May 28, 2005

No title, no topic, just numbness and fear

I will not be blogging for a while. The truth is I don't know when I will be again.

My wife is experiencing a relatively rare side effect of amniocentesis - it has torn the chorion and she is leaking amniotic fluid. She is in the hospital with a week of forced bedrest. I don't know what the distribution of outcomes is in this kind of case. I do know that women and fetuses do recover from this sort of thing, that some pregnancies continue without trouble. I also know that many do not. And I don't care what the odds are - I only care what the outcome is for my wife and baby.

For those of you of a religious bent, please pray for my wife and child. I'm an agnostic, and I'm not really sure how God would treat prayers from the likes of me, but I'm trying anyway.

Obviously, I'm not going to Russia any time soon. I know the European referendum is coming up, I know there's a lot going on in the world. And I've had a hard time lately finding it in me to care enough to blog. Now, I can't even imagine it. I can't imagine any event taking place further away than my wife's room having any effect on me at all. I'm sorry.

Posted 2005/05/28 0:18 (Sat) | TrackBack

Praying for you, Scott.

Posted by: aardvark at May 28, 2005 2:13

Oh no.

That's terrible news, Scott and for what it's worth my thoughts are with you, and them, and I'm fervently, desperately wishing everything will turn out well. Things frquently do turn out well.

Posted by: David Weman at May 28, 2005 2:25

I'm devastated.

I wish I was there so I could offer my help in whatever small insignificant way.

Posted by: David Weman at May 28, 2005 2:27

I only know you through your blog, and I too am fairly agnostic, but for what little it might be worth, you have my prayers and best wishes, too.

Don't apologize for not blogging; I'll miss reading your blog, as I assume others will, but the world will wobble on its messy way regardless. Take care of what's important to you, and good luck!

Posted by: Jeremy Leader at May 28, 2005 9:25

Thank you all. Kiera's situation seems stable. There's no more fluid coming out, and I can only assume that's a good sign. I'm hoping that means the tear has healed and the amniotic sack is refilling or has already refilled.

I can't seem to find out anything very firm about this condition or its usual progress, and the Belgian medical establishment doesn't seem to be as big on constantly informing the patient as the American one. So, I don't know anything really, but I'm very cautiously optimistic.

Posted by: Scott Martens at May 29, 2005 10:56

Wonderful that she has stabilized, and best wishes for her health and your child's.

Posted by: Jeremy Osner at May 29, 2005 12:57

My best wishes for a steady and speedy recovery of your wife and child.

Posted by: Martin Wisse at May 29, 2005 17:16

What Martin said, because I can't put it any better.

Posted by: David F. at May 30, 2005 0:14

I wish there was something I could do. I'll be thinking of you and your family. The latest news sounds good.

Posted by: John Emerson at May 30, 2005 4:02

Hi Scott,

good to hear Kiera is better now. I hope there are no more complications. Take care!


Posted by: Peter Dirix at May 30, 2005 10:11
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