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Calypso Paikea Rhyder’s Story

Calypso Paikea Rhyder (Please note, Rhyder is Calypso's 2nd middle name, not our surname) was born on June 14, 2007 at 3:20 am. She was 29 weeks 5 days and weighed in at 3 lbs 1.9 oz and 13 inches long. Calypso spent 23 days in the NICU at Riley Children's Hospital before she was called home to Heaven on July 7, 2007 at 3:50pm. We will forever miss our Angel.

Calypso may have only been here on this Earth for 23 days but she taught us more about love then most people do in a life time. She was born with impaired kidney function (As per her hospital records tell us) they also noted that she likely would have been ok in the long run with the kidney function she did have and dialysis and perhaps a transplant when she was older. However after a week in the NICU she caught a nasty intestinal infection.

  This infection was called NEC, which stands for Necrotizing Enterocolitis. This is a very vile infection, it kills the lining of the intestines rendering it nothing more then dead tissue. NEC has no known cause yet, although they suspect some sort of organism that is passed from child to child because NICUs often have outbreaks of NEC.

   NEC also has a habit of spreading to other organs, I know many babies that the infection spread to their blood or heart or kidneys. This is what happened to Calypso, with her kidneys already impaired the infection spread to them and completely killed them off. Because of the NEC they were unable to do dialysis. Calypso died at 23 days old on July 7, 2007 at 3:50pm.

   In Calypso's honor I've set up a NICU Remembrance Page, for ALL babies who never made it home from the NICU. Please check it out if you lost your baby in the hospital and perhaps add them to the angel page.

Latest Journal Update

Happy Birthday

  I've pulled myself together a bit.... her 6th birthday was rough but we got through it. I wrote a poem for my sweet girl a few months ago and wanted to share it here with a photo of her grave on her 6th birthday

 I have a little baby
That no one else can see
However I can tell
She always walks beside me

Sometimes I feel her more
Than any other time
But I just know like any mom
That she is one of mine.

She was here a little while
Then she had to go
And she took a bit of heart 
Wherever she did go

Now she walks beside me
For all of my life
Making sure I feel her near
And to wipe away tears of strife

I will not forget my Pi
Because she is not far
She is always near to me
She is my shining star.

And I'll attach a photo from her grave.

Happy Birthday sweet Calypso