Archive for May, 2009

So we wait

May 30th, 2009 Nell Turgeon No comments

Waiting has become a normal part of our rutine. Every day we sit with Faith wondering what is going to happen. So far it has been 10 days and still nothing had changed. We continue to wait to see if she is going to need surgery before she comes home. Right now, we are waiting for the cardiologist to come in and check on Faith, and so we wait.

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May 26th, 2009 Nell Turgeon 2 comments

If I wanted to sum up the birth of our first child in one word, it would be awesome. Watching Nell through the whole process is something that has changed my life. It was by far the coolest thing that I have ever seen. The most memorable part of the whole experience was the moment they placed Faith on her chest. That is something that I’ll never be able to describe with words, but will remember forever. Right now, I am anxious for Faith to come home. Nell deserves to have Faith with her all the time. We are just asking that everyone continue to pray for her healing. I know that God has everything in control, it is just difficult for us to continue to wait.

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May 25th, 2009 Nell Turgeon 1 comment

Faith is here!!!!! It was incredible to watch her enter the world. She arrived Wednesday morning at 7:28 am and was 7lbs. 11oz. 19 ½ inches long. Right now she is still in the NICU, but Nell and I are extremely anxious for her to come home. There is no timetable for her homecoming, so we are just asking for prayer that it will be soon. She is doing well, but they are continuing to monitor her until they are confident she can handle being home. Sorry we didn’t post this sooner, we have been spending a lot of time at the hospital so we can be close to our little girl.

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36weeks 4days…but who’s counting :)

May 1st, 2009 Nell Turgeon 1 comment

Where do I begin…
I met with the pediatric cardiologist on April 24th. Everything is looking about the same as it has been. Except, the coarctation the doctor was pretty sure he saw in January appears to have corrected itself. However, as they’ve been saying all along, they can’t really tell exactly how everything looks until she’s born and they do an echocardiogram on her. If she only has the AVCD without the coarctation, it increases the likelihood that she’ll be born with Down Syndrome. About 70% of babies with AVCD have DS. But, all the routine bloodwork that I had in the very beginning of pregnancy showed a very low risk of having a baby with DS. Sooo, we’ll see what happens. Not really too worried about it. Children with DS are usually so happy and full of life. Also, the atrial hole in her heart is pretty obvious on the ultra sound, but the ventricular hole in her heart while noticeable, doesn’t look to be huge…of course we’re praying that when she’s born there’s no hole whatsoever…but if there has to be a hole, we’re praying that maybe it will only be the atrial hole and not the ventricular. A really good thing that the doctor said is that he doesn’t see any reason for me to be induced. So, I’ll be going into labor naturally, yay! The only bummer about that is the possibility that Joyce may not be able to meet Faith if she’s not born until her due date! So I’m hoping to at least go just a few days early =)
On Wednesday I got to meet with the pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon who will be taking care of Faith when the time comes for her surgery. He is very nice and I really like him and feel very comfortable with him. He, as well as the pediatric cardiologist, said that they usually do this surgery around 4 months and never later than 6 months. Because of the type of defect, if they wait longer than 6 months there can be permanent damage to the lungs. So, depending on how well she does with eating and putting on weight during the first weeks, she will most likely have her open heart surgery around 4 months. Also got to talk to one of the neonatologists in the NICU and got a tour. Everybody was very nice at the hospital and made me feel very comfortable and confident with the care Faith will be receiving while there.
Today I got to meet with the doula who will hopefully be attending during labor and delivery. She’s really nice and I think her presence will help take some pressure off Matt and contribute to a more “relaxing” birth experience.
We went to the Red Sox vs. Yankees baseball game at Fenway on Friday the 24th. We stopped at Bass Pro Shop on the way there. We all had a good time…for the most part. But there were a couple of idiots who showed up during the 3rd inning and sat behind us…so that was a little annoying. But other than that it was fun.
Okay, I think I’ve updated everybody on the latest news. I hope I didn’t leave anything out. Now it’s way past time for bed!

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