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Becky Thompson Reynolds, age 31, went into the hospital March 23rd full of excitement and unsure of what her future held. She and her husband Ron had been trying to get pregnant for a few years and were finally blessed with a perfect baby boy, William. Becky was induced Tuesday morning and William was born that evening. He weighed 8 pounds 9 ounces and was 21 inches long. He was as perfect as any baby could be.
Throughout Becky's pregnancy, she was very sick. She didn't just have morning sickness, she had all day sickness pretty much during her whole pregnancy. I had heard of this before, so I didn't think anything of it. I spoke to Becky a few times and she told me that she was having a hard time breathing or just couldn't catch her breath. Again, this seemed normal for her stage of pregnancy, so it was never addressed.
Once Will was born, Becky could not stop throwing up and she had some abnormal postpartum bleeding. Ron took Becky to the emergency room Saturday, March 27th where she has been ever since. Once they arrived, Becky and Ron were told that Becky would need emergency gallbladder surgery. They began the surgery Sunday morning as a routine laproscopic gallbladder surgery. Two and a half hours later, Ron and Bob, Becky's dad were getting news they never imagined they would be getting. There were complications during Becky's surgery and her heart stopped twice in the operating room. They were calling specialists in to see if they could figure out what was going on with Becky and her heart.
Apparently, Becky had Peripartum Cardiomyopathy or PPCM. I had never heard of this before, but after the initial diagnosis, I did nothing but read about it and how it affects women and their hearts. Becky has been in ICU since Sunday, March 28th. Please visit her guestbook and write some encouraging words for her to read when she gets out of the hospital.
Thank you all in advance for showing your support to such a wonderful and amazing sister-in-law. Being an only child, I so treasure the relationship I have with my husband's two sisters and I'm just not ready to lose one of them. Please pray for this wonderful family and their precious new addition.