Update from the Hospital

First, I'm not in labor and there has not been an emergency, so don't worry. :)

What happened? (If we have already talked or texted, you can skip this part)
On Wednesday morning around 2am I started having a lot of pain across my entire uterus. It wasn't contractions or round ligament pain. It was constant, sharp and unrelenting (like the kind of pain you have starting a new ab workout but it was all over my uterus). After that I started having sharp pain in my lungs and couldn't get a deep breath. Also, my fever was starting to rise. By 830am I called my OB and my temp was already at 101.5. They said to go straight to labor and delivery right away. Of course I started crying hysterically. I'm 32 weeks now, so we are in a clear zone, but still this little girl needs more baking time. The OB called back and said the hospital said that I have to be seen in their office first, but to go ahead and pack a bag. Long story short, we went to the OB and 30 minutes later we were checking in. At that point my fever had reached 102.7. They put me on liquids only and started running a bunch of tests. Test results came back with nothing alarming standing out other than high white blood cell count (to be expected). They put me on IV fluids and antibiotics. Also, they put me on constant fetal monitor-- so we got to listen to that baby girl's heartbeat for hours and hours. So good! By the time night came my fever had already decreased to around 100. They gave me some demoral (sp) to help alleviate the pain. Basically it's like I chugged an entire bottle of wine. I was feeling good and slurring... and fell right asleep. :)

How am I (Becky)?
As of this morning my fever is gone. My pain levels are very minor. My OB came by this morning and said he wants to keep me for another day of testing and observation. My body seems to be responding to the IV antibiotics. He is thinking this is just a virus or some random infection, but one that seems to be clearing up. Either way he wants to monitor it and run some more tests. So this morning I have been all of this hospital getting tests done-- will keep you all updated.

Many of you know that I have struggled throughout this pregnancy with fear, fear of losing Karis. I had always been told with my health issues that getting pregnant might be a challenge and miscarriage risks were increased. That's why we named her Karis- her name is the greek word for grace! Again the Lord continues to show me that He is faithful and He holds the plans for this little girl's life. We're simple called to love her to pieces and be a good steward of raising her. Since we first found out about the pregnancy our verse for her has been Psalm 139:13-18-- we continue to trust the that Lord is in control of all her days! We are so thankful for the past 32 weeks with her and so expectant of many more years to come! :)

How is Karis?
Fabulous! Thankfully she has been kicking and hiccuping like crazy ever since I first got sick. We were put on constant fetal monitoring all day yesterday, so we got to listen to her heart beat continuously all day. It was the most beautiful sound you have ever heard! This morning I had an ultrasound (we were hoping we'd get that out of all of this). Thankfully she is head down and face down (good birthing position), but unfortunately that means her face was hidden. So it will just have to keep waiting. :) She is measuring right on target-- weighing in at 4lbs and 4oz. Crazy how big she is! :) The ultra sound today was to rule out whether or not an amniocentesis was needed-- and it's not, praise God!

How is Chris? (Can't leave him off)
He has been a fantastic support. He was so calm and collected while I was having my melt down when we were told to go to Labor and Delivery. He has been by my side the whole time. He's already put some of the birthing techniques into practice-- rubbing my back and also getting me to breath when I was melting down. Also, he has been praying for both of us (me and Karis) like crazy. So thankful to have him in my life.

What can you do?
-Pray- for continued healing. Also, selfishly, I really want to be discharged by tomorrow. :)
-Pray our verse for Karis-- Psalm 139:13-18For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You,when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance;in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with You.”
-Visiting- we have so appreciated all the offers to visit, but since I am sick we are asking for no visitors. I need the rest and you don't need to be exposed to whatever is going on.
-Forward it on- we have heard that prayer requests were forward on to several different groups. We are so thankful for you for doing that. You are more than welcome to forward this along as an update.

We are so thankful for all of you-- for your support and prayers. Chris and I have been overwhelmed.

Much much love,