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Sasha Michelle Koehn
9/12/2016 Latest post:
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Hello to all of you ...Our Dear Praying Family and friends...
I know many of you are wondering how things are and I'd like to give you a report. Hopefully I can do so without it coming out seeming like a complete jumble of thoughts. As many of you probably know life doesn't always go as we think…
Our dear little baby Sasha Michelle arrived suddenly on Tuesday afternoon, September 6, at 31 weeks. I told Greg I feel so bad for Devonn and the Mission board. It seems the Peru Mission has faced a lot of health difficulties, now the recent sudden passing mother of our fellow missionaries, and little Sasha. It doesn't seem our minds would think this is the best way, but for some reason God knows better than all of us. And we have to trust this all to him. That his light can shine through and we can follow him. For some reason from almost the start I had a feeling I can't quite explain but I just always felt like Sasha would be our little Miracle I prayed for her often that she could be okay. The girls wanted her so much and had prayed for her. We all had, and was very much looking forward to her arrival to our little family setting here in Peru. The Pregnancy was going as a normal pregnancy would. At home I had 3 normal pregnancies without complication. The doctor was very positive, now toward the last she was doing what I felt like some extra sonograms compared to what I was used to at home. But we were used to our small hometown verses living in the City. Our baby was appearing small and she said they wanted to keep an eye on it. And make sure she was just little and growing fine. They did a sonogram and said she measured small. So they wanted to do another one to check and make sure the blood flow and oxygen were all okay. What technology over here. It wanted to bother me a bit, but kept saying we thought we would just have a small little girl. Sammie wasn’t so big, nor Greg’s sisters. That it would be fine and they were being plenty cautious here in Peru. So, I had that sonogram on Tues. the 29th,the next Thursday I was schedule for the doctor and everything seemed okay yet. My blood pressure was fine. I was scheduled for a sonogram again on Tues at 6 pm in the evening. Sunday I didn’t feel so well. It seemed to me I was having Braxton- hicks sooner and stronger for lacking 2months. Then I remembered with the others. But didn’t want to be over concerned. Thinking maybe it was just different with #4. On Monday something didn’t seem right to me but felt like I didn’t want to be over worried. I was having what felt like some menstrual cramps but when I laid down I got better. Monday night I was awake not feeling so well. I wondered in the morning if I should go in but I thought it kind a crazy. I was feeling better again, but a little worried if the baby was moving? She had last night. I didn’t want to over react. I had 2 months to go. I went on the tract route with Greg feeling fine except at the end. I was feeling bad again we got home in time for lunch with the girls. I went and laid down and just prayed God would take care of Sasha and keep her safe. I didn’t know why I felt that way, but something didn’t seem right. I texted my sis and asked her about it? She had replied she thought she might be. In the mean time Greg called the doctor she said to go to the ER and she’d come see us there, although I felt better again after laying down. I don’t know why but we picked up in a hurry. Greg rushed Sammy to the classroom with Sara and we hopped in the van. Not realizing what was about to happen. We went to the ER. And they soon called us back. I never in my mind was thinking I would be having the baby. My doctor says none of us had any idea. I just didn’t have enough symptoms showing up for what normally happens. It’s very unusual. In the ER they started doing some testing and put monitors on. I had high blood pressure. And I was having contractions but that was not even the concern. The baby would not move! But her heart showed strong yet. They gave me a shot for her lungs and begin preparing for the… just in case. I could tell they were getting scared and knew something was wrong. They soon were taking me for the sonogram. As we wheeled out I prayed. As three doctors hovered over the sonogram it didn’t take them long. Things aren’t right, there’s bleeding. And down the hall they went prepping me as we went. They got me to the surgery room, no time for the regular epidural. I don’t know how many minutes it was but not long and they were taking the baby out. I never heard the baby cry and never saw her. As Greg stood by and watched as they tried to bring our little angel to life. And they took her away. The doctor that worked Sasha says all I can say is there was a higher power looking over you. She shouldn’t be here. And my doctor says I don’t know why I just thought I should have you come to the ER and normally no more than my symptoms were she wouldn’t have. And it was all only in time. Only God knows the future. At this point she is stable with ventilator and on antibiotic. Bloodwork would should show she was critical and being deprived of oxygen. It’s all in God’s hands. Just continue praying. She is oh so so tiny. Weighing 3lb. 7oz. They haven’t measured her because she was to delicate. It’s a long slow journey my doctor said today she’s a fighter. We have to hope and believe. They took me to recovery and Greg couldn’t be there. Then I went to ICU. And it was very strict in there. And they didn’t want to let Greg be with me right away. It was very difficult and hard as Greg had just stood and watched it all and it happened so fast. I just prayed God would help me know and understand the Spanish I needed. I believe he answered that prayer and the prayers of all of you praying. As I was able to handle hours alone, without Greg in another culture, another language, in the hospital. At this point they would say I had severe preeclampsia. I was in ICU due to unregulated blood pressure levels and blood levels were not right watching for HELP syndrome. With medication my levels are finally level and my blood looked good today. So, I am in a regular room and got to see Sasha for the first time. Greg can be here with me now and also the girls can come be with me. It’s all a mystery why this happened the doctors say it’s very unusual makes no sense. My placenta was already 40% detached. If you could do things over I would have tried to come to the doctor sooner. But no more than my symptoms maybe it wouldn’t have been caught anyways. We finally have to leave it with the all- knowing Father. Its only because of him that we are both here. We just want to thank you for praying and ask for you to continue praying. We couldn’t have done it no other way. Greg’s folks got here last night. So, thankful for family once again when we need them most in a far away land. We will try to let you know in the near future how things progress.