Born at 28 weeks - Kassie's continued journey

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Our story begins on February 1st 2019. I was not feeling well Friday night. I got sick and had bad heart burn. I thought it was due to me going into my 3rd trimester. On Saturday the 2nd we went to the emergency room in Silverdale at Harrison Hospital. After completing lab work and checking on my vital signs the doctor had a panicked look on her face. She stated that my liver was swollen, my kidneys were being affected, and my placenta showed signs of not giving the baby the blood flow and nutrients baby needs to grow. They rushed me to the UW Medical Center in Seattle.

When admitted there, they explained to me that I was not leaving the hospital until I delivered my baby due to having super imposed preeclampsia. Mind you I was only 27 weeks and 5 days pregnant. They kept checking labs and vital signs. The doctors came to the conclusion that neither one of us were doing well and that they needed to deliver the baby fast. So on February 5th at 6:10 pm we had a baby girl who weighed 2lbs and 1 oz. and was about 14 inches long.

Once she arrived, they had a whole team surround her and take care of her. She had breathing complications which lead to a breathing tube. She then had a collapsed lung and needed a chest tube. After some time, when her lung healed they tried to take out her breathing tube, but her throat started to close up and they needed to reinsert it. We thought we were in the clear once her chest tube and breathing tube came out, but it was one thing after another. Kassie really had to fight for her life.

After becoming stable we were finally at the stage where we could start the process of feeding her. This then lead to us coming home. Kassie and I were in the hospital for about 77 days. I never left her side. The other kids (12,11, and 6) had family and the community support them and help them while I couldn’t be there. The separation was hard and very challenging. We had to support two grocery bills that were about $900.00 on a monthly total.

My husband (Shannon Turner) missed twenty-one days of work in the beginning. Shannon then ended up driving almost every day from Poulsbo to Olympia for work. After work he then would drive to see us at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit– NICU (at the University of Washington Medical Center) just to then turn back around and head back to Poulsbo. There are numerous amounts of money that had to be spent on gas, ferry trips, and toll bridges.

Now that we are home, we have a lot of scheduled appointments to make sure she is growing and developing accordingly, including, but not limited to, doctors and lactation visits.

The money that we will be receiving will be going towards bills, groceries, baby items (we were unable to have a baby shower and were not ready for baby Kassie) and, most of all, medical expenses. We really appreciate everything you have done and continue to do for our family. Words can not express how grateful we are for our supporters.
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Good evening all, I want to start off and wish everyone a happy Memorial Day. I want to thank everyone who has served and those who continue to serve.
On Monday Kassie had a routine doctor’s appointment. She weighed 7 lbs. 12oz. Shannon and I are still concerned with her umbilical hernia, vitamins she is taking, how much she needs to eat to maintain or gain weight and much more.
Tuesday we did not have any appointments which was a good thing because we had a rough night that night. She had a hard time with eating and sleeping. Shannon and I have noticed that she was wheezing. We probably slept only a couple of hours if that.
Wednesday we had a WIC appointment. Now some may think that WIC is easy and simple but not for us. We keep things interesting. I have to try and explain how and what Kassie’s eats. I am pumping, bottle feeding and nursing her. That in itself is a chore.
Thursday we were visited by head start. They were just following up with Kassie and I .
Friday we were visited by Holly Ridge. That visit went okay. Kassie needs to see a couple more specialist which we need to schedule. After that we had to go to the lactation appointment. At the appointment Kassie weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. she is also nursing on both sides.
This is just a glimpse of her appointments and a little of what we do. We have three other kids that we also care for. Scheduling these appointments is very difficult because we have to drive all kinds of distances. We also have to make sure we can get the kids to school on time and be home when they get out of school. Shannon would love to be at all of Kassie’s appointments but he cant. He has to sit and choose which ones he would like to be at. The ones he does get to go to is great but then he is missing work.
The ask for money this week will be going toward the Medical bills that we are starting to acquire. Also it is a lot of wear and tear on the vehicles due to the travel before we got home and now the appointments we are going to. Anything and everything helps.
Thank you for those who have given/shared our post and story. We are eternal grateful.
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Today was Kassie's doctors appointment and weight check. She now weighs 7 lbs. 12 oz. She is growing just great according to her preemie growth chart. This week we have 2 more appointments. In the following weeks to come we will be seeing a nutritionist, lactation and more weight checks. We are still concerned about her breathing/eating and her umbilical hernia. I will try and post about once a week to keep everyone informed of Kassie's progress.
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