It was a little over 3 weeks ago when Tara had the infected fluid pocket. Over the past 3 weeks she has felt pretty good overall but the fluid in her belly has been growing. Last night it became acutely worse and she could not sleep. It was very uncomfortable with cramping and a swollen left leg. We had to go in to the hospital.
At 10 am we had an ultrasound to make sure there were no blood clots in the leg. All was well there. At 11:30 the draining. Three and a half liters, over seven pounds of fluid was drained. It only took 10 minutes to drain it. I watched her belly shrink. But instead of causing relief, there was additional cramping and eventually vomiting.
Now she rests. She wakes periodically to try to get get fluids in her so she doesn’t get more dehydrated. Once she gets past this night, hopefully she will feel much better and we can start living again.
One day out of the last 3 weeks. That is all it took to drag us down and make us feel like things are not going well. How can that happen so easily? Hope takes so long to build and discouragement comes so quickly. We know God will sustain us. But we also need hope. He can give us that too.