Ron Weasley: Date Rapist, Hypocrite, General Idiot (adaina) wrote in preemieparents,
Ron Weasley: Date Rapist, Hypocrite, General Idiot

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Your Name & Age: Melissa - 24 years old
Child's Name & Age: Luz - 5 months old
Child's DOB: 12/29/2006
Born at *how many weeks*: 35 weeks
Weight & Length: 5lbs 5oz 18 inches
Tell us about yourself: Well I'm a first time mom. My husband and I have been married 4 years now. We had been planning to wait a few more years before trying to conceive. So imagine our shock when the horrible stomach flu I had was really because I was pregnant. Less than a month later, I was hospitalized with dehydration and diagnosed with Hyperemesis. It all snowballed from there. I was in and out of the hospital. I had a PICC line put in 4 times (2 were removed because of infection, another stopped working). I was given nutrition through my PICC line (TPN) until even that made me ill. I couldn't take care of my personal needs and was on complete bed rest. My liver was being damaged, my gallbladder was messed up and causing me acute pain, my anti-emetics rarely worked (all my meds were given through IV because I couldn't swallow pills without vomiting), I had acid reflux bad enough to cause my esophagus to bleed, and I couldn't even drink water without vomiting. I lost a lot of weight and was becoming at risk for metabolic acidosis. Then we found out that IUGR was coming into the mix so it was decided to induce labor once it was verified her lungs were mature (during one of my hospital stays I was given the steroid shots to help her lungs mature because my condition was uncertain). We induced at 35 weeks and I thought all would be well because they told me she was going to the regular nursery. And she did but then she had to go to the NICU because of fluid in her lungs. She also couldn't maintain her body temp. She was only in there a week but it was the longest week of my life. But she's home and doing great now. So that's our story. :)
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