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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Gift of Hope

Today was the first time I have been able to walk out of my doctor's office with a smile on my face! Joseph and I have been praying for hope and God came through for us once again...

I don't even care if the hope we are feeling stems from our naivety. Even if we are feeling encouraged under false pretenses, our family needed to hear what we heard today to be able to make it through the rest of this pregnancy.

As you may be well aware, we had another ultrasound today. Normally, the only good thing that comes out of our ultrasound experiences is being able to see Wyatt. The doctors always seem to find something else that adds to a growing list of reasons why our son will die. Well, that list got shorter today instead of longer!

To bring you up to date, I am working on 31 weeks pregnant.

  At our 22 week ultrasound Wyatt was 8 ounces, 5 inches in total length, and was less than 5% in the growth department. His skull was not hardening like it should be. He was also starting to develop "hydrops", which is a fluid build up in the chest cavity due to his organs having a hard time keeping up with his body. We were expected to lose Wyatt anytime.

At our 26 week ultrasound, Wyatt had grown to 9 inches long total body length, was 1lb. 8ozs, and still doing about the same in the growth department. The hydrops had gotten much more severe, and I was told my amniotic fluid was extremely low. We were told it would be a waiting game, and that I still only had about a 10% chance of making it to term...

Today however was a completely different story! Wyatt now weighs 3 pounds 8 ounces (more than my husband weighed at birth) and he was TOO BIG to get an overall length! His head is measuring EXACT for what my due date is. His abdomen is a little larger (measuring around 36 weeks) than it should be measuring, but he still has fluid in his chest cavity. The fluid being present in the chest cavity isn't good by any means, but it hasn't gotten worse compared to our last ultrasound! And get this, the bones around his skull ARE hardening! His arms and legs have even grown a couple of weeks, and are measuring around 17- 17 1/2 weeks! As far as my EXTREMELY LOW amniotic fluid, I am now being told it is in the higher end of the normal range. YEAH!!!!

Please don't ask me what all this means, because I honestly don't know. Are we still going to loose Wyatt? Probably. BUT, we might actually get time with our son. How much time? We have no idea, but we will take as much time as God will bless us with! Joseph and I are being guardedly optimistic. God is working on Wyatt... slowly, but we feel this was a major feat for our son. He has done nothing but surprise the doctor's since his diagnosis, and I can't imagine him stopping now. 

Please continue praying for Wyatt. I KNOW it is through your prayers that God is working on Wyatt. The power of prayer is so amazing. I know this doesn't sound very "guarded", but what if God actually gives our family a living and breathing miracle as a testament to the world of how powerful he can be! I was severely lacking in the hope department before our ultrasound today. I was actually wondering what else they would find... I'm glad all they found today was hope!


Amanda Scott said...

I am so happy to hear this Danielle, what a blessing.