As probably noticed, I was missing for a while in the blogging space. Many should know by now that I am back to the hospital!! Yes, this time round I was warded in KKH. Been here since last Tuesday and looks like this time it is going to be a longer “vacation” here.
Wasn’t well enough to make any entries here last week; but stole the laptop from hubby to update the “world” and my friends on what exactly happened. Can’t type tfor oo long ‘cos I am not supposed to sit up for too long. Ok.. stop blabbing. Here goes:
Basically, I was diagnosed of Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM) shortly after I seek a second opinion. Most will recalled that I have been in and out of hospital 3 weeks back. Shortly after returning home the 2nd time, the situation didn’t improve and thus I was prompted by friends to see another specialist gynae; which thankful I did! In layman’s terms, the gynae said that my water bag has already burst and I was having contractions and could go into labour any time!!! BUT then I was ONLY 22 weeks into my pregnancy when he dropped this bombshell on us. The gynae recommended that I checked into KKH immediately and thus that’s where I had been for the last 2 weeks.
Over KKH, I went through series of blood tests, IV drips of antibiotics/saline and tons of scans…. to conclude that yes – the amniotic fluid (water bag surrounding baby) has leaked/burst. And that is termed as PROM. Essentially, now the drs and I can only prolong the pregnancy for as long as possible. If an infection sets in, they have to deliver the baby immediately. If I have contractions, labour will come as well. The danger is, I am not even in the safe period for a preterm delivery! In the medical world, a baby is considered “viable”” (having a chance to live in this world) only at 24 weeks of gestation. As such, they painted a very bad picture for us. Kim and I felt totally helpless when we were first presented the “reality”. BUT… we have came a long way to believe that baby will be fine and a miracle will happen! 🙂
Right now, I am having an ultrasound scan 2x a week, injection 1x a week, blood tests 2x a week and many other small and big tests along the way. The good news is that the Aminotic Fluid Index (AFI) has increased slightly since the day I was admitted. The summary is:
1) I have to stop leaking fluid (there is a tear somewhere in the womb) so that the aminotic fluid can be retained in the womb. The fluid is critical for baby’s lungs development at this stage.
2) Baby has to continue to regenerate more aminotic fluid in order to replenish what has been lost. A minimum of 6cm AFI is deemed as the “safe” level of fluid for baby’s lungs development. Currently I am at 1.5cm (a far cry from 0.5cm when I was admitted!). Though we are not anywhere near 6cm, we are praying. 🙂
3) Many people do not know that basically the amintoic fluid is almost 100% made up of baby’s pee! Baby will actually swallow the fluid surrounding him and then pee it out! Interesting info here (Yes, so please pray my baby pee more! haa)
4) Now it is a waiting game too. We are waiting for 23 weeks + 5 days of gestation and dr will give me 2 steroid injections to boost the development of baby’s lungs just in case he arrives early. Thereafter, we continue to pray for as long a gestation towards full term as possible. Though drs are not optimistic that I can reach full term, they are aiming for as long as baby and I can “tong”; i.e. prolonging the pregnancy for a longer period than now.
5) Yes, it looks like the long “vacation” is still going to continue here at KKH. I am not complaining ‘cos we know that a day here is a day gained. Currently, we are riding on the grace of God and the prayers of many friends and family to go through every single day. 🙂
Please continue to pray and pray for us ‘cos we are positive that your prayers are working!!! A BIG Thank you to all who are making a difference in our lives right now (all the magazines/books, the comfort food, prayers and sms and etc that are making things just that bit easier to go through daily). And of course not forgetting my mum and hubby who comes and visit me everyday without fail; taking shifts to keep me company. Love you both! 🙂