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Please Support Melissa

My friend, Melissa, has too many invisible conditions for me to possibly list. Seriously, she has a large number of health conditions and her current pregnancy has been very high-risk. Melissa had 9 miscarriages. She has one son and a daughter on the way any day.

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She has endometriosis and she has battled infertility. Without getting into a lengthy account of the unthinkable number of complications Melissa has endured throughout this pregnancy, she did have to have a colonoscopy while pregnant (due to a partial intestinal blockage)… and the fact that she was pregnant meant this was unanesthetized. Many biopsies were done (she has Crohn’s disease). You can imagine how painful this was without anesthesia! She also has endometrial cancer. She has been bedridden for the vast majority of her pregnancy (for a variety of reasons) and was, for a time, on IV treatments until her body could no longer handle even them.

I asked Melissa what I could do to help. Specifically, I asked her what I could ask people to focus on for her.

Before I include her list, I should explain some background knowledge… that Melissa has more than one health condition that have the potential to be life-threatening and the delivery of this baby could jeopardize her health. Also, it’s possible that cancer will need to be removed while she’s in the hospital for the delivery.

Here is her list:

1) get me through until the planned 26th delivery (she is honestly not sure her body will hold out until Saturday, she is in massive pain)

2) healthy Chloe (the name she will give her daughter)

3) no surgery

I don’t know about you but I’m wishing for her to get through the next couple of days smoothly, thinking about a healthy baby girl (Chloe), and envisioning no surgery.

Melissa is understandably anxious now as she is in very severe pain today and her scheduled delivery is not until Saturday. She sees her reproductive endocrinologist and perinatologist today. It’s about a two hour drive for her to get to the hospital where these specialists are located. So, she is being driven there. (Due to an astounding number of fainting incidents throughout her pregnancy, she cannot drive).

Melissa’s spirit is unbelievably strong. She is one of the strongest people I have ever met. Between her career as a social worker, her work as a volunteer online endometriosis support group leader (approximately 1,000 women in this group at any given time), and her blogging on various health topics (mostly endometriosis)… Melissa has helped THOUSANDS of women.

Despite how very ill Melissa is, she somehow managed to write this post:

Melissa’s Invisible Illness Awareness Week post

As I asked yesterday for Allison, I am asking today for Melissa… I am asking your support. I speak to Melissa almost daily. While she is in another country from me, I am able to communicate with her daily through the beauty of technology. Trust me when I tell you that this post barely scratched the surface at explaining a fraction of what Melissa has been through.

So whatever your personal spiritual or religious beliefs may be, I would appreciate if you could send any of the following Melissa’s way: positive thoughts, prayers, healing thoughts, etc.

Twitter users, please join me in tweeting supportive messages for @momtojake. She’s not on twitter much these days but that doesn’t mean we can’t rally support for her there. Twitter users with endo are all familiar with Melissa’s smiling face on twitter, working hard to advocate for endometriosis patients everywhere. She has been a powerhouse on twitter on behalf of the endometriosis cause, infertility, advocating for patients, and so much more. I can think of no better place to spread the word about Melissa’s imminent delivery.

Melissa’s baby is expected to be very small. It is highly likely that she will need to be in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), just based on projected size alone.

In addition to asking my regular readers to support Melissa, I would greatly appreciate any support from the Invisible Illness Week community.

Melissa is a role model for others in how to educate oneself, share information with others, provide support, and locate resources. Her services to the endometriosis and infertility communities are great.

Please, everyone, send positive thoughts/prayers Melissa’s way at this time. Thank you!

This post was written by Jeanne at http://chronichealing.com. Copyright Β© Jeanne β€” chronichealing.com. All rights reserved.


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41 comments

1 EndochickNo Gravatar { 09.17.09 at 11:18 am }

She’s been on my mind and in my prayers for months, and will continue to be. Let’s all hope she makes it through this will a healthy baby and no surgery. She’s been so strong through this whole ordeal. Her body and spirit has been through a WAR, now she needs a healthy baby girl and a break!!
.-= Endochick´s last blog ..The post where things aren’t going well… =-.

2 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.17.09 at 12:09 pm }

Endochick,

I too have been thinking about Melissa nonstop for these many months. She has been through so, so much. I agree with everything you said and I just wish I could snap my fingers and make things better for her… now.

Jeanne

3 SonjaNo Gravatar { 09.17.09 at 12:10 pm }

Sending thoughts her way…
.-= Sonja´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

4 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.17.09 at 12:16 pm }

Sonja,

Thank you!

Jeanne

5 JeannetteNo Gravatar { 09.17.09 at 1:44 pm }

Oh that poor soul-she must be so frightened too and fearful for the safety of the baby. Truly my heart goes out to her and you can be sure I will pray very hard for everything to turn out well. I simply can not imagine how hard it must be for her. I will also be sure and send supportive twitter messages. I believe in the power of prayer and especially in the power of many. All will be well Melissa-we are all pulling for you.

Jeannette

PS- I also didn’t realize she was a fellow Ontarian. Well, my prayers are even closer to her now. :0)
.-= Jeannette´s last blog ..KNOW WHEN TO FOLD EM… =-.

6 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.17.09 at 6:11 pm }

Jeannette,

Yes, it is a nerve-wracking time. Melissa is in really rough shape. I spoke to her this morning before her doc appointments… and again, briefly, a little while ago after she got back home. The next few days are going to be very anxious ones from the sounds of it. I am passing along everyone’s wishes to her. Between the large amount of traffic on this post for Melissa, the comments left here, people’s comments of Facebook, and finally the many comments for her from the twitter community… there are many, many people pulling for her and Chloe! So much has happened during her pregnancy that it’s impossible to comprehend the true magnitude from any mentions she has made on her blog or I have made on mine. It’s very intense. On top of all that, her son just went back to school and his intractable epilepsy is flaring again despite his medications. πŸ™ So he’s been having lots of seizures. It is just intense! Oh, and they just moved. Talk about stress.

Thank you for thinking of Melissa!!!

Jeanne

P.S. Yes, she is in Ontario. πŸ™‚ Also, I just left you a blog comment regarding your attempted return to nursing work… I hope you will “take it in” the way I intended it when I wrote it. It may sound a bit “abrupt” if you are reading it without hearing my tone of voice. Please know that it meant to be 100% helpful. My thoughts are with you as you struggle through this time of challenge for you.

7 AllisonNo Gravatar { 09.17.09 at 6:24 pm }

Praying for Melissa and her family! She is truly a warrior. I pray for a healthy delivery, a healthy baby girl, and a healthy and fast recovery so she can get back to her family. Please keep us updated Jeanne!!!

Did I miss your call earlier? I finally was able to sleep this afternoon after my apt.
.-= Allison´s last blog ..What a hell of a week =-.

8 AllisonNo Gravatar { 09.17.09 at 6:26 pm }

PS: Thanks for the thoughts and prayers the other day! I went to the Dr. today and I’m on the verge of having Bronchitis. I was instructed to stay home the rest of the weekend and rest, and drink PLENTY of fluids. I think I’m finally starting to feel better. THANK YOU! We will hopefully get to see the baby at my OBGYN apt on Monday. I’m very nervous. I don’t seem to have many symptoms anymore, but, of course the cold or whatever train hit me hard and that has been in the forefront!!! I’m sure things will be fine and I appreciate your support!

GOD BLESS MELISSA!!!!
.-= Allison´s last blog ..What a hell of a week =-.

9 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.17.09 at 7:07 pm }

Allison,

It’s good to hear from you! Thank you for supporting Melissa, who has been through so, so much!!

As soon as I hear any updates Melissa wants me to share, I share them with everyone. So I’ll keep everybody posted.

Yes, I called you earlier. It went to voice-mail. I think it was before your doctor’s appointment. I am so glad you got some sleep. That’s awesome!

Jeanne

10 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.17.09 at 7:17 pm }

Allison,

There have been many people thinking about you! That’s for sure. πŸ™‚

I’m so sorry you’re sick! I am glad they emphasized the importance of staying home, resting, and PLENTY of fluids. I’m glad you feel some improvement. You are very welcome! Good luck Monday! I’m glad things are turning around for the better symptom-wise!

Yes, we have lots and lots of people thinking of Melissa now! πŸ™‚

Jeanne

11 YayaNo Gravatar { 09.17.09 at 8:24 pm }

Oh I hope it’s a healthy and quick delivery!
.-= Yaya´s last blog ..Save One Mammy! =-.

12 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 09.17.09 at 9:43 pm }

J –

I’m not sure exactly what to say when Thank you doesn’t even come near to saying what I must say. You have certainly managed to cheer me up (to the point of happy tears) on what’s been a very difficult and trying day. I’m not sure how much I’m going to be around, ie. online, in the following days but want to respond to everyone’s kind words. They are very much appreciated and lift my spirit.

This pregnancy has been difficult to say the least. I’ve felt the extreme happiness at being able to conceive, and now carry to almost term. I’ve felt the guilt of being able to conceive and carry to term in light of what other endo and gynae cancer survivors face for fertility odds. I’ve felt the pain of continued pain from both the endo, and the fibro, not to mention the near constant migraine. I’ve felt the joy of baby Chloe tap-dancing on my bladder, only to feel the sadness at 35 weeks of her continuing to tap-dance on my bladder as she fights to stay in a breech delivery position. I’ve felt the pain of the colonoscopy, the constant needle pokes, the problems with fainting, non-stop vomiting, the IV therapy, the book injuries (let’s just say that my love of books attacks me physically at times!)… It’s been a very limiting experience for me, which has put a lot of pressure on my family members. And yet, I would do the whole experience (if only it were to be possible) again in a heartbeat, simply because of my dream to be able to have a large family. But it’s just too much.

Now, as I sit here in physical agony and a lot of fear and anxiety, I’m reminded that I have a lot of friends out there. Baby Chloe already has a lot of friends without even having arrived as yet. She is predicted to be quite small, we just had another measurement ultrasound to confirm exact measurements. I’m physically measuring at a 31 week size using the external measuring type technique. The doctor did an in-office ultrasound today and said that she was indeed quite small, and send me off for another more in-depth ultrasound. They are trying to prepare for the odds that she will need to take up a space in the NICU. I’m determined that she won’t need this bed at all. But I know that no matter what happens, I’ve done everything in my power to make it work out for the best.

As our family grows and meets its new “normal” of being a family of 4 with one child having unique medical needs and a mommy who is chronically ill, I know that I’ll have others to lean on and provide me with support that I’m sure I’m going to need. Who knows what the future holds in terms of the cancer, but I know that with all of you, I will at least be able to have a bit of a smile each day πŸ™‚

Thank you all again so much from the bottom of all of our hearts.
Melissa
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..Invisible Illness Awareness Week =-.

13 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.18.09 at 12:52 am }

Melissa,

I have so many things I’d like to say but I am 100% spent. So I will have to respond at another time. Just know that LOTS of people are thinking of you and asking me about you!!!

Jeanne

14 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.18.09 at 12:52 am }

Alicia,

That’s for sure!

Jeanne

15 WendyNo Gravatar { 09.18.09 at 2:32 am }

Melissa, you are an inspiration. Praying for you, Chloe, Brian and Jacob.
.-= Wendy´s last blog ..Redemption =-.

16 JeannetteNo Gravatar { 09.18.09 at 6:43 am }

Oh Melissa-I really feel for you-particularly as a mother and a chronic illness sufferer. I can only imagine what you are going through. My youngest was born 6 weeks premature and I was fearing many problems-however outside of a few small issues, all was well. You are absolutely correct, you have done everything possible to ensure a healthy baby and I think everything will turn out good. I am praying really hard for you and a prayer chain has also been started. Wishing you the very best!
.-= Jeannette´s last blog ..KNOW WHEN TO FOLD EM… =-.

17 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 09.18.09 at 9:19 am }

Endochick –

Thanks for your kind words and prayers. Yep, it’s been a way all right, right from the start at 6 weeks when I started bleeding. I knew going in that it was going to be difficult, but I had no idea that it would be “this difficult”. I try to take everything as it comes, getting an IV started is no longer a big thing for me. Taking blood? For the first time in my life, I’ve been able to watch the process which is kind of cool, but kinda sad that I’ve come THAT far in my ability not to faint when seeing blood! It’s been a journey and a half. I’m incredibly grateful for the “experience” of being able to carry my own biological child, but I just wish things could have been different. I wish that I was like other expectant mothers and be able to enjoy the process of developing a human being inside of me. The only thing that matters right now is that Chloe is as healthy and as strong a fighter as she can be. I’m sitting here nail biting today as I’m waiting for the results of the latest ultrasound (which might not come) and thinking about the fact that I have to raise Jacob’s anti-seizure meds, and that this weekend marks the last weekend that we will be a “3-some”. Our little family is growing.

I think of you often and have read your latest posts but obviously haven’t had a chance to comment as yet, but I do intend to. All great things with time right?! Too bad time is running out here quickly! lol

Hugs,
Melissa
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..Invisible Illness Awareness Week =-.

18 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 09.18.09 at 9:23 am }

Dear Sonja,

Thanks for your kind thoughts. Jeanne was so sweet for posting this on my behalf. It’s a reminder that even though many miles may separate us all, we all truly do care about one another and each other’s well-being. I’m feeling a bit stronger physically today, but mentally, I’m feeling on edge and a bit like a “basketcase” as I sit and wait for the results. Either way there is nothing I can do to change the results, so I’m just going to move on with my day πŸ™‚

Take care and hope you are doing well!
Melissa
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..Invisible Illness Awareness Week =-.

19 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 09.18.09 at 9:30 am }

Dear Jeannette,

Thanks so much for your kind words and prayers. It’s not an easy time emotionally at all, and you are right, I do worry about Chloe’s safety and health. The thing that gets me through most days is focusing on what I can control, getting rest, eating healthy (except for my newly renewed love of Dairy Queen), etc. I know that Chloe is strong, she has managed to hang on through thick and thin until now, I only have to get her through the next week and then it’ll be time to meet this little miracle of mine. I do worry about the future, especially with my health issues and the fact I have no idea what is going to happen in the future with all of them, especially the cancer. But I try to focus on the moment.

I think of you often and your bravery through what you have been through. You are just as much a warrior as myself and Chloe. And yep, I’m in Ontario. I’m actually closer to you now (I believe you are in the great white north of Ontario) and I’m down in Barrie. So not all that far from you. I can’t imagine what it’s like to live up there with the doctor and specialist shortage, I only hope that you’ve been able to find adequate care. I know that I can’t even get a family doctor down here at all! Mine right now is a good 2 hours away, and all my specialists are down in the Toronto area.

Anyway, thanks again for your kind words. You have no idea how much they serve to lift my weakened spirit.

Take care,
Melissa
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..Invisible Illness Awareness Week =-.

20 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 09.18.09 at 9:34 am }

Dear Allison,

Thanks so much for your kind words. I’ll be going in on the 26th (next Saturday) for them to attempt to turn the baby into a head down position. If successful they will induce right away, if not, they will do a c-section right away. Either way I’ll meet my peanut next weekend! But if it is a normal delivery, boy do I ever hope for a quick one!

I’m not sure if I’ve already congratulated you, but I wanted to offer my congrats and best wishes for the OBGYN ultrasound appointment. I’m hoping that all is going to be well and in 8.5 more months or so you will be able to hold that healthy baby in your arms as well. My heart goes out to you after all you have been through. Stay strong!

Take care,
Melissa
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..Invisible Illness Awareness Week =-.

21 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 09.18.09 at 9:38 am }

Yaya,

Thanks for your kind thoughts. If I have to deliver I do hope for a quick one, that’s for sure! Jacob was a 47 hour delivery as he got stuck on my pubic bone. Thanks for offering your support even as you struggle with your own fertility journey. I do hope that the foster-to-adopt program goes well. You have so much to offer any child that should come into your life. Even though I’ve been able to have my two, with many losses accompanying them, I still think about adoption and how I would love to adopt a handful more. It’s a beautiful thing to want to offer your life and home to someone else. Many ((hugs)) coming your way.

Take care,
Melissa
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..Invisible Illness Awareness Week =-.

22 Jenni Saake - InfertilityMomNo Gravatar { 09.18.09 at 11:18 am }

Joining in prayer. {{{Melissa}}}
.-= Jenni Saake – InfertilityMom´s last blog ..National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week =-.

23 Overwhelmed! — ChronicHealing.com { 09.18.09 at 4:06 pm }

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24 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.18.09 at 4:35 pm }

Wendy,

Thank you for your comment for Melissa and I just stopped by your blog and left a comment on that moving song/video you posted. πŸ™‚

Jeanne

25 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.18.09 at 4:41 pm }

Jeannette,

Thank you for continuing to support Melissa at this challenging time. Thanks too for mentioning that prayer chain you started for her. You had sent me a message on twitter about it but I’m not certain if I remembered to tell Melissa. (There has been so much going on I’m having trouble keeping up with it all). That was very nice of you.

Jeanne

26 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.18.09 at 4:55 pm }

Melissa,

Having heard all of the gory details along the way (sorry, there’s no delicate way to put it) of your pregnancy, I can honestly say I have never in my life heard of a pregnancy as challenging as yours. Between the trips to the ER, the fainting sooo much, the non-stop vomiting, all the IV stuff (hospital and home), the injuries you’ve sustained when you fell due to fainting, etc… you have been through the ringer.

Just think. Like you said this morning… 8 more days!

You have done an amazing job of dealing with the difficult situations regarding Jacob’s seizures and you guys will be OK.

Jeanne

P.S. Endochick, I haven’t forgotten you. I know I owe you blog comments. I have about 11 people I need to give blog comments to at this point. It has been a rough week. πŸ™

27 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.18.09 at 5:03 pm }

Melissa,

Believe me when I tell you that when things hit a “rock bottom”, so to speak, and I was feeling desperate to find a way to somehow help you, the first thing I thought of was harnessing the support of the many wonderful people in the online health community (endometriosis patients but other people too). We are all very fortunate to have each other to turn to for support with the difficult illnesses we have. The Internet really seems to make those miles almost irrelevant sometimes, doesn’t it? We are very fortunate to live in a digital age where we can access support from people who “get it” (often 24 hours a day due to time differences and such). I look back to how things were when my endo symptoms began at age 13 and I didn’t have ANY other patients to talk with about it. We are all fortunate.

Jeanne

28 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.18.09 at 5:11 pm }

Melissa,

It’s so nice to see so many people banding together for mutual support!

~~

Allison,

Like Melissa, I hope you carry full term and deliver a healthy baby! Good luck again for your appointment!

~~

Jeanne

29 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.18.09 at 5:19 pm }

Jenni,

Thank you very much.

Jeanne

30 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 09.19.09 at 12:37 pm }

Wendy,

Thanks so much for your kind words. I try to stay as positive as I can through all of this but it’s been a rollercoaster ride to say the least! The end is at least in sight πŸ™‚

Take care,
Melissa
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..The Fertility Journey: The End is in Sight =-.

31 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.19.09 at 12:41 pm }

Melissa,

What’s the countdown? 7 days? πŸ™‚

Jeanne

32 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 09.19.09 at 7:47 pm }

Dear Jeanette,

I also thank you for your continued support and for creating a prayer chain on my behalf. While I might not be an “overly religious” person per se, I do believe in the power of positive energy and prayer certainly is one of those forms. During my travels in Korea and Japan, I came across the idea of a Buddhist Wish Tree which I adopted. My wish tree became some tattered with time and cluttered with wishes that I then found a little “Buddhist wishing well” where I put in special wishes for other people’s healing. I have already put one in for everyone that has responded.

It is difficult being a chronically ill mom to a chronically ill child (let alone one on the way) but we do what we have to do in order to adapt to the way life is. Jacob has never known a completely healthy mommy, but I try not to let my limitations really be known to him. He’s just coming to the age where he recognizes that mommy can’t always go to the playground, etc., but we do other equally special things together. It’s ironic that I was thinking today of writing a special letter to Chloe about being chronically ill and allowing my blog readers to have a “preview”. I wrote letters to Jacob during that pregnancy, but haven’t had as much a chance to write letters to Chloe as I would have liked. Hopefully I’ll get it done before she is born!!

Many kind thoughts and warm hugs coming your way,
Melissa
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..The Fertility Journey: The End is in Sight =-.

33 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 09.19.09 at 8:07 pm }

Jeanne,

I wish I didn’t win the award for most complicated pregnancy, believe me. It certainly has been a roller-coaster of a ride though hasn’t it? From the onset of bleeding at 6 weeks when I discovered I was pregnant and they discovered the hemorrhagic cyst, to the development of the partial bowel obstruction and it’s removal at 24 weeks, to the fainting episodes from low blood pressure and their resulting injuries, it’s been a ride and a half. A ride I certainly won’t miss when it stops!! My pregnancy has been anything but “normal”, just a series of “flukey” things that all converged together at the wrong time. There really is no other way to describe it. But through it all, you’ve been there for me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that. It would have been a long, hard summer without having had your support.

Just to let your readers in on our little “inside” book joke: I’m a Klutz. Yes, with a capital K. I’ve sustained quite a few book injuries over the course of the summer. I’ve fallen into bookcases, cutting me pretty badly on one occasion. I had Jacob’s bookcase collapse on my hand as I was getting out bedtime stories. I’ve walked into a few bigger books breaking toe-nails. It’s as though I look at a book and it’s going to find a way to hurt me somehow! The ironic thing is that I won one of Jeanne’s blog giveaways which was a collection of 2 books. I ventured into the bookstore today and I didn’t get hurt. I even managed to buy one of the books I was after (by the Dalai Lama) although I couldn’t get the second one I really wanted “Time of My Life” by Patrick Swayze and his beautiful wife Lisa. I also am looking forward to getting Michael J Fox’s book. I’m having a current fling with uplifting autobiographies of ill people apparently!

Take care,
Melissa
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..The Fertility Journey: The End is in Sight =-.

34 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 09.19.09 at 8:09 pm }

Jeanne – I would say “6 more days” since the Saturday I have to be there by 6am which is insanely early even on my own terms (we have to leave home at 4:30am). So 6 more days! I can do it, I can do it. Hopefully I’ll even be smiling on my way in knowing that a lovely epidural of anaesthetics is awaiting me!!
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..The Fertility Journey: The End is in Sight =-.

35 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.19.09 at 8:43 pm }

Melissa,

I love the way you write letters to the kids way before they’ll ever see them. I think it’s really sweet. Don’t pressure yourself about getting letters written to Chloe before she’s born. You’re sick and you’ll have plenty of time for letter-writing. So try to rest. I know you’re sick of that word by now… but try. πŸ™‚

Jeanne

36 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.19.09 at 8:51 pm }

Melissa,

I’m sorry you’ve had to go through so much but happy that I was able to be helpful in any way.

Thank you for explaining to people why “books are dangerous” for you. I figured no one would know what you were talking about. πŸ™‚

Hopefully you’ll get your prize books soon. It’s so odd that they got shipped back to the return address. Enjoy your Dalai Lama book. Sorry you couldn’t find the Patrick Swayze book. I know you have admired him for a long time. From what I understand, he became quite a conservationist after traveling to Africa. Apparently, he was very concerned about how humans care for the Earth. I’d like to read Michael J. Fox’s book too. I like books like that too.

Take care,

Jeanne

“Once you choose hope, anything is possible”. — Christopher Reeve

37 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.19.09 at 8:53 pm }

Melissa,

SIX MORE DAYS

Jeanne

38 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 09.30.09 at 7:07 pm }

Jeanne –

TOMORROW! TOMORROW! OMG, It’s going to be tomorrow! Looking forward to it with joy and a bit of mixed anxiety. I know all will work out in the end.

Thank you everyone, and especially Jeanne, for supporting me throughout this extremely difficult journey. Your help has made things all that much more possible for me to get through each day with almost a smile, but always at least a chuckle.

I’ll be sure to update just as soon as I can, if I deliver naturally I expect to be released 24 hours after her birth. If I need the c-section, I’ll be holed up for 4 days. Let’s hope for 24 hours!
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..The Fertility Journey: Oh How Things Change =-.

39 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.30.09 at 8:47 pm }

Melissa,

With everything you’ve been through (including originally being told that September 26th was the date), it’s a bit surreal that you now know tomorrow is the day, isn’t it? I know you have been looking forward to this very much! After such a challenging pregnancy (understatement of the century), I hope that tomorrow goes very smoothly. πŸ™‚

I can’t wait to hear once Chloe is finally here! I will be thinking about you tomorrow!!

Jeanne

40 EndochickNo Gravatar { 09.30.09 at 10:00 pm }

Good luck tomorrow, Melissa!! I’ll be thinking about you and baby Chloe, as I have been every day. Her little hands and smile will make everything you’ve been going through worth it.
.-= Endochick´s last blog ..Will this just end? =-.

41 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.30.09 at 10:05 pm }

Endochick,

I am so, so happy for Melissa that she now has what she keeps calling “a light at the end of the tunnel”. πŸ™‚

Jeanne

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