Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Almost official update

Today's appointment took forever! We left the house around 12:30 and got home around 3:45. Blake was ready to pull his hair out. He wanted to start a project and finish a project this afternoon and this was severely limiting his time. More on that later... What you really want to know is how the appointment went, right?

My guess is you are getting the sense that things went well. That is correct. It went very well. My schedule was backwards today, which caused the longer than needed visit. I saw Dr. B before my ultrasound. If you have the "non-abdominal" or t.v. ultrasound first, the gel they use invalidates the fetal fibronectin test (fFN). Sooo, we had the test done first, followed by a brief physical exam. Then we asked a few questions about treatment for the future and headed off to ultrasound. No need to stop back by his office. He would just call me tonight with the test results. We would make any necessary changes in meds at that time.

After a short wait, we were called back to ultrasound. Everything looked pretty good to our eyes. The little guy was breech today, with his head up and his bottom down. We didn't get measurements but it appeared as if he had a little more meat on his bones. That makes me happy because I am thinking the fatter the better. My cervical length measured in the 30's abdominally. Like usual, it went nuts with the t.v. view. It dropped from the upper to mid 20's to 18mm. But, hey, that was much better than last week! The ultrasonographer wanted to make sure the radiologist was pleased with the images before she let me go. When she came back in, she said the radiologist wanted to make sure I saw Dr. B before leaving. What...he said I didn't have to come back...it wasn't that bad of an ultrasound...uggghhh???

So, we go back to Dr. B's. All this did was make him panic. He was thinking my ultrasound must have been TERRIBLE if we were back in his office. Needless to say, when he read the report, he was pleased with the results and apologized for the inconvenience. Again, he stated he would call us with the results of the test.

We barely got out the door of the the building before my phone vibrated. It was my favorite nurse calling me with the results of the test! I was quite shocked to hear the results were negative. Yes, I said it, negative!!! (negative is good) Praise God! We were SURE it would be positive. Not because we are being pessimistic but because it just really seemed there was no way around it. I have so many contractions that are so intense. Shows you what we know!

When I started this post, the update wasn't official. But as of 5:19pm CST it is! The man himself just called to confirm the test was negative. I will continue with the terbutaline 3x/day just to keep things quiet. We really need to get to 28 weeks. Since I am on a low dose and it has been working well this past week, we will continue. I am happy with that plan because I really hate contractions. They keep me on edge. The fewer the better for my sanity...regardless of the negative test. There are still the .8% who do go in labor. I prefer to stick with the majority, thank you!!

So, I should not go into labor in the next 2 weeks. If that is the case, it gets our little man to 28 weeks. Such a HUGE milestone. Now I can breath a little easier about really getting there.
Seeing how I actually agreed to let Blake prime the walls in the extra bedroom, you know I am feeling a little more confident about the situation! To top that off, I even looked at car seats online at Consumer Reports and Target. I have not taken the step to register, but I do have one picked out in my head. That is progress.

We see Dr. C tomorrow. I don't expect to learn anything new. No ultrasound, just a consult. And I realize an after picture is needed. I am afraid I have you all thinking I really look like a celebrity. I am sorry to tell you that I really look the same. I just have no roots and my hair feels a million times better. Nevertheless, I will post a picture. Just not on this one. I will save that for another day this week. :) I am trying to post more frequently so I have to save something for later!!!

17 comments:

kelly w said...

how fantastic! i am SO excited for you, blake, and little man! hey, why don't you send some of those contractions this way?!? i've got 9 days left til 40 weeks...i will continue praying for you guys! so so glad the fft was neg!!!

Rachel said...

YEAH!!!! I'm so happy.

Jac and I are headed to the beach with the girls tomorrow thru Sunday, but if you need anything, let us know!

L Cassady said...

Congratulations!!  I am very excited for you.. I will continue to keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.

Lauren

Anonymous said...

i just knew the test would be negative!!! i really believe you will go into the 30's ...week wise...yeah!!!! your mom said they won't let you go past i beleive she said 37 weeks...but i beleive you will go into the 30's!!!! this is so great...keep up the good work Lord!!we give You the glory for each extra day of growth and development for this little boy!! daniellle...know what you mean about your hair....a good color job can make any woman feel better!! love, bettie

The Spann's said...

This is great news! I am praying for you and Blake and baby Malone every day. What an encouragement this is. My small group in Birmingham is praying for you! Much love. AES

Breana said...

YEAH!! That is such a relief for all of us and especially you all. By the way, a great place for baby stuff is landofnod.com if you want to check it out. I got a magazine by mistake I guess and they have really cute stuff. Now you get to feel the joy of pregnancy. That's what my prayers have been for you.

Melissa said...

I am so glad to hear your great news. I have been praying for you all day and was curious to hear how the appt. went. I was in that office today too!!! I didn't see Dr. B.-just a urine test-yea! Take care and get some rest!

Kristen said...

Yay! Keep him in there cooking! God is good!

Karina said...

Wonderful news! We continue to keep you in our daily prayers. Looking forward to those after pictures!

Rachel said...

I am SOOOOO happy to hear that!

Anonymous said...

YES!!! This just keeps getting better! 26 weeks, potential new room color, potential new car seat, thoughts of registering...and might I say, new hair is GLORIOUS! Keep it rockin, friend! By the way, I feel sometimes like I know Dr. B and all the rest, is that weird?!?! Must be my overactive imagination and ADDICTION to this blog! Tons of praise today! Jill

Carla and Daryl said...

hooray!!!! that uterus is hanging in there!!

stance. said...

that is AWESOME!! I am freaking out internally right now because that is such good news, guys! Congratulations on 26 weeks and a good report and a negative test and everything else! Praise God indeed :)

Anonymous said...

I am ecstatic!!!!! I have been anxiously awaiting this post! We are so happy for you. My small group always waits for the update too and we were praying for you last night. I'll email them to spread the word! I told them all about the test and they were rooting for you. Also, I tried to send you an email on facebook and it wouldn't go through after I had written this wonderful expose. Ha!
Dale has Blake's email, but not yours if it is different. I'm ginnywinks@aol.com if you ever want it. Wish we were closer by so that we could help provide some physical help, dinners, etc. Hang in there......you know someone is watching over you, Blake, and the little guy! Love, Ginny

Veronica said...

That is awesome. You are doing a great job!! Praying God will keep His sovereign hand over you and that little man for several more weeks...love ya, vern

Carla said...

I am rooting for you & baby boy Malone each and every week! Thanks for the updates. :)

Shawn said...

It touched my heart to hear you say that I am your favorite nurse. I refer to you as my favorite pt when I'm telling your story(I hope you don't mind). It was wonderful to get to hold your little miracle in my arms and to know that I had a small part in helping him arrive.

Shawn Smallwood LPN
(no relation to Dr. Smallwood)