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Dec. 20th, 2006 @ 09:47 am Prayers and good thoughts requested
My good friend and knitting buddy Nora, aka 'mom of quads' has been sailing though her pregnancy. She had a few infections along the way, including one at the end of November that kept her on IV antibiotics for 2.5 weeks. But she has been up and around, and not on bed rest. There was a minor flag for Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (she is having 2 sets of identical twins) but she was being monitored closely with ultrasounds every week, and measurements every two.

She went for her routine ultrasound last Thursday and all was fine except that there was a problem with blood flow to Baby B. They decided to give her steroid shots just as a precaution in case she had to have the babies early. When she went back on Friday they found that her blood pressure was through the roof and she was admitted immediately. She's receiving meds for the blood pressure, but she does have preeclampsia, which they are working very hard to control. As well, she has a minor infection, so she's on more antibiotics too.

Babies A and D are both close to 2lbs (907 grams) but baby C is only 1lb 4 oz (595 grams) and Baby B is only 1lb 1oz (481 grams) which is obviously not good. They are now on the countdown to 28 weeks which is January 1st. Sitting up to eat yesterday caused her blood pressure to rise, so they are doing their best to keep her completely calm and getting those little babies to grow. Getting the two smaller babies to 750 grams (1lb 10oz) will help a great deal, as will every extra day they have before delivery.

She is having a very tough time of it, I can't imagine how scary these last few days have been. Please pray or send good thoughts and wishes for 4 healthy new year babies and one healthy mom.
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From:running5k2day
Date:December 20th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
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I will keep your friend & her tiny babies in my prayers. It really is hard having your babies in the NICU and seeing them get poked and tested along with seeing all their struggles to survive. I will pray extra hard so that those babies gain weight and remain in the womb for a bit. 4 babies cannot be easy-wow.
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From:heathog
Date:December 20th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
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Your friend is in my prayers. I had pre-eclampsia with the twins and was in the hospital for 5 weeks trying to get them to develop as much as possible. It worked for all of us, and I hope it works for your friend, too.

If you can, give her things to get her mind off the babies (and from getting too frustrated from lying down for forever)--sudoku and crossword puzzles helped me, as did writing out Christmas cards and other happy, semi-mindless things of that nature!
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From:jennygel7
Date:December 21st, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
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4 babies? Wow!

I'll keep her in my thoughts....
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From:n_decisive
Date:December 21st, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Thinking- and will continue to think- good thoughts for health and growth!
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From:piknik
Date:December 21st, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
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sorry things have turned towards a more difficult route. I hope that she and the babies are all okay.

are you going to start again?
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From:dadoffille
Date:December 21st, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
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Nora will be in my thoughts and prayers; what a hard time for her...

She is lucky to be surrounded by caring friends such as you;

I so hope she will have healthy babies, and be fine herself too.

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