If Ella has surgery right away, she and Livi will be in two different wards. Assuming Livi does not need to stay at the NICU for regular premie stuff, she will be with me at the U of U for a couple of days. Ella will be at Primary’s, first in the CICU right after the surgery for a few days, then at the surgical floor for another few days for more post op recovery , and possibly at the NICU after that if she needs more time to learn how to eat on her own. Sadly, the twins will not be able to see each other until we go home. It breaks my heart a little bit but it makes complete sense that they don’t want Livi bringing in new germs or picking up germs from the patients in the NICU.
Because of all this, Jason and I will most likely need to be up in Salt Lake for the first couple of weeks after they’re born. We don’t want to be an hour and a half away if something comes up with Ella. More then likely we’re going to be staying at the Ronald McDonald house down the street until Ella is out of the woods.
Jason and I feel slightly blind sided. We were so thrilled after our last Cardio appointment with the news that Ella probably wouldn’t need surgery for awhile…then we go in this week and now surgery is back on the table. We’re grateful that we’ve been able to learn so much before Ella is here but it’s still hard hearing all the different scenarios that could happen when we have to wait to see what the reality will be. Until then, Ella is kicking and squirming and as happy as can be. Hopefully when she comes out she’ll be able to stay that way!