Welcome to our CaringBridge website. My name is Laura Mielke and I am Meredith's sister, Brian's sister-in-law and proud "Auntie" of Anderson and baby Harrison. With permission from Meredith and Brian, I am using this site to keep the Abraham's devoted family and multitude of precious and dear friends updated in one place. The Abrahams appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting the site. I will do my best to keep the site updated with the most current reports as well as refreshed on information about ways to help out and needs. The news of Harrison's early arrival may have gotten to you through "word of mouth" and may have you feeling a little surprised and confused so I will back up and share a little about how we got here.
Harrison's original due date was at the end of May. Meredith was in the 24th week of her pregnancy at the start of February when she began experiencing contractions during the night. Brian took her to the hospital early on the morning of Saturday February 4, 2018. From Saturday through Monday Meredith was not allowed to eat or drink and was given a constant IV drip of Magnesium Sulfate and other oral medications to try and stop or stall labor for as long as possible. She was given two doses of medication to help prepare Harrison's lungs in case of premature birth and according to ultrasound measurements we knew he was close to 2 pounds! On Monday morning Meredith's heart rate and blood pressure began to drop to very low levels and it was confirmed that she would not remain on the "the mag" for the prescribed 72 hours. By that evening Meredith was allowed to eat again, the "mag" was stopped, and we were all hopeful that she would remain on strict bed-rest for the remainder of her pregnancy to give little Harrison more time to develop and grow. But, he just couldn't wait any longer to meet his mommy and daddy and at almost 8 a.m. on Tuesday February 6th Harrison Louis Abraham arrived weighing 1 pound 12 ounces (25 weeks gestation). Harrison will remain in the NICU for as many weeks as it takes for him to gain weight, feed, and breathe on his own.
Just about any Nicu doctor or nurse will tell you "it's a long road but you want a very long road." This journey is truly a 2 steps forward - 1 step back marathon but this boy has the MIGHT and GRIT from his Mama, the PATIENCE and FAITH of his father, the PRAYERS of his family and friends, and the JOY, PEACE, and HOLY COMFORT of his Savior. Follow Harrison's story. Leave your comments and your questions.