Our Journey with Conjoined Twins
Abby & Erin
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
First off let me apologize for not posting sooner. My laptop charger died and so I am borrowing a computer at the Ronald McDonald House so that I can post an update. But it´s been a little crazy since the girls got here so I haven´t had a chance to sit down and collect my thoughts yet as well.
So lets see where to begin...
Bed rest was quite and experience, one the I was definitely not expecting. Even though I wasn´t expecting it, and it was not the easiest, but the hospital and staff were amazing. We made friends with almost all of our nurses to the point where they would hang out with us when they weren´t caring for their other patients. One nurse folded our towels into animals, another nurse taught Riley how to play the ukulele and brought me flowers, and other would just hang out and swap stories and make us laugh. We really were blessed to have so many fantastic nurses. There wasn´t one who I would say I didn´t like. Between that and then all the different opportunities they provided for us (Music therapy, pet therapy, art therapy, etc) we had things to do and people to talk to all the time.
Those are the good point but bed rest was no easy by any means. Yes we had things to help pass time, and people had sent us wonderful care packages (THANK YOU). But being stuck in a little room with a window that faced a brick building for weeks was not fun, but completely worth it at the same time.
One evening (July 23rd) Riley and our one wonderful nurses were playing ukulele in our room just hanging out when I decided to get up and use the bathroom. When I went to the bathroom I realized (sorry if it is TMI) that my pants were a little damp, which had never happened before. So unfortunately I had to stop the party and figure out what was going on. So the OB came in and checked me and realized that I was between 1-2 centimeters dilated and about 70% effaced. That came as a complete surprise to me as I had not had one cramp or one contraction. I was just feeling pressure which was nothing new since the girls had situated their heads in my pelvis quite a few weeks earlier. So they decided to monitor the babies and then check me again in an hour. But before that hour was up they had also decided to get me another round of steroids and set me up on the magnesium drip again.....UGH. I was not thrilled about that one, but anything for my girls. So thankfully they got a new IV in me and started all those fun medications. They came back and checked me an hour later to find that not much had changed. I was still the same amount dilated but was closer to 80% effaced. Since things didn´t seem to be moving very quickly they decided they would let me sleep through the night and then check me around 6am unless something changed. (This was around 12 midnight.)
So of course Riley and I call our families just to let them know what was going on. And while I was on the phone with my mom my water decided to break. And let me tell you when my water broke, it really really broke. We had found out two days earlier that my fluid had gone up a little bit, not so much that they were worried, but they made it a point to mention it. So I felt like I lost half my body weight in fluid. They were doing everything they could to help soak it up (since I was in bed and hooked to IVs there was no where I could go). They were using towels and blankets and ugh, it just felt like I was gushing (which I´m sure some other mamas out there can relate to, to some extent). So as soon as we called the nurse things started moving very very quick. At the time baby Bs heart rate kept dropping and all I kept hearing what them saying baby Bs heart rate is dropping again we need to get her to the OR. I was amazed an how quickly they unhooked me and had me wheeling down the hall into the OR.
When I got into the OR it was almost like time slowed down for me. I saw people running, and heard people talking, and things were happening to me, but I just breathed and prayed. I kept hearing about baby Bs heart rate dropping, and about the Dr that was supposed to deliver me being on her way. I had one nurse who stayed by my head the entire time and explained everything that was happening. At one point I realized that I still had not gotten my spinal that we had originally talked about. And when I mentioned it I learned that I was going to be put under anesthesia because everything was happening too quick and baby b was in distress. So again I took another breath and prayed and took the news in. Then I felt medications stinging as they were being pumped into my IV, a catheter being put in (not fun), I felt cold liquid covering my stomach. I saw sheets being put up and lights shining bright. Then the anesthesiologist told the nurse to tilt my head back as far as it would go since they were going to intubate me immediately after I went under. So as I felt my head tilt back and far as it would go I took a deep breath, said one more little prayer for my babies who were about to be born, and went to sleep.
All of this happened between 12:45 and 1:20 when my beautiful perfect conjoined baby girls were born. They were each about 2lbs and 1oz a piece and are as pretty as ever. They were born at 30 weeks and 4 days and had no problems with their breathing at all. The Drs told us that they came out screaming. I was woken up once I was sewn up and all done, and wheeled back into my room to find Riley gushing about our baby girls. (one of our nurses took pictures with my cell phone for us so that´s all that he had seen when I was finally brought back in.) Once I started to come to I realized that there was a crib being wheeled into my room to meet my two precious little miracles. Honestly I don´t fully remember that moment too well as I was really fuzzy but just knowing that my girls were here and doing well was all I needed.
(I will post another update with what has been going on since then very soon)
Thank so you much for all the prayers. I know that even though ya´ll didn´t know what was happening at the time, God did and He knows your prayers. I know He was there with me as I was wheeled into the OR. I know He was waiting with Riley while the girls were being born. I know He was with my babies as they took their first breaths and had all sorts of Drs and nurses handling them and checking them. I know He has been with all four of us in these past two weeks more than I could have ever imagined, and please know that your prayers and well wishes have been strongly felt as well.
My name is Heather Delaney. I married the love of my life Riley on 10/02/15 and we now have two beautiful girls Abby & Erin, who are conjoined twins, that were born 07/24/16. We are trusting that God is going to work all this out for his good!