Our little champ
At 30 weeks I had a scheduled appointment for pregnancy at the hospital and little did I know that once my blood pressure was checked I would not be able to go home. The doctors rushed me into another room and starting running around trying to do blood work and putting me on a drip to lower my blood pressure. I was scared, alone and had no idea what was happening. They told me I was at risk of having a stroke and they feared I would need to deliver my baby that day.
I was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome a severe type of preeclampsia.
After staying a few days in hospital in another hospital they then transferred me to women's and children's as my blood pressure couldn't be maintained and they said only WCH would deliver a baby under 2kgs. It was then that the fear set in. It all became real. I could be having a baby that day who was then only weighing 1.2kg.
WCH hospital were persistent in maintaining my blood pressure and I was taking 6 different tablets every 4 hours to keep my body from rejecting Lincoln and also keeping my blood pressure down, the preeclampsia hit me hard, I couldn't even walk to to shower without help, I felt frail, tired and had severe chest pains and reflux.
Then over the 3 weeks my vision went and that's when they decided it was time to deliver. I had one more ultra sound and then they told me Lincoln was 1.650gms and I was prepped for induction.
Induction failed and Lincoln became too stressed so they needed to perform a cesarean and put me under GA.
Lincoln was born at 33 weeks weighing a teeny tiny 1.650gms and spent the first 3 months of his life at WCH. After finding the energy to wheel myself around to the room after many many attempts to visit Lincoln I finally met him and he was already 4 days old.
Fast forward, Lincoln was diagned with laryngomalacia and needed a feeding tube for the first 7 months of his life to feed. He was also diagnosed with high risk aspiration and also needed assisted help with breathing with oxygen. Lincoln had severe sleep apnea and had to be on oxygen for the first year of his life.
Lincoln was and is our little fighter he showed us such amazing strength and willpower to get through everyday.
We'd love to support other mum's and Dad's who are also going or have been through this journey.
Every little bit helps