Wednesday, November 17, 2010
In honor of Roxy - our strong little fighter
We weren't in a normal situation where the waiting grandparents could see the newborn in the nursery. Everyone was in the room with me after delivery awaiting the anxious arrival of Roxy. We were told that she was too small to stay in the nursery at the hospital we were at. She would have had to weigh in as expected to be big enough. She was being transferred to a bigger university hospital with a better equipped Level 3 NICU. Although the idea of transferring me to the other hospital was tossed around, it was decided that it would be best for me to stay where I was. This was on Saturday.
What seemed like hours and hours later, they finally wheeled Roxy into my room so that I could see her for the first time and the only time before they transported her. My little micropreemie came into my room in an incubator and was strapped in for transport with straps that looked to be as big as she was. She was on a ventillator. She was screaming to let us know she wasn't happy and her screams could barely be heard - her voice was as small as she was. We spent about ten minutes with her adoring her and I got to touch her little hand. Her entire hand wasn't as big as the last joint of my index finger. Then they wheeled her away and it was almost two more days before I saw her again.
That was our life for almost the entire time Roxy was in the NICU. She was there for 67 days. We did have several scares. Roxy developed a staph infection soon after being admitted into the hospital. Then they thought she had developed another one; after that they thought she developed NEC (which is potentially fatal to premature infants); she was routinely checked for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) which is common in premature infants and would affect her eyesight; she had several ultrasounds of her brain to make sure she didn't have a hemorrhage (intraventricular hemorrhages can cause several problems in premature infants from minor to severe); and generally made sure that anything that could possibly be wrong with her, wasn't. The NICU is a rollercoaster ride. It has ups and it has several downs.
Not all babies are as lucky as Roxy. For that reason, we have joined with the March of Dimes to help all babies have a chance...for survival, for health, for a good beginning.
March of Dimes has a mission that all babies will be born healthy. Their focus is not only on premature babies like Roxy, but rather all babies. We want all babies to be born full-term and without complications and birth defects. For more information on getting involved in your local chapter, please visit March for Babies.
Our fight isn't over until all babies are born healthy!
Written by Samantha