I am going to be updating this blog anytime we get an update on anything.
For those of you I have not talked to, here is what has gone on:
Monday morning we had a sonogram that showed a good sized plural effusion (fluid on the lungs) and also too much amneoic fluid (outside the baby). They decided to admit us to the Birthing Pavilion (labor and delivery) for observation and to give Miriam steroids just In case they need to deliver the baby. They took a ton of blood and ran a bunch of tests.
On Monday night Miriam started having contractions. They were about 4 min. apart and were not really big, but somewhat painful. The staff thinks that this was due to so much amniotic fluid- the uterus gets irritated and thinks that the baby is further along than she really is.
The contractions slowed down and just about went away at the end of the night, and she was able to get some sleep (thank you sleeping pills!)
Tuesday (day 2) the docs came in and decided the best thing to do is called a reducing amniocentesis. They go in to the womb with a 22 gauge needle and take out some of the fluid. They also decided to go into the chest of the baby and drain out the fluid around the lung.
They did the procedure at 2 pm and it went GREAT! The procedure only took about 45 min. ( I only lasted in the O.R. for about 10 min.!!!) They took out a liter and a third of amniotic fluid! The rest of the afternoon was just them monitoring Miriam and the baby. Everything looked great.
The Doc came in around 7 and told us that the amniotic fluid has the staff "stumped" It is darker than usual, and has little floaties in it. They are running more and more test to rule out anything they can think of. They decided to take more blood from Miriam for more tests. They also wanted some of my blood too! woo hoo!
The rest of the night was pretty boring. Periodic checks from nurses, etc.
This morning they wanted to do another sonogram. They found that the amniotic fluid still looks good, but the fluid around the baby's lung has come back a little. It is not as bad as it was, but it does look a little bigger than it did right after the procedure.
We are now just in our room waiting for the docs to come in and update us to what the next move is. As soon as we hear anything, I will update this blog.