Monday, August 17, 2009

Unexpected Update...

Disregard my last post about waiting 2 weeks until the next update. We have some "unexpected news" to share sooner than we had anticipated. At 5:45am this morning, Sara started bleeding again. So, here we sit at Wilford Hall. Sara was admitted and they are going to keep her overnight (possibly longer) for observation. Both she and Chloe are fine.

The doctors did the Doppler Test on Chloe this morning and we are happy to report that she is receiving adequate blood flow. They were focusing on a few different parts of her body, primarily her brain. They were checking the velocity at which the blood was flowing through her Middle Cerebral Artery (fyi - it was flowing at 4.8 cm/sec).

Doppler Test on Cerebral Artery

I am continually amazed at all the testing they are able to do on unborn babies. After all the checks were done, Chloe had a little photo session. Before she is born, we are going to have enough ultrasound images to fill an album.

On the way to the hospital this morning, Sara and I were talking about each bleeding episode, and whether each one was caused by a new placental "tear" site. The doctors told us that each time Sara bleeds, it is coming from the same site. Her issue is called a "chronic abruption." We were able to see the actual site of the placenta damage on the ultrasound this morning (it's a pretty small area).

As we pulled up to the hospital this morning, Sara said, "Here we are again, our home away from home." This was confirmed during our time in the OB Triage area. The doctor was in the middle of his exam on Sara and needed some cotton swabs. The new nurse started fumbling around, looking in random cabinets, unable to find the swabs. I finally said, "Look in the second drawer from the left." There they were. We've been through the same process each of the past few times we've been here, so it is becoming fairly routine. They offered to put me to work.

We are hoping that Sara will be able to come home tomorrow morning after another exam and some more blood work. We'll keep you posted. Keep praying for our baby.

We were joking about how we need to quit posting the "good news" blogs. It always seems that we are back in the hospital the day after we share the good news about Sara and Chloe. Be advised, we will continue to share the Sullivan Sagas will with you. We are not afraid!

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. --Deuteronomy 31:8

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. --Ephesians 6:10-11



She already has some cute chubby cheeks! Praying for you three!!

Chris Spiker said...

Howdy you three Sullivans. Great photos of Sarah and Chloe. Where is Brady's photo. I am so glad to hear you are all doing fine. We too play the waiting game with Jessica and Christopher. So...... Hang in there and remember to have fun through it all.