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Jadeandrainbowbub

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Re: Back for round 3
« Reply #30 on: March 28, 2018 at 03:16 AM »
Hi English Rose :)
Sorry I haven't checked in in a while! I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. That sounds really hard. :( I hope your baby girl is still growing well? Have u had another scan since your last update? :)

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« Reply #31 on: March 30, 2018 at 10:09 PM »
Had just a cervical length check yesterday,  still over 3cm so no worries there. we decided to persue treatment for our dog so my hubby will be gone all week to bring him to a specialist.  Little nervous about something going wrong with the pregnancy while he's gone since I won't be able to be off my feet as much but I am stablish going into the week at least!  Hoping for a good growth scan in two weeks  :)

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« Reply #32 on: April 01, 2018 at 08:46 PM »
Thats great news about the cl! I am so happy for you :) I hope you can try and take it easy despite your husband being away. It would be a bit harder without the extra help. Maybe just try and do only the bare minimum?

Awe, I hope the treatment works well for your dog. We have two dogs and they are part of the family, so I can imagine it would be worrying with him not well.

Good luck for your next scan :) Getting closer to viability now!! How exciting!

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« Reply #33 on: April 17, 2018 at 02:33 PM »
Another update, went to L&D yesterday for severe cramping and back pain since Saturday. They found me fingertip dilated so kept me overnight for observation and possible cerclage.

Looks like i'll get to go home today since the ultrasound this morning still showed 3cm of cervix despite significant funneling and the slight dilation. Dr thinks risks outweigh the benefits at this point since he's worried putting a stitch in would irritate things even more and might not help since it's really the uterine septum that's my underlying issue not cervical incompetence. Couldn't sleep last night for close painful contractions but at least this morning it has returned to the more crampy feeling that I came in with. Will need to turn around and come right back in if things get worse. I'm frustrated that they aren't giving me more treatment options at this point. They won't prescribe any maintenance tolycotics and have recently changed hospital policy so they no longer run FFN tests.

I don't feel like I'm going to deliver in the next day or two but at the same time not feeling like I have long left either.  On the plus side no new bleeds and amniotic fluid levels look normal.

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« Reply #34 on: April 19, 2018 at 03:29 AM »
Awe that sounds so scary for you! I am glad you still have 3cm of cervix left. The dialation doesn't sound good tho. I hope you can take it really easy over the next few days especially :) Hopefully your bub can hang tight for a while longer.

I can't believe they won't run ffn tests! Or prescribe something to stop the cramping and contractions :( How many weeks are you today? I think you are the same as me?? Can u ask to speak to another dr or complain?

 In our hospital we have a thing called Ryan's rule, where we can ring and put a complaint in for better care if we feel we aren't being cared for well or listened to. And the organisation will directly call the hospital and liaison for us and send out  a skilled dr from another hospital for a 2nd opinion of treatment. Do you have anything like that where you are?

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« Reply #35 on: April 19, 2018 at 03:30 AM »
That rule doesn't just apply in our hospital. Typo. Lol. Pretty sure it is for all of Queensland. :) I hope you have more options soon to help you and bub.

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« Reply #36 on: April 19, 2018 at 02:38 PM »
Good news, my uterus finally seems to be calming down. Bouts of contractions and cramping less frequent last night and this morning so I think we escaped with just a scare for now.

Wasn't really the individual dr that was the problem otherwise I would be complaining and asking for second opinions: hospital policy is only to prescribe things to stop contractions when you are in active labor and they are trying to buy enough time for the steroids to work...it was the same thing at the hospital I went to with my previous pregnancies before we moved. Same with the FFN, hospital policy, not that it would have been particularly helpful anyway since I'm already receiving high-risk care, but a negative result might have given me a small bit of relief.

22 weeks 3 days now. Determined to make it to viability.

Unfortunately I've picked up my kids cough now, and I'm disproportionately scared of coughing hard enough to break my waters or trigger a new bleed. Been much more strict about staying off my feet this week, it was scary watching the cervical length scan since when they added only the gentlest bit of fundal pressure my internal os visibly collapsed from a V to a U (but still with enough cervix left underneath the U if that makes sense).

This was my first inpatient visit to this hospital and the nurses were great and the drs did listen just have their hands tied with what they can do at this point. I am really anxious about ending up with a longer hospital stay now though since I learned they have a very strict "no children under 12 rule" for the maternity ward and labor and delivery ward. i.e. I wouldn't be able to get any visits from my son the whole time I'm there. Will also need to wait for a babysitter to get here before going in to the hospital if I'm home alone with my son since I'm not even allowed to bring him in an emergent situation. This makes me so nervous since the hospital is an hour away and I take less than an hour to dilate 0-10cm so waiting around 30mins for help with my son could be disastrous.  My husband brought me in for my hospital visit this week but wasn't allowed back with me since our son was with him  >:(.

One good side note I can update on is our dog is doing great. We took out a big loan we can't afford and got him state-of-the-art stereotatic radiation therapy for his nasal cancer. He was a real trooper for it, went into each treatment wagging his tail and hasn't had a single side effect from the radiation. If we are lucky it will buy him another year or two so at least we won't be dealing with a dying dog and a critically ill infant at the same time.

Jadeandrainbowbub

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« Reply #37 on: April 20, 2018 at 12:57 AM »
That is great everything seems to be calming down. Must be a huge relief for you! :)

22+3 is great! Not long now till viability at all!! :D I am 22+6. Had some bleeding again, so very nervous...Bub is still fine tho and they don't know why I am bleeding 😐 I just wish I could fast forward to 24 weeks!!

That makes sense about the hospital policy. I understand what you mean about the ffn tho. If would be a big relief to get a negative one :) I am glad the drs and nurses did listen though. I guess they are very limited before 24 weeks.

I hope your cough goes soon. Sounds like the worst time for you to have one! That sounds frustrating about the no children policy too :( I would feel lost if I couldn't see my kids! And a difficult situation if you have an emergency. You would think if you had an emergency they would understand!

Wow! That is fantastic that your dog is doing great :) Im so happy for you. Must be a big relief with that worry off your plate for now :)



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« Reply #38 on: April 20, 2018 at 11:07 PM »
Thanks :) things have been even better today with hardly any pains. I hope your bleeding resolves quickly, nothing more terrifying than a fresh gush of blood. I'm surprised I've not had a new one start since I'm due based on my cyclical bleeding.

I'm surprised they didn't keep you as an inpatient for bleeding at this stage..was it just a small amount?

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« Reply #39 on: April 21, 2018 at 09:52 AM »
That is good news :) So good you have hardly any pains. I hope you don't have any more bleeding again, especially since u haven't had any in a while. It's really stressful! I always freak out every time.

Thanks. Yes, it has stopped now. It wasn't a big lot, and only lasted almost a day, but it was bright red which always freaks me out! I don't think they wanted to keep me in because it wasn't heavy and I'm not 24 weeks yet? I am not sure... Bub is still kicking away well, with a good heartbeat, and everything looked fine tho so that is a big relief for me. I thought it could have been  my cl changing but it is still  the same for now. I am 23 weeks today too, and I am literally counting down the days till 24! Lol
Just trying to take it easy over the next few days especially.

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« Reply #40 on: April 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM »
This is only at my local hospital too. I have had most of my appointments changed over to the bigger much better hospital because of being high risk and all the issues. But it is 4hrs away, so I had to go to our smaller local hospital. I feel like the Brisbane hospital would have been much more attentive. They help with babies at 23 weeks too, if they are born early.

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« Reply #41 on: April 26, 2018 at 01:36 AM »
So all good news at my scan today, cervix was still stable (hooray for being done with cervical length checks), and baby had even caught up a little on growth. Today was her echo (she needed one because my son had a hole in his heart) and her heart looked perfect. I'm still funneling and slightly dilated but it hadn't progressed any from when I was in the hospital last week. Baby has been firmly wedged in a traverse position for 4 weeks now which makes me think she's running out of room for gymnastics in there, but I think that's a blessing since it is keeping her weight of my cervix.

They still aren't happy with the amount of cramping and contractions i'm having but not much they can do about it.  Dr did threaten me with a longer inpatient stay if things get any worse but I'm home for now and treasuring that privilege.

Today is 23+2  ;D


@jadeandrainbowbub that's great that your bleeding stopped already :) we are getting so close to real hope now.


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« Reply #42 on: April 26, 2018 at 09:53 AM »
That is great news that your Cl is stable! :) And fantastic she is growing well and her heart looks perfect! I am so happy for you :)

It's great you are home now too. I do hope the contractions Nd cramping stops. 23+2 is fantastic as well :) I am 23+5 today. And starting to feel a bit calmer each extra day gained :)


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« Reply #43 on: April 26, 2018 at 12:35 PM »
Hi 23 week ladies!

I haven't been on here so much so it's taken me a while to catch-up on everything. It seems like this journey is a never-ending rollercoaster of ups and downs, but we are all getting lots of positive up moments right now. Yay for stable cervixes and strong heartbeats!

I had my last cervical check this week and my cervix is still strong at over 3cm. I'm updating my other post in a moment, just because I was disappointed with some of the care I received. But the little stinker is moving around much more so that is reassuring.

Take care! Only days until we are at week 24 :)

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« Reply #44 on: April 28, 2018 at 05:13 AM »
@littlemissamanda - That's great news! And glad to hear your little one is moving lots :) My little boy is more active too. It's  very cute.

Sorry to hear that you are disappointed with your care tho. Thats no good. I hope you get better care from now on.

 I am 24 weeks today! Getting exciting now! I feel so so relieved to have made it this far!