Friday, December 13, 2013

Quick update

I wanted to share a quick update for those of you who have asked about the outcome of the 1-week post-surgery appointment yesterday.

In the very early morning hours yesterday, we had a major scare - and I am not saying that lightly. More on that when I get caught up to that part in the story; I am still about a week behind in recounting the exact events. You can imagine my anticipation of the appointment yesterday afternoon!

The appointment actually went very well, and allayed all my fears. As far as the babies are doing, the little donor baby has grown some, and has built up more fluid, to where his fluid level is now almost in the very bottom of the normal range, while the recipient baby's fluid has also come down into the normal range (1.8 and 5.some cm, normal range is 2 - 8 cm). We saw lots of good movement on Baby A (donor), and whereas he had been wedged into my lower left side, he was now in a much better position, head down along my left side. Both babies had good heart beats, and the brain issue they were concerned about a week ago has completely normalized, and the measurements are now virtually identical on both babies. We really could not have hoped for a better outcome just one week after procedure. 

I am hoping to continue recounting the whole story later today or tomorrow. 

Many, many thanks for your continued prayers. This has been a roller coaster ride unlike anything I ever expected.

26 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing ! So glad to hear things are moving in a positive direction :) Praise God ! I will keep praying :)

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  2. What a wonderful update! I am wondering though if you all would consider taking donations to help with the cost of the procedure? I think it is awesome during a time when so many would have just opted for a selective reduction that you are doing everything you can to save both of your babies. I'd be more then happy to help out with the cost of saving a life.

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    1. As of January 1, my health insurance should start covering most of the medical expenses ahead (minus co-pays, etc.). So far this pregnancy, we have spent in excess of $25 k for all the specialized care. Thankfully, we have been able to keep our heads above the water financially due to the fact that we typically carry a zero balance on our credit cards, that have now taken the brunt of this financial hit. We are really hoping to be able to pay them all off ASAP, but have not actively solicited any donations to help us with that because as of right now, the situation is not so dire that we could not dig ourselves out of it, if we had to.

      That being said, we are incredibly grateful to and appreciative of those who have donated to help support us financially. We are not against welfare of assistance to those in need, at all - we just firmly believe that it should be voluntary, and from one individual to another, as the giver sees fit.

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    2. My donation would be voluntary where should I send it?

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    3. Thank you. If you would like to help, please make payment out to Steven Anderson, and mail it to:

      Steven Anderson
      c/o Faithful Word Baptist Church
      2741 W Southern Ave, Suite 14
      Tempe, AZ 85282

      Please realize that this would be considered a private donation, and not tax-deductible.

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    4. Awesome just made my donation via paypal. Good luck on the up coming procedure you are in my prayers

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  3. So glad to hear this! Praise God for his hand on the babies.

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  4. So happy to hear both little babies are doing so well. :) Praying!

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  5. Thank you for the update - praying for you all. Hugs...

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  6. Great news! You must be so worried. I always secretly dreamed of having identical twins but now I realise the huge responsibility that comes with that particular blessing. Praying for you and the babies. Than you for sharing updates x

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  7. I am SO SO happy to read this! Thank you for updating us and we will continue to pray!

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  8. I don't think the word 'normal' has ever been so sweet a word to read! Dr. C is to be congratulated on the marvelous job he did. We know you're far from out of the woods, and we'll keep up our prayers full force for you and your family. God bless! --Mindy

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  9. Whew. Thank you so much for updating! I check my feed reeder my regularly now just for your updates. Prayers still coming your way. God is still a God of miracles today!

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  10. So glad to hear the babies are doing better! How are you doing?

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  11. Praise the Lord for normalized brain tissue and strong heart beats and for all that has gone on. What a praise to God and all glory to Him. I am sooooooo glad you did your research and found this over the one procedure that had to drain amniotic fluid (can not remember name). You keep resting and eating good and I will keep praying. Wish I were closer, friend!!!

    Love,
    Jessica

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  12. awesome news!
    from
    meg :)

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  13. Sending prayers and good thoughts your way from the northeast :)

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  14. I am so glad to hear the babies condition is improving. I am sorry that you have to go through all of this and I pray that God will give you strength to endure.

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  15. Thank you, everyone. I am 19 weeks today. I don't think I am going to exhale until both babies are home, safe and sound.

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  16. Hi
    So happy to hear the good news-we will keep praying until both babies are born.There is a possibility that a family from our church,who will be en route to California to move there,is going to visit your church on next Sunday. My husband has a sabbatical due from work next year and I've already told him I want to meet you and your family! Love & prayers The Witham Family

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  17. I pray that the progress continues, and the remainder of your pregnancy is comfortable, easy, and enjoyable.

    Blessings

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  18. I think one should be named Thomas which means twin.

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  19. That's great news Zsuzsanna. I know you aren't out of the woods just yet, but you must be very relieved things are looking better.

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  20. Wow - such good news!! I think that this big scare is just to ensure that you are not overwhelmed by having to deal with two babies at once. You will be so happy to have them safe and sound (please God) that you won't even notice how much work it is :-). Waiting for the next update with bated breath...

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  21. GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU ALL SAFE . Praying .from john,alex and laura Brooking in Wales, united kingdom .

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