You’ve all heard the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” Or in our case, it takes a village to make bed rest manageable. I had my weekly doctor appointment and wanted to share with you how God has shown Himself so faithful.
First, an anatomy lesson. Picture the cervix like a straw. One end is by the baby, one end leads to the outside. The cerclage is a stitch put around the straw in the middle – halfway between the baby and the outside. Generally the cerclage is put in because there is “funneling,” which means the end of the cervix by the baby is opening.
Throughout my pregnancy they have measured the cervix to see if there is any shortening or funneling which is bad. Every time they measured, the cervix was 3.5cm and strong, except the day of the cerclage when it was 0.4cm and funneling (normal cervix is 2.5cm). After the cerclage, they measure the cervix from the stitch to the outside and I had measured 1.7-1.9 which they were pleased with. Last week there was funneling from the baby all the way to the stitch, which is expected when there’s a cerclage.
Today, there was no funneling. As Kim, my ultrasound tech and I chatted she says, “I’m just waiting to see the cervix open.” I said, “Kim it might not open. There’s a lot of people praying for us and God can do anything.”
The doctor comes in to see me and she was smiling and so happy. “I can’t believe these pictures are of your cervix,” she said. I asked her what the measurement was and she said because there’s no funneling they measure the whole cervix, which was 3.5cm – the same it had been throughout the pregnancy!
The doctors are amazed, the ultrasound techs are amazed, the nurses are amazed, and I say God can do the impossible. Maybe we should expect amazing more often!
The doctor told me to keep up the good work on bed rest. I know it’s first because of the Lord that everything is going so well, and second because of all of you who are praying for us, bringing us meals, and hanging out with me during the day. I don’t know that I will ever have the words to express how grateful I am for each of you, but I hope you are enjoying this journey of trusting God with us and seeing Him work in amazing ways!