How was your meeting with Dr. Rand?
We immediately felt comforted when we first met Dr. Rand. He was very personable, but you also got the feeling that he knew what he was talking about and was going to give his all to help save our babies. We completely trusted him. He told us that day, "I'll tell you when it's time [to treat the condition], and I'm going to be here with you through the whole thing."
He and his staff gave you that feeling of comfort when you walked in, that there was some hope that this could all turn out OK.
What was your treatment plan?
From 15 weeks on they monitored me. One to two times a week, we went in for ultrasounds and cardiac tests on the babies. We were there for three or four hours at a time, and at the end we'd always see Dr. Rand or one of his colleagues.
Dr. Rand would draw pictures for us of what was happening, on the whiteboard. Each week he would show us the fluid levels, how they had changed, their connections in the placenta and how it was all shaping out. So we understood completely what was going on throughout the whole thing.
The teacher in me loved that. I'm a visual person, and the pictures helped my husband and me get a grasp on what was going on. We were able to explain it to our family and friends, because it's not that common.