Thursday, March 8, 2007

A Friend In Need

I have met a new friend in this wonderful, wacky world of cyberspace. We met on a website for women on bedrest and with high risk pregnancies. Since then she has been following my blog and we have been emailing daily. She has been a huge source of support and encouragement ever since we started our online communication, and now I would like to return the favor.

Her name is Amy. She is about 26 or 26 1/2 weeks pregnant and, like me, is on strict bedrest in a hospital; however she is experiencing quite a few more serious complications. At 21 weeks she found out that she had complete placenta previa and placenta accreta. One of the risks is that the placenta can grow into a percreta which means the placenta can grow through the uterine wall and attach to her organs such as her bladder or her kidney. She was just diagnosed with this a few days ago. She is being closely monitored as it can progress pretty rapidly. This is pretty rare, occurring 1 in 70,000 cases. As you can imagine this is a very scary and stressful time for her and her family.

I am writing all of this because she and her family are in need of our prayers. If all goes well she will go into a scheduled c-section surgery on April 30th once her baby has reached 34 weeks. After the baby is delivered she herself will undergo a more extensive surgery. Let's pray that she and the doctors can go ahead with the scheduled delivery without any further emergencies.

As she is a regular visitor on my blog, I thought we could use this site as a source of encouragement and support for her. Please go to the comment section and post a comment to let her know you will keep her and her family in your prayers.

Thank you, friends! Love to you all!


Britt said...

I'm a stalker to this blog, and have been praying regularly for you, Ashley, and I'll add my prayers for your friend Amy today.

God bless you both for your courage and love for your children.


Anonymous said...

O almighty and Everlasting God Who through the operation of the Holy Christ, did prepare the body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mary to be a worthy dwelling place of your divine Son; and, through the operation of the same Holy Spirt, did sanctify Saint John the Baptist, while still in his mother’s womb; hearken to the prayers of your humble servants who implore thee, through the intercession of Saint Gerard, to protect Amy and her child and bring them safely through this perilous time that they may experience the abundant life you promised and the joy of your salvation as they continue on their journey. Amen!

Anonymous said...

Both of you are in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Amy, I read about you on Ashley's blog. I am praying for you and your unborn child. I pray the Lord will give you and your family strength, both physical and emotional, and to give you the peace of knowing His grace is sufficent!! I am glad that you and Ashley and others in similar situations can communicate, I know you have been an encouragement and a blessing to Ashley. It seems like ya'll have alot in common, not only in your bedrest situation, but in your love for your daughters and your close relationships with your husbands. I thank God for bringing you into each others lives!

Jonathan Webb said...

We're all thinking about you Amy.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashley, I keep you, Hershey, Holland, and Jonathan in my prayers daily. After reading your blog today, I would like to let Amy know I will do the same for her and her family.
I can relate some to her situation as my first son was born placenta previa. There was one cord and two placentas merged as one. They were merged end to end so it took up a lot of space in the uterus causing the placenta previa.
This happened before the days of ultra sounds, so it seemed to come as a surprise to the doctor during delivery. I know it was the grace of God that brought my son and I through that experience. However, there is more to his miracle birth.

I was very sick with severe vertigo during that pregnancy. This was a completely disabling vertigo, where you can't stand and can't keep anything in your stomach. The spinning doesn't stop even lying down. They had to put me on medications that were suppose to be "ok" but not great during pregnancy. In other words they really didn't know the effects of some of those meds. I prayed and my friends prayed the rest of that pregnancy that the odds were stacked against my son being born totally normal and mentally sound. My son was not only born absolutely perfect and his health has always been perfect but he is extremely smart with IQ testing (for what it worth)genius. He went to Yale on a full scholarship and played football for Yale while he was there. I in my heart know that was he is was miracle baby because the odds were stacked against him in that entire
pregnancy and delivery. The doctors could never figure out why the two placenta's and only one cord. If he was a twin there should have been two cords. Of course this was all written up in journals, but I know it was God's
way of filtering all those meds I was taking - he worked a miracle.

God Bless you both and your babies.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know I'm sending good "stay pregnant" vibes to you and Amy. I'm one of the Jen's from Sidelines and am in the hospital on bedrest too. I love your blog and can so relate to many of your stories. Thanks for helping to keep me entertained in the land of bland food, white walls, bad fluorescent lighting. Your blog is a bright spot in my day. Let's hope you, Amy and I all make it full term with very few problems for mom or baby along the way.


Anonymous said...

I will add Amy to my morning walk prayers.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to all of you for your kind words and prayers. Although the placenta is growing like a tumor, Baby Luke is doing great at this stage. We are both being carefully monitored. Weekly ultrasounds will help determine if we have to move the date up even more from 34 weeks so as to minimize the chance of complete uterine rupture, as well as minimize the amount of surgery they will have to do on me after he is safely out. I will keep Ashley posted on any developments.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU again from all of us!!

With love,
Amy, Chris, Zach (11), Ellie (2) & Corie (1)

Anonymous said...

My prayers will be added to those already flying her way.

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy,

I just wanted to say thanks to you and Ashley and all those moms out there who go through so much to have kids!!

I am Holland's babysitter and I love to play "auntie" ... you know, spoil them for a day, fill them up with sugar and send them home to mom!!!

I don't have kids, but I can appreciate even more all you bedrest moms go through after reading Ashley's blog! Hang in there - you all are doing some awfully hard work for us "aunties" ... and daddies, grandmas, grandpas, etc.

I'm thinking of you all often and sending my best wishes your way!

Anonymous said...

My mother's placenta grew through her organs. My father wast old he had to choose which one of us lived or died. I was born by emergency cesa 33 years ago 3 months premature. My mother is now 62 years old. Even if complications happen, pray for happy endings.