Saturday, November 29, 2008

What a difference a day makes

To everyone who prayed for my mom and me yesterday, thank you! I know that, without your intercession, I might not have been able to share with you today two pieces of great news:

First of all, my mom's surgery yesterday went perfectly. Not only that, but the sentinel node biopsy indicated that the cancer has not spread—HALLELUJAH! I was able to talk briefly with her this morning, and she sounded pretty good for someone pumped full of morphine. As I understand it, she should be going home later today to begin the healing process. Let's pray for a quick recovery so that she and Dad can fly up here when the babies come!

Secondly, the babies continue to cook ... despite giving us a big scare yesterday morning. It all started after I got another bolus in the middle of the night because I was once again having too many contractions. When Dr. E saw me in the morning, he told me that we were hitting a wall as far as boluses go and, since my contractions were becoming uncontrollable, he'd advised the nurses to get ready for some babies. Not long after he left my room, I began to feel very hot. The nurse turned on the fan and that helped, but I was still very uncomfortable. I started to feel like I was going to faint (which I never do) and no change in position provided relief. When I got up to use the commode, I thought I was going to pass out, so I called the nurse. Then I started having serious pain with my contractions. The doctor came back, they took away my food and drink, and the nurse drew blood to prepare for a possible C-section. I called Ted and told him that he needed to come now. The resident did an ultrasound to make sure the babies were okay (they were), but I was in so much pain that I didn't even open my eyes once to peek at them! The doctor then noted that I was a little dehydrated, so they increased my IV fluids. I think this must have been the problem because shortly thereafter my symptoms subsided and I began to feel more "normal." By the time Ted arrived, things didn't look so urgent, and he ended up sitting in my room all afternoon as I slept (I guess those big contractions really wore me out or something). By evening, my uterus had been quiet for several hours and it was clear that the crisis was over.

This morning I feel completely back to normal, which is good since the doctor just got done telling me that he really thought he was going to have to cut me open yesterday. He also told me that if I can hold out 2 more days (until the 30-week mark), he'll give me a B grade. If I can wait until 32 weeks, I'll get an A+. Those of you who know me well will know that this is exactly the type of motivation I need; I've always been a straight-A student and I certainly don't want to start breaking the pattern now! Plus, we still don't have names for the boys—I guess we'd better get on the stick, huh?


Tiff said...

I think Travis is a wonderful name! Ha! We could use another Travis Thompson in the family! It probably would be better if I used it instead of you though!
Glad to hear your great news! We will continue to pray!
Love ya!

The Middletons said...

Oh Suzy, what a day for you!! I am so glad that you, the babies and your mom are all doing well. We are keeping you in our prayers.

Heather George said...

im so glad that your mom is all right. i know how scary surgery can be. And im so glad that the babies are deciding to stay in the oven longer. but i cant wait to see them. happy thanksgiving. keep those legs crossed. lol. love ya
Heather George

Jon said...

Glad to hear it about the babies, ta mere, and YOU. All good news. Thanks always for updates.

Lori said...

Wow! A lot has happened since we left for IN. Sorry you had a scary time there, but it seems like it all worked out and everything and every ONE is fine now. Thrilled to know your mom is doing so well! I know what it's like when you can't be right by your mom's side when something like that happens. I hope she heals quickly and can be back with you really soon. :-)

I LOVE you last preggo shot. :-) You have such a happy expression on your face. It's too funny! Keep up the good work!!

Lindsay C. said...

So glad to hear that the cancer hasn't spread--what a relief! And you are almost to 30 weeks! Wonderful news for the babies. If you don't name the boys by the time they arrive, may I suggest placeholder text (TK)? :)

Suzy said...

TK Thompson ... has a nice ring to it! HA!

Gabriele said...

Oh my - it gets better by the day! I am so happy that all six of you are doing so great! Every morning I rush to the computer now to look for more news ... :)
As you're going for the straight A, it means they have to cook until week 33, correct? Ha! You can do it! I know it! Then your mom will be strong enough to fly!
I still like Nico and Alexander ... tee heee.

Becky B said...

Hi Guys! We're so happy to hear the good news about your mom, Suzy. And we are praying moment by moment now for the babies and delivery!! Continue counting your blessings!!! You can do it!! :) Love, the Bells
P.S. We'd like to know how much weight Ted has gained, and if we can see HIS picture! :) tee hee!

MattW said...

Suzy, we are keeping you and the entire family in our prayers daily. Be sure and tell momma and poppa we are so thankful to God that mom's surgery was a success. May God heal her quickly. We love you all very much.

Matt and Jennifer


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