hope everyone had a great holiday. sorry in advance for the long post. first, i wanted to say how sorry i am for fitz, i can imagine how you must be feeling.
the sunday before thanksgiving i went to the ER b/c i had extreme abdominal pain. i had already known that i had a very large fibroid tumor in my abdomen. when i asked about it at my last appointment, the doc said i would just be very big with two babies and a large fibroid. anyway, the ER found that i had a large fibroid (DUH!) and that was causing my pain and i should take tylenol. the tylenol worked until wednesday. wednesday, the pain was excruciating. but since we had time off for thanksgiving i was able to rest and felt better. my water broke on saturday morning, so i lost twin A.
twin B is doing fine, but since my water broke i'm very susceptible to infection which would cause them to deliver both babies. the docs also said that there was a high probability that i would go into labor within 24 hours of my water breaking so they kept me in the hospital until yesterday. they said twin B has a less than 5% chance of survival b/c of the extreme likelihood of infection. anyway, i made that milestone with no infection or labor. the next milestone i'm trying to get to is 7 days from when my water broke. 80% of women go into labor within 7 days (if they don't go into labor within 24hrs). if i make 7 days with no labor or infection, the chances of twin b increase. the next milestone after that is 24 weeks. if i can make it that long with anything happening the baby has a 50/50 chance of survival and they can give me meds to fight infection and labor. they said antibiotics won't help now, but i'm going to insist they put me on them anyway, cuz you never know. so, it's tuesday and i'm still pregnant and have no infection and no labor. please pray i make it to saturday with nothing happening.
interestingly enough, the fibroid pain i had stopped almost immediately when my water broke. i have found that it has come back but not nearly as bad as last week. i asked the docs about this and they said that it is too early in the pregnancy to have trouble with the babies b/c of the fibroid. my doc also seemed surprised that the IVF clinic would have implanted 2 embryos knowing i had fibroids. i knew also that i had fibroids, but when i was diagnosed i was told they were very tiny. every woman in my family has or had fibroids and had no trouble having babies. they didn't know they had them until close to menopause.
so, best case scenario for me is that i can keep twin A inside for as long as possible without labor or infection so twin B can be healthy. the awful part is that twin A's heart is still beating and the baby can still grow. the doc said i could give birth to a full grown baby that won't survive b/c without the sac the baby will not develop lungs. on the flip side they said that twin A could pass naturally without labor and i would have to bring all the 'parts' in to make sure everything comes out. i'm devastated, horrified, and hopeful all at the same time.