On April 28th, 2017 at 26 weeks and 4 days I went to the hospital after experiencing some cramping. I had an ultrasound and OB appointment the day before and everything was fine. We were rushed to the birthing unit and in a short amount of time the room filled with about 12-15 people. We were told we would be having our baby. We were able to slow labour down and keep her in an extra 35 hours. I was terrified. Someone from the NICU came up and talked to us about what to expect. Maisy was born 2lbs 3oz and was intubated at birth. When I went down for the first time I was extremely nervous, She was so small and her eyes were still fused together. We were able to see her in the incubator that kept her covered and through a small window touch her briefly. Maisy experienced a honeymoon period for the first couple weeks, she was extubated on day 2 and we were able to hold her for the first time on day 9 that was the best day! After about 3 weeks she got really sick. She had ended up with necrotizing enterocolitis. This is a severe infection that affects underdeveloped intestine usually in babies under 3lbs. 24 days after Maisy was born we were told she had a bowel perforation and would have to be airlifted to Edmonton in case she started leaking fecal matter from her intestines into her body. There was no peds surgeon in the city.
She did not require surgery that weekend and we were sent home. We tried feeding her again once again when we came home. Unfortunately, she had developed an obstruction in her bowel from the nec. She had surgery to take out the obstruction and reattach her bowel. Maisy’s body did not react well to surgery and she ended up in critical condition for a week.
20 days after her surgery, we tried feeding her again. She was still not tolerating her feeds, she had a partial obstruction in her colon. She once again went for surgery and had the obstruction removed but this time instead of reattaching she had a temporary ostomy put in. After that Maisy started excelling with the exception of an infection and we were on our way home. We spent 124 days in the NICU. Maisy had her final surgery in November and everything is going great. Maisy is now hitting her milestones for her corrected age.
The staff in the NICU were amazing. The Nurses are the lifeline of the NICU, they were always there to hear my concerns and share my joy with every milestone we achieved. They were our ROCK to support us with every bump in the road. We can never thank them enough for all support they provided us. We have so much love for everyone there.
Our success is warranted to the tremendous support BloomNICU receives from local community through corporate sponsorship and from the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. A variety of sponsorship packages are available.