Saturday, December 11, 2010

Outside my Window

Outside my window, there may be bad things- like shootings, (thank goodness no one was seriously hurt), but there are good things too. I see a church steeple and find comfort each time the bells ring. And just a few blocks away, I can view the colorful exterior of Children's Hospital. It's strange, knowing that sometime soon, Ramsey will be born and will taken there, to a place still within my view. I hope seeing the building nearby will be at least a small comfort until I can join him there.

I'm happy to have complete internet access! Blogging by phone just wasn't for me. As you know, I had a Fetal MRI and Amnio last Thursday which ultimately kept here at West Penn Hospital. We are still awaiting the results of the amnio. I hate that it sent me into premature labor, but it was highly recommended that I have it so I can't say that I have any regrets. I believe everything happens for a reason. Maybe its reason was to keep me here where I'm well cared for and resting.

The MRI showed the right lung to have 60-70% volume. That sounded encouraging to me, especially since that was done at 32 weeks and there is still time for further development. The LHR is up to about 1.1; also a good number. The left lung was still unclear. I hope that the people at Children's will have better luck detecting it, or at least telling me if that is common. I assume that it's pretty common, since the stomach and other tissues that have herniated are blocking it. I'm not sure how that affects his chances, but I do know of adults who lived with only one lung. Also, when I went into labor, they chose to give me two shots of steroids to encourage his lungs to grow- I would guess that had a positive effect on things.

Dennis and I enjoyed "date night" tonight (takeout and a movie). I never thought I'd have a date in a hospital, but there's a first time for everything :)


  1. Thinking of you Lisa! From what I hear that is VERY common that they can't see the affected lung ... I don't think they could see Dakota's right one behind her liver and intestines. It sounds like you got lots of encouraging news! Many prayers that Ramsey stays put for a little while longer. As you know, I gave birth to my Dakota at 32 weeks and 5 days so you are already past me!
    Mom to Dakota 12-25-2008
    RCDH/premie survivor

  2. Trusting in the God of all and that His hand is on you and your little one. Wishing I could hug you and offer my comfort, but just know you are never far from my heart and my prayers....