July 28, 2003

Offspring update

Another two weeks gone by, another ultrasound. We’re at 32 weeks now, and everybody is doing just fine. Viola was always so worried about getting pregnant, not only for her own health, but the baby’s too. Her family has a long history of miscarriages, and she figured that if she was even able to get pregnant, her first definitely wouldn’t go full term. Well, here we are, at 32 weeks, and everything is going textbook perfect.

She will have to have a Caesarean section, because of her cerebral palsy. She’s never had very much range of movement in her legs. In fact, if it wasn’t for the twelve surgeries she’s had in her life, she’d be in a wheelchair right now. But getting her legs into that position, something that most women don’t even think about, compared to all the other rigors of childbirth, would be an impossibilty for Viola. The physical strain would be something her body wouldn’t be able to handle, either. Her body is not strong. Childbirth might have proved too much for it.

So, a C-section it is. She’s relieved, because she did not want to go through childbirth. A C-section? That’s just a surgery. She can go through a surgery standing on her head! The biggest problem she’s having is getting around with the extra weight. Her ankles used to swell and hurt at her previous (and very slim) weight. Now that she’s put on twenty (hardly noticable) pounds, they are certainly not doing well under the load. And could you blame them? She has more scar tissue on her left ankle than most people get on their whole body, in their whole lifetime. It’s a wonder she’s not wheelchair bound now. But no. Her body may not be strong, but her will certainly makes up for it. And if her dignity demands that she carry this weight on her own two feet, it will be done. I think she’ll have this babymaking thing licked.

She does love floating in the pool, though. And just 8 more weeks to go!

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  1. Margaret says:

    Wow, your wife sounds like a fantastically brave woman! I hope it all goes really smoothly, and that she keeps on floating 🙂

    Posted July 30, 2003 @ 8:02 pm

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