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July 19th, 2011, 06:00 AM
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Hello everyone. I just had my daughter by emergency c-section on July 14th at 29 weeks gestation (or 31 weeks - depends who you talk to ). Her name is Chloe Elizabeth and she weighed 2 lbs 10 oz.
I've had several losses, including two stillbirths, so I was being followed very closely this pregnancy. I was having ultrasounds every two weeks, and when I went for my ultrasound last Wednesday they found that there was no amniotic fluid left. I was sent out to a high risk hospital, given steroid injections, more u/s and was monitored overnight for decelerations in her heartbeat. The ultrasounds also showed ascites (excess fluid in the abdomen) and they decided it was best to deliver on Thursday. They gave me mag and antibiotics before the section. When she was born she was crying and breathing on her own. They put her on CPAP but room air. Since birth she has been having trouble with coagulation. They are running genetic tests to see if they can determine the cause. She also has an area in her belly they are concerned with. It could be bruising or it could be a mass of veins that she will outgrow, or it could require surgery. They are planning to to and MRI this week. So far she isn't tolerating her feeds super well, but they took her of CPAP completely yesterday. They tried to put in a PICC line yesterday without success, so they are planning to have a surgeon put one in her head today, which is worrying and upsetting me greatly.
Well, that's my story in a nutshell. I look forward to getting to know all of you!
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July 19th, 2011, 08:41 AM
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Welcome. I remember you from the ttcal board. Congratulations on your little girl. I'm Rebecca. I've had 7 preemies now born between 25 and 35wks. I understand a little of what you're going through. Three of my kids had to have pic lines. It's great she isn't on O2. I hope they find out what other things are happening with her and it's an easy fix. Hang in there. The nicu is a rollercoaster no one wants to ride. Keep us updated and we'll keep you all in our prayers.
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July 19th, 2011, 10:27 AM
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*hugs* and welcome. Congrats on your little girl . I'm know the rollercoaster ride is no fun, but hang in there mama! Declan had a picc line too and it took too many tries to put it in.. i know how you are feeling.
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July 19th, 2011, 11:56 AM
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Welcome and congrats on your little girl! Like Rebecca said, it's a great sign that she's off the CPAP already, but I'm sure it's super frustrating that she's having feeding issues and needs a PICC line. That's the story of the NICU, one thing goes well but another doesn't. I will keep my fingers crossed that the MRI goes well and she doesn't need surgery--keep us posted about how she's doing, and share a picture if you can, we love to ooh and aah over each other's babies around here!
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July 20th, 2011, 10:17 AM
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Laurie! I had no idea you had your sweet baby already! Welcome to the board. I'm saying big prayers for you and sweet Chloe. KUP!!
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July 20th, 2011, 10:42 PM
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Congrats and Welcome! I am glad to hear your little one is doing well so far. My daughter Kayla was born at 31 weeks also. She was 2lbs. 11ozs at birth and is now a healthy 11lbs. 5 ozs. Like the other ladies mentioned the NICU can be a rough ride, but it's definitely worth it in the end. They had trouble with the PICC line with Kayla too but they were able to get it right on the second try. I wish the best for you and your little one. Keep us posted and don't hesitate to let us know if you need some support!
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