways, they said it is early on so they will give antibiotics for a few days then go ahead with the scheduled c-section on friday.
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #105 on: February 05, 2007, 04:15:10 pm »

Ow.  We're pulling for them.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #106 on: February 05, 2007, 04:22:07 pm »
Ditto on Chad's comment.  Sounds like they caught the infection in time for treatment to do it's thing.  Looking froward to new baby pics next week.  ;D :pics

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« Reply #107 on: February 05, 2007, 04:50:16 pm »

Ow.  We're pulling for them.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #108 on: February 06, 2007, 08:46:16 am »
Thank god for decent insurance right about now...

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #109 on: February 06, 2007, 09:13:56 am »
Shadian: You're in our thoughts ...looking forward to baby pics.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #111 on: February 06, 2007, 09:19:15 am »
Chad: WTF ? Perhaps you can troll in P&R.
I'm not trolling... if you've ever had to go through something like that in a Canadian hospital, you'd understand.  You're right in that that is for another thread, though, so my bad.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #112 on: February 07, 2007, 10:22:34 am »
Any Updates?
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #113 on: February 07, 2007, 02:51:48 pm »
They let her go home just a little bit ago. At first this morning, they were not letting her eat and were saying she would be delivered today. Next thing, they come in and say go home for two days. Who knows...

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #114 on: February 08, 2007, 01:12:21 pm »
Man, you guys have gone through such an emotional roller coaster with this baby it boggles the mind! 

Maybe you should name her Miracle!  ;D

Seriously tho, I am hoping for the best for you all. Hang in there man!

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« Reply #115 on: February 08, 2007, 01:48:10 pm »
shardian, how are you all holding up?
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« Reply #116 on: February 08, 2007, 01:54:07 pm »
Well, anxiety is hitting me now. I am about to go throw up right now as I write this. ;D
I just want this to be over so we can start the next journey. Hopefully we can live drama free for a little while. I've about ran out of optimism though. Now my mind is filled with all the things I expect will go wrong tommorrow.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #117 on: February 08, 2007, 01:56:06 pm »

I've faced down some pretty effin scary things in my life but none was nearly as terrifying as the anxiety over what could go wrong while my wife was in labor the first time.  Wow that was scary ---steaming pile of meadow muffin---.  I could have written country songs about it if I had a dog and a truck.

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« Reply #118 on: February 08, 2007, 02:20:50 pm »
There isn't any sense in dreading something that may not happen.  I have been in your shoes (not exactly the same situation, but similar).  It won't help much to feed the anxiety beast.

You have done all you can and you have a good group you are working with. 

I suggest you two spend as much time together as possible and enjoy your time, every second. It was the only thing that helped us.


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« Reply #119 on: February 08, 2007, 02:26:50 pm »

And no matter what the nurses tell you, don't forget that all their base are belong to you.  Be sure they take off every Zig.  For Great Justice.

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« Reply #120 on: February 08, 2007, 02:44:39 pm »
Good luck!  My thoughts will be with you.  :)
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« Reply #121 on: February 09, 2007, 11:24:10 am »
Here is an :angel: to watch over you and your family.  I'll be looking froward to seeing some pics of that little girl soon.  :cheers:

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #122 on: February 09, 2007, 11:27:54 am »

I'm keeping you guys in my thoughts today.  Maybe it will help just a little.  Best of luck with the delivery...   :cheers:

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« Reply #123 on: February 10, 2007, 08:44:05 am »
It's a GIRL!!!!

5lb 15 oz.

After the start of the day going not good and doctors saying she may not even have the c-section, the doctor looked at the monitor and noticed Michelle was having contractions. She was dilated and everything already, so she went with a natural VBAC.
Everything went great! It is nice to know that something finally went right for us. I'll post a picture of the little cutie later on.

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« Reply #124 on: February 10, 2007, 08:47:18 am »
CONGRATS!! That is GREAT news!

I just saw my two nieces last night. They are SO cute and fun. You will have a great time raising her. Good luck.

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« Reply #125 on: February 10, 2007, 09:04:18 am »
WAY TO GO, MICHELLE !

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« Reply #126 on: February 10, 2007, 09:14:31 am »
Grats! I think that's front page news  ;D
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« Reply #127 on: February 10, 2007, 09:38:35 am »
Congratulations!

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« Reply #128 on: February 10, 2007, 09:43:37 am »

Dude!  Just under 6 pounds!  That's a damn fine place to be considering the road it took to get here.  Awesome.

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« Reply #129 on: February 10, 2007, 10:10:19 am »
congrats shardian!!! I went through a very scary time in my fiance's pregnancy, doctors actually came in and said "I am sorry, but your going to lose the baby" they asked her if she wanted to schedule the appointment for the DNC. Well my son is 9 months old now and the light of my life. I knew you guys would pull through just like we did  ;D

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« Reply #130 on: February 10, 2007, 11:02:35 am »
Great news!   :applaud: Can't wait to see the pics.

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« Reply #131 on: February 10, 2007, 11:10:35 am »
I seriously am fighting back tears of joy for you and Michelle!  Just enjoy every second with her!   :cheers:

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #132 on: February 10, 2007, 02:12:52 pm »
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!


That's fantastic news!  I'm so glad that Michelle and the baby are ok.
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« Reply #133 on: February 10, 2007, 03:10:10 pm »
Here are some pictures.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #134 on: February 10, 2007, 03:47:23 pm »

Throwin' up gang signs already.  They grow up so fast now.   :'(

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« Reply #135 on: February 10, 2007, 04:15:37 pm »

Throwin' up gang signs already.  They grow up so fast now.   :'(

 :laugh2: Well she threw a peace sign after that, so maybe it will be a peaceful baby gang.

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #136 on: February 10, 2007, 04:23:54 pm »
Mmmm...just the right size for a baby sandwich.  Couple slices of bread, some bacon, lettuce and tomato...you just can't go wrong.

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« Reply #137 on: February 10, 2007, 09:16:14 pm »
Wow, Congrats !!   :applaud:  :applaud:

I am very happy this turned out well for you guys.



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« Reply #138 on: February 10, 2007, 09:36:32 pm »
Massive congratulations to both of you Shardian, especially to the brave mother of that lucky child.
Here's hoping you can stop the worrying and start the enjoying. It's smile time.
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« Reply #139 on: February 10, 2007, 10:05:57 pm »
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« Reply #140 on: February 10, 2007, 10:44:40 pm »
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« Reply #141 on: February 10, 2007, 10:57:40 pm »
 :cheers: It can't be said enough CONGRATS!!  :angel:

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #142 on: February 11, 2007, 01:47:12 am »
AWESOME!!!! :applaud: Just found this thread tonight and have been reading it with my wife. She cried. A number of times. Man, I just can't imagine the stress you've been through. Relax and enjoy, you've sure earned it! You are in for the best years of your life, period!! CONGRATS!!!

On a side note she looks so comfy in that pillow roll it makes me wish I had one adult size.

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« Reply #143 on: February 11, 2007, 08:54:33 am »
On a side note she looks so comfy in that pillow roll it makes me wish I had one adult size.
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« Reply #144 on: February 11, 2007, 03:52:18 pm »

It's a very good name.

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« Reply #145 on: February 12, 2007, 10:50:06 am »
Congratulations!

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« Reply #146 on: February 12, 2007, 12:08:52 pm »
That's the best news ever. Now you can worry about something else for a while!  Like how the hell are you going to pay for all this...
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« Reply #147 on: February 12, 2007, 03:37:09 pm »
Definite congrats.  Better catch up on your sleep for a few days now...
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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #148 on: February 12, 2007, 05:56:04 pm »
That's fantastic news!
Congrats on your new girl, who will soon want to play Leprechaun with cheats enabled.
Now you have this to look forward to.
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« Reply #149 on: February 13, 2007, 02:53:35 am »
CONGRATULATIONS!!!   :cheers:

That was GREAT news to hear! Enjoy your new family and take care!

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« Reply #150 on: February 13, 2007, 07:49:03 pm »
Very very cool!!! Great to hear all went so well!! Time to start building that BabyCade ;-)
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« Reply #151 on: February 14, 2007, 11:12:39 am »

Now, if you don't have sideart on your cradle, I'm going to be disappointed.  I expect there to be a 1 player CP in there before long.

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« Reply #152 on: February 15, 2007, 10:04:47 am »
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« Reply #153 on: February 17, 2007, 11:58:03 pm »
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« Reply #154 on: February 18, 2007, 12:20:49 am »
I love her hair. Hehe, I spent like $100 on photo prints today. The photo person at the hospital was overpriced and didn't do a good job so we said to ourselves, "we can do that!". We went to town taking pictures yesterday and they turned out AWESOME! Below is one of Elizabeth's "Glamour Shots".

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Re: Sitting in the hospital right now
« Reply #155 on: February 18, 2007, 08:34:39 am »
Wait, your kid isn't the spirit of Sauron reborn is she?!?  :dizzy:
Done. SLATFATF.