Saturday, May 1, 2010

The day I walked into a wall...

On Thursday we went for a routine check up on our twins. We are in that safe zone, between the threat of miscarriage in the 1st trimester and the scare of prem labour in the 3rd. So we were not expecting anything sinister. As our gynae scanned my belly it became clear that she was concerned about baby A (as she calls them). She couldn't find a heart beat and the baby did not seem to be moving. She referred us to the Foetal Assessment Unit just up the road, there they have a sophisticated scan that could show what was going on. A long walk up a short road, hoping and praying that it was just our gynae's small machine that couldn't pick up the details.

In the small, dark room of the Foetal Assessment Unit the ultra-sonographer shook her head. No heart beat. With pity in her eyes she informed me that the "foetus had demised" - yes those were the cold, clinical words that she used.

That was the moment I walked head first into the wall. And it hurt.

I had not seen it coming. I had looked forward to the check up - to say hi to my 2 munchkins. The wall would not be moved and I walked into it. Pain throbbed throughout my body. She measured some more, and also checked over Baby B to make sure there were no further concerns. My mind was numb. I was told that since Baby A was the same size as Baby B the heart must have stopped beating only in the last couple of days.

The ultra-sonographer had squeezed us into her busy schedule so couldn't spend much time with us. Too soon she was ushering us out of the room. I had to will my legs to move to take me out of the dark room. The light seemed to bright for me, too happy, too full of life. I wanted to stay in that small, dark space for a while longer. I didn't want to face the world. I could relate to the darkness - it made sense. The light didn't make sense.

Back in our gynae's office I couldn't grasp what I had been told. My body felt no different. There was no bleeding , there were no cramps in my womb. No physical sign of the death that was allegedly inside my womb. Surely, surely the ultra sound was wrong. How could it be that the baby's heart just stopped beating. It did not make sense, in fact it still doesn't. This whole weekend I have been struggling to understand it all...it is like my brain doesn't work. It is like I am grasping at smoke or a cloud, I can't take hold of it. I just can't let go of Baby A. It's like I can't even start grieving because in my heart I don't believe this Baby could be dead.

My heart is so confused that I can't even think about the Baby B - apparently now there is a threat of me going into labour in the next 6 weeks. It is just too much for me to contemplate.

The one joy in all of this has been our precious Matt. He has certainly been aware that something is not right with his mom and dad. On Thursday he started showing many more of his sensory stimulating movements, like head shaking and seemed to go a bit wild. We were a bit concerned how to cope with him and the whirlwhind of emotions. Yet today he surprised us over and over, he was calm and caring. His interactions with us were so therapeutic and he truly brought joy into our home. I thank God for Matt and the light he brings into our lives.

And I look to God to carry us through this storm.

10 comments:

Jo Bach said...

Oh Jacqui, I am so, so sorry about your baby. My heart aches for you and Lloyd. I will be praying for your family. Love jo

Belinda Chaplin said...

so sorry to hear about your beautiful twin "baby A". I will be praying for all of you, especially "baby B"... words are not enough...

Cindy said...

Dear Jacqui, I am so sorry to hear about your precious baby A. I know that God will take you through this, just has he has every other trial. I pray for baby B, that he will grow and flourish, and for the wisdom of the doctors in caring for you. But most of all I pray for encouragement for you and Lloyd. Praise God for Matt's care of you!

Christine said...

Jacqui,

My heart has so much sadness for you and Lloyd and little Matt at this time. What an ordeal you've been through. I'm sad that the ultrasound technician wasn't more empathetic , that they didn't take the time to give you the time that was needed, no matter what their schedual was. That they didn't view it as it actually is..just another procedure to them... I am so sorry for the lack of insensitivity you received.
God will certainly see you through this but the pain is very real and the hurt is even greater.
I am praying for baby "B". That this little one remain strong and healthy . You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you all.

Kristi said...

Jacqui,
I am just so sad to read this. I pray for you and the rest of your family. I pray for the baby inside of you.

Michelle said...

My heart is breaking for you Jacqui. I'm honestly crying for your loss right now. A close friend of mine had that happen as well. I cannot imagine the overwhelming sorrow you are experiencing. Let God carry you through this valley. You will be lifted up in prayer constantly by my family.

Myssie said...

Jacqui, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you, Baby A, Baby B, Lloyd and Matt. So sorry.

Kelly said...

Oh Jacqui
I am so sorry. I hope that you feel God's hand on your back as it leads you to brighter days.

Much love,

Kelly W.

Valerie said...

So sad to read your news. I will be praying for your family, and especially for you and Baby B! God bless.

carina said...

I am truly very sorry to hear this...sooo sooo sorry. You are in my thoughts. xxx