By the time we finally turned in for bed at the end of the night Thursday, we had both been awake for 62 of the past 65 hours. We were exhausted, stressed, and scared. Nurses were in and out of the room every couple of hours, and we were scrambling to get updates to our family and friends. Through all of this, we were still trying to get our heads around everything that was happening. We met with 5 different doctors, including our OB, a maternal fetal medicine specialist, and a neonatologist, that gave us more insight into our situation and the spectrum of possible scenarios and outcomes. Braden's heartbeat and movement was normal. Despite the rupture, Julia was retaining some amniotic fluid and Braden was continuing to produce new fluid. It's not uncommon that PROM patients lose all amniotic fluid. The fact the Julia was retaining some fluid would reduce the risk of infection and distress and would help Braden's lungs develop as long as he stayed in the womb.
The doctors reiterated the significance of the first 48 hours from rupture. About 50% of PROM infection cases occur within the first 48 hours. At bedtime Thursday, we were at 44 hours and in the final countdown for our first big milestone.