Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Ups and Downs of Pregnancy

 These past few weeks have been full of ups and downs which is probably why it has taken me so long to update.  Where should I begin?

I have been asked to speak at several different places about my story which is great.  The first was a group of junior high BMX riders.  The next was a group of young adults at Capital Christian called Epic Life.  That was amazing.  I think it was my best one to date.  My dad even said, "I lived through it, read all of your blogs, listened to you tell your story numerous times and I never get tired of it!"  It really was a pleasure for me to share my testimony and add some humor.  I had them laughing and crying at the same time!  I really feel this is the direction God is leading me.

Swimming is continuing to go well.  My leg is remaining fairly strong with rehab and light weights.  I know the elliptical is helping out with this as well.  Every once in awhile I lose my balance but mostly I am walking better than expected.  The balance thing usually gets me at night when I can't see and I really need to go to the bathroom.  I start to sit down and fall forward.  I have to laugh because it is pretty funny! 

I finally got a call from my oncologist about my MRI from a month and a half ago.  He said everything looks good no sign of cancer!  That really made my day.  I have now cleared three scans and it has been over a year since my second surgery.  Things are definitely looking up.

I am having some trouble getting comfortable.  The more weight I gain from the twins the more pressure on my tailbone (which is still not healed) when I sit.  Lying down is not much better especially on my bad side and I can't lie on my back which leaves only my right.  After awhile I feel too much pressure on the kidney making it painful until I move.  I am reading a book about things to expect while pregnant but it doesn't really address all the extra things with my disability.  I can't complain though because I am still walking and that is a blessing!

The only real disturbing news came from the specialist I see for my pregnancy.  They are a little concerned about my cervical opening.  Right now it is right at 2.5 which means I will most likely be hospitalized about 2-3 weeks before my scheduled c-section.  I go back next week to have it remeasured and if it is any smaller I will have to go into the hospital even sooner.  Apparently this is common in pregnancies with multiples and there is no explanation nor is there anything I can do about it.  They are still allowing me to swim and rehab my leg but no heavy lifting (I already knew that one!)  I am definitely dreading the possibility of ending up back in the hospital.  My veins are dried up and I just spent the last year and a half in and out of hospitals.  You could say I am pretty sick of them!  I was prepared to handle maybe a week after the c-section but 2-3weeks before, maybe more . . . Yikes!

Courtney and my Dad have been hard at work fixing up the boys' room.  We are going with a desert camo theme.  It looks dope! 

Please pray that the twins hang in there safely and don't join us until their time and please pray I don't have to go into the hospital until absolutely necessary!

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Heather Szabo said...

Hi Jamie,
Sounds like the pregnancy is going well!
I spent time in the hospital with both my kids, both came early. Lydia at 35 weeks and Gar at 31. And although hospitals are definitely NOT fun. The people who take care of preemies are truly angels.
Good luck!
:) Heather

Red Rock Chica @ Red Rock World said...

Hey Jamie...

Hope all is going well at your end. As always, thinking about ya! Cheers!