Her water broke.

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My girlfriend is in the hospital, unless something dramatic and horrible happens she’ll be in there at least two weeks, maybe longer.

Her water broke early this (Tuesday) morning, she’s only twenty-two weeks into the pregnancy. The doctors say there’s still enough fluids inside the womb that they have hope everybody involved will stay healthy until the twenty-four to twenty-six weeks point. But not much longer than that.

The baby is still moving, still gulping in the amniotic fluids, still kicking.

I can’t get up to see her until Thursday, but my step-father stopped in to see her tonight after work, and brought her magazines, puzzles and fruit.

Her oldest son will be staying with his grandparents (may God have mercy on his soul), and our son will be with me for the foreseeable future.

Just last week the doctors told us the baby was in perfect health, the cerclage was holding up great and there was nothing to worry about. Then Monday night my girlfriend noticed some leakage, so she tore up to Ottawa to have it checked out. They told her everything was fine and sent her home. A few hours later it was apparent nothing was fine, and here we are.

So. This isn’t hopeless, it happens in a surprising number of pregnancies, they just have to make sure there are no contractions. They have her on medications that will, hopefully, speed up the development of the baby’s lungs.

So, this is where we are [link] and this is where we have to get to [link].

This continues to be the most stupid year in history.




About Gabriel...

...diagnosed with manic depression when I was nineteen, for the next 14-years I lived without treatment or a recovery plan. I've been homeless, one time I graduated college, I've won awards for reporting on Internet privacy issues, and a weekly humour column. In 2002 I finally hit bottom and found help. It's now 2022, and I have an 8-year old son, and a 12-year old son... I’m usually about six feet tall, and I'm pretty sure I screwed up my book deal. I mostly blog at saltedlithium.com....
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21 Responses to Her water broke.

  1. Jeannee says:

    I shall be praying for a miracle!

  2. zoom says:

    Me too Gabriel.

  3. PiedType says:

    My dad, an ob/gyn, once told me they sometimes stopped premature labor with IV alcohol. Mainlined martinis or whatever Mom preferred. Fringe benefit was being a lot less stressed about the situation.

  4. So sorry. All my love.

  5. thordora says:

    Oh the gods Gabe I am so incredibly sorry. If you need anything I can do, I am here. Hugs and warmth to all of you.

  6. infideliberated says:

    I’m so sorry this happened. You and yours are in my thoughts.

  7. PiedType says:

    Thinking of you this evening …

  8. You are in my thoughts.

  9. skylark says:

    Oh man, my heart just dropped. I’m so sorry Gabriel and Diane.

  10. zoom says:

    Poor wee baby. I’m so sorry she didn’t make it. Take good care of each other.

  11. Melanie says:

    My heart breaks for you both.
    Take care of each other.

  12. bats0711 says:

    I am so so sorry.

  13. Pete's Life Is Here says:

    Not fair, not fair at all. Sorry. I’ve been close to people who have had a similar loss to this, and I know how hard it can be. Be strong. x

  14. Heather J says:

    Gabe, I am so sorry to hear this.. so sorry.

  15. bats0711 says:

    Just wanted you to know I’m thinking of you tonight.

  16. I have no words. Only know I’m thinking of you.

  17. markps2 says:

    You and your loved ones have my sympathies. I am sorry for your loss.

  18. Val says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry. 😦

  19. Gabriel... says:

    Thanks, everyone, for your support. The funeral was today (Friday), there was a nice turnout. I’ll write more about that once I have a few moments to myself — Diane and the kids have (unofficially) moved in with me for the past week, so there hasn’t been a lot of time for me to think… or grieve.

    Thanks so much for the comments.

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