Tuesday, March 06, 2007

A Long 4 Days

I am just going to tell you all what is going on, but probably won't elaborate much on it at this point.

Friday night I started bleeding some. We were in Altus, OK with Rich's family, so the ER wasn't an option at that point. We decided to go to the clinic in CHildress in the morning. I wasn't experiencing any cramping at this point.

Saturday I continue to bleed (only during restroom trips), and we go into the clinic. My hormone levels are tested and MUCH to my surprise they are still elevating. So, we come home and I stay in bed all day Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday night I start cramping and have more bleeding so we go to the ER. After 4 hours, they do an urinalysis, blood work, pelvic exam and sonogram (bless the sonographer who was awakened at 10:30 p.m. to come in for us) they find: my hormone levels were still rising (what?), my cervix was slightly dilated (usually a sign of the onset of a miscarriage), but the most surprising to ALL of us...the baby was fine. The heartbeat was the same as it was Thursday, his measurements were right on track with what we saw Thursday, and he was trucking right along. We were shocked, amazed, and totally perplexed! The sonographer said if the doctor hadn't told him my cervix was dilating, he would have said it was closed. He took pics of EVERYTHING and said all looked fine...he had no idea why I was bleeding and having cramping.

So, I was told to come home and stay in bed, and Monday morning to call my doctor to make an appointment.

Monday we see Dr. Ridens. She doesn't add much more...the sonogram and hormone levels look okay, so just have to wait and see. She puts me on total bed-rest for this week and possibly next (which is my Spring Break) and has us make an appointment for blood work on Thursday.

Of course we are praying for good results, but we have also come to a place of peace with this situation. Turning this whole situation over to God, I have accepted there is a very good possibility I am in the middle of losing the baby or have already lost it. I am so thankful (I know it is hard to understand, but I really mean it) for this time of trial because it has brought me closer to my loving heavenly Father and has made the bond between my wonderful husband and me that much stronger.

We have not given up hope or the belief that our God is AWESOME and powerful and can and will work miracles on our behalf. We are just accepting the possibility that His miracle may not be what we have in mind.

So, again we beseech you for prayers of healing and comfort. Particularly, we pray for a rising hormone count and that Sprout has been protected from this trauma going on inside of me. We also pray for comfort and reassurance and that God will guard our hearts and minds against the devil's antics.

We love you all and thank you for your love and friendships!


  1. It was so good to talk to you last night! You continue to amaze me how you are handling everything. You are all in our prayers! Hang in there! Let me know if I can do anything for you and Richard! Keep us posted!
    love and miss,

  2. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you get some good rest this week!

  3. I love you and am sorry you are hurting. I wish I was there to give you a big hug and snuggle up with you. You are my sister and a true role model to me and others. You are in my prayers and I am sorry this is such a tough moment. You are a beautiful couple, and will be blessed in that fashion! I adore you and Rich and little Sprout.
    There is a quote from my favorite poem, that I always turn to when I am in question regarding life...

    "Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should..."
    (Max Ehrmann)

    There is more, but this is the jist and has a special place in my heart and 5 of my friends when we were all going though a tough time in life together.

    Get some rest. All love.

  4. Charla,
    I'm so sorry that you've had such a trying few days. Your strength continues to be amazing to me! You remind me of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Even when they went through the fiery furnace, they put their trust in God, know that he COULD save them. But, they also trusted that even if he didn't, he was still God and still in control.

    Keep strong! God is powerful!

    Our first prayer in all this has been that in everything, God would receive the glory, and that His perfect will would be done. But we are praying so hard that Sprout would be protected from everything that's going on.

    You have all our love and prayers!


  5. We are praying for your family. I encourage you to continue to be strong and rest assured that God has a plan. Hang in there and know that we love you. Jason & Stacie

  6. It sounds like my prayers for peace have been answered. I pray that God continues to give your heart peace and rest as you continue this journey.
    Sending you LOTS of love!

  7. Oh, Charla. I wish there was something more that I could do for you! I will keep praying for you, Richard, and Sprout - that God will keep you strong, grant you peace, and help you all to rest and grow.

  8. We are thinking of you too- he does have a plan, and I know yours is a great one!

  9. I know these have been a tough few days. It is sure to feel like an emotional roller coaster. I was going to call tonight but we served food to the youth at church tonight and got home later than I'd hoped. I spoke to your Mom yesterday. I know you go back to the doctor tomorrow. I'll check in with you sometime tomorrow. I had a very scary experience when I was pregnant with Garrett around 5 months. I was certain that I'd lost him. So the things that go through our mind are not always what we think. I will continue to pray for you all to have the strength and faith to deal with whatever happens. I have no doubt that you do. Love you all. Donna

  10. Thinking of you all and hoping that you get good news at your next appt. God is good and He will be with you no matter what.


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