Monthly Archives: October 2010

Woah! What a week (personal update)

Well, I was working on my posts for this week and was actually hoping to get something out with either a featured artist or a Tool Time Tuesday post…. or SOMETHING. But that obviously didn’t happen. It will happen again one day…I hope.

This month has been crazy. My husband has been off interviewing, as I mentioned in my last post. While it is fun, it sure has been draining on the energy. Last week before our trip to Grand Junction, CO I had noticed that my baby wasn’t moving the way she had been. I went in for some monitoring on Saturday morning. They checked her out and said she was moving fine. I wish I had pushed it a bit more than I did, but I thought, “Okay, they said she was okay, she must be.” We went on our trip the next day and her movements continued to decline. The thought kept going through my head that something just wasn’t quite right. We got back into Akron on Tuesday night and my doctor flew out that night for a conference. I was supposed to have an appointment on Wednesday, but as he was out of town it had been rescheduled for next week.

All Wednesday I had a nagging feeling that something just wasn’t right, but I kept putting it off. (Dumb, I know) By Thursday morning I couldn’t stand it any longer. I called his office (he is the only doc in the practice) and asked them to please do an ultrasound to check on her. They called the doc that was covering for mine and sent me into the hospital for more monitoring. Now, nurses don’t always have the full story right away when you get there, so their understanding was that they would just do more simple movement monitoring  of the baby. I informed them that it was not acceptable and not enough. I needed an ultrasound to check on her.

Now, a little background. When I was pregnant with my second (Kelsi) there was a placental defect which allowed for a lot of her blood to mix with mine. She had an Rh+ blood type and I have an Rh-. So even though I had been given the RhoGam shots to prevent an antibody from forming, due to the volume, the antibody did in deed develop. This is something they have been monitoring closely with this baby and can change quite quickly. In fact, at my appointment just two weeks ago everything looked PERFECT.

So they did an ultrasound and the findings were not good at all. This Rh Antibody causes my red blood cells to attach her red blood cells. This has caused her to become anemic. Not only that, but she has also developed a dangerous condition called Hydrops Fetalis. This is where the baby gets fluid in major cavities in the body. This little one had fluid and swelling in her brain, heart and abdomen. Most of the time this can be reversed and hopefully without lasting effects with blood transfusions for the baby.

As my doctor was out of town he sent me to a “Super” specialist in Columbus, at the Ohio State Medical Center. The blood bank worked all night to get blood ready for my little girl. They have to do a lot to make certain that it is free of antibodies, wash it and remove quite a few things and thicken it up for these little babies. Friday morning they checked the Hemoglobin (Hgb) of the baby. Normally they want people to have a level around 14, they will typically transfuse around 8 and my poor little girl had 1.9. She was VERY sick.

This is an invasive procedure where they take a needle and go in through my stomach and into her cord to transfuse the new blood. The risks of this can cause premature labor, premature rupture (water breaking) and a few other things. So each time we do this they will have the surgical team on stand by ready to do an emergency c-section.

With this procedure her Hgb went up to 8.4. I will be returning to Ohio State Medical Center Monday night. They will do another transfusion on her first thing Tuesday morning. We are no where near out of the woods, but at least she now has a chance. After this last transfusion, her heart rate improved immediately. Throughout the day she has become more active and is getting stronger with her punches, kicks and movements again. It is such a relief to feel her moving around again. Each of these transfusions typically last between 2 – 4 weeks before they will have to be repeated. This almost ensures that I will not have a full term baby. We are just praying that I can make it into the month of January, but it is touch and go. For the next week I am on bed rest and will be taking it easy. After each procedure I will again be on bed rest for a few days.

Needless to say, the classes that I had scheduled and was about to post are now back on hold. UGH.

We are still hopeful that things will go well, we are very appreciative of all the prayers and good thoughts that people have been sending our way. I can easily keep things updated on my facebook page with my cell phone. If you would like to add me to your friend list to keep updated you can find me!/Melissa.w.Muir<br />

Thanks again for your prayers and well wishes.


Personal Update

Hi Everyone,

Yes, I am still alive and kicking. Sorry for such a quiet time. Things have been absolutely crazy with my schedule around here lately. I wish it were because I was teaching up a storm, but that couldn’t be further from the truth if there was one.  So I figured it has been over a month, almost two, since my last post and I thought I would update you all on the latest progress of things. Hopefully I will get back into the Tool Time Tuesday mode here soon. If you have a tool or process that you would like to know more about, let me know. Part of my problem is that I am currently stumped.

On the baby front: Everything is going as well as can be expected. I am currently 23 weeks into this pregnancy. It is going so fast and so slow all at the same time. But at any rate, I should be having this one in just 13 short weeks. That will really fly by as we head into the holiday season. We did find out that we are having a GIRL!!!! Yes, I only know how to make girls. Blame it on my husband. HA! She is doing well. I had an appointment on Wednesday and the approximate her weight to be 1 lb 4 oz. That already beats my smallest baby by 5 oz. I will take that. She moves around a lot, which is annoying and oh so comforting all at the same time. We do not have a name picked out yet and have only started to discuss names. My oldest wants to name her Violet. I kind of like that name, but her dad is dead set against it, so I am afraid I won’t be having a Violet. My youngest insists that we name her Fruit Loops. Yes, you read that right. Fruit Loops Muir sounds just right to Kate. Sadly for her, I think even mom will veto that particular name.

Jet setting: My husband is currently finishing up his final year of training and has been interviewing for positions all over the place. The very wise people that he has been interviewing recognize the fact that he is married and will most likely not go to a place where I have not been or approve of. So being the wise people they are, they have also flown me out with him so I can check out the areas. We have been to Dallas, Tx, Reno, NV and Lake Havasu City, AZ. We will be taking several more trips starting next week to visit Denver CO, Grand Junction, CO and once more back to Reno as that seems to have everything he is looking for. He will not be interviewing in Reno again. They have offered to fly our entire family out so that we can get one more look at the area with the kids and see if they also like it. There are worse places to live than Reno…. right? I figure If I do end up in Reno, I am going to rent a house at Lake Tahoe and offer a jewelry retreat once a year. I will keep you posted on the progress of all of this. He would like to have his decision made before Christmas.


While we were in Texas we took the girls to get their pictures done. My sister lives in Dallas and my mom has been begging for photos of all the grand kids together. These are just two of my favorites of the girls.

New Jewelry: I haven’t worked much in the studio since finding out I was expecting again. First, I was so sick. I haven’t been this sick with any of my previous pregnancies and this one literally had me spending too much time on the bathroom floor or sofa. About 17 weeks I began to feel better, but I am still very tired and can’t seem to get enough sleep. So needless to say, my studio has been a bit neglected. In fact, it was kind of funny. I went down one night to work on a couple of sample projects and reached for a pair of pliers. As I was putting them back, I happened to notice a little spider had made itself at home. As I looked closer, I noticed that the entire underside of the pliers were covered in cob webs. Not the stringy ornate kind of web, but the ghostly haunted house thick kind. He found a new home in my shop vac. Poor little spider.

So here are some of the most recent (and only) projects I have made.
I was going to teach a quick etching class, but sadly, we didn’t get enough people to fill the class. So this would have been a short little 2 hour class where students would have made a couple of pieces. We thought it would be fun to have a little Halloween Theme, so that is what these pictures are.

The next was an introductory piercing class. But again, not enough students. I think perhaps my little spider scared them off. He does look like he got smashed. Poor little spider.

This  little soldered project was supposed to go on Wednesday night, but sadly it met with the same fate as the others. Oh well, at least I have a really cool spider to wear around Halloween.

All of the previous projects were made well over a month and a half ago. I haven’t made a thing since that time. So I finally went into the studio yesterday to make something new for me. I just bought the cutest black maternity shirt that is covered in, what else, swirls. This took just a couple of hours to make and I love it. It is a tad bit too small, but it is still comfortable and stays on well. So I may list this one for sale and try to make another for me. I also think I am going to patina the copper so it is black and leave the silver polished bright. I think I will play with that tonight so I can wear it to an Ohio Jewelry and Metal Arts Guild function tomorrow. It is HEAVY. It is made with 8 gauge sterling silver and copper. I was going to do it out of all silver, but with the cost of silver right now, I couldn’t justify using quite that much.

So in the meantime, send me your Tool Time Tuesday requests and I will get to work. Love you all!