Message from erica & Brad
June 16th I woke up with a little cramp that I let go for hours thinking I had a bladder infection. Finally around 4pm I went to the Fort Saskatchewan emerg to hopefully get some sort of antibiotic prescription. While in the little room waiting to actually see a doctor my cramps started getting more severe and it seemed they were getting closer and closer together. After over an hour of this pain and still no doctor brad was frustrated and ran out to get the doctor. They came in expecting nothing, after a very quick exam the doctors face dropped and he looked as if he had seen a ghost. All he said was. "I can feel the baby's head, it's right there. Your in labour" I felt like I had fallen into a dark well and been drowned by darkness. "I'm only 26 weeks I can't have this baby" my life had instantly been flipped upside down.
Within seconds I was stabbed with a ton of needles for the baby's lungs, brain, heart, ect. And the bed I was on was now being dragged out into the surgery room (just incase) the ambulance was waiting for me within seconds to take me into the big Edmonton children's hospital that's about 45 minutes away. I was so terrified. I was about to lose a life that I haven't even met but already loved more than anything. No one seemed to have a positive face or reaction. I bagged the ambulance people to make sure he was safe. I closed my eyes and asked my aunt Wanda to please help because they figured we weren't going to make it and I would have to push him out in the ambulance.
We got there in 19 minutes and rushed directly into a big crazy room with so many nurses and doctors and machines. They Hooked me up to everything imaginable. The baby's heart beat was going down fast, I was forced to push him out now or lose him forever.
8:16 pm he came into the world weighing 2lbs 4oz, not breathing or moving. They took him away without me even seeing him.
8:31pm they came and asked brad of he wanted to meet his son.
June 18th at 1am I got to hold my son for the first time. He's perfect.
He will be in the NICU until at least September, turns out the hardest part is still to come.
We were quickly overwhelmed with all the information being thrown at us.
2 hours of parking is almost $15.00 yet we have to be there as much as possible because it helps baby grow & also because who wants to leave a baby in there alone. We learned that almost 2 hours of travel a day is killer. That we can't actually bring food with us because your not allowed it on the unit and who's going to leave a random lunch in a random hospital hall? That breast milk isn't just food for a premie baby but it is medicine and it can be life or death. That the use it for so much more than just feeding purposes and that to get what they expect they encourage you to purchase a $500 pump and so much more medical costs that insurance doesn't cover.
Brads work has been slowing down and we were in trouble before but we figured we at least had 3 months left to prepare. We aren't the type of people who feel comfortable to ask for help but we are in way over our head so very fast. If you could just send positive thoughts and share this post we are so grateful, if you could help us in any tiny way we so much much appreciate it. We can't help but feel stuck and limited to time with our son.
Also all donations & comments will be printed off and put into his baby book, so he can see when he gets big and strong how lucky we were and how special he is. Thank you
Bradley, Erica & Thomas baby
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