This is a picture of Lily at less than 3 lbs.
$115 raised so far,
Some of you know, some of you may not.... But on June 1st, I (Meagan) went to my doctor for a routine 30 week ultrasound and my life forever changed. My doctor said that Lily was IUGR, meaning that she was a little smaller than she should have been for her stage of development. So, I was told that I would likely deliver Lily early, and was sent to the hospital for tests and to get started on steroid shots. As I waited at the hospital for the tests, my doctor suddenly appeared and said that I needed more tests because my blood pressure and other levels were extremely high. So, there I laid with monitors on and my husband (Jeremy) and I worrying over what was not being said.
Again, a few minutes later my doctor came back and said that my urinalysis showed that there was a protein in my urine that was a signature of Pre-eclampsia. An hour of tests showed that I was nearly at stroke level and that my kidneys and liver were shutting down. In short, we were delivering Lily within 3 hours. I was terrified. Lily was too small, only 2 pounds... and I would spend three days receiving magnesium sulfate treatment to keep me from having a stroke or seizures.
After coming to grips with the fact that I was about to deliver my tiny baby early, Jeremy and I rallied and prayed. As I laid in the OR waiting, I knew that my life was changing, spiraling, and I couldn't stop it. Lily was delivered at 2 pounds, and after only one kiss from Mommy was taken away while they completed the c-section. Then, I was taken to recovery where I had 10 minutes with my family before they began the morphine and mag sulfate treatment. I would not see Lily for three more days. During those three days I remained practically unconscious with only faint memories of what was happening and the knowledge that my baby was in an incubator, on oxygen, and only eating from a feeding tube. It was sheer chaos.
After finally coming out of my induced practical coma, I began trying to feel like a mommy. It was hard with Lily in NICU, and myself dealing with other health problems relating to the pregnancy.
After two months, Lily came home, at 4 pounds. We both have had a rough road, and I still cannot fully come to terms with some of the things that have happened. What I do know, is that pre-eclampsia took me by surprise, and almost killed us both. Thanks to the doctors and nurses at Gwinnett Medical Center, Preferred Women's Healthcare and Ivy League Pediatrics, we are on the road to recovery... and Lily is a chunky, wonderful baby! Jeremy and I, and Lily, appreciate your support.
All proceeds go to the Preeclampsia Foundation to help prevent mothers and babies from going through what Lily and I did last June. Your support will help make a difference in someone's life.