Friday, May 11, 2007

Bad Day

I took Randi back into the hospital today to be admitted for the duration. Last night things got pretty emotional around our house, and Randi started to have shortness of breathe and constant, strong contractions. The contractions continued through the night and into the morning. We arrived at Labor and Delivery early, got a room and did not wait for the nurses to set us up on the fetal heart rate monitors. We did it ourselves. The babies looked stable on the heart rate monitors. They blew two liters of IV fluids into her in 3 hours to hyper hydrate her and aid in stopping the contractions.

Not long after that Randi had another contraction. What was different about this one was that on the down side of the contraction, Wyatt's heart rate dropped from its normal 120-160 bpm to 79 bpm. It stayed down for a while before coming back up. This could be a normal variable that could come at any time, but it could be a late deceleration which can be extremely dangerous. Whatever it was, it got the nurse down to the room quick. Randi and her watched to make sure that it was not a repetitive pattern after contractions. Per doctors orders Randi is now on contiuous monitoring and we have not seen another dip like that.

The tightness in Randi's chest continued to persist, and her oxygen saturation levels began to dip below 90%. This can lead to pulmonary edema, or fluid in the lungs. They hooked her up to an oxygen cannula to help resolve the problem and all but discontinued IV fluids. The forced oxygen had some positive affect but was not working fast enough. Finally, the nurse checked her lungs and she was having pulmonary edema in her upper right lung. They took it a step further by injecting Lasix to help her get rid of some of the fluid buildup. Basically, undoing the effects of the IV fluids. We are waiting for the doctor to come in this evening after his clinic hours for further direction. I am not very concerned if they come now or seven days from now, as long as we can get everyone home safely.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

We are thinking about you guys CONSTANTLY...I keep wanting to pick up the phone to make sure you guys are ALL OK. But I am sure you are getting a dozen phone calls an hour. Please know that all four of you are in my constant thoughts and prayers. PLEASE let me know if I can do anything - even down to letting the dog out. I am a good dog sitter - at least Roxy thinks so:) I am praying for you!!

With love, thoughts, and prayers - Amanda and Tim

Anonymous said...

Praying for the four of you from Rome, GA. Our God is a Mighty God. He Reigns!!!

JenMom said...

SORRY TO HIJACK THE COMMENTS, BUT I JUST HUNG UP WITH RANDI. She is continuing to have complications with her own health. The Dr. is with her now trying to get to the bottom of things and decide the course of action.
Please pray for her health & protection. Pray for peace for she and Todd. Pray for wisdom for her doctors...and anything else you feel led to pray.

JenMom said...

Just to clarify, she is OK. She called me on the phone. She is just very uncomfortable, running fever, having contractions and receiving a medley of drugs to take care of her respiratory issues. Her Dr. is who is on call this weekend, which is a blessing. Just keep she, Todd and the boys close to your hearts.

Anonymous said...

i'm praying for you randi and that God will direct the doctors to make the right decisions - whatever those are! hang in there!!!!!! love, kimberly mason

Teri said...

Praying for your family.

Peace for Todd and Randi, wisdom for the doctors, and for Randi and these two miracles health.

JenMom said...

Hopefully Randi & Todd will update soon with "official" explanations, but, as you might imagine, they are a little busy right now. :-)
Just hugn up with Randi, the medications seem to be doing the trick. Her lungs sounds much better and the chest x-ray was clear--Good news!
The Dr. told her he will not be delivering the babies tonight, but they will talk again tomorrow about their next steps.

JenMom said...

Apologies for the poor spelling...it is past my bedtime.

Carrie said...

So many thoughts racing through my mind as I try to comprehend how you guys must be feeling. Though we have never met, I have been praying for you and your family for a while now. Those prayers will continue as the arrival of your sons draws near.

Blessings,
carrie in Minnesota

Anonymous said...

Thanks JenMom for the updates...please keep them up, as we know that Todd is busy with Randi. Prayers are still being answered.....we'll keep them coming! Praying in Rome!