BENEFITING: March of Dimes Foundation
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2016
On Sunday, August 19, 2012 I woke up with a severe headache and felt like I had the flu. My mom called the doctor when my symptoms did not subside. I was told to go to the hospital. When we got to St. Lukes they discovered that I had high blood pressure and my hands, feet, legs, and face were swollen. I had undiagnosed preeclampsia and was told I would deliver that day at only 26 weeks. An ambulance took me to Toledo Hospital which is equipped with a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
I was given medication to get my blood pressure under control and a steroid to mature Olivia's lungs but it wasn’t helping. Less than 5 hours after I arrived, Olivia was born by emergency C-section at 1 lb. 4.75 oz. and 12 ½ inches long. She came out breathing. Her Apgar score, developed by March of Dimes was 5 at 1 minute and 8 at 5 minutes. She was put on a ventilator and taken to the NICU. I didn’t get to see her for the first 2 days.
When I finally got to see her, I cried. I couldn’t believe how tiny she was. I didn’t know if she was going to make it. Having a baby and then leaving her is one of the worst feelings in the world. At 6 days I got to hold her for the first time. Here is a baby who has a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (picc line), oxygen, Pulse Oximetry, Cardiac Monitor, and a feeding tube. The nurses would put her in my arms and I would sit there as still as possible until they came to put her back in the isolette.
On November 17, 2012 at 4 lbs. 12 oz., we brought Olivia home. She was in the NICU 91 days. Literally a million dollar baby. Today at 4 years old, Olivia is 42 inches tall and she weighs 40 pounds. She is attending Pre-K this year. She takes breathing treatments daily but she is not delayed in anyway. We are proud to be representing the March of Dimes and sharing our story, in hopes that some day, every baby is born healthy.