The day I almost died…

Okay, so that might be a bit dramatic. I can promise you though, I thought I was truly going to die. When I was pregnant with my last child, a lot of odd things started happening with my health. I had some contractions and was told to cut down my work hours. The same thing happened during my first pregnancy, so no big deal. Then in late September, my heart felt like it was racing, then I fainted while at work. Only a few days later I fainted again and again. My heart rate was racing 150-180 beats per minute (normal is 60-100). My EKG (heart rhythm) came back abnormal. The ultrasounds revealed that my baby was in the 5th percentile, a condition known as IUGR. I started having an episode of vomiting, that lead me to the hospital. I expected a bag of fluids and to be sent home. Instead, I spent a week in the hospital. My potassium was dangerously low,my other electrolytes were also abnormal. Eventually, I was diagnosed with Diabetes Insipidus. This is not the diabetes that effects your sugar level. This type of diabetes makes you urinate 2-3x (or more) the normal amount, which leads to electrolyte imbalances.

That experience taught me several things. First, that I am not superwomen (see http://amymaustin.com/2016/05/30/noi-am-not-superwoman/). Second, I learned that I needed my family and friends, even if it was only emotional support. Third, I learned that life is fragile. You are only given a certain amount of time, you never know when today will be your last. Finally, I got the best gift ever, my baby boy was born happy and healthy. He was in the 1st percentile for weight (meaning 99% of children his age were BIGGER than him). Now he is 7 months old and in the 50th percentile. Another words, he is exactly average. He has brought so much joy to our lives since his birth.

M.B swimming

M.B swimming at Grannah’s and Grandpa’s

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