To begin I'd like to say a heartfelt thank you to all your lovely comments and emails since I last posted in May, We really appreciate your kind words and prayers.
It's been a bumpy couple of months. I've thought about when I may come back to blogging...I have come here to write a post a couple of times. I even hit publish on one of them a few weeks ago but had post remorse...if that's even a thing and then reverted it to draft a few minutes later...It was about how to help parents who are grieving, what to say to them and what not to say. I think it was after a day where someone had told me they knew exactly how I was feeling, having lost Isaac...because her daughter had lost a baby...she meant well but I'm not going to go into that. It wasn't the right time to come back. I have missed writing and from time to time I would read some of my favourite blogs...but it seems like everyone was pregnant, having babies...it was too much for me...some days it's still too much.
I have been seeing a psychologist which has been really helpful. She suggested I set little goals for myself each day. To start off with I set goals like get up and have a shower. She also suggested for me to create something special while I grieve Isaac. I haven't chosen one big project but I have been doing small projects to pass the time. I've also been doing a lot of reading. Some days that's all I could do. I've read some fiction and some books on grief; A force of Will by Mike Stavlund, Choosing to See by Mary-Beth Chapman, and a couple of books written by Bonnie Babes and Pregnancy loss Australia. The last two have been really helpful. They give accounts of other families who have lost babies and how life is for them now. I've shed a lot of tears while reading these books but it was good to let the pain out. I've also watched and listened to programs about grief. Radio National had a program on last week about still birth...which is different to what we experienced but I resonated with a lot of what the couple being interviewed said they felt.
They think it may be one of 2 things. One of them is a condition called Baller-Gerold syndrome . Dr Chris ("our" geneticist) isn't 100% convinced it's Baller-Gerold but there is a gene test to see if Isaac carried the gene for this syndrome. It's a test that is done overseas and will take 2-3 months for the results. We are anxious to find out whether it is this syndrome or not because if it is, the likelihood of this happening again to future babies is 1 in 4...so now we wait...some more. If it's not Baller-Gerold then Dr Chris thinks it is something called Disorganisation Sequence (which there isn't a gene test for), which should never happen again...if it is this then what happened to Isaac was a random stroke of bad luck.
I'm not sure what Lozalicious is going to be in the future, I may even start a new blog to talk about my grief of lossing Isaac, and I don't know how often I'll be here but I hope I'll find enjoyment in blogging again like I used to...and I look forward to visiting all your corners of the net again too
(the beautiful flowers are ones we received after Isaac was born)