First and foremost, Praise the Lord as baby and I reached 31 weeks today!
And today, I make my first entry here from my hospital room. Sunday morning, I got up as usual, and began waking up the children and getting ready for church. Elijah and I made a big fruit salad as we were inviting over one of Daniel's brother for lunch after service. I was feeling a bit dizzy and so I lay down on the bed while I waited for Daniel to finish his shower. Shortly thereafter, I began to bleed heavily.
We hurried to get the rest of the children dressed, shoes on, diaper bag packed, and we rushed to the hospital. They admitted me, started an iv, hooked up the monitors to watch the baby's heart rate and monitor my contractions. They drew blood to check my blood count and as the bleeding hadn't stopped and I was contracting, they gave me medicine to stop the contractions (which worked but gave me a headache :( ). They were very concerned they may have to deliver our little guy, but thankfully things calmed down.
Baby was looking good and by the evening, the bleeding was slowing and I was really hoping and asking the Lord for 2 things: first, that I would be able to go back home soon and secondly, that they would give me something to eat as I was sooo hungry, but they were afraid to give me anything because of the possiblity of me going into surgery. They gave me steroid shots to help mature our boy's lungs in case he needs to be delivered soon.
This morning, the nurse got me up to take some medicine when I had another big bleed. The doctor came soon afterwards and said that due to the amount of bleeding I have already had and the high/probable possibility of another bleed at any time, they will most likely keep me here until baby comes. So the Lord answered my prayer...He doesn't always give a yes answer, but He ALWAYS knows what is best.
They did give me some breakfast though (oatmeal!) for which I was VERY happy!
Later in the day, the doctor said that my lab results indicated that my CBC was very low and while I'm still doing okay, they are very worried about me losing any more blood being so anemic already. So they gave me 2 units of blood this morning. Everything went well with the transfusion and Daniel brought the children (and the laptop :) ) up to visit during the process which was "a super fun field trip" said Rebekah.
I wish we could have updated you all yesterday, but we had to just rush into the hospital as the bleeding was so bad and then Daniel went to church, took the children over to friends/family to be cared for, came here to check on me, went back to church, picked up the children, and is currently busy being daddy/mommy while we wait. He was so sweet to pack me up a bag of essentials and deliver them this afternoon (Bible, robe, clean socks, toothbrush, brush, soap, the laptop ect...).
I have more I want to share and it looks like I may have lots of time to do it. They are going to move me to another room soon, but I just wanted to give everyone an update and ask you to please keep praying for us.
*Pray for our little baby that he will continue to do well inside me and that the Lord will continue to keep him there as long as possible.
*Pray that my bleeding and contractions will remain calm
*Pray for Daniel as he is managing the home and 11 children right now; I know how hard it is with his concern for me, wanting to be up here, yet having to make sure the children are cared for.
*Pray for wisdom in all the decisions needed to be made in the days ahead for both Daniel and I and the doctors
*And praise the Lord for all He has done and is doing through this time. May He always be glorified! He is so good!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PRAYING!