Thursday, January 24, 2013

I Choose Hope- Joe Mata


My girlfriend and I entered the emergency room at approximately 9:08 pm on June 28th, 2012.  She had been experiencing strong and regular contractions and was only at 25 weeks gestation.  As soon as she was taken to triage by the nurses, I began a group text message to keep our parents and family up to date on her progress.    

After what felt like an eternity of waiting, I was escorted to her room by security.  It was then that nurse Christy began to update me on what was happening and informed us of all the risk factors involved with a delivery at this stage of the pregnancy.  We were in fact in labor, and they were going to make every attempt to stop the contractions.  An ultrasound was performed to check the baby's development and steroids were given intravenously to speed up the baby's lung production.  After several hours, the contractions had not stopped and regardless of their efforts, our son was determined to make his entrance into the world.  

As we sat there in the room, and as my girlfriend struggled to cope with the pain, and as I struggled to comfort and reassure her, I was overcome with emotions of fear, panic, worry, and yet excitement at the thought of meeting our son.  Finally, the decision was made to proceed with the delivery.  On June 29th, 2012 at 12:59am, I sent the following message...

Doctor is here. We are going to have a c-section. The nurses are prepping her right now. I will txt asap. Time to really pray for her and baby. God be with all of us!

It was then that I chose hope

At 1:26 am, our son was born weighing 1 lb 14oz.

Six months have passed.  Our son spent 75 roller coaster days in NICU,  and now weighs 13 lbs.  To this day, I still have all the messages saved on my phone that I sent out to our family which now serve to me as a reminder of the night that our lives were forever changed and as I sit here and read over all the messages, my eyes are filled with tears at the thought of what could have happened, and at the same time, at the blessing we received.

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