Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Baby update...


Okay so here is the run down...
Yesterday was our second appointment with the specialist. I know I didn't update after my last visit but hey who wants to hear every detail of my life and frankly I wasn't in the mood to share them all at the time. Sorry.


So this is what they found this time...

The ultrasound showed the Choroid plexus cyst is completely gone on one side of his brain and dramatically smaller on the other. Good news Yeah! At our last appointment they also noticed a few things they were concerned about. First was something called notching. I guess that is when your blood vessels that feed directly into the placenta are dipping abnormally low between each pump. This can cause all sorts of issues like low birth weight, malformations etc. Well, that too has leveled out and is no longer a worry. The other issue from our last apt. was they couldn't see one of the ventricles in his heart. They said it was just his positioning and that the next time we came they would get a great shot of it. Well unfortunately it was not to be :(
The Dr. was very nice and optimistic and said they most likely aren't getting the right angle and that’s probably why they can't see it. So back we go in six weeks to make sure he really does have all the parts he needs in his little heart. Now I'm sure you all have lots of questions but let me just say. I don't know what will happen if he winds up w/o the ventricle. I didn't even ask...
I feel like I am a fairly laid back kind of person. So, I have decided not to worry about it until I really have to. That is not to say we don't care about the well being of our baby. It just means, why add more stress worrying about something that may or may not be? So then after that little bummer my Dr. asked me if I was drinking at least a gallon of water. Um, No I’m not… (a whole Gallon?) Is this a problem I ask? Well it was for him because apparently my fluid levels are low! What…? I’m thinking you are kidding me right? I have always provided my babies w/ their own personal Olympic sized swimming pool. Between the toxemia and gestational diabetes this has NEVER been an issue we have had to deal w/. Oh wait nothing in this pregnancy has been an issue we have ever had to deal w/! So I will not be stressing about what if’s and I will be drinking a gallon of water a day… (Like I need any more reason to visit the bathroom and if were being honest here it’s only a matter of time before I start retaining fluid like a frigging sponge whale anyhow!)
I have however come to this conclusion. I officially dislike Dr. visits this time around. Every time (and I do mean every!) They tell me some sort of something that just stinks. Okay to be fair, there have been the few shining moments of good news. Then they go and ruin it before I even leave the office by dishing out something just as bad if not worse. SHEESH! So until next time, I will be thinking of you all as I drown my issues in water and cleaning...

15 comments:

Susan Petersen said...

Nikki,

I hope that everything is o.k. with your little man. It helps when the dr. is optimistic. I will keep your bebe in my prayers. As for the water issue. I think that you should start wearing depends. Seriously - a gallon of water! If you need Nikki, she is in the bathroom.

Good Luck,
Susan

::DANDEE:: said...

Niki,

We'll be sure to keep you and that little man residing in your belly in our prayers.

As far as the water...Maybe your mom can hook up a cath for ya.

Lauren said...

Good news about the baby. Hopefully everything will continue to go well and he'll be born HEALTHY. :) Yes, a gallon of water. I had to do that, too. I would use my Nalgene bottle and refill it a few times or get a HUGE cup from 7-11. Ice was my friend :)

Heather said...

Yeah, go with a cath!!!

There have been some great miracles so far with this baby and I hope more are in store!

Kristin said...

Talk about being side-swiped! Just when you think things are in the clear, they go and give you something else to worry about. As if normal pregnancies aren't stressful enough, right? Hang in there, Nik! You are such a strong person and things will work out! Until then, that catheter idea sounds like a winner!

owona said...

I am excited for baby 'Masch #4 to be here, and he's going to be perfect no matter what! Good luck with the water thing...maybe you could empty a couple of cans of DP and pour water in them. You'd never know the difference! HAHA Otherwise I think the cath is a good idea...I'm sure mom would do it! Ok, well, I love ya. Love, Toot

Marilyn said...

Nikki,

I think you have a great attitude. Keep us posted on the progress, and in the meantime, be sure that your family is on our prayers.

Tharker said...

I think it is great for your sanity and well being not to worry about it until you have to. Very smart Mama!

polka dots said...

Nikki-You are so great! From day one this pregnancy has been crazy and you have taken it one day at a time with a smile on your face. I just love you.

Christin said...

Nikki,
Sounds like things are going well with the pregnancy. We also saw a specialist (several times) with our newest set of twins and got a few scares that turned out to be nothing. Just relax and enjoy these last few weeks (YEAH RIGHT).

Christin

Christin said...

Sorry, I meant last few MONTHS. Does that make you feel better?

Christin

Rosie said...

Ah, Nik, You have such a great outlook on all of this. Reading about your little guy I was getting choked up but then you start talking about a swimming pool and I smiled:)

Hang in there and I want ya to know that you and your little guy are in my prayers.*hugs*

Ms. Kristen said...

I enjoyed lunch the other day and am thrilled to finally know you! You are great and remind me of your mother so much!
I think pouring water in your DP cans is a great idea!
Or do the ice thing! That is water....frozen!
See you tomorrow!

Naomi said...

Start doing some positive visualization about the DR. saying "he's a healthy boy" (it worked for me except it was "it's a girl") then it'll happen. Looks like you'll have some extra time in the bathroom to try it.hang in there. prayers sent.
hey can you give me an update on you sis-in-laws?

Washington Rimmasch Family said...

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for your prayers and support and advice(the cath may have to be a serious option here soon). I also really appritiate the laughs I get from all of you it means a ton!