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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Just arrived at the hospital....

Hello Everyone!

12:00 p.m. blog: Well, last night Tiff's body just didn't feel right and after speaking with the nurse, Veronica, we headed out to Carle Clinic in Champaign. Upon arriving at the hospital we came to find that Tiff was having contractions on a pretty frequent basis. The doctor has put her on Magnesium Sulfate to help eliminate the contractions. The good news is the contractions are not near as frequent as they were last night. Bad news is the side effects are crummy for Tiff. She also is dealing with blood in her urine which they think can be attributed to a bladder infection. We will have to wait a couple of days for the cultures to come back. They are treating her with an antibiotic for this. To top all this off Tiff has to deal with a catheter, which, at first caused a great deal of discomfort. No food either for the time being.

I can't tell you how big of a fighter Tiff is. She is absolutely resilient to deal with such a tough situation. Going off little sleep and not feeling well she still stays so positive! We have yet to meet with Dr. Kehl, he will be in later today or tomorrow. At first glance it appears that we will be here in Champaign for the remainder of Tiff's pregnancy. We did have a sonogram this morning and all the babies are growing well and heart beats look great. God is sooo Good!! Our little peanut has put on just as much weight as the others, which we are really encouraged by. She is weighing 1lbs 2oz. On the flip side, our boy continues to put on the pounds. He is weighing in at an amazing 1 lbs 14 oz. The other two girls are right on target for their age, weighing around 1lbs 8 oz.

10:40 p.m. blog - What a difference a few hours can make. Tiff continues to look and feel better with each passing hour. Tiff's family arrived early afternoon which really lifted her spirits. The contractions are now 13 minutes apart. This is a great stride considering she was around 6 minutes earlier in the day. There is not as much blood in her urine and they have lowered her dosage of Magnesium Sulfate; both positive signs. She has slept a lot today which is perfect. Relaxing her uterus so it can expand is the number one priority. Keep the cervix long! For now we are just sitting and waiting for more details. Probably won't know much until we see Dr. Kehl in the morning since he didn't make it in today.

We have received a ton of "we're praying for you" phone calls today. God is definitely answering these prayers. Tiff and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We both feel so blessed to have the family and friends we do! I'll try to keep everyone up to date as we move forward.

God Bless,

Tiff and Jon


Jeanie Bree said...

Hang in there you guys. We will be thinking of you each and every day!

rachael said...

Congratulations on the quads!!!

I apologize in advance if this is a bit weird since you don’t know me, but I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. My Mom is a good friend of Erin Winn's mother in law and I was also recently in a wedding with Mitzi Morrison.

I live in Bloomington and just had triplets in July of 2007. They were born at 29 weeks, 2 days (all weighed under 3 pounds) and are now doing fantastic at 6 ½ months old (4 months adjusted today!). I was admitted to the hospital for pre-term labor one day shy of 22 weeks and they effectively stopped it with the Magnesium Sulfate. I spent 56 days in the hospital and had it not been for another complication with the identical girls the Dr's were confident I could have gone to at least 33-34 weeks, so hang in there!

I know how scary and uncertain all of this can be and it can help to talk to someone who has been there. Please send me an email if there is anything at all that I can do (or if you have any questions). Take care; we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!


The Crowe Family said...

Hi Jon and Tiff,
We are praying, praying, praying for you! We are so very excited for you. God has certainly blessed you abundantly!

Tiffany, hang in there girl - enjoy the bedrest now. Once the little ones arrive you'll think back on bedrest as a delight.
Love, Anneke (Huizer) Crowe

Amber said...

I just checked your blog and saw the news. We'll be praying for all six of you!

Sue Hurliman said...

Hi Jon and Tiffany,
We saw Todd S tonight and he updated us. We are keeping all of you in our prayers. I will be ready to do "baby" time when you need me.
Chuck and Sue