Saturday, September 24, 2005

A bit of stability

Hello all,

After a long night last night, Liz is doing much better this morning. She was up most of the night with continued contractions, despite the steadily increasing drugs that were trying to stop them. Although they had upped her magnesium dosage, she continued to have strong regular contractions. An ultrasound at 11pm showed that her cervix had shortened (not a good sign, that means these are definitely labor pains). As the pain and contractions continued, we finally called Brian (he was working a 24 hour shift). Around midnight, they upped it yet again (think side effects times ten) and added morphine with another stronger anti-contraction drug. Brian and I exchanged places, I left to go home and Brian took over here at the hospital.

From a personal viewpoint, both Brian and I are freezing and wearing heavy sweaters in the hospital room due to the high AC. Liz, on the other hand, is burning up and feels warm to the touch.

Finally, she was able to get a little sleep and the contractions seemed to slow. Since starting, she’s taking 5 different types of anti-biotics and continues on the magnesium and the IV. As a result, she is very dry-mouthed and they severely limit what she can drink (since she’s taking in a fair amount via IV already and they don’t want to dilute the drugs too much). When they were providing the morphine, they neglected to tell her that she might have breathing problems as a result. During the course of the night, she had to get supplemental oxygen (at one point 4 times an hour). The morphine allowed her to drift off to sleep, which was great right up until when she started having problems breathing and a loud alarm would go off. So, even in her drugged stupor, she wasn’t able to sleep much unfortunately, and I suspect Brian was the same.

Even though her cervix has started to shorten, the doctor said that she could possibly maintain her current status for days or weeks to come. At this point, every day is another blessing. The steroids need 48 hours to go to full effect from when they gave them to her. As a result, they’re really working to calm the contractions until at least Tuesday so the ‘roids can really kick in.

For those who are local, visitors are probably not a good idea until after Tuesday or so. With the drugs she’s on, it just wouldn’t be a very good experience for either party, and we should know more after Tuesday (fingers crossed).

The care continues to be fabulous, a much better experience than two weeks ago. She has a dedicated nurse who has no other patients, so they are here whenever Liz needs something, and they’re all very nice and very willing to help.


Inkan at the PROM list said...

Hang in there Liz! We are many people out here thinking about you praying and hoping. You are doing a great job!

Jodi Donnelly said...

Praying for you and those babies, Liz. Hang in there, you are doing a great job. Hope you're feeling better. Best wishes. :) Jodi from PROM list.

Anonymous said...

I'll stop by on Wed. or Thursday as I KNOW that things will have calmed down by then. I'll bring Haagen Daaz.....and we can talk about you adventure in the Sahara Desert.

Former PROM Queen Deb
Mom to healthy triplets

Anonymous said...

Liz- Hang in there, we're thinking of you out here in Boston. Your Sidelines Buddy- Michelle

Anonymous said...

Liz and Brian,

Our thoughts are with you and we hope and pray for the continued toughness shown by the McCarthy girls....and, of course, their brave mama.

We admire both of you and your fight to make this happen. We know it's not easy.'re more than half way there!

Love, Aunt Rainy and Uncle Rick

Lisa said...

Hey Liz - we've been thinking about the McCarthy girls and praying for you guys too. Hang in there!

Lisa & Mike

Chari Nicely said...

You are one amazing Mom! I am praying for you girls. Remember, you can have as many cookies as you want. They have great cookies there!
Hang in there. Marc had a whole cot set up and brought in a VCR/DVD combo. I will ask him what restaurants he got food at around there. As I remember the cafeteria wasn't great. Wow, all this in your first year of marriage, the rest should be a breeze!

Anonymous said...

Hi Liz,
We are all praying for the best for you! It's crazy how fast things can turn around! One day you're bored to tears in bed and well are at least at the hospital where they can be ready for anything in a moments notice! Glad to hear Gary's there and has updated us at MPOMC! I am looking foward for Wednesday for you all!! 26 Weeks!! Woo hoo!! And it's great that you have had the's amazing what they can do now! All right, looking forward to the next post and meeting up over some good news and Snicker's Cheesecake!
Lisa Haugen ;-)

Julie DeRuvo said...

We continue to pray for you and those girls! Tomorrow marks another week, YEAH! Hang in there, we are all praying for you! Hope we have good news soon!
God Bless!
Julie DeRuvo

Anonymous said...


I don't know you but I am a Twin Mom and I am praying for you and your babies. Fortunately there is so much more they can do now a days. It sounds like you are in good hands! Hang in there and know many, many people are praying for you all.

Mom of Luc 3 1/2 and Sophie & Gaby 9 mos.

Meredith from the prom list said...

Liz, I am hoping no news means that you successfully made it to week 26! Just wanted to let you know that we are still thinking of you often (checking this page frequently) and praying for you, Brian and the girls.