I was 28 weeks and 2 days pregnant with our 1st child when our lives changes drastically. I'd had a normal pregnancy up until 28w2d. My husband & I left just 2 days earlier for a brief vacation to visit my parents in SW Florida (we live in NC) - which our OB cleared us for.
Once we checked into the hospital we were diagnosed with HELLP syndrome within 1 hour. I was transported to Cape Corral Hospital to Golisano Children's Hospital in Fort Myers, FL where they would best be able to care for my small premature son.
After I delivered Nicholas I suffered extreme liver failure (a rare occurrence during an already rare condition). I remained in the hospital for 14 days post-partum enduring various rounds of tests, treatments, and blood transfusions to get my body back to where it needed to be to care for my son.
We spent 69 days in the NICU in Florida- I stayed with my son the entire time & my husband flew back and forth to our home in NC to handle business and keep our affairs in order. We endured many blood transfusions, tests, and "wimpy white boy syndrome" (as the nurses lovingly called it) before we discharged and were allowed to make the trip home.