May 5, 2017 – Cinco de Mayo (19 ½ months)

 

Greetings everybody,

I am sorry for the late post, but so much has happened since the last time I checked in.

Rachel had Abdominal Wall Reconstructive Surgery at Kaiser on April 17th, the day after Easter.

Rachel suffered from a severe case of Diastasis Recti as a result of being pregnant with our triplet boys for 33 weeks 6 days:

Diastasis Recti is a condition where the abdominal muscles are separated and no longer located next to each other. The most common cause of diastasis is pregnancy, and no amount of exercise can reverse the condition. When diastasis is caused by pregnancy there is a significant change in shape of the abdominal wall, even in extremely thin patients. This leaves the abdomen looking swollen. The condition is quite common, and studies have shown that it occurs in 35-62% of women.

The only way to resolve diastasis is through a surgical re-approximation of the muscles.  A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty surgery is the ideal procedure because it not only corrects the separated muscles, but also removes the excess skin that is associated with a diastasis. During tummy tuck surgery, the doctor reconnects the left and right side of the abdominal muscles, recreating abdominal tightness.

The weakening of the abdominal muscles and the reduced force transmission from the stretched linea alba may also make it difficult to lift objects, and cause lower back pain. Additional complications can manifest in weakened pelvic alignment and altered posture

This is considered a Major surgery, it took approximately 3 ½ hours to complete. Rachel was in the hospital for 6 days and now she can not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk during her recovery (estimated 6 to 8 weeks). So 3 – 25 lb. boys are completely out of the question! 🙂

I took 8 days off of work to take care of the boys while Rachel was in the hospital. We had a pretty good time even though we all missed mommy! We were able to take a day trip to the Oakland Zoo and then stopped for lunch at In-N-Out on the way home.

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Train ride at the Oakland Zoo (Kaleo, Makani & Keoni)

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Kaleo, Makani & Keoni waiting to eat at In-N-Out

The only bummer is our Big Boy – Keoni got sick the day after Rachel had surgery, then the other 2 guys and myself caught his cold on Saturday. Taking care of 3 – 19 month old boys by yourself is NO JOKE!!! Add a cough/fever to that mix and OMG that was a long week!!!

Hats off to Grandma Anne & our great group of family/friends for dropping off meals and staying with the boys while I visited Rachel in the hospital. We continue to receive a generous outpouring of help from our family and friends – Thank You All!!!

All in all the surgery went well. Rachel is at home recovering and the doctors are really happy with the results!

A couple of side notes – we have had a mini-heat wave (temps up to 90 degrees) the past week and I scored this cool little construction truck sandbox/mini pool for the boys off of Nextdoor.com

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I also received 2 tickets to the GS Warriors vs. Utah Jazz playoff game in Oakland last night – from the owners of the Roaring Donkey (my weekend job) Thanks Brian & Greg!!! It was an unexpected, nice, well deserved break for Daddy!!!

Mahalo ke Akua!

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Kaleo, Makani & Keoni rooting for the Dubs!!!

 

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My nephew Joe & I at the Dubs vs. Jazz playoff game…

 

 

 

August 7, 2015 – Disability, a part time job & another visit with Dr Spivak

Happy Aloha Friday!!! (I drafted this post on Friday!)

Friday August 7, 2015 – We went to Kaiser this afternoon for our 28 week check up with Dr. Spivak. So far, everything is going really, really well! Her cervix measures in at a whopping 5.5cm!!! The doctor did a quick ultrasound and all 3 of the boys have spun themselves around into a breech position. At the growth scan they were all facing heads down, now they are all heads up! Based on what she has seen so far – Dr. Spivak said that she doesn’t anticipate Rachel going into pre-term labor and that she should be able to make it to 36 weeks. We both feel so blessed that there have been only minor complications up to this point.

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Rachel has been on disability and off work for a little over a week now. She has been really uncomfortable and it’s hard for her to get more than a couple of hours of sleep at a time. Her exercise routine consists of going up/down the stairs 1x per day (2 if she forgets something) and floating in the swimming pool. I did get her to go to Costco with me on Sunday and ride around in the little mobility cart. Her driving skills have not improved since the last trip!!! 😀

Because of being diagnosed with Glucose Intolerance – Rachel has been put on a slightly modified diet. We have been following the recommendations outlined in the book ‘When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, Quads’ 3rd edition by Dr. Barbara Luke. It is a comprehensive guide on what to eat / what not eat when you are expecting multiples. The biggest difference now is that Rachel has cut out eating fruit at breakfast time and I have added a lot more leafy green vegetables at lunch and dinner time. She really looks great & healthy! 😀

I picked up a couple of shifts working as a bouncer at a local watering hole on Friday & Saturday nights. It has been quite an eye opening experience dealing with all of the various facets of the “party scene”. I haven’t had a drink or drug in over 4 1/2 years so it can be a little bit of a challenge at times. The money is good and the work is easy, so really I have no complaints. I consider this on the job training for when the boys arrive!!! 😀

God promises you and me that He will provide for all our needs … if we will just ask Him

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Philippians 4:19 (King James Version)

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

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Until next time, God Bless – Mahalo Ke Akua…

28 weeks