Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Updates on my "Little Sister"

If you remember, my local mom's of multiples group has a "big sister" program. This matches a current (and interested) mom up with an expecting mom of twins. They serve as a resource and mentor during pregnancy and for the first 6 months of the babies lives. My little sister is named Andrea and also happens to live 4 doors up from me. She is currently 31 weeks pregnant with b/g twins.   

Last week Andrea had her biweekly ob appointment. When the nurse first took her back her blood pressure was high. They took it again a little while later and it was still high, so they sent her to the hospital. From there they were able to stabilize her blood pressure some. They started her on blood pressure medications and did the 24 hour urine test to test for protein since her dip was negative. She received the first round of steroid shots for the babies lungs on Thursday night. On Friday she found out her urine was positive for protein and she was diagnosed with preeclampsia. 

We are mostly in touch via text but I did go to visit her on Friday. W and I went into Syracuse to visit with some good friends for lunch. We took separate cars and I went to the hospital to visit with Andrea after while W took the girls home to nap. 

She seemed to be doing well and had plenty of visitors. Her blood pressure was pretty stable at that point. 

On Monday she was given the option to go home if she wanted. Her mom and husband thought it was best she stay so she did. Well, today they told her she's good to go home. Her platelets are back in the normal range and her blood pressure has remained stable. She is planning to stay at her parents house since she will have to go for appointments 3 times a week until she delivers and they are much closer to the drs office and hospital. I'm so glad she's doing so much better. 

I think she's been super confident all along that she wasn't going to have any complications and would deliver full term or close to it. She continued to work like crazy and do tons after work every day. Since she's a teacher she recently finished teaching for the school year. She said it was like as soon as she hit 30 weeks her body fell apart. 

I'm so glad she didn't have to deliver her babies at 30 weeks and that she has more time for them to grow and mature. Please keep Andrea and her babies in your thoughts. 


  1. It's so nice of you to take care of her. Support means a lot esp at difficult times. Glad she is alright and hope her situation will be stable till the end.

  2. That's so great the blood pressure meds are working so she can keep those babies cooking. None of the meds worked for me so I had to deliver. Hope she can make it a few more weeks. At least if they come early she has you to help her through a NICU stay.
    It's so funny because I feel like 30 weeks was about the time my body fell apart, too. It got so much harder then.