Mommy and Daddy started trying to have me in November of 2000.
In January of 2001, Mommy had a feeling that something was
different. She went to the store and bought 2 pregnancy tests.
She took the first one, POSITIVE!! She then called her best
friend, Donita, to make sure that she was reading it right.
Mommy then took the second one and, you guessed it, POSITIVE!!
That means that I was on my way!! After taking the pregnancy
tests, Mommy put the tests in a bag with a camoflauge bib
that reads "Daddy's Baby Deer" and took the bag
to Daddy's work to surprise him. He was speechless!!!
My Mommy and Daddy had fun while Mommy
was pregnant. They always laughed and had a good time. Mommy's
pregnancy with me was pretty good for the first couple months.
Then something was discovered.
Mommy's First Ultrasound!! This ultrasound
was supposed to be a routine one. They were supposed to look
at me and say that everything was ok. Well, the doctors discovered
that I had clubbed feet and that I had a lemon-shaped head.
These were signs of Spina Bifida. This scared Mommy and Daddy.
After the ultrasound, Mommy and Daddy decided to have an amniocentesis.
That is where they stuck a big needle in my Mommy's tummy
and took fluid from around me. This test would tell the doctors
whether or not they were right. Once the test results came
back, they said that they were positive. That meant that I
had Spina Bifida. Mommy and Daddy decided to go to Vanderbilt
University Medical Center to have my back fixed.
On June 11, 2001, Mommy, Daddy, Uncle
Rich, and Grandma Debbie traveled to Nashville, Tennessee
to have the surgery done to fix my back. This was on a Sunday
that they arrived there. They stayed at the Shoney Inn. The
first two days that Mommy and Daddy went to the hospital,
they asked them alot of questions. They also gave Mommy steroid
shots in case that I were born during surgery.
Vanderbilt is a miracle hospital!!
Without the wonderful doctors and nurses here, they would
not have been able to fix my back!! I am forever thankful
for those angels!!
On Tuesday, August 14, 2001, Mommy
had to go to the hospital because her water broke!! Grandma
Debbie had to take her to St. Elisabeth's hospital. Daddy
was at work, so he had to meet Mommy there. The nurses and
Mommy's doctor, Dr. Midkiff, tried to stop me from coming
into the world!! They tried all nite to give Mommy medicine
to stop the labor.
The next morning, at about 8:30,
the nurses came in and told Mommy that if this last dose of
medicine does not stop me from coming, then, they would do
a c-section to deliver me at 12:30 that afternoon!!
Well, you guessed it!! I wanted out!!
At 11:30 Mommy's doctor came in and said that Mommy was 2
cm dialated and that the labor wouldn't stop!! They prepped
Mommy for the delivery shortly after.
Now remember!! I was only 33 WEEKS
Daddy came with Mommy into the delivery
room. It didn't take very long because at 12:50 I came into
the world!! I even screamed to let Mommy know that I was ok!!
My doctors and nurses let me see
my Mommy and she cried. Daddy wheeled me down to the NICU
and my family got to see me too!!
My APGAR scores were 6 and 8!! That
is good!! They even ran gas tests on me to make sure that
I could breathe ok. I guess I passed because I didn't need
I spent 12 days in the NICU of St.
Elisabeth's hospital. I did really well and the nurses all
loved me!! They even signed my scrapbook that my Mommy is
making for me!! Those 12 days were pretty rough!! I had monitors
hooked up to me and I had to be tube fed for awhile till I
learned how to eat on my own!! Before I left, I had to have
a "carseat" test to make sure that I was ok riding
in the car on the way home. I passed with flying colors!!
I was never more glad to come home!!
I came home on August 27, 2001!! Mommy and Daddy celebrated
to Spina Bifida
-The support, information and encouragement provided by the PPFL parents is not meant to take the place of medical advice by a medical professional. Any specific questions about care should be directed to a health care professional familiar with the situation.