Chris and I made a decision to not get a van or bigger SUV. Itâ€™s just too much of a financial commitment. We werenâ€™t sure if this was going to work or not, but 3 car seats can fit across the back seat of our compact SUV. Our kids are going to have to deal with not having a lot of personal space.
On another note, my mommy nesting instincts are kicking into high gear. Iâ€™m having trouble slowing my brain down with my â€œget ready for babyâ€ task list swarming in my head. Poor Chris. He was so tired, but I made him set up the car seat late at night cuz I really needed to take one more thing off of my checklist. I have a final paper for seminary class due on Sunday (tomorrow). I have a lot of work to do to finish it, but Iâ€™m having trouble focusing to get it done. Would love your prayers!
My platelet count came back last week the same value as before. So, it’s still slightly on the low side, but not getting any lower. The doctors expected it to get much lower in the 3rd trimester, but it hasn’t… praise God! They’ve warned me that there’s always a chance that my platelet count will lower more right before delivery, so they’ll do a quick blood test in the hospital when I arrive. If any emergency arises during delivery (like an emergency C-section or postpartum hemorrhage), I’ll need a platelet transfusion. Chris & I are praying that no such emergency arises and that my platelet count will be within normal range, so that I won’t need platelets. But we’ve also begun to plan a little… we’ve set up a directed donor platelet account with the Red Cross. Essentially, friends/family can donate platelets, which would be held on reserve for me at Arcadia Methodist just in case I need them.
If you’re interested in donating platelets, all you have to do is call the American Red Cross Patient Services Dept at 1800-696-1757. You have to setup an appointment at one of their plateletpheresis centers (they’re all over LA and Orange County). Plateletpheresis is a much longer process than donating whole blood and usually takes anywhere from 1 to 2.5 hours. You can learn more about plateletpheresis at:
Here are some eligibility guidelines in the link below. You need to also have not taken any aspirin-containing products for at least 36 hours. They also recommend that you are either a regular blood donor already or you know that you’re not scared of needles since the process takes much longer than a normal blood donation.
Some other stuff to know is:
- Platelet donors do NOT have to match the same blood type as me. They look at other factors within the blood to give me the best match, but there is no platelet donation that would be life-threatening for me (like with a whole blood donation).
- Platelets only last for 5 days. It takes 2 days to process the platelets, so they’re only good for 3 days in the hospital. Thus, if I haven’t gone into labor or I simply don’t need them, your platelets will be used for another patient at Arcadia Methodist (e.g., a chemotherapy patient or a trauma victim).
- Since we have no idea when Caris will make her way into the world, we’ll need multiple staggered donations throughout February. Her due date is 2/14/09, so she’s considered “term” from 1/24 until 2/28. We’re hoping to get donations starting at least on 2/1/09 (meaning that your platelets would be ready at the hospital from 2/3-2/5 – since they only last for 5 days).
If you have any questions, you can ask Chris since he’s donated platelets before! 🙂
So I’m back to having to see the OBGYN twice a week since I’m getting close to my due date. I get a non-stress test each time… so I get to hear Caris’ heartbeat on the monitor. She’s doing very well. Today, I was giggling uncontrollably because Caris discovered the monitor on my belly and decided to kick away at it. It looked like a scene from Aliens. She also then started to hiccup for at least 5 minutes. I’m going to bring our camera and video record the monitor sounds at my next appointment on Thursday.
Tonight, Chris was reading a book to Caleb and asked where’s the baby, expecting Caleb to point at the baby in the book. He pointed at my belly, walked over, and kissed it.
Little Caleb has had multiple sudden reactions to food he’s eaten. We finally figured out what he’s allergic to… MILK! oh my. I love milk. I love ice cream. I love yogurt. Caleb can’t have any, for now at least. His first reaction at the end of March was to Beechnut rice cereal. We knew he wasn’t allergic to rice since he’s had it before from another brand. But this rice cereal has “whey” in it… a milk product. Then at the beginning of May, Caleb had banana yogurt. He’s had teaspoons of yogurt in the past, but this time, he ate a whole cup of it.
We still weren’t completely convinced. Maybe it was some other ingredient? We offered Caleb some cottage cheese with mango a couple weeks ago. He got hives all over his face and neck. Poor Caleb!
Chris tried this fish dish (the fish was poaches in milk, but that was it). He turned red around his mouth. This Monday, I fed him a small piece of whole-grain chip. I noticed that familiar itchy redness start around his mouth too. The chips were sour cream and chives. No more milk products for you, baby boy.
So, Caleb had blood drawn 3 weeks ago for the pediatric allergist. We got the results yesterday. Caleb’s allergic to milk, casein, egg whites, peanuts, and oats. Well, all of them are borderline allergies on his labwork, and may not be true allergies. But, for now, the allergist says no milk or eggs until Caleb’s at least 2 (after he gets his blood tests repeated). And no nuts at all including peanut butter until he’s at least 3 (if his blood test then is clear). Caleb can have oats in moderation since he doesn’t seem to have had any reactions to his oatmeal.
And, Caleb showed a slight increase in his IgE’s to cat dander. Oh no!!! It’s not very high. But, the doctor warned that Caleb may develop a worse allergy to cats… or it just might disappear as he gets older.