Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Holding our breath

One of my sisters had her second baby on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately the birth didn't go to plan. Baby Hayley had been having high blood pressure before birth and was being monitored by Doctors.
On Saturday my sister hadn't felt any movement from bub for a fair while so that night she rang the hospital who asked her to come straight in. After monitoring her for a while they decided bub had to come out.
My sister has a rare blood disorder so had to have a general anesthetic to have the Cesarean. She had trouble coming out of the anesthetic and her baby was really struggling. She has been having seizures and then stops breathing. She has not woken since birth and yesterday was rushed to Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne.
Doctors are doing test after test to determine what is wrong, but so far nothing is known.
My sister has had to stay in her local hospital as she is not well enough to go to Melbourne yet. It all seems so surreal to me. Being on the other side of the country and not there with her is really awful, it almost seems like it isn't happening. Ben has told me to fly over but I have a bad sinus infection and can't go yet.
I am holding my breath every minute for her in hope that Hayley starts to improve. I want to ring her every hour to check on her but I know that I'd start to get annoying!
We can only hope and pray that she stays strong and fights to get through this.


Evelyn Jackson said...

Oh, you've brought a tear to my eye. I'm so sorry that your sister is going through this. I'll be thinking of you/her and sending all my good thoughts. I can't imagine not being able to be in the same place as my ill baby. xxx

Monkeys in my pocket said...

thanks Evelyn, she's now in Melb too. bub making some progress and looking hopeful.