Well, the day has not been real great. The doctors decided to take Kate off the magnesium as they did not want to continue with this treatment if they did not absolutely have to. Kate had another ultrasound to check her cervical length and the level of fluid around the babies. The level of fluid was good, but her cervix has shortened significantly. On Monday it was in the 2.7-2.9 cm range, today it was closer to the 1.5 cm range...not good. This means that the contractions are weakening her cervix and moving things closer to delivery. She has not dilated any further, which is good, but these contractions need to stop. The doctors decided to give her a large dose of Procardia which she has been on before with mixed results. She feels okay on this drug (compared to the magnesium), but it is taken in pill form every 4 hours, and about 3 1/2 hours after she takes the pill the contractions are back and are very regular. We were hoping that Kate was "someone who contracts their whole pregnancy but never changes their cervix" as the doctors have said so many times, but that hope is now gone. Kate and I are just tired. We just want to be bored. We want a day with no activity, no changes, no bad news. We are scared, Kate thinks she is a medical mystery, and we don't feel like we can pray anymore than we have. We praise God for another day that the boys are in their mothers womb, and tomorrow is a big day because we are at the 24 week mark. But things are just not trending in the right direction. God is quickly bringing us to a place where there are no more medicines and the only thing left is a miracle, and maybe that is His plan in this whole ordeal. The doctors are on plan D, but God is still on plan A. We desperately want to see where that plan is taking us, but the steps are being revealed one at at time right now. We will follow in faith knowing that God holds us in His arms and He holds our tiny little baby boys in His arms.
Thank-you to everyone who has left posts, sent emails, sent cards, called, or visited. Your words of encouragement have sustained us. We have felt the support of the body of Christ. Please pray that God will touch Kate and stop the contractions.