Friday, April 13, 2012
From our last email update . . .
Our meeting with the perinatologist in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic yesterday (the 4th of April) was very encouraging as we found out that each baby has a separate placenta, which greatly reduces their risk. (There are a couple of major reasons that I won't go into because I'd be sure to get it wrong, being no specialist myself). He did discuss quite honestly the risks to my body and health, but I was surprised by how low the rates of common complications actually are. So I left feeling more optimistic than previously. He was blunt about how difficult it will be for my body to physically carry five babies, and the biggest prayer is that the babies stay in long enough to be not just viable but healthy longterm. He said 29 weeks would be the minimum; anything over that would be a huge "win" for all concerned. Two things I have going for me are that Isaac was a big full-term baby, so my organs have already experienced some hard usage, and I didn't develop preeclampsia (pregnancy-induced high blood pressure) during that pregnancy.
The healthier the babies are, the sooner we can return to PNG, Lord willing!
In His Hands,
Carrie, for all 8 of us
P.S. I love this picture just sent to my parents by the man who took it in Lomalinda, Colombia, 1978(?). I must have been about one-year-old. That's the old Evangel airplane in the background! Maybe one of the quints will look like me; I just hope none act like me - I was a handfull! Of course, my dad could keep me in my place with one hand alone . . . ;)
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