At 5 am on the 12th of May I woke up and went to use the bathroom. I discovered that I was bleeding so I made my way to RUH to be evaluated. After an exam I was told that I was having a placental abruption. I was told to expect an emergency C-section, but fortunately my body reacted well to the stress it was under and I naturally went into labour.
After 6 hours our son Wyatt was born at 35.2 weeks.
During his initial assessment they discovered his blood sugar was very low and he was taken to the NICU. Five hours later I was able to go visit and hold our little guy. He was placed in an isolette and had a feeding tube. We were told to expect a stay of 2 days or so. Unfortunately, as we learned he needed to hit “24 hours goals” and our stay ended up being 10 days.
He needed to learn how to take a bottle and eat full feeds. His next step was to wake up on his own for on demand feedings. Following those he needed to keep his temperature up for 24 hours without the heater, then without a lid, and finally in the bassinet. This is where we had our struggles. During these little goals he also needed to gain weight daily, but with all the energy he was expelling to stay warm he was losing weight and again created a setback that would prolong our stay. Each setback was heart-breaking
On May 22nd the doctors decided he had made enough progress and we were discharged.
Today he is a happy and healthy 4-year-old. We continue to see the odd specialist due to concerns that came up in the months following delivery, but we are excited to have learned that he should be discharged from their care this year.
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.