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#21 HollyP

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 09:27 PM


I had my gallbladder removed in 1998. That said - it plays an integral role in the behavior of my liver and my bile duct, which both have caused elevated liver enzymes and HBP in my first pregnancy (HELLP), and liver enzymes and pancreatitis in this pregnancy, and now suspected cholestastis. So she is at an increased risk going forward regardless.

However, I wouldn't wish this on anyone, regardless of my opinions on her reproductive history. I do think she's getting a wake-up call that maybe she will have to consider these complications going forward.

The media stating the baby will be fine fascinates me, since we all know at 24 weeks, the ability for this baby to survive, let alone, and then live with major medical complications is not "fine." I suppose they are just staying positive and not putting a negative spin on it, which I'd want for my privacy sake too.
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Posted 11 December 2009 - 09:35 PM

I am amazed that people can ask a question like that at a time like this! I hope they both are able to go home soon! It's so very sad!



I don't think anyone would ask this type of question to your average family dealing with a premature infant...but when you have your own TV show, just had your 19th child, and frequently state things like "God will provide for us, we will have as many children as God provides, etc.", you are setting yourself up for questions like this. It is really easy to say statements like this when you have 18 healthy children. Maybe not quite as easy when you are dealing with the rollercoaster of emotions that comes along with having a preemie (not to mention a micropreemie) who quite possibly could have long-term health and developmental complications.

It's horribly sad and I feel terrible for the family and especially for baby Josie. But really, when you are as up front with your lifestyle and your birth control (or lack of) as the Duggars are, you are going to be faced with some difficult questions from the media. They've certainly happily celebrated the birth of many of their children with the media, sharing the delivery room, announcing pregnancies, etc. It is just part of being "famous", I think. You take the good with the bad.
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Posted 11 December 2009 - 09:35 PM

I agree with everyone on the 24 week issue. They have a long road to anywhere where they can say "shes fine".

Now, about the name. They now have a Josie, Josiah (1996) and a Joseph (1995).
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Posted 11 December 2009 - 09:50 PM

Wow, 24 weeks is so early. I do hope she does well.
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Posted 11 December 2009 - 09:53 PM

Many thoughts and prayers with their family. :hug:
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Posted 11 December 2009 - 09:59 PM

I agree with everyone on the 24 week issue. They have a long road to anywhere where they can say "shes fine".

Now, about the name. They now have a Josie, Josiah (1996) and a Joseph (1995).

and also a Johannah
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Posted 12 December 2009 - 06:50 AM

I feel terrible for the baby. I do like the Duggar family. I think they seem very nice. BUT... they are really asking for trouble when having THAT MANY KIDS! They've gotten carried away and now it's catching up w/ them. I think this is the beginning of the "end". Her body seems to be F I N A L L Y (God bless it!) saying... "HELP HELP I need a freaking BREAK Woman!!!"

Best of luck! The odds were/are definitely WITH them with all of those healthy kids. That is sort of a miracle right there!
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Posted 12 December 2009 - 07:23 AM

The media stating the baby will be fine fascinates me, since we all know at 24 weeks, the ability for this baby to survive, let alone, and then live with major medical complications is not "fine." I suppose they are just staying positive and not putting a negative spin on it, which I'd want for my privacy sake too.

That's just what I was thinking too.

Regardless of what I think about how many they have, I do hope little Josie is okay. :(
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Posted 12 December 2009 - 09:33 AM

One article I saw said she developed pre-e after having gall bladder surgery. Doesn't that mean she's at higher risk to develop this condition in subsequent pregnancies? I always thought that people with pre-e tended to have similar issues in all their pregnancies. That's gotta be rough...recovering from gall-bladder surgery, c/s and pre-e all at the same time. Ugh. hope she and the baby recover quickly.
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Posted 12 December 2009 - 09:46 AM

It may not be significant, but most articles I read said she was at 25 weeks, not 24 weeks. I also would suspect that they probably had time to give the baby steroid shots since they knew Michelle was having problems already last weekend. So that's a boost in her favor. The articles which stated the baby was in stable condition also cited stats saying that the survival rate for babies born at 25 weeks is now 85%. I was surprised by that stat, but we have come a long way in our NICU care in this country.

It's quite possible though that the baby is doing so well already that the doctors are very positive about her. I had a friend deliver a 25 weeker 3 years ago, who was around the same size. Their baby miraculously never needed the vent, and only needed cpap the first day or so. She never had steroid shots, and this baby's lungs were nothing short of miraculous. She was a feeder and grower at 25 weeks with nothing else complicating her 9 week NICU stay. Hopefully Josie will have the same miraculous recovery.

I think the questions that were asked of Michelle were asked last weekend prior to the emergency c/s. It's quite possible that her opinion will be altered after this event. From what I've seen Michelle seems to respect the opinion of her ob/gyn. I'm sure she will value her opinion if her doctor indicates that she's at a higher risk going forward. Michelle has suffered at least a couple miscarriages early in their marriage, so I don't think she's ignorant of the emotional and physical risks every pregnancy entails.

I'm glad to see people here on TS are overwhelmingly 'nice' in their remarks to the Duggars. The comments I've seen on other sites have just been totally deplorable. You don't kick someone when they are down. It's almost like some people are relishing the fact that something went wrong so that they could say 'I told you so.'
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Posted 12 December 2009 - 03:06 PM

I'm glad to see people here on TS are overwhelmingly 'nice' in their remarks to the Duggars. The comments I've seen on other sites have just been totally deplorable. You don't kick someone when they are down. It's almost like some people are relishing the fact that something went wrong so that they could say 'I told you so.'


While it's certainly not my choice to have 19 children and I can't understand it, as long as THEY can care and love for them effectively....live and let live. People who need to kick another person down are usually people who have low self esteem. They get a weird thrill out of seeing others hurt. Sad! I do hope the best for their Josie. Being a mom of premmies myself, I wish all the love and support to ANY other parents in the same boat.
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Posted 13 December 2009 - 10:56 PM

Her due date was March 18 per there website.
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Posted 14 December 2009 - 02:15 AM

any more news on how michelle and the baby is going?
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Posted 15 December 2009 - 11:45 AM

any more news on how michelle and the baby is going?


The only thing I've seen was something on the 14th saying that Michelle is still in the hospital, that the baby is in NICU long term (no kidding!) and that fans are being overwhelmingly supportive of them right now. I dropped in on their website, and it has not yet been updated. Hopefully no news is good news...it'd be hard for them to put out an overwhelmingly positive report on Josie right now even if she is doing well...just because with a baby that early you just never know from day to day.
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 02:10 AM

We have a Level 3 NICU and I have never heard or seen a 25 week "feeder grower". Most 25 weekers have brain bleeds, gut problems, eye problems, apnea, bradycardia, etc etc etc. She will probably be on a vent or CPAP or at least cannulas for a long time and she will definitely have to be gavage fed. I wish them all the best but I hope they are being realistic.
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 04:02 AM

The only thing I've seen was something on the 14th saying that Michelle is still in the hospital, that the baby is in NICU long term (no kidding!) and that fans are being overwhelmingly supportive of them right now. I dropped in on their website, and it has not yet been updated. Hopefully no news is good news...it'd be hard for them to put out an overwhelmingly positive report on Josie right now even if she is doing well...just because with a baby that early you just never know from day to day.


Thanks. Yes I know its long term. Alisha and I were born at 25 weeks. (16 weeks premature) and we spent 6 months in hospital. 4 months in NICU and 2 months in Special Care before we got home.. ups and downs all the time.. there was. Hard to explain but it wasnt easy on our parents... and then we had colic for about a year once we got home and i was diagonised with mild CP (Cerebral Palsy) at 2 years old.. So many risks.. so scary. Im just praying that they both will gain the strength and blessings from the Lord to pull through and for Josie to grow up into a beautiful little girl.
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Posted 18 December 2009 - 09:59 PM

Duggar baby update.

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Edited by JShardy, 18 December 2009 - 10:02 PM.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 11:38 PM

Thats good news thats shes doing well :)
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