Posted by: Bo | April 21, 2008

Back to Reality

We would like to start off by thanking everyone that was involved in getting our kids to Salt Lake for the weekend.  It was so good to see them and they made for a great distraction.  We are so grateful for the gift!!! It was hard to say goodbye……back to reality. 

Dr. Belforte came in this morning with the ultrasound machine.  It is nice to have the daily stress test where we get to hear the hearts beating, but the ultrasound always paints the real picture.  Please bear with me as I try to explain everything that is going on.  It is very confusing and the outcome is still very uncertain.

This morning we found out why Stacy’s blood count was low.  As a result of the surgery Stacy has a slight rupture and is losing a little blood.  They might need to do another transfusion in a couple days to give her a “top off” as Dr. Belforte says.  She is in no immediate danger.  Just something we need to keep an eye on.  She continues to feel more vibrant, unfortunately this has little to do with what is going on with the twins.

Ellen and Elizabeth both have good working hearts but that is only a portion of what the doctors are looking at; a significant portion, but not the whole story.  Right now Elizabeth (the donor) is in the best shape even though her bladder is not functioning and there is still no measurable fluid around her.  She is only slightly anemic.  Ellen (recipient) is the biggest concern at this point.  It is basically an issue of pressure and all of the work she is doing because of the ttts and having to manage the increased blood flow.  The good news is that she is not showing signs of heart failure.  This continues to buy us time.  It is a tough situation because Ellen will continue to struggle until Elizabeth’s bladder starts to work which will then create the amniotic fluid that she needs for lung development.  Basically, we are not out of the woods and probably never will be.  Just sitting around and tallying the days until something happens that requires the doctors to deliver and have the girls take their shot in the real world. 

With all that being said, you can see that we are still desperate for your prayers.  The life of our twins is very much in the hands of God and only He knows the outcome.  We must continue to be patient and HOPEFUL. 

 We sure miss all our friends and our ‘normal’ days.  We have learned just how precious life is and how we must value each day we spend amoung our loved ones.  Please take that lesson from our experience.  We all get caught up in the schedules and chaos…..please take some time to hug your kids and appreciate all your blessings…….again, LIFE IS PRECIOUS!

With love and grattitude- Bo and Stacy

 

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Responses

  1. Bo and Stacy,

    We’re so glad that your kids got to spend the weekend with you – I’m sure it was good for all of you!
    Our family continues to pray for all of you.

    Gods blessings…
    Greg, Karla and kids

  2. Bo Monday is a joyful day….Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy! Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope!
    Peace, Steve & Patti….

  3. DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU?

    You know I am the Gardener,
    And that Jesus is the Vine,
    And you know My Spirit fills you
    With good fruit and with new wine.

    You know that I sent Jesus,
    And that He died to set you free
    That He broke the power of sin and death,
    And that He won the victory.

    You know I sent My Spirit,
    To guide you all your days
    To comfort and protect you,
    And to teach you of My ways.

    You know the path is narrow,
    And you know the way’s not smooth
    And you know that I am with you,
    To comfort and to soothe.

    But do you know how much I love you,
    And how much I really care?
    That in My arms I will enfold you,
    And forever keep you there.

    Found this today and thought of you both. I am glad that you got to spend the time you did with the children. I know that they are the true medicine that you were needing. We continue to pray daily, almost hourly-can’t get you guys off our minds. It is hard to when you have little blessings running around reminding us each minute of how lucky we are. I think that God has brought so many of us a lot closer to him and to others because of you and your Mary’s. Sometimes you wonder if this is part of his plan. Once again inspired by your courage and hope. We love you and miss you!

    Faithfully praying,

    Joseph, Lauren, Shelby, Joey, Alan, Grant and Lillian

  4. Bo and Stacy,
    Thank you for your very wise words! I understand the joy, love and wonderful chaos that children bring to our lives, I’m so glad that you were able to have that this weekend with your kids. I will hug my kids today and tell them Bo told me to! Your always on our mind and we continue to pray for the entire Govea gang.
    Love,
    The Banyas Gang

  5. Bo and Stacy
    Our Prayers are with you…you are just about always in my thoughts…I know the day to day wait and wonder and hope that all will be well. My twins Kent and Grace have made the Marys their special intention every night since this journey has begun.
    “but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
    They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.
    Isaiah 40:31
    We have faith, hope and love.
    In Him
    Susanne and Kent Miller

  6. Bo and Stacy,
    We keep praying…You’re probably a little lonely without the kids, but we are all still with you in the fight. Stay strong for those little Marys!

    We wait in hope for the LORD;
    he is our help and our shield.

    In Him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in His holy name.

    May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD,
    even as we put our hope in you.

    Psalm 33: 20-22

  7. Bo and Stacy:

    My heart is trusting in our Savior as I type this to guide you and the medical team. Our lives are in His hands and our existence is for His glory. You all, including the twins, are a testimony to His glory every day. Thank you for renewing our faith as He tests yours.

    Gregg Motley

  8. mr. Govea as ashley and i were reading this our hearts fully went out to you, mrs.Govea and ellen and elizabeth. you prolly already know this but we are praying for you and your family. hug mrs. Govea for us and we hope to see you soon.
    love you all
    morgan and ashley

  9. Hey you guys—hang in there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If only we could do something to make this wait easier for you. In the meantime, prayers, prayers, prayers. You’re covered back here in Kansas!
    Lots of love,
    Jen, Geoff, and small John-sons

  10. Bo & Stacy – your faith and trust in God is inspiring to us all. I’m sure the ups and downs are exhausting – just remember all the family and friends at home praying for more “ups”!

    Dave & Jannie

  11. Bo & Stacey:

    God bless each of you and all of you.
    To undergo such a trial is to truly suffer as Christ did.
    We trust in Our Lord to hear all the prayers offered for your family. We give thanks for you two and for your witness as parents. You are never alone, but always in our prayers and in that Family which loves you all dearly.

  12. Hang in there Bo & Stacey…we are all praying for you every day and night. You are doing the right thing in trusting God. It is hard, but God is GOOD!

    Glad you were able to enjoy your children visiting. I’m sure it was a good recharge for you both.

    Love and Prayers from Kansas.

    Chris, Michelle, Elizabeth, Sarah, Hannah, and Mary Katherine McGuyer

  13. Bo and Stacy,

    Can’t get you all out of minds is right. We are constantly thinking about you all. We are all so blessed but sometimes complacent so thank you for thinking of us and telling us to hug our kids. Laura and I and Max saw Megan at Mass this morning and she told us a little about your trip. She was smiling, as usual, and was upbeat and positive. Very great to see! You may be worn down but we will all try to lift you up. Keep trusting in the goodness and grace of the Lord!

  14. Stacy & Bo,

    I’m so happy the kids had a chance to spend time with you over the weekend. Nick was in my office on Thursday and couldn’t get to Salt Lake City quick enough. Everybody here is thinking of you and praying for you. Please let me know if there is anything you need. Take care!

    Love,
    Michelle Arman

  15. Bo and Stacy,
    We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Take care!

    Kristi from Big Brothers Big Sisters

  16. Hi Bo and Stacy,
    I am a friend of Lonnie’s from the Fetal Hope Foundation.
    I want you to know that I am praying for your family and your baby girls.
    My girls are Stage IV TTTS Survivors.
    Please let me know if I can help in anyway.
    My contact information is saynotodaycare@yahoo.com
    We live in Wellsville, KS we are 30 minutes south of Overland Park, KS.

    Lori George- MOMMY to Haley and Alllie –
    Stage IV TTTS Survivors – born at
    25 weeks 3 days gestation on 8-14-2006,
    87 day NICU stay at Overland Park Regional, Overland Park Kansas.

  17. I heard DoGreat Good was helping Big Brothers Big Sister by donating a portions of revenue to the.

    Great cause & beats Bing for me!!!

    Bill

    Check them out – http://www.DoGreatGood.com


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