A Meeting Place for Early loss twins
This is really my twin's Enjy's place, not mine. S/He does not have any other place in this world. S/He was miscarried at age four months in the womb. We were twins and made to be together for years and we were torn apart within seconds. This is the place where I go to talk to him/her and about him/her. Anyone who has lost a twin in utero or very early is very welcome here to read and share.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Am I a TTTS-Survivor?
Recently I gave the thought some room why my mother wasn't more shocked by having a miscarriage. Knowing my mother she could just have been occupied with something else and not notice much, but to give her credit I think she would have been more troubled had she lost a lot of blood. So, that she didn't indicates the placenta did not abrupt and this might indicate a single placenta, a monochorionic pregnancy. Some of my mother's symptoms match the placental disease of TTTS, Twin-to-twin-transfusion.syndrome. To make a long story short in those cases one twin gets too much blood and the other one not enough. It's very dangerous for both twins and even today where laser surgery is available sometimes both babies die. The twin who doesn't get enough blood - called the donor - often has little or no amniotic fluid, gets "stuck", is delayed in growth while the other twin - called the receptor or recipient - develops hydrops (fluid under the skin), has far too much amniotic fluid and often suffers from heart-failure due to having to pump too much blood. IF my mother had it - and there will never be any proof - it might explain the small size of the fetus, that it was able to slip out at all, and the symptoms she felt on herself like high blood-pressure, kidney failure and such which took her hospitalized sometime in March '63. Also, I had some symptoms that might be associated with TTTS at birth like a very large placenta and an umbilical cord unusually thick. Also, IF my mother had TTTS my twin most probably was a girl, although in v ery, very rare cases TTTS develops between fraternal twins, too, when their placentae fuse.