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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Pre-Term Labor Scare

Sorry for the lack of updates. I've been really busy catering to a lovely lady who has orders to stay in the laying, reclining or sitting position.

Yep, Miranda has officially been put on bed rest. 

This past Monday she came home from work suddenly and said "everything is fine - I just think I need to go get checked out." She was having menstrual-like cramps and almost dismissed them except they were just a little different. Good thing she followed her instincts because upon arrival to our local hospital's maternity wing and after being put on the monitor they informed her that she was, in fact, having pre-term mini contractions.
They immediately started her on Brethine (Terbutaline) every 4 hours to stop the contractions. It worked, but the side effects are not pleasant. They caused her to shake really bad and her heart seemed as if it was about to pound out of her chest. 
The doctor came in, checked her out and told us that she was 3cm dilated and 60% effaced. WOW!
After a night in the hospital we were allowed to go home while continuing the Brethine every 6 hours. The heart racing has subsided but it still makes her really shaky and makes her feel pretty rough.

Her spirits are still really high and she's only had to take the medicine early once because of a small cramp or two. 

Since being home, we've had family and friends stop by, visit or stay a night just about every day.
They all came bearing gifts which makes you realize just how much people really do care. It means a lot to know that Miranda and I (and Cooper and Carter) are in the hearts of our family and friends.

And get this...

A couple of amazing ladies that my mother works with at our county courthouse immediately knew they had to do something upon learning that a prescription of bed rest had been handed down. These ladies didn't hesitate to jump into action and start baking caked and cobblers. You see, these ladies are very well-known in our area for making the best desserts and everyone loves them. They made several of their signature desserts and sold raffle tickets for $1 each for a chance to win them. They used their extensive contact lists to send out e-mails to everyone they knew... and it worked.

They named the fundraiser "Cakes & Cobblers for Carter & Cooper."
The raffle only went on for 2 1/2 days and in that amount of time they raised over $550!!
And every dime of it was handed over to us.
The outpouring of love and caring was absolutely, well, emotion inducing to say the very least.
There were many people involved in the fundraiser and many, many people who bought chances.
To everyone involved (on both sides) - thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!
It helps more than you can imagine. We will pay it forward.

I know a few names of those involved with with the fundraiser but there are many that I don't know.
I didn't name those few names because I didn't want to leave anyone out. Just know that we thank every one of you the same. Thank you, thank you! It is a feeling and an act that we will never forget.
 In the past few days we've been helped by friends and family with:

Reading material for the patient
Dinner and a movie
Items for the babies
An amazing fundraiser
Lunch from a special Chinese restaurant
Thoughts and prayers
Constant requests for status updates on Facebook :)
Love and care...

To everyone so far that has pitched in - we're speechless.
God sees all and will bless you tenfold.

There really are no more words except the final 'Thank You So Much!'
I'll try to update as soon as possible. But with everything going on right now, it could be a few days.
Stay tuned...

On a side note... we're still giving away a $300 Zuvo Water Filtration System here on the blog.
Go here to check it out and to enter. As always, there is no catch. Just read the post and comment to win.
For a giveaway this big there are still very few entries.
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