My baby sister Crissie needed a partner-in-crime last Tuesday. Her husband started a new job in Enid and she had a Drs Appointment. I volunteered to go with her. I picked her up at 8:30, we stopped at Sonic for tator tots (breakfast of champions) then started planning our day. Her 7 month check up was at 9 am then we were going to go register for her baby shower, then lunch! It was lookin’ like a good day.
At the Docs office, things quickly went a little wonky!
First, He diagnosed her with Pre eclampsia, bummer, strict bed rest. Her blood pressure was SUPER high. He gave us a prescription for blood pressure medicine. Hmm…we looked at each other…”Guess we won’t be eating lunch out today!”
High blood pressure is really scary, but the Doc doesn’t act real worried. Neither did we, just bummed about the bed rest.
Doc sent us to the hospital for her ultrasound (we were expecting it, cause she had placenta previa). He also said we would do a non-stress test. They hook up a moniter to your tummy and listen to the baby’s heart for an hour then send you home.
We head to the hospital, still pitifully unaware!
“Oh man,” say Crissie “Mom was gonna go to the ultrasound with me. I didn’t know we would do it TODAY!”
“Okay, let’s call her. It will probably be over when she gets here, but maybe she will get to see some of it!”
In the hospital:
Check in at 10:30
Ultrasound until 11:15, something looks “off” and when the tech sends us upstairs, he won’t look in my eyes and the paper says ‘No fetal movement’
Crissie is completely unaware. I grab the paper and show it to Mom on the way upstairs. This does not look great!
They hook Crissie to a fetal moniter. Completely normal…
We are talking about her STRICT bedrest and rearranging our afternoon to fit. Maybe we should do take-out for lunch and register online for the shower! Perfect!
Here comes the nurse. “Dr is on his way, I’m gonna start an IV”
Here comes the Dr “Well, a lot has changed since we saw you this morning!”
I’m thinking “This morning?!? It was 2 HOURS ago!”
Dr: “Your ultrasound shows no fluid around the baby, so we need to go in there and get her out. We are taking her for emergency C-Section”
Her comes two more nurses, all starting IV’s or hooking things up.
There is just enough time to wipe the tears from Crissie’s eyes, then she is gone.
I look across the room at Mom…there are NO words
After contacting Crissie’s husband and everyone we know, we wait.
Thank God for the great Doctors and Nurses!!
The nurse comes in to tell us Crissie is okay, did well, and will be in recovery for an hour.
The doctor is working on the baby then will life flight her to a big hospital.
Baby Danica came into the world 9 weeks early at 2 lbs 1oz.
When Crissie came back in the room, alive and well, I thought it was the best moment I had ever seen.
I was wrong…
Seeing a picture of Crissie holding Baby Danica, 4 days later, THAT was the best moment!
Baby Danica still has a long time in the NICU but the Dr’s have described her as ‘fiesty’ She was able to get rid of oxygen and breathe on her own after 4 days.
The baby Dr told us-“That baby is a miracle! A few more hours and she would not be with us”
The OBGYN told us- “If you would not have had that appointment today, we would have delivered a stillborn” Those were tough words to hear
We KNOW Baby Danica was given to us by God and God continues to watch over her and Crissie everyday!
Thank you to all our family and friends for your prayers and support! We love each and every one of you!!
To get updates on Baby Danica, visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/danicaswinford