On Monday, Christine went into the hospital. We had gone back and forth between going in at 26 weeks and going in at 28, and after our ultrasound on Monday (just shy of the 26-week mark), we decided to go in. The ultrasound showed that the girls were doing well, but that the cervical shortening had continued. So we went in. The first two days were hard. We were having good tests, but it’s scary to be in the hospital and it’s hard to be apart. And it has been difficult for me to juggle housework, a full-time job, taking care of our dog (Rae the Magnificent), and visits to the hospital.
We decided that Rae should go stay with my parents for a little bit. Mom and Dad live in a rural area, so Rae will get to smell interesting things, bark at cows, chase squirrels, and (because my parents heat by wood), zonk out in front of a wood stove. These are all top-notch things for dogs. Honestly, they sound pretty great to me too.
Christine is at a great hospital, in a special maternal care unit, and is being well cared for. Her room is about the size of my first apartment. She went in on Monday and I visited her on Wednesday and Thursday and we video chatted on the other days. Visiting her in the hospital reminds me of visiting her in her college dorm. There’s even a cafeteria. And everyone I see when I visit is female, just like in her college dorm (she went to a women’s college).
Tonight, my parents are coming to take Rae, and then I’ll spend the night at the hospital with Christine, for the first time. Her room has a couch that turns into a bed. Okay, I guess it’s a futon. It’s a nice futon though.
So, we got some not great news at the ultrasound appointment referenced in the last post. Christine’s cervical shortening continued and she was given a prescription and placed on bed rest. This was a bit demoralizing – one more thing to worry about on top of everything else that is worrisome about monoamniotic twins.
Bed rest is also not as much fun as it might seem. A few hours of vegging out on the couch is nice every now and then, but when it’s all day for the foreseeable future, its side-effects include irritability, cabin fever, and addiction to River Monsters on Netflix. For me, Christine’s bed rest has meant taking care of all household chores and doing all the dog-walking on top of work. The toughest of these is walking the dog. I leave for work before 9 and don’t get home until after 6, so that’s a long time for poor Rae to be inside. Luckily, my commute is only 14 minutes (come on, you know the exact number of minutes your commute takes too, don’t you?), so I’ve been able to come home during my lunch break to give the dog a quick walk, check in on Christine, and get back to work. But some days are very tiring. I suppose this is good practice.
So that was what happened last week. It was hard for Christine to be on bed rest, tiring for me to take on all the chores, and nerve-wracking for both of us to wait 7 days to find out if the treatment would improve the cervical shortening. If the shortening continued, we could have a real problem on our hands.
However, we had another ultrasound on Tuesday and got good news. Christine’s cervix hasn’t gotten worse since last week and has even gotten a bit longer. It looks like her cervix may be dynamic – that is, it changes length. She’s still on bed rest and will be until after the twins arrive, but it’s a big relief.
Not only that, we’re past (as of 20 weeks) the most dangerous part of the pregnancy in terms of cord entanglement and the twins’ cords are looking great! No issues at all! And they’re both about 1 pound now, which is pretty good for twins, so good news all around!