Today marks 31 Weeks with only three more to go and Rachelle is feeling much better.
After the long and painful few days, Rachelle is off the magnesium and the contractions have slowed a lot. She is feeling much better and can actually get out of bed on her own. One of the problems she was having over the last few days was with breathing. She was really struggling to breath and constantly sounded like she was running a marathon (which, in a way, she is) when I talked with her. The doctors didn't like that but she was able to get over it by this morning. The doctor is still pushing for 34 weeks and Rachelle is, now, a little bit unsure if she can make it that long.
I guess that it is hard to understand unless you actually go through it but apparently being on the magnesium is really awful as many multiples moms can attest. However, it seemed to work and she appears to be stable again. The fact that she has not yet delivered the babies reminds me of why we had her go to Phoenix in the first place. We knew that her doctor, Dr. Elliott, would push her through the awful part no matter how much she hated it. He told us that early on and he is holding true to it (which I am sure we will thank him for later...after the memory of the pain is gone). I think she was just a little overwhelmed and shocked when he came in and told her that 34 weeks was still the goal when she was in utter agony at 30 and one half weeks. Normally, three and a half weeks doesn't seem like a very long time but it seems a little longer when it is three weeks of torture. Fortunately the torture has gone down but there is always that threat of it looming over her. I don't blame her for starting to doubt but I am still confident that if anyone can do it, she can.
Thanks again for all your prayers.
Jayson (Writing for Rachelle)