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ittybittybabymom

Chico, California
I am a first-time mom at 40 and a full-time college professor of Communication Studies.  I also coach an intercollegiate Speech and Debate team.  My daughter was born 7.5 weeks early due to preeclampsia.  She had no health problems and was able to come home after only three weeks in... Full Bio
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Birthday: July 24
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I am a first-time mom at 40 and a full-time college professor of Communication Studies.  I also coach an intercollegiate Speech and Debate team.  My daughter was born 7.5 weeks early due to preeclampsia.  She had no health problems and was able to come home after only three weeks in the NICU.  At six weeks old, she was having some respiratory problems and tested positive for RSV (even though she had been vaccinated for it).  She was admitted to our local hospital, where she spent five days without much improvement.  She was then transferred to a hospital with a PICU that was two hours south of our home.  While we were driving there, the admitting doctor called and told us her heart was five times the size that it should be.  She spent a week in that hospital, on a paralytic, letting her heart and lungs "rest".  She had a heart cath and echo that showed normal heart structure, but extremely poor heart function.  She was transferred to Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, where she was diagnosed with Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy.  She spent three weeks getting weaned off IV drugs and put on oral medications.  She was home with us for three weeks before returning to the hospital in cardiogenic shock.  She was placed on the transplant list soon after, on June 11.  She received a new heart on July 7, 2009.  She has since been doing pretty well, although this will be a lifelong journey.  I feel like I have taken a crash-course in heart medicine and hospital life!  I hope that my blog can help others in similar situations!