Well its been such a crazy week I am not sure where to begin…
At the start of the week I meet up with my former coach and “boss” Tracy to discuss the hand over of the kids that I have been coaching to make sure they keep developing now that I have started my maternity leave and wont be coaching them for a while. This as always ended up as a good old catch up chat – Tracy and I go a long way back, she was my coach from the age of 10 and throughout my trampoline career, she wasn’t just my coach but also brilliant mentor and friend. After this I went to meet Charlotte, a mother of 2.5 year old triplet girls who lives in Northampton. I made contact with Charlotte through a private UK triplet and quadruplet group. It was brilliant to actually speak to someone who has been through the whole process that we face in the next few weeks, months and years. Charlottes practical tips and advice along with some welcomed words of wisdom were greatly received, it was so good to see how the girls interacted, and listen to Charlottes daily routine, her girls are a credit to her and I was very grateful to be welcomed into her home, I left feeling very positive and excited about our future with 3 more little girls!
Later in the week the local paper were in touch to interview me for an article. I had done interviews before because of sport, but this was the first time that I had done an interview about something so personal and was feeling nervous about it and how the article would come across. Thankfully the article was a good one. From there things got a bit crazy, the following day a press agency made contact asking if they could try and distribute the story after reading the story in the local press. Before I knew it I had 12 missed calls, a photographer in the house and the story on the Daily Mail online, Daily Mirror online and on a new parent website – All a bit mental!!!
After all this came the most important part of the week, the next scan at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford. As with all of these appointments there is always a sense of trepidation in the build up to them.. the ‘what if something has happened’? ‘have they all grown?’ ‘are they OK?’ The scan started well… with regards they are all still growing and have healthy beating hearts and there is no sign of twin to twin. However, the smaller triplet is still small (now 28% smaller than her sisters) and the Doppler scan this time started to show actual signs of why, which previously had been explained as possibilities in theory. The Doppler scan had shown that the smaller triplet had clear evidence of intermittent Absent or Reversed End Diastolic Flow – basically the blood flow to the baby is not steady and constant. At the moment this is ok, but there is a risk of the blood flow stopping completely – which would be very serious for not just the small one, but for her twin as well. The consultant advised that the risks associated with delivering the babies at this point outweighed the potential risk of the blood flow stopping completely. So now it feels like a bit of a gamble, how long do the doctors wait to give them the best chance when they are delivered, but how long do they wait with the potential risk of the blood flow stopping completely? All we can do is rely on the fact they are experts in their field, and follow their advice. Were once again in a bit of a state of limbo, but our job at home until our next appointment next week is to be positive and hopeful that in a few weeks we’ll have 3 beautiful little ladies to add to our beautiful little Flo.