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Hudson John Reed was born on Thursday August 10, 2017 at 8:46 am, very unexpected. Around 4:40 am, mom (Kristin) was woken up to something not feeling right, only to find out it wasn't that her water broke at only 29 weeks, but that she was bleeding severely. Mom woke dad (Johnny) and we made our way quickly to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. There, mom was quickly admitted and received a steroid injection in hopes to help Hudson's lungs and started on magnesium sulfate in hopes to prevent any brain bleeds in Hudson but also to hopefully help stop mom's bleeding. We knew he was going to be arriving soon but had hoped for a day or two before his early arrival. To explain some previous history regarding Hudson's early arrival, mom had a complete placenta previa (the placenta was completely covering the cervix) throughout the pregnancy which was going to make a normal delivery impossible, but that also most likely lead to the bleeding complications that brought on Hudson's unexpected arrival.
Back to Hudson's birthday, mom continued bleeding even with the different medications. Dr. Grossenburg came in to see mom and at that time it was apparent that mom's water had broke and both Hudson and mom were showing signs of quick decline so we decided it was best for the emergent c section to be done. Within minutes mom was taken back for surgery and Hudson made his arrival. After some resuscitation, Hudson was stable and wheeled back to the NICU. Dad was not able to be there for Hudson's birth, due to the urgency at the time, mom was unable to be awake for the birth also due to her condition and Hudson's.
But Hudson is proving himself to be a tough and stubborn little guy. Weighing in at 2 lbs 6.8 oz, and we are waiting for an official length measurement to be done, he's currently receiving the best care possible at Sanford Hospital's NICU. He has received 2 blood transfusions so far, has been intubated and is on a ventilator to breath for him, has a feeding tube in place and ready for use, has already had a PICC line placed (for longer intravenous access for different medications, fluids, nutrition, etc.), and has a line in the artery of his umbilical cord, as well as an IV in his foot. The good news is that he is doing very well considering all that has happened. He's on the lowest settings for the ventilator (for his breathing), he's slowly being weaned off the medication to keep his blood pressure up, and his white blood cell count has been slowly improving with antibiotics. His right lung has been giving him some trouble "staying open" during his first 36 hours of life, but with some medication, that improved quickly. Hudson's blood transfusions are hopefully not related to any type of internal bleeding but more likely related to an issue with the placenta prior to birth and then some of the trauma he went through during his arrival and also the numerous blood draws he's endured so far. Over the next few days, he will have different tests to check for common issues that are seen in premature babies like him, but we are trying to avoid over stimulating him unless absolutely necessary. Dad and mom are not allowed to hold him yet, but they can hold his little hands and touch him some. The nurses are doing the cares about every 4 hours to avoid too much stimulation also.
Mom is doing great after receiving a couple units of blood, the plan is for mom to be discharged on Sunday August 13. Dad is our hero, we might not be here if he hadn't been the great man that he is. We love you Daddy!!