When I got there they had moved her into another room and had her all settled in. She had high blood pressure and they were testing to see if she had any protein in her urine. Two of the symptoms of pre-eclampsia, a very un-understood (new word for the win) condition. Doctors are not sure what causes it but the only treatment is to deliver the baby. Beth was only 35 weeks pregnant at this point so the main concern was how developed the baby’s lungs are. There was some talk of letting her go home and just be on bed rest because her blood pressure, while high, was not in the severe range and was manageable. That was until the Doctor came in Sunday morning expecting to tell us that we were able to go home but instead had to tell us that Beth did have protein in her urine and was pre-eclamptic. To be pre-eclamptic you need to have between 300-500 mgs of protein with severe pre-eclamsia being between 4000-5000 mgs. Beth has 600-700 mgs so is barely pre-eclamptic but that means we can’t go home. In fact they went one further and sent us to Anchorage where there is a very good neo-natal unit and some of the countries best Perinatologists (doctors that specialize in problem pregnancies – shocker considering this is Alaska…why the best are here, who knows?). So that way if our little girl’s lungs are not developed they have the best equipment to care for her.
So I did some calling around. Made travel arrangements to get us on the jet out of Kodiak. Called my work and told them the situation. Said I have to take Beth to
So we got here and talked with Dr. Whitefield (the guy who got Beth pregnant) and he gave us three options to think about. 1- Wait and see if baby girl can get a few more weeks of cooking in. 2- Perform an Amniocentesis and that will tell us if baby girl’s lungs are developed or not and induce labor. (Dr’s choice at this point) 3- Induce labor and deliver baby girl with out the Amnio. He ordered another ultra-sound to check the baby and find out how much fluid is around the baby and get an idea of how far along she is. The Perinatologist herself did the actual ultra-sound and could find absolutely nothing wrong with baby girl!! Can Beth grow them or what!! She was weighing in at a whopping 6.7 lbs give or take a pound!! And there is plenty of fluid around the baby for an Amnio. They also measured the protein in Beth’s urine again over a 24 hour period and found out it hadn’t changed much. So armed with the fact that Beth’s condition hasn’t worsened in 4 days and baby girl is looking really good option 1 of waiting is now our top choice. The risks of a late stage Amnio just outweigh the benefits in our mind right now. We are very comfortable waiting and keeping a close eye on Beth because that’s who’s at risk now, not baby girl.
Now, in other news. We received new pictures of our Guatemalan Angel. We also talked with Sonya and she said that we did receive a kick out from PGN. Apparently
and our case back into PGN this week or next. This will give us time to get baby girl home and settled before I have to go down to
We’ll update you all again when things change if we can. Love you all and enjoy the pictures!!