Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Beating the Odds

Well, today was a pretty uneventful day for Rachael. The night wasn't all that great, she had some trouble sleeping. Let's pray she sleeps better tonight.

The doctors administered the second steroid shot, which Rachael said didn't make her sore at all this time. Those will be the only 2 shots she will be receiving to help speed up lung development. The doctors really have never seen any proven benefits by giving more than 2, or by administering them later on in the pregnancy. Surfactant production usually reaches it's peak by about 30 weeks or so.

On a very positive note, Rachael was talking with the nurse practitioner about how long she's been in the hospital, and things of that nature, and the nurse told her that Dr. Ridgeway really feels like Rachael is beating the odds. That really encouraged her, because Dr. Ridgeway isn't exactly Dr. Feelgood! He's very to the point and doesn't sugarcoat anything. So, to hear that he said something like that is awesome!

They were also discussing if Rachael would be in the hospital until she delivers Jimmie. At 28 weeks, they would talk about transferring Rachael back to her original doctor, but that's kinda up in the air. She does feel more comfortable staying at the hospital she is at now, where she knows the NICU staff and the nurses and doctors. That is definitely an important thing, knowing that your child will be in good hands no matter what the situation.

All in all, a pretty good day. Every day that nothing changes is a good day. We continue to pray for a strong stitch, and a healthy, growing baby!

I think that I am updating again tomorrow and then Amber will be taking back over on Thursday.

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