Thursday, March 20, 2008

You Take the Good, You Take the Bad...

In 2001, after three years of trying, we found out Tabitha was pregnant. Because of Tabitha's diabetes, she had a high risk of developing complications. Tabitha and our baby might not survive the pregnancy.

After months of check-ups, badgering from the diabetes nurse, and many missed days of work, Tabitha woke up early one morning with severe back pain. We gathered up her things and drove to the hospital. When she arrived, they took her vitals and hustled her up to the delivery room. It was a month before the due date, but Tabitha's blood pressure was reaching dangerous levels.

The OB decided to induce labor.

Six hours later our little miracle entered the world. They immediately took Abigail to the NICU to stabilize her blood sugar levels. Tabitha was moved to recovery before she had a chance to see Abigail. It was two days before Tabitha's blood pressure dropped enough where she could hold Abigail.

Abigail was healthy but the pregnancy had damaged Tabitha's already weakened kidneys.

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