Yesterday I had my last OB/Gyn appointment with Dr. Herta. Nothing special, just some information for prepping for the c-section and what to expect afterwards. We were scheduled for 2:00 PM tomorrow, Wednesday, with a check-in time of 12:00 PM. Then received a call this morning that they’re moving it to a 12:00 PM delivery, with 10:00 AM check-in. Less time sitting and waiting means less anxiety hopefully. Earlier is better in our opinion!
Dr. Herta confirmed she will do one more ultrasound before the c-section to get a final view of where exactly Colten is and where the sac is in relation to where they would like to do the incision. That is reassuring as the last thing we want is the sac to get punctured.
Today we had the fetal echocardiogram. Because Colten will be undergoing surgery they need to make sure there are no additional issues to contend with. If there are any heart-related problems, better for us to know that now in case we need to have a cardiologist at delivery, or lined up for further testing before surgery. Spina Bifida will sometimes be caused by a chromosome disorder (Trisomy 13 or 18) or just have other complications along with it. So Colten will undergo a few tests after delivery besides just head and brain monitoring. But today’s visit was just to get a better look at his heart.
Thankfully so far there is nothing of alarm, but the ultrasound tech and the cardiologist had a hard time seeing clearly two of the valves due to his position and size. They will recommend an echo on him after birth just for conclusive, full results. But it may not be necessary if attending docs don’t see/hear a need.
So we are enjoying our last evening as a family of four…
Hi, Katie…Carrie informed me of the particular challenge with this pregnancy, Gosh…it seems like yesterday when we were sitting together at Julie’s baby shower and you had just learned you were pregnant, right? Carrie also knows that I volunteer at The Divine Mercy Center on Wednesdays. So, this is a perfect day to be intensifying prayer, for sure. Know that everyone at the Center will join our prayers with yours today. Wednesday mornings there consist of Holy Mass, the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows, and multiple prayers and devotions. Special prayers to The Blessed Mother and Jesus The Divine Mercy will be directed today toward Colten, for you, and for all those who love him so much already. We will also be lifting up ALL those who will be using their God-given skills to tend to you, to deliver him, and to assist you and Colten in every way following his delivery. May you be reassured at every moment of the mantle of The Blessed Mother around all of you.
Warm thoughts…ongoing prayers,