The next day, Friday, was not a fun day.  We were in perpetual fear of what could happen.  There were many times throughout the day when Nicole would just start crying.  There were many times when I could feel the fear of the unknown pulling at me but I knew I could not lose it for Nicole’s sake.  I’m generally pretty cool under pressure and it was a big asset for us as we went through that Friday together.

As soon as Nicole and I woke up, we called her OB and updated her on the situation and everything that had happened in the emergency room.  Her OB told her that she wanted Nicole to have more blood work done that day (friday) and she wanted Nicole to have an ultrasound done on Saturday.  We decided to head off to get her blood work done first thing so we could try to put it behind us.

After getting the blood drawn, I tried everything to take Nicole’s mind off of what we could find out in the next couple of days.  We went home, I made her food and we watched movies.  But, she could barely focus.  She kept saying she no longer felt pregnant.  We called her OB back and asked if there was any way we could get some kind of results the next day (Saturday).  The nurse said she didn’t think it was likely and that we could hope to have results by Monday or Tuesday.  I told her that my wife was very upset and she could not wait 24 hours after her ultrasound for some kind of results.  Fortunately, the nurse was very understanding.  She connected us to the doctor who told us after having her ultrasound that Nicole and I should come up to her office and she would hopefully have the results of her blood test (they take 24 hours to process) and she could get some preliminary results from the ultrasound.  We thanked her and hung up.

We spent a lot of time that day praying.  I generally don’t like to talk about my prayer life in regards to really personal things because I don’t ever want it to sound like I’m being, “Holier than Thou.”  But, we prayed very hard and we prayed several different kinds of prayers.  One prayer that Nicole particularly started was a very powerful prayer to St. Therese of Lisieux.  Nicole has a very strong devotion to this saint and the prayer she used was for a special intention. 

St. Therese of Lisieux

St Therese, the Little flower, pray for us and our children!

One of the cool things about St. Therese is she often indicates that she’s heard a prayer by letting that person praying for her intercession to receive either a single or a bouquet of roses.  I’ve known several people over the years who have asked for her prayers and have had this special grace.  Even though we were worried and fearing the results, I kept remembering feeling this peace over us.  We both knew whatever happened would be God’s will and we prayed that we could trust Him in that for the courage to obey Him.

On Saturday we went in to have the ultrasound.  This was the first ultrasound I had ever seen.  Ultrasounds in general I think are really hard to look at.  They’re made up of shadows.  Especially when you’re really early on in your pregnancy it’s really hard to see anything.  We then received our first bit of good news:  the tech doing the ultrasound said that if she did not know about Nicole’s ER visit, she said everything looked normal to her.  She also said that to her, Nicole looked like she was only about 5 weeks pregnant.

  Suddenly, it made sense why the ER doctors gave her such a grim prognosis.  They had thought she was 6 weeks pregnant.  While a week difference may not seem like a lot, as the tech told us, fetal development in massive in just a 24 hour period. In a week, you are talking light years of a difference.  As she said those words, I can remember just thanking God in my heart.  The ultrasound had shown us that despite all of her bleeding she was still pregnant. 

Ultrasound at 5 weeks

Not our ultrasound, but we wanted to give you an idea of what we saw and why there could be so much confusion. There isn't a whole lot to see at 5 weeks

But, we weren’t out of the woods yet.  There was a chance that Nicole could still have a miscarriage.  There was also a chance that the bleeding was connected to the baby not developing.  The blood tests Nicole was having done would reveal that.  If her pregnancy level hormones were rising drastically, everything was ok with the baby.  If they were remaining at the same level or decreasing, it would show there was a problem.  Her OB told us that she wanted Nicole to get another blood test done on Monday and then come in for an appointment she had made already for that Tuesday and she would analyze the results.

The doctor also told us that there may be a slight complication with her pregnancy if everything went ok after her last blood test.  She said the ultrasound revealed that Nicole may have a “Bicornuate Uterus.”  She said that the ultrasound showed that the baby was crowded to one side of the uterus and that was a bit unusual.  She explained that this was a condition that happens in women when they’re uterus doesn’t properly form at birth.  In women, the uterus actually develops as two separate halves that join together.  When they join, there is a seam at first between the two halves.  Then the body erases the seam.  Women who have a “Bicornuate Uterus” still have that seam.  Her OB said this condition wouldn’t cause her to have a miscarriage.  But, it would result in her going into labor earlier because the growing baby runs out of space.

We went home and kept praying.  We needed some groceries and I was in such a good mood, I stopped to get Nicole some flowers to celebrate the good news we had received.  Normally I like to get her Lillies, but I had this sudden idea to get her roses instead.  When I brought them home to Nicole, she asked me why I had bought them.  I told her to celebrate our good news and she asked me if I had remembered the St. Teresa prayer she had been praying.  I had not remembered she was praying that prayer.  We both took it as a sign that St. Teresa had heard our prayers and that everything was going to be okay.

  Monday came and we went and got her blood test done.  Tuesday came and we met with her OB and got more news:  her pregnancy hormones went through the roof.  The first blood test she had gotten when she was first pregnant had her hormone levels at 2,000.  The blood test she had gotten on Monday, which was a little more than a week after that first blood test, showed she was at 18,000.  The doctor told us that was a great sign.  But, Nicole was still bleeding.  She said she wanted to try to figure out what was causing the bleeding and she asked Nicole to come in for another ultrasound later that week.  We scheduled it for Thursday, in two days.

We went home relieved.  But, little did we know the adventure was just beginning…

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