Monday, October 20, 2008

We're at UCSF (waiting to deliver)

We arrived at UCSF last night around 8:30pm. They wanted us to arrive at 8pm. We were late because we had so much luggage it looked like we were going to Cancun for a two weeks.

It turned out to be a good thing we were late. Apparently they had a pretty hectic day and ended up checking us in around midnight. The nurse told us they had several women come in who had twins and other stuff going on that set them back. They gave Liz a hospital bracelet to get the check in ball rolling and they put us in a room (more about that later). When we got to the room, Liz looked at her bracelet and realized it said "Elizabeth Ann Nelson" with a birthdate in 1981. Good thing Liz caught this! Turns out this person was not even at the hospital, which would have been a strange coincidence. Staff just mixed the charts up. Anyhow, the staff fixed the issue and finally were able to check us in around midnight.

Between our arrival time and midnight, I watched ESPN and we tried to take a nap. As most of you know, the hospital is not typically the most conducive place to nap. Way too much noise and people milling around. We tried to get on the internet last night but my wireless connection was being a pain. Liz also used our portable CD player to play some music for Nayeli. Nayeli seemed to like it and kicked several times.

Liz plays some relaxing music for Nayeli

So, let me talk about the room. As mentioned above, this place is super busy, as is any hospital I guess. The Dr. told us they have only six birthing rooms and then 4 post birth rooms. Apparently, the birthing rooms are pretty nice, with jacuzzi tubs and they are also pretty big. I am hoping we get a nicer room at some point. I am sleeping on this chair that turns into a cot. I have slept in dirt fox holes in the military in foreign places where people didnt like me that were more comfortable than this "cot." Anyhow, the Dr. said we will start the birthing process in our current room and as it progresses, she hopes to move us to a birthing room.

The update. Last night they gave Liz a strip called Cervidil. I will skip the details on how this was administered to Liz. What it does, is it makes her body release a harmone called prostanglanden. This hormone is a natural occurring hormone that makes the cervix dialate. It is not to start contractions, but Liz has felt a bit more since the medication was given. This medication takes 12 hours to work its magic, and then, around 2pm today, they plan to give Liz Potosin. This medication will indeed cause contractions. No idea what time our daughter will be born, but they anticipate this happening later this afternoon or early evening (or maybe even tomorrow).

To close, the day shift Dr. came in and talked to Liz and I. All along, we had been told our daughter is pretty much wisked away and we do not get to touch or hold her. This is a tough pill to swallow. The Dr. was very nice and said ofcourse we would be able to hold her, but they would take a minute to clip the cord. At this time, Liz and I would be able to get a good look at our baby girl and I plan to take a picture. The Dr. also said I can cut the cord if all is well with our baby girl when she comes into our world. These comments made Liz and I very happy.

We will keep everyone posted. Thanks for your continued support and prayers.


Pamela said...

Thanks for the update. Can't wait to see her! I'm continually thinking and praying for you all. Tell Elizabeth not to curse you out too much while she's pushing :)

Tracy Meats said...

I have been checking in like crazy to see if Nayeli has arrived!! Thanks for the update. Many prayers for Liz that she has an easy labor and delivery and many continued prayers for Nayeli. May she amaze you and hopefully doctors are able to stablize her quickly. Oh, and hopefully you get that birthing room--you deserve it!! You are probably next in line. Will keep checking in to see if your beautiful girl has arrived. Stay strong Shane for your girls and make sure you are eating! Liz, bring that beautiful little girl into this world. And baby Nayeli, fight little girl and show them how strong you are.

Tracy Meats - mom to Ian(born with a LCDH on 4/3/04) and WY and CO State Rep. for CHERUBS

Joe and Tracey Burdette said...

I have been checking like crazy today after being away from the computer all weekend (kind of feel lost without all the updates). I an praying for an easy and fast delivery and that everything goes well. How amazing to hear that you will be able to hold her even if it just for a few seconds! Cant wait to see your beautiful little girl.
mom to angel Andrew-RCDH

Gina said...

I want you both to know that I am thinking about all of you and I am saying lots of prayers! I can't wait to see your beautilful baby girl. Thanks for keeping all of us posted on this journey.
Lots of Love,

mummy to angel SKYLA said...

I have been checking for updates to see if your beautiful lil girl has arrived yet. Lots of prayers coming your way for a safe delivery of little Nayeli as she begins her fight against CDH.

Kristy, mum to angel SKYLA LCDH

Gail said...

Dearest Shane and Liz, I am as excited as an expectant Grandmother. Shane, if your Mom is close by..please hug her for me. I have been praying like a crazy lady for all of you. I know Nayeli will fight hard to stay. She will be surrounded with love from everyone and blessed to have you both as parents. Hang in there and keep the faith. Know there are many of us out here wishing an easy birth for Liz and for Nayeli and I know you will be overcome with joy when you see that beautiful baby come into this world. Love to ALL, Gail

Vicki Jensen said...

I'm praying like crazy for you guys! I'm praying for:
1. an easy delivery
2. you get to hold Nayeli
3. she is very stable
4. you get to hear a big, loud cry!
5. you get a nicer room
and finally, a safe birth for mom and baby!

mom to Jack, LCDH & ECMO, 8/20/07

Elizabeth said...

Keeping you all in my thoughts, prayers and LUNG FUNCTION chants,

Deb said...

Everyone at the PD is waiting with baited breath! The prayers have not stopped, keep faith! Love you guys!

Anonymous said...

I have been checking in for updates daily and my prayers and thoughts are with Nayeli and her proud parents.Keep the music playing for that little girl!! It soothes the soul. Love you all, Dave.