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July 23rd, 2010, 09:27 AM
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Today is a mixed emotion day broke into three parts. Its good because my period started and my IVF for this month is on a roll and started. That is GREAT news to me because I am SO READY to try again. Its a downer because I got Ruth's autopsy results. And a good thing at the same time because those results give me some peace.

Its 8 pages long and I won't bore you with all of it, but these are pieces that stood out to me.

These are her measurements compared to what she should have been at her gestation. Not in this but in another section was her brain, which measured normal in all areas.
Body weight 310.0 gm (normal 426 gm)
Crown-heel length 22.5 em (normal 26.7 em)
Crown-rump length 16.0 cm (normal 19.1 cm)
Toe-heel length 4.0 ern (normal 3.8 em)
Heart 0.78 gm (normal 3.2 gm)
Lungs 1.55 gm (normal 12.9 gm)
Adrenals 2.00 gm (normal 2 gm)
Right kidney 1.41 gm (normal 4.2 gm combined)

Second trimester placenta, weight at 30th percentile for gestational age
Two vessel umbilical cord should have been three vessels
The ears are mildly low set and there is posterior rotation of the right ear.
It is also noted that her ribs didn't grow right on one side and she had scoliosis.

So I do find comfort in the fact that she didn't have to be born with the pain this would have caused. I have always felt it was better she passed when she did, but this just reconfirms. My poor girl was already suffering at this point by not growing. I can't believe how small she was at that point, espically since she was right on track still at about 14 weeks.
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July 23rd, 2010, 09:32 AM
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Oh sweetie It's an odd comfort when we see our children's statistics broken down for us. Yes, our children were so sick, but they are still gone. It's just hard no matter what.

But yay for AF!!
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July 23rd, 2010, 09:34 AM
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lol who would have thought I would rejoice so much over my period. Its RIGHT at the deadline too.

I think for me, and I am not sure why, I had known for SO LONG about Ruth having issues, that when the end came, I had already been grieving for so long. We first learned of her issues at 12 weeks.
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July 23rd, 2010, 09:47 AM
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(((Hugs))) it is kind of bittersweet to get the autopsy...It was sad when I got Ella's, but at the same time it made me feel better...How much did Ruth weight again? Ella was small for her age too...I'm glad you got AF at the perfect time!!!
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July 23rd, 2010, 09:58 AM
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she was 10 or 11 ounces
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July 23rd, 2010, 10:23 AM
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Ella was 8oz, but she had been gone for a couple weeks, so she might of weighed a little more when she passed, but probably not much...Ella passed away around 20 weeks.
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July 23rd, 2010, 11:55 AM
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I can see why that would bring a little bit of comfort.
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July 23rd, 2010, 12:31 PM
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July 23rd, 2010, 01:04 PM
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I'm glad you've found some comfort in the results.
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July 23rd, 2010, 04:28 PM
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Isn't it "funny" how such things can bring us comfort.

I lived in fear for a very long time that what if we did the wrong thing when we terminated, but after they gave us the autopsy report and said her brain's ventricles were 26mm each ventricle (average size should be between 4 - 10mm) and that her brain (not that she had much brain because those stupid ventricles expanded so much and took over her brain ) basically collapsed when they tried to do the autopsy , as sad as it truly is, it gave me comfort to know that we didn't prolong the pain and suffering that our sweet Katrina would have endured had she miraculously survived birth.

And I'm happy that your AF has arrived so you can start trying once again!

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July 24th, 2010, 06:14 AM
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yay for af! now for some and good luck for your IVF!

I am sorry your little Ruth was suffering. I am glad that you are feeling some comfort and closure as you begin the next part of your journey.
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July 24th, 2010, 08:45 AM
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My first AF after Clark's birth was so relieving.

I also was ready to start right away. In the hospital I asked Josh when we could ttc again.

Clark was 8 oz and 8".

I think part of what was so hard for me is that he was perfect, it was my body that betrayed him.
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July 24th, 2010, 11:03 AM
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That has to be hard. I have been ready since day one, and I think that is one thing that keeps me going.
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July 24th, 2010, 01:37 PM
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I am thinking about you today! Not sure what else to say- I'm new and am still awaiting Matthew's autopsy results and can't imagine how hard that will be when that day comes. What Steph said about the "what if" is what I'm going through personally right now. I'm glad you got your AF and can start your IVF! Good luck!
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July 25th, 2010, 09:04 AM
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It took us about 3 months to finally get the results, but for me they are just that much more closure. I always knew she wouldn't never make it in this world, so for me this is just reassurance.

I hope you get your results quickly, and we are all here if you need to talk.
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July 25th, 2010, 05:35 PM
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Thank you- I think that the results will be the same for me as well- more closure I guess. I have an appt with the geneticist August 16th and they should have all of the results back by then.
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July 25th, 2010, 06:18 PM
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it was closure, well some any way when I got Ella's autopsy report...I didn't get it till I was pregnant again...I think it was 5 months after her birth...it was so hard waiting.
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