Bad To Worse

I am blogging from my phone, and typing hurts because my IV isn’t exactly comfortable. So here are the quick essentials.

Baby A’s membrane ruptured. I was hoping that I was overreacting when I jumped to the amniotic fluid leakage conclusion. However, that indeed is the situation. At the moment all three have strong heartbeats. But things are very bad.

I have been admitted to the hospital and I will be here at least a few days. They are going to monitor me for signs of labor, and of uterine infection. Without the protection of that membrane, my uterus is not shielded from any bacteria and nasty stuff in the vagina. If either infection or labor does start, I will deliver (and lose) all three. At any time, I have the option of requesting induction and choosing to deliver.

If the next few days go well, I may get to go home for a few weeks. I’ll be on bed rest and I’ll have to watch my temperature and so forth religiously, because again infection is the big concern. If we make it to 24 weeks, I get admitted to the hospital again, where I get steroid injections and then stay until the birth.

If they get to 24 weeks without further issue, Babies B and C have a decent prognosis – as good as any other 24 week preemies, which is, well, not wonderful. As for Baby A, unless the hole in his membrane was very tiny and the fluid replenishes, he will probably not make it.

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9 thoughts on “Bad To Worse

  1. OH! Chloe, chloe, chloe… my thoughts are filled with you and your babies today. I can’t imagine how terrified (and angry and confused and etc.) you must be right now, but i am sending all the positive everything i have your way.

    I have a million questions but will narrow them to only the most pressing one, which i don’t expect you to have the time or desire to answer. Why won’t they try to stop the labor if it progresses?

    I don’t know if it helps at all – i don’t know if anything can help right now – but when i was in the hospital and worried about amniotic fluid, i asked the nurse what would happen if a membrane ruptured. Was that it, would i immediately go into labor? And she said, totally casually as if it were the furthest thing from a big deal, that no, the amniotic fluid would just replenish. I’m not sure if there’s a magic gestational age for that or anything, but it really does sound like that can and does happen quite easily.

    I’ll be doing whatever my equivalent of praying is for you all. I’m so sorry this has happened.

  2. sorry, more pressing questions: did they do an ultrasound, do they know how large the rupture was? are you currently on antibiotics, do they know if there has been an infection? (again, no i don’t actually expect an answer, i just have to get the questions out…)

  3. They did an ultrasound, but couldn’t see any sort of rupture. The OB stat saw us first really struggled to see anything other than that A didn’t have much fluid around it. It was only after a second look, and an analysis of the vaginal fluid that they determined it was ruptured. Maybe she will get looked at by a better sonogram in the coming days and it could determine something, but they haven’t mentioned that. The don’t have her on any antibiotics yet, they have said they she will be getting some as a preventative measure in the coming days.

    I can’t answer anything about the labor.. we didn’t think to ask that.

    Thanks for the thoughts, knowing people are thinking about us has helped me a ton, and I’m sure her as well.

  4. Still worried for you(s). And I second Emily’s questions. I also second the lack of expectation of a response.

  5. Oh, Chloe. I’m so, so sorry this happened. I have everything crossed that the best possible scenario happens. I have read of this happening in blogs three times. Twice the babies whose membranes did not rupture survived to 24 weeks (25 and 26, if I recall correctly) and are living babies/children now. In the third situation, the couple decided to induce labor at 20 weeks.

    I am so hoping that B and C make it okay. I will be thinking about you. God, this sucks. I am so sorry.

  6. Hi,
    I have been reading your blog for while but never posted. I just wanted to tell you I am thinking of you and hoping hard for the best possible outcome for you and your family. I’m so sorry you’re going through this.

  7. Oh, Chloe, I’m so so sorry. I hope that the situation stabilizes and you don’t lose all three babies. Thinking of all five of you.

  8. Thinking of you and praying for you. I hope you and your husband lean on and get strength from each other in this difficult time.

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