Thank you, Jesus, the baby’s anemia level went DOWN! We are shocked and are basking in the warmth of new hope for this baby. When I woke up this morning I felt unnaturally peaceful and confident. I truly felt surrounded by God’s love and protection. I kept having this image in my head of angels all around me, holding me up and supporting me and behind me were all of you, like an army of prayer warriors marching into that ultrasound room with me. It was amazing. Right before the ultrasound I felt like I should pray for the doctor but I got nervous and was afraid it would make him feel weird, so I just prayed in my mind. The baby was not in a good position for the scan. He tried so hard but couldn’t get a good angle on the baby’s artery to check for anemia. The baby just wasn’t cooperating and the doctor couldn’t get a good reading, so he told me to walk around the hospital, eat something and drink some coffee and come back 30 minutes later. I still felt calm during those 30 minutes and was able to actually enjoy my alone time in Starbucks with Josh. I had this strange feeling of anticipation, almost like excitement about the ultrasound, which is bizarre because I’ve been dreading it for days. A sweet friend of mine, Fiona, who also happens to be a doula, suggested some yoga moves that might help turn the baby so I found a private spot and tried those.
When we went back in for the ultrasound I asked the doctor right away, “I feel like I need to pray. Is that ok?” and he said it was fine, so I prayed out loud for God to make the scan easy for the doctor and help him get a good reading. The baby had moved and was in a great position for the scan. The MCA reading was a 1.27 which is lower than it was on Monday (ranged from 1.3-1.48) and is considered in the normal range! We are so excited! This means the baby is not struggling at all right now and could even be kell negative still. The levels could still go up and the baby could have a huge battle ahead, but for now (s)he is safe. We are so thankful we are not frantically packing for Texas right now and we get to be here for the boys’ birthday party and baby’s gender reveal tomorrow. How fun! I can actually enjoy the weekend with hope in my heart and a healthy baby in my womb. What an incredible gift. I give God all the glory for this miracle today and for the peace that surrounded me the whole time.
Psalm 28:6,7 Blessed be the Lord! For He has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.
Our doctor also told us that he met with his colleagues and they decided together that if the baby’s anemia level starts going up at all, they will allow the double rounds of IVIG. That is so exciting to know our baby will be getting all the help possible if (s)he starts to get sick. We decided to hold off on the amnio until Monday after they do another MCA scan to check for anemia. The doctor also told me something that I had suspected this whole time but have never actually been told- that I have the worst, most aggressive case of kell he has ever seen in his 30 years of practicing medicine. It was a grave reminder that we need to continually cry out to God to save this baby’s life, to do a miracle for us.
Thank you all for praying for us and encouraging us so much. We truly could not do this without you! Be sure to check the blog tomorrow night for the gender reveal.