My son Skipp and his wife Krystal have been blessed with an amazing baby girl a few years after they had given up on infertility treatments.
Unfortunately at 32 weeks (two months early), Krystal had to be admitted to the Bozeman Deaconess hospital and put on very strict bed rest after a premature rupture of her membranes.
Skipp was right beside her trying to keep the stresses low, prep apartment for a new baby, keep track of their son Alex and go to work.
Doctors had cautioned them that the risk of infection is very high for mother and baby now, so the staff kept a very close eye on the soon to be momma and daughter.
Five days went by relatively quietly for momma and baby. However on the morning of the fifth day Krystal ran into a placental abruption and a baby who had decided to become breech.
One hour and an emergency C-section later; Abby was born a preemie at 4 lbs 9 oz! Everything looked great, her lungs seemed to have responded well to the steroid treatments they gave momma and she didn't need oxygen from the start! The rollercoaster of surprises seemed to have run it's course and was going to let them off. The relative calm only lasted two hours and they were told Abby's lungs were not working well enough to blow out the CO2 and it was getting dangerously high... The hospital started making plans to move her out and things started moving so fast she almost left before momma was able to see her!
Skipp and Abby were Life Flighted across the state to Missoula's NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and Abby had her first plane ride and a visited a second city on her first day!
The NICU staff really knew their stuff and quickly had Abby stable and blowing out all the icky CO2.
Abby is doing much better but has a ways to go; she still needs a little help breathing and can't eat on her own. She does love her binky but even that seems to wear her out after just a few seconds. Lots of growing left to do!
Hopefully Krystal (Mommy) can travel soon to come be with her baby. She is still in Bozeman...and has not even got to hold her yet! It's costly for both working parents to survive a surprise crisis, leave work for a month and pay for expenses in another town. I think most people would need months of planning to get all of their ducks in a row to jump cities and these two only had hours!
Preemies need some serious special care and even with medical insurance all the little expenses still pile up.
Any help would be appreciated! Thank you
- Chris Chandler
- Michael Grigorian
- Carly May
- Andy Krause