So, I’m back down at the vacation spot after the appointment yesterday. It was sooo nice to see The Kid again. they said she was such a pleasure- so well bahaved and happy. Of course, after she saw me and the hubbo, we got the initial big smiles and “mommy mommy” and then she started to get all clingy and whiny. Why do kids do that? They know they have to behave for everyone but their mommas a pappas.
But anyway, The appointment was as good as we were hoping. Besides the fact that we had to wait 45 minutes to be seen, the ultrasound tech was great and reassuring. She remembered us personally and this time we got to meet the main doctor, who is the director of the whole prenatal unit and she was so warm and personable and knowlegeable. Pretty much, all of our measurement are holding about steady. Sunshine (our donor) has fluid levels about 3cm. Its low, and she clearly looks a little enclosed near the wall, but 3 cm is still above stage 1. Daisy, our recepient, is measuring fuid levels between 7.9 (according to the dr.) and 8.3 (according to the tech… these numbers are not carved in stone…)… anything over 8 can be concerning, but it has to balance off with the lower number being below 2. Sunshines bladder was entirely visible which was reassuring, and although the dopplers were a bit abnormal, they were not off the charts and still kept us away from a formal diagnosis.
This dr. suggested that it could potentially stay this way throught he pregnancy, never developing into TTTS, and could just be “uneven placental distribution” that is providing more to one baby than the other, but essentially, each is getting enough, and not too much of what she needs.
With regards to Cerebral Palsy and other neurological disorders, she told us that a lot of it is an unknown. It seems, like the research my sister sent to m, that if one baby dies the others risk jumps significantly, and very early delivery increases risk, and if TTTS is severe, it increases it. Then again, just being pregnant with twins puts you at an increased risk. Identical twins is an even bigger risk, and mono/di twins is more risk… so it’s just a numbers game.
As of now, we’re just focussing on the news that things are holding steady and crossing our fingers that they stay that way (or, even better, balance even more!!)