Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Tues 8/8 Blog Prompt - Digital Scrapbook Place

Tues 8/8 Blog Prompt - Digital Scrapbook Place: "Describe the most serious illness or accident that you have had.

Not accident prone? Someone else's illness/accident that significantly affected your life."

This would have to be in 2004 with the premature birth of my son. At 34 weeks, I was having contractions but they never established a rhythm. The er doc was concerned because although the heartbeat was fine, he was unable to get any fetal movement even after using a buzzer. They kept me in hospital for monitoring overnight and I saw high risk dr in the am. After a pelvic exam, he decided I was 5 cm dilated and he was going to give me pitocin to jumpstart my contractions. This was about 730 am. By 10:20 am, my darling Jorrell was born. He had a perfect apgar score and was doing great at first. However as the day progressed, they kept noticing that his tempature was dropping. during the night the nurse observed that he was having seizure. They transferred him to NICU where they gave him an EEG and discovered he had suffered a stroke before he was born. He was placed on phenobarbital to prevent further seizures and stayed 23 days in the NICU. His (almost) two years of life have been full of ups and downs, innumberable tests and doctors, weekly physical and occupational therapy and the love of my precious baby boy!

5 comments:

glynis said...

Having had a baby in NICU for a month as well, I know how difficult those times are, but those babies are strong little fighters, aren't they?

Laura Lou said...

This just tears at my heart. I will keep you and your boy in my prayers.

loonyhiker said...

God has plans for this little baby! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tink said...

My thoughts and prayers for you.

faery-wings said...

The most heartbreaking thing is to see your baby like that and to be unable to help. My DS was in the hospital at 3 weeks with "respiratory distress" and his ped thought he might have heart failure. Just the few days of that was bad enough, I cannot imagine all that you have gone through.