Right after the doctor left I decided to get comfortable and perhaps nap. I had just found a good position where my gown and warm blanket covered me and just closed my eyes when another knock came at the door and in rolled the ultrasound machine with Shana, the technician.
Shana first prepped me for an abdominal ultrasound. She had the monitor facing her. I was concerned and really wanted to see. So I asked her if I could watch and she agreed and turned the monitor toward me. I couldn't really tell what I was looking at. She was trying to see if there were any cysts on my ovaries.
Shana said, "As far as I can tell the ovaries look okay."
Then she turned the monitor back toward her. I was relieved. She typed and said, "hmm" a lot. She continued to type. Then she said,
"Well, clean off this goo and then use the bathroom. Then we'll do an internal ultrasound."
So I de-gooed my stomach and hurried out to the bathroom. That's when I discovered my friend Candace was there and made it past the security to my room. :) She had overheard someone at church asking Danny, "How is your wife doing?" So she came over to keep me company knowing that ER visits could last for hours.
During the second ultrasound, Shana, the tech, first checked the ovaries again. I worried a little, we hadn't discussed the baby yet; I wondered about the baby's heartbeat. Then she turned the monitor toward me and said,
"How many do you count?"
Candace and I were speechless. To be honest, I wasn't exactly sure what I was looking at. Then I said, "Twins?"
Shana said, "Yes. I thought that's what I saw with the abdominal ultrasound; I had to be sure."
I couldn't stop laughing and exclaiming, "Oh my goodness Candace! I can't believe TWINS! What is Danny going to say?"
Candace was clearly thrilled as well saying things like, "This is incredible! This is so great!"
Then Shana asked me, "Please be very still while I get their heartbeats. They are still very tiny."
It's really hard to hold still once someone has told you you're expecting twins. So I tried not to laugh knowing my abdomen was shaking when I did. I just kept grinning at Candace and whispering, "I have to think of a great way to tell Danny."
Shana was taking a really long time scanning and typing. There were occasional "hmms". Candace and I had so many questions, but tried not to say anything because Shana seemed to be very intent on something.
After much silence I said, "Umm... I'm sorry I'm probably still moving. I'll hold still. I'm just so excited."
Shana replied, "Oh, that's okay. It's just... I think I see another heartbeat."
to be continued . . .
The Triplets Story part 3: ER people and their questions
The Triplets Story part 2: Unexplained Pains
The Triplets Story part 1: The pregnancy tests