Happy Thanksgiving!

This year for Thanksgiving, I have so much to be extra thankful for this year. You see, November 13th, my beautiful God loving, kind, gracious sister-in-law delivered a beautiful healthy baby girl. As a mom that tried for 8 years, a child is a gift, a blessing. As you can see, I was overly emotional to meet this beautiful baby girl.

However, the next day came with many unexpected and unwelcome surprises. Thankful to God, my Mom (a retired SICU nurse) noticed Whitney showing signs her heart was in distress. She was transferred to the ICU floor and it was discovered that she was in heart failure. At 3 a.m. she was transferred to the ICU at Barnes where she was diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy, a rare type of heart failure that can occur during pregnancy or after delivery. Whitney’s heart was pumping at 25-30 and could not get blood to the rest of her body. As a result her lungs filled with fluid and was in respiratory distress.

They pumped 20 pounds of fluid off this new momma’s heart. A heart that cried for her newborn baby girl that had to be left at the delivering hospital, 3 hours away. It was treacherous watching her cry for her baby everytime we would video chat. Y’all a baby and Momma are not supposed to be separated. It was unbearable.

Thankful to God, we get to enjoy this Thanksgiving with our Whitney, but also our 4lb 14oz premature baby girl too. God answered so many prayers for our family. November 19th, our girl got to come home to her precious newborn baby with an expected recovery but with some limitations and medications. She did indeed have some permanent heart failure and is strongly advised no more children. The beauty in this situation…we have her and my precious neice with us today.

The thoughts and nightmares of my brother returning home with only a newborn baby and no wife, mother….was a horror. I was terrified, I can’t imagine how he felt. My tough, macho brother lost it emotionally when he was told his wife was in heart failure with a 50% chance of recovery. He lost it so bad, his blood pressure spiked and he had a massive nose bleed. This is not the brother I knew. This is the man he became when he married his beautiful wife and became a father.

So for this Thanksgiving, I am extra thankful to have those two seats taken by baby Kate and Momma at the table for our extra special Thanksgiving today. Sometimes we forget to count our blessings, but let me tell you, when it’s all on the line…..your perspective changes within seconds. Dont forget to thank God for working behind the scenes and all those spoken and unspoken prayers….none of us have any idea what He does for us on a daily basis. God is good! Happy Thanksgiving friends ❤

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