Sunday, January 30, 2011

My Cup Runneth Over

I am feeling so blessed right now! I can hardly contain myself. I thought (back, almost 2 years ago) when I had my daughter that I could not feel that joy again until/if I had another child of my own.

Boy, was I wrong!

My brave sister-in-law and her supportive husband (my brother!!) went to the hospital this morning with contractions and labor pains. He sent me a text while I was in church telling me that she had dilated to 8 and things were moving quickly. I got nervous, excited, anxious and I could not concentrate on what the preacher was saying. I told Daniel I did not want to miss the delivery so we jetted out of church early. I was so excited to get to the hospital and so scared that she would arrive before I would. I.was.wrong!!

I arrived around 12:00 p.m. They had stopped her Pitocin and she was great on her pain meds! I was a little jealous because I felt my contractions even with an epidural. Anyway, she was dilated to a 10 around 1:30 and started pushing around 2:30. She pushed until around 6:00 and nothing was happening. Ava, my niece-to-be, was not budging. The doctor tried to get some movement with forceps but, was unsuccessful. So, he ordered a c-section. We got nervous. We have not experience a cesarean before.

But at 6:35 p.m. on January 30, 2011 my beautiful, flawless niece was born. Baby and Momma did great! I am so proud of Brooke. My labor, however painful, was fairly easy. Hers was the furthest thing from that. But she handled it like a champ!! But back to the baby!!!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

January 2011...A Month of Doctor's Visits

Most people are strategic with there major medical visits. They schedule them towards the end of a calendar year when insurance deductibles have been met for the year and visits are covered at a higher percentage, if not 100%. Not us! No, we choose to schedule several major appointments in the first month of this new year of insurance. With this new (fairly high) deductible to meet! Awesome, I know!
So, it went something like this. Daniel was seen for back pain and nerve "issues" at which time the doctor advised an MRI done on his back. He also saw and ENT for his nose and allergies problems who also advised a CT scan of his sinuses and allergy testing. After completing those, the ENT recommends an MRI of his brain along with a vertigo test. Lovely! Then, Presley saw her cardiologist for her yearly check-up and he confirmed our interests in seeing a genetic doctor to review any complications there. This appointment is not only for Presley but also for Daniel and I to determine (a better outlook, anyway) what our risks are if/when we get pregnant again.
The appointment with the genetics department is so important you don't even get to choose when your appointment is!! They schedule it and you show up...rain, sleet, or snow!! And snow, it was! But we made it.
We received a lot of information from the doctor. A lot of this information was well over our heads! But he did a good job of explaining it for us. And I will summarize for you!
The likelihood of Presley having Trisomy 16 (mosaic), which was the cause of our miscarriage last Spring, is slim. Trisomy 16 is the most common reason for miscarriage in the first trimester. That combined with the fact that VSD is the most common congenital heart defect slims those chances even more. After a physical examination the doctor told us about two syndromes that he wanted to test for specifically. One being Noonan's Syndrome and the other being DiGeorge Syndrome. You should google them! Or don't! It is kind of scary for this mom to read about.
Basically, there are some little folds of skin in the corners of Presley's eyes and her "cute button nose" trigger his thinking of Noonan's Syndrome. They drew some blood and will test each and every chromosome to see if there are any deletions or abnormalities.
Now, because we had a daughter with a congenital heart defect our chances of having another baby with the same go up to about 50%. We will have a better idea of whether or not we should be tested after Presley's results return in about 8 weeks.
So, there you have it! That fairly high deductible will more than likely be met for this year after all of this. And we likely will be living in a cardboard box after paying all that we will owe to Vanderbilt and other doctor's but it will be worth it, I think!!
I am not sure if any of this will make sense. It is all kind of a blur to me at this point. So much so, that I did not even google the syndrome's until 24 hours after our visit. And once I did regret set in!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Lyrics of 2010

Put the past behind you and hope for the best
Celebrate some first and some lasts

Find joy in the friends you cherish
Put your best foot forward and make a wish

Wake up to a new beginning, or two
Try to make sometime for YOU

Let go and let God
Be ready to be called

Turmoil and strife will spike
Sometimes it's best to just take a hike

Money makes the world go 'round
But it counts for nothing when your Heaven bound

All-in-all, you leave this year one way
To find your self coming into pretty much the same

God hold me close
I don't want you to let go

2011...what is your song?