It’s been a while since you’ve seen a blog post around here, so I think it’s time for an update!
First and foremost, I had a baby! After 2 long years of fertility treatments, I finally got pregnant. I didn’t have an easy pregnancy, though. Since we lost our first baby, Amelia, at 28 weeks gestation, I was considered high risk and referred to Perinatal Specialist. At 20 weeks, they discovered I have blood that gets thickened exponentially when pregnant. Because of this, the baby wasn’t getting enough support through my placenta. My doctor was able to tell us with strong certainty that this blood issue is what lead to Amelia dying. After 3 years of wondering, we finally got answers. If we didn’t do anything to help thin my blood, we would probably see a repeat. So for the remainder of my pregnancy, I gave myself a blood thinner shot and saw a major positive change in our baby’s growth!
At my 30 week doctors appointment, I was diagnosed with Preeclampsia and Gestational Diabetes. The Preeclampsia landed me in the hospital for what the doctors hoped would be 10 weeks so our baby could stay put and continue to grow. My body only lasted 5 days until it was ready to give up and I was induced at 30 weeks, 5 days.
Quinn Taylor Ford was born on October 6, 2019 and spent 68 days in the NICU before finally coming home.
While Quinn was in the hospital, I started feeling sick. I woke up one morning with a really bad pain in my side and chalked it up to sleeping funny. The pain went away after about a week, but a few days later it started hurting when I took a breath. I assumed it was my asthma acting up like it does every winter. I called my doctor and was told it was postpartum anxiety, which I definitely have. The next day, it was significantly harder for me to catch a breath, my right lung felt like something was burning inside of it, and my heart rate was 130 while I was just sitting on the couch.
I called my doctor that night and spoke to the on call nurse who told me any shortness of breath should be checked out at the hospital.
When I was getting my vitals done at the ER, I was a sloppy crying mess. They told me my heart rate was 150 and I’d be getting a room immediately. After an Xray, bloodwork, and a CAT-scan, I found out I had 4 blood clots in my lungs, also known as Pulmonary Emboli. I had 1 in my left lung and 3 in my right. The ER doctor wasted no time and got me hooked up to some blood thinners immediately and the chaos began.
I was admitted into the hospital that night. The following morning, my heart started beating out of control. 10 people rushed into the room and tried to get my 235 (!!!) heart rate to go back down. When they couldn’t, I was given a medicine that literally stopped my heart for a few seconds so it could be restarted and get to a healthier level. Absolutely terrifying.
I spent 5 days in the hospital that time, and all I could think was that I was going to leave my daughter without a mother. I completely shut down. I didn’t talk to anyone or do anything except watch the Food Network (LOL) and cry. I was the sickest I had ever been and it stopped me in my tracks.
I’ve since felt a lot better. I have had a few scares and visited the ER again. The most recent time, I was told the blood clot in my left lung is gone! YAY!
I am still on blood thinners and it will probably take my body 6 months to fully dissolve the clots and heal. My doctor is running lots of tests to find out why this happened and how it can be prevented. I have an excellent team on my side!
After A LOT of prayer (and worry on my part, haha), Bryson and I decided we were going to do whatever it takes so I can stay home with Quinn. I have been looking into some work from home options and would ideally love to grow this blog into something that could financially support my family. We are taking a big leap of faith and trusting that God will guide and provide for us.
I’m going to try and take this time to dip my toes into some hobbies I’ve been eyeing, finally start volunteering at church, and spending more time with my loved ones.
As always, I ask for prayers as we embrace this new journey we are on!
Welcome to 2020!