Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Status of Rachelle on July 10 much better

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)
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6 comments:

lori said...

i'm so glad to hear that rachelle is off the mag and feeling better. i am in awe of all of you!

-lori

Kellie said...

So happy to hear she's off the mag and doing better. She's doing awesome and I admire and respect her (all of you, actually) for what you've already been through and for the journey ahead!!

lindsay said...

I understand how long the 3 weeks is. I judt delivered twins and was also on the medicine, it is AWFUL!! I can not imagine carrying 5. Two was so hard. Hang in there it will be here before you know it. I also read your(Jaysons) blog. I just can't post on it for some reason. Many prayers and FAITH in your direction.

Courtney said...

I'm so glad Rachelle is feeling better. I was only on mag for a day or two and it was miserable (the blurry vision alone was hard to bear).

I can't believe how close you are to your goal!

Cassaundra said...

You are AWESOME Rachelle...I am praying for healthy babies and a healthy you! Stay Strong, finish STRONG! Find that inner peace to carry you further than you ever thought you could go! Keep that calm spirit about you.....

Lauren in LA said...

So sorry to hear that you had to go on Mag. I was on Mag for 6 weeks before delivering my son last October. I was more than ready to throw the towel in early, but my body kept pushing through - one day at a time until I abrupted and they had to deliver me. Keep staying strong!! You've come so far - you can hang on for 3 more weeks!!! You and the family are in our prayers in Louisiana!!!