My husband and I just got back home a little bit ago. When the kids saw us pull into the driveway, they opened the door and were all standing there, beaming.
Imagine my surprise when I walked in to find my entire living room and kitchen covered in beautiful flower bouquets and balloons, as well as various "welcome home" messages taped everywhere.
The flowers and balloons were gifts from the families at our church. They are gorgeous, and smell wonderful. I am so very thankful for all the love and support we have received from our people during this time. Both with the last surgery and this, someone brought dinner to my family every single night while we were gone, to help make things easier back here at home.
I am so thankful to have all these beautiful things to look at and cheer me up as I will have to continue on modified bed rest for at least another two weeks. To everyone at our church: THANK YOU so very much for your prayers, support, the meals, and all the love to our whole family!! :)
As far as the appointment with Dr. C this morning, it really went well. I have only had minimal leaking since the amniopatch yesterday, which had worried me because I had been told to expect a lot. As it turns out, not leaking, or only leaking a little, is perfectly fine. Even though we won't know for sure if the patch worked, and will hold, for about two more weeks, it looked very promising on the ultrasound today. Already, there was much less fluid between the uterine wall and the chorion (outer sac) of the babies. Even if it never leaks out, the body will absorb it over time, and the patched membranes ***should*** seal to the uterine wall at that point, further reinforcing the patch. I should get an update next Thursday (12/26) at my 1-week post op appointment with Dr. E (which is also my 3-week post laser appointment).
Both boys are doing great. The fluid level on Baby A (former donor) is still increasing and now in the normal range, while the heart muscle on Baby B (former recipient) that had appeared thickened before due to the extra strain of too much blood volume has now normalized. The fluid levels on Baby A's brain have also normalized, and they generally look very much alike even on ultrasound, and closer in size than before. I will have to scan and post some of the bazillion ultrasound pictures I have of them. They look just like Baby Stephen!
Thank you so much for your continued prayers.