Brianna: NICU Story
April 7, 2009, was the happiest and scariest day of my life; This was the day my child and my own life were in Gods hands. I could have died that day.
My pregnancy got off to a great start, I was lucky only to have been sick twice! I was excited to see my daughter, I could not wait to be a mom! However my “perfect pregnancy” dreams were shattered, when I suddenly swelled up like a balloon and retained water like crazy. I was very scared.
Due to severely imposed pre-eclampsia, I delivered my daughter Brianna Mae Melo 8 weeks early. She only weighted 2lbs 15.2oz at birth, but was a fighter all the way through! Brianna stopped growing inside of me a few weeks prior, which is an indicator of pre-eclampsia. Normally at 32 weeks, babies are well passed the 3lb mark, Brianna was barely sliding her way through.
I wasn’t expecting to hear much in the delivery room. The on-call NICU doctor told me I probably wouldn’t hear Brianna cry as they took her out of me. I would only get a quick glimpse of her then she would be rushed up to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I was fortunate enough to hear her cry the minute she came on to this earth! She had absolutely no problems breathing and was put on a nasal cannula just in case. Her Apgar scores were 8, 8, and 8!!!! Amazing, especially for a preemie!
We had our ups and downs in the NICU, but I am thankful to all of those NICU nurses! Laura (who I went to school with) watched Brianna a lot. I was thankful to have had someone I knew and was comfortable with taking care of my daughter.