Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I'm Not Dead...

I just went to Cincinnati.

My niece is pregnant with identical twins and received a diagnosis of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome.
Surgery was what the doctor recommended.
Seeing as how you can count the number of hospitals that do this kind of surgery on one hand, we had to travel.

TTTS or twin to twin is when one twin gets everything and the other one not so much.
The larger one has more stress on organs and it is pretty serious.
One or both babes might not survive.
They definitely wouldn't without medical intervention.

So, my niece and her husband were going and I was not going to just let them go by themselves.
It's a scary thing, going through surgery or waiting while the one you love goes through it.
Not to mention facing the fact that you might lose your child or children.

It took 10 hours to drive there- with stops.
Next day was a full day of tests and the next the team meeting.
Day after that was the surgery.

After that we stayed at the hotel until her post surgical tests.
After that, we got outta town.

Since I got home, I have been trying to catch up on everything.
I have a few amusing photos to share.

Not as many as I wanted to get.
But, it'll do.


16 comments:

  1. That sounds scary. Everyone is okay?

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    1. So far, so good. My niece is on modified bedrest the rest of her pregnancy. She doesn't have to lay in bed all day, but she can't do laundry or dishes or cook dinner. She most likely won't make it past 36 weeks, but they are really hoping she can make 32. She has her regular OB and also her high risk doctor so she is in good hands.

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  2. I was going to make a crack about dead and Cincinnati, but this is way too serious. Oh my, prayers for all.

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    1. Al, I had thought about saying something about that too. In the end, I decided it didn't really fit. Thanks.

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  3. I never heard of TTS before. I hope that all is well. You guys are a wonderful family. It is so ice how you stand by your family.
    My prayers are with your niece and your family.

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    1. Munir, Thanks. Sitting and watching the ultrasound, I kept thinking it was so great watching them move around and at the same time, I was thinking that it should have been her mother there and not me.

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  4. We definitely missed you. I end up missing a lot of blogs because ( if you can believe it) I still don't have a smart phone. I have to come and check the blogs on the computer. There fore while most bloggers get a bell on their smart phone when some one write something I don,t. I am glad that you have written.

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    1. Thank you, Munir.
      I don't have a smart phone. I don't even have a cell phone. My husband has a cheapy flip phone for work. If I had a laptop, maybe I could have posted something while we we stuck for days in the hotel. But, the only time I got online was when I used theirs.

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  5. Welcome back to blogging! Definitely sending well wishes your way for your niece.

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  6. I wondered what happened to you. I hope it all works out well for the babies.

    Twins! How exciting!

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  7. Coffee Lady, Fraternal twins run in my family, but she got identical so family get togethers could get interesting.
    So far they are doing good.

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  8. Wow, as if she didn't already get something rare enough, identical twins, to get something even more rare, this medical issue. Glad to see you back, and I hope everything turns out okay for your niece and her babies!

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    1. Thanks, ABFTS. She's getting bored doing nothing but sitting and laying around all the time. But the babies are good.

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  9. Praying. You are such a good auntie.

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