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Pennies for Preemies Emerson Dames

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Raised by 51 people in 10 months
Created December 21, 2017
                     My name is Hope Kleine, I'm raising money for my co-worker Austin Dames. This is a picture of his daughter Emerson. Emerson had a twin sister named Finley. They were born four months early, due to a complication with Finleys growth.      Austin and his wife Kim are very responsible and private people, so getting there blessing to set up this page was a bit of a challenge. I started the fund raising here at work, we did very well. Considering we work in a retail store and everyone  has a family and home of their own to take care of.     Austin and Kim have been off work since November, when Kim was hospitalized. The girls were born on December 12th,  they weighed just barely over a pound. Finely was given a 15% survival rate and Emerson a 60% survival rate. Finley fought hard for 4 days. Emerson continues to fight and has a long way to go. Emerson is expected to remain in the NICU until at least March. She continues to make slow and steady progress. Kim says it's one step forward and two steps back but has been assured it is completely normal.     The money raised will be used to keep the bills paid and then to pay the hospital bills. Can you imagine the emotions and stress these parents must feel. grief, joy, fear, stress all at the same time.    Will you please share this story on all your social media. I know we can make a difference in this family's life. Thank you for taking the time to let me share this story with you. God Bless. Below. Is a link to Austin and Kims story http://www.kmov.com/14057292/surprise-squad
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Happy Due Date!

Journal entry by Kim Dames — Mar 25, 2018
We have made it to the official due date! For months now it has felt like we would never make it this day and now that we are here it's bittersweet as Emerson is still not home with us. I know she is in the best place possible but our lives have been paused for months and we are so anxious to get back to a sense of normalcy.



A new thing that Em has been experiencing is trying a bottle. We have been working with speech and her amazing team at the hospital to ensure we are doing things right. Before this, we just assumed all babies knew how to take a bottle, but oh no there is so much more to it than that. It requires Em to be awake, has enough energy to drink the milk, swallow and breath all at the same time. Also, since this is a new experience for her if she isn't interested we can't force her as it will turn into a negative experience for her and she will refuse a bottle. Luckily we have a lot of people on her team showing us how to practice giving her a bottle and learning to read her stress signs. She has made significant improvement from day 1 but she isn't fully ready to take on a bottle for all feedings. A few days she didn't have enough energy to try. We were reminded to not be discouraged that feedings are usually the part where parents get the most frustrated. It can be the reason why so many babies have to extend their stay in the NICU. We must not look at it on a weekly basis instead of day by day on her improvements with the bottle.



One of her speech therapists made the comment on how good Em looks for being born so early and how fortunate we are that her only set back is her chronic lung disease. I'm so glad she said that because I was having a bad day that day feeling sorry that she wasn't home with us yet. It made me stop feeling sorry for myself and be so proud of Em. Because months ago doctors weren't even sure if she was even going to make it to delivery, now here we are over 3 months old and she has proven what a fighter she is. That's what happens in the NICU life. You have your good days and your bad days. Luckily good days happen more often than bad. But we still have bad days just like we had this past weekend as Emerson got sick.



She was running a high fever, heart rate was up, and needing more oxygen support. Doctors instantly put an IV in gave her antibiotics, blood work, chest x-ray and urine sample. Within a few hours, they knew she had a virus. So far all her blood cultures have come back negative. By the end of the end of the day, her fever was gone, heart rate was normal, and oxygen support was back down. She was a little fussier and required a lot of suctioning due to the drainage in her nose and mouth. But overall she showed no signs of discomfort and even handled all the tests like a champ. I'm so grateful for my parents and Austin who have been able to go visit her for me as I'm also sick and can't visit. I don't know what I would do without their help. The updates, the videos and pictures, and just the fact that she wasn't sick and all alone gave me such relief. She also is growing like crazy and now weighs 7 lbs 4 oz. She is wearing newborn diapers and clothes now. She continues to amaze us with her fight.



We are beyond relieved that she is doing so well and it doesn't appear to be a huge setback on her progress. We still ask that you continue your prays for our little fighter.

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I'd like to first apologize, for not keeping this updated with Emerson's progress. I haven't had photos to share till recently.
So, we have officially past her due date, we had all really hoped that was when she'd be able to come home. She is growing and getting stronger but has had some set backs along the way. As you can see she is truly beautiful. Kim and Austin have been very strong on this journey and received lots of prayers and help when it started. However, it feels like people have moved on with their lives and forgotten about Emerson's fight.
So, I am asking if we could please spread the word and get donations coming in again. as the hospital bills have not stopped coming in. Emerson is still in NICU which is expensive.
Since I'm not great about regular updates I'd like to share a website with you. Kim Dames, Emerson's mommy has started a blog to help her cope and help other mothers. Please, everyone subscribe to thismamasdrama.com and follow Emerson's journey.
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3 months old

Journal entry by Kim Dames — Mar 13, 2018
We celebrated Emerson's 3 month birthday! We promised her a kitten, a puppy, a pony and pretty much whatever she wants if she continues doing good. This month is also her DUE DATE, which is on the 25th. Her due date is a big deal to us in many ways but most importantly it means we are closer to bringing our girl home with us. All babies situations in the NICU are different therefore all babies go home at different times. Some babies are able to go home before their due dates while others stay weeks or months longer. We are hopeful but realistic in knowing that it will be past her due date before we bring Emerson home with us. How long after depends on Emerson. Weight isn't the ultimate criteria in order to be released instead they must complete 3 big tasks before being discharged from the NICU and Em has conquered 1 out of 3. Fingers crossed she continues on this path.

Just because she isn't ready to come home yet doesn't mean she isn't doing well. She has made so much improvement. She has been working on handling her feeds with little to no spit ups. She has had less frequent heart rate drops and even went almost a full week without one. She has tolerated being held during feeds without additional oxygen needed (most of the time). She has even tolerated laying on her back and sides well, even though she prefers her belly (don't worry when I hold her I ensure she gets plenty of time on her belly). Her doctor pushed her and attempted to wean her flow amount and Emerson "told" us she just wasn't ready yet. So we will let her grow some more and try again soon.

She defiantly has been working on growing. Drum roll please.... she now weighs 6 lbs 2 oz! Soon she will be breaking out of her preemie clothes and moving into newborn clothes. It's a huge milestone for Em. Considering 3 months ago she weighed 1 lb 9 oz could barely fit into nano preemie diapers. She was the size of my palm. She couldn't breathe on her own. She couldn't open her eyes. She couldn't keep her temperature and laid under the bililights for weeks. Now preemie diapers are getting too small. She is the size of my arm. She can breathe on her own. She can open her eyes and follow my voice. She has no problem regulating her temperature. She smiles frequently. She opens her eyes when she hears our voices. She loves music and her mobile. She is a fighter. She continues to amaze all us every day with her strength and fight.

Please continue with your prayers as we still have a bumpy road ahead of us.
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