You know that moment when your life has changed forever? My moment was the day my first son was born. Of course for any parent this holds true because your life does change with a child especially your first. For me, it was a bit more of a traumatic experience with a happy ending. Today I want to share the day my first son was born and my personal experience with Intermountain Medical Center.
If you live in Utah you are probably quite familiar with the Intermountain Healthcare commercials and “LiVe Well” campaigns. Whenever I hear one of those commercials come on it reminds me of the moment my life was truly saved in May 2010. I was 19 at the time (though it seems like yesterday) and I was pregnant with our first son. I was on my lunch break from work and I was getting my regular pregnancy check-up. I remember my OBGYN walking in and telling me I wouldn’t be going back to work that day, in fact I was being admitted and I would be delivering my son early. I was traumatized and scared because I was only 32 weeks pregnant and wasn’t expecting our son to arrive for several more weeks. With my husband by my side we faced one of the hardest things a young couple will ever go through, delivering a premature baby.
From the moment I was admitted my health continued to decline. I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia which is a common pregnancy condition. I had trouble breathing (which a blood clot in my lung was suspected) and my blood pressure continued to rise. I ended up being placed on a magnesium sulfate drip to prevent myself from having a seizure due to my blood pressure being so high. After that everything seemed like a blur. I can remember bits and pieces of the delivery and having my son passed through the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) window from the operating room, but everything else has to be filled in by my husband and mother who were by my side the entire time.
I was told over and over again how if it wasn’t for delivering my son early, that my son and I wouldn’t be here today. We were very lucky! I can honestly say it was the quick thinking of my OBGYN and the amazing staff working that evening that truly saved our lives. Even after I was in the clear, my son spent a month in the NICU and the nurses at Intermountain Medical Center were amazing. It was so scary to have a near death experience but it was even more scary to have a premature baby and feel helpless as you watch them day after day waiting until they are healthy enough to leave the NICU and come home.But my story doesn’t end there. With my second son my health started to head down the same path. Luckily I had a staff that knew my medical history and stopped my preeclampsia from getting as bad as it did the first time. I was able to deliver a healthy and happy baby boy in August 2014 and he was just 1 day shy of 37 weeks gestation. Again I thank and credit the medical staff for watching for the signs and knowing when it was time to deliver my son. These are my precious premature babies now…happy and healthy as can be!
Now almost 5 years later my oldest son Kayzen is the smartest, happiest, sweetest, and most caring little boy I know. He was never born with any health issues other than being small. I am truly grateful that I live in a state with such a great medical center. Intermountain Healthcare truly cares about their patients and they offer the best medical staff and latest medical equipment around. You could say I am bit biased, but with my personal experience can you blame me?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Intermountain Medical Center. However, everything stated above is true and my own personal experience.