Friday, July 31, 2009

Back From CHOP...

We had a very busy day today at CHOP. It took us 53 minutes to get there with absolutely no traffic. It took us 2 hours to get home...
The appointments started at 8am with the growth ultrasound. Baby Sirianni did not cooperate. After about an hour and a half of measuring this and that; the radiologist came in {insert nerves here} and tried to get a good view himself. He was concerned that the baby could have a clubbed left foot but, he couldn't get a good enough view to be confident. We asked him at this point if he saw the thymus. {The thymus has to do with the immune system and they couldn't see it at our last appointment at CHOP} He couldn't see it because of the jawbone shadow. { insert more nerves} Then Kate the ultrasound tech, came back in around 9:50... Finally the baby decided to move around and she was able to see everything she needed to; including the legs {no club foot} and the Thymus. Praise God! I think we finally finished around 10:15.
They switched our schedule around and sent us right back into another room for the echo cardiogram. This also was about two hours long.
We had three different cardiologists looking at the heart. They all agreed that the hole between the chambers is still there and the left ventricle is kind of just going no where. They spoke with a lot of generals because, they won't really know the full extent of the Tetralogy of Fallot, until after the baby is born and they can do testing and MRIs on the baby.
We also met with the Director of the Fetal Heart Program and the midwife who will be our OB after 34 weeks.
Baby Sirianni is weighing in at 1 lb 12 oz,
We are very thankful to be at CHOP. They are all very nice and very helpful. We are very thankful to God for everyone there that He has place in our life.
Pray that the baby will be strong and stable when he/she is born. This will speed up the surgery time and help in recovery.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Glucose Test

Tomorrow is my glucose test to check for gestational diabetes with my midwife. I believe that this will be the last appointment I have with the midwife, as on Friday I will be transferring my care to the High Risk OB at CHOP. My midwife does the glucose test a little different. Instead of drinking that nasty drink (well I wouldn't know because I never drank it, but so I have heard) I have to eat 18 jelly beans one hour prior to my appointment. For 3 days prior to the test I have to avoid all sugar, honey & fruit, but I have to eat a lot of carbohydrates. I am looking forward to this sugar fast being over!!


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Next Day At CHOP

Our next day at CHOP is on July 31ST. Here is a rough schedule of what will be happening that day.
7:45 am - ultra-sound
10:15 - meet with the coordinator in the Special Delivery Unit
11:30 - physical and transfer of care with midwife
{break for lunch}
1:00 - fetal echo
2:00 - meet with the head of the Special Delivery Unit {He'll be looking at everything from the previous appointments.
Somewhere in there we are meeting with the financial advisor too.
Please pray that we won't be overwhelmed with all the information and that we will remember God is in control.