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Our journey began as a surprise, finding out that we were pregnant. A blood test indicated a 90% chance that Cam would have Trisomy 21, Down Syndrome in the first trimester. We were referred to a specialist who conducted ultrasounds in each trimester looking for different physical characteristics typical with Trisomy 21. None of those indicators were present.
The last trimester was a roller coaster! First, mama was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and required daily insulin shots, a change of diet, and constant blood sugar testing. This also required two appointments per week to check on mama and baby. One appointment was an ultrasound, the other was a non-stress test. Each ultrasound indicated that the baby was healthy, growing normally, practicing his breathing, and was starting to sit head down. The non-stress tests all indicated the baby was doing good and had a strong heartbeat and was not under stress.
Then, around week 35, the ultrasound showed that Cam was sitting transverse with his head to the left side. Three days later, another ultrasound indicated he was back to head down. An ultrasound the following week and he had turned breach, the next ultrasound he was transverse with his head to the right side! This little guy was all over the place. In the middle of week 37, we visited with the specialist again for an ultrasound and advice about our next steps. On the day of that appointment, he was breach again! The specialist recommended we go in to have a procedure done, at the hospital, to attempt to turn the baby.
On Friday, March 28, 2021, that is exactly what we did. We arrived at Labor and Delivery at NE GA Medical Center. The very first ultrasound indicated that baby Cam was sitting head down, just like he should be. While the doctor and nurse were standing there, mama felt him moving. A quick check with the ultrasound showed that he was then sitting transverse again. After waiting a little while and letting mama and baby relax on the bed, another ultrasound was done. This time he was now sitting breach! Since we were about to enter week 38 and considering how much this boy had already flipped and flopped, we decided that it was best to let the labor and delivery team do what they needed to deliver that baby. That they did. Baby Cameron was delivered at 4:02 AM on May 29, 2021. He weighed 7 lbs 4 oz and was 20" long.
On hand in the delivery room was a team of respiratory therapists. Right out of the womb, Cam's blood oxygen was low, and breathing on his own was labored. He was taken to the transitional nursery for observation for 45 minutes. When he was unable to get his blood oxygen levels up, they took him straight to the NICU. Because of his struggle breathing, he also initially struggled with eating. He had a cannula placed in his nose for oxygen support and an NG tube inserted for feeding. His initial blood work showed he had elevated white blood cell count, indicating an infection. He was placed on 7 days of antibiotics. An echo was also conducted on his heart, which revealed that he has a moderate VSD, or hole in the wall between the lower chambers of his heart. The NG tube came out within 5 to 6 days and he started eating on his own. We will be following up with the cardiologist to check on the VSD in his heart.
During his second week in the NICU, Cam has increased his intake amount and length of time at each feeding. He has slowly begun to gain weight. This past week has been filled with the respiratory therapy time working to figure out what his respiratory needs are; whether it is oxygen amount or the amount of flow he is getting.