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My Birth Story Part 3: The Storms & Blessings

And now the end of my birth story. I considered the events during pregnancy, the actual birth and the two months post delivery to all be a part of my birth story. This last part is a testimony to the grace of God. It is also a heartfelt message to all moms. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t ignore it! Your life could be in the balance.

IMG_0059My Story…

And then the bottom fell out. I woke up one morning in excruciating pain.The pain was 100x worse than what I felt the last week of my pregnancy. Mom calls the ambulance and here I am snatched away from my 6 week old baby. This time I’m sure it’s a heart attack and now my innocent baby won’t know who I am. They send me home with blood thinners. The storm has returned: 3 clots in the lung. Not massive but they are there and need medication before anything else happens. Also a growth in my thyroid is detected and my gall bladder may have to remove.

Five days later I’m back in the hospital. This time I call the ambulance myself. Now I’m admitted and the storm is really raging. I’m put on a heavier dose of blood thinners , given an scan under sedation, numerous visits to the cat scan machine and restricted from eating or drinking. Days pass, dozens of doctors come and no one has made any decisions. I grow weary. My baby needs me and I need her. I am grateful my mom, my cousin and my best friends are taking care of her but I need to hold her. 

Missing my baby

My sister an RN starts calling, my uncle is calling the higher ups in the hospital and noise is being made. They need answers and I need to get home! 

FaceTime allowed me to talk to by baby!

FaceTime allowed me to talk to my baby!

Finally after 6 days, I’m released.

Blessing 1: The clots are gone. I ran completely gone! Now if you don’t believe prayer works, let me tell you it does!

Blessing 2: I get home and hold my baby but she feels hot. No one else thinks do but I check her temp at its 100.3. Her pediatrician tells me to go to the ER. Yes the day I get out the hospital, I have to rush my baby girl to the ER. She is given test that make make us both cry. The doctor says everything came back normal except she has the flu! OMG. I’m devastated. My mom and baby nephew were both sick so most likely one of them had the flu and my little tiny bundle picked it up. My sister flies in to help out.

Still smiling with the flu

Blessing 3: My baby makes it through the flu. Many babies aren’t so lucky so when I say we are blessed we are! The following Friday I go in to have my gall bladder removed. 2 years later, I still have issues from the gall bladder but I am ok.Next up is the biopsy on my thyroid. A needle biopsy with a local anesthesia. Another keep still procedure but God grants me another blessing: the biopsy is normal. Just typing this makes me cry. I head to my bestie’s house who is helping care for us while I recover. I am overjoyed through the pain and vomiting.

Auntie Jackie flew in to care for us.

I’m alive, my baby is alive, I’m a mom and I don’t have cancer.The clots are gone and my follow ups have been good. The storm is over.

God favored me!

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20 Comments

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    Terri
    December 15, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    I am glad you did share your birth story it is a beautiful story and you have a gorgeous baby girl there 🙂
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      M J
      December 15, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      Thank you Terri. It took me two years to get up the courage to share. I’m happy I finally did.

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    Thriftanista in the City
    December 15, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Blessings indeed. Thanks for sharing your amazing and beautiful story.
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      M J
      December 15, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      Thank you. I feel blessed beyond measure.

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    chasing joy
    December 15, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    OMG. You are blesded indeed. Did You ever fond out what caused everything?

    Thank you for sharing your story.

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      M J
      December 15, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      Thank you so much. My family has a hereditary blood condition so the clots were related to that. The gall bladder was related to the pregnancy as was the growth on my thyroid. God truly favored me.

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    Adanna
    December 15, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    So many blessings MJ! Z is definitely a special story and you my friend is a strong wonderful mother. You took all those test with strength that would of broken so many others down. Thanks so much for sharing this incredible story.
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      M J
      December 15, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Thank you Adanna. I finally feel a sense of relief now that I have shared my journey. I believe God is a healer in all things. Thank you so much for all your support.

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    Vee
    December 15, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Wow! Girl I’m in tears over here. You have been through…but GOD! He is so faithful! So glad that you and my Zoe are ok. Thanks for sharing your story.
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      M J
      December 15, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      Awww thanks Vee. Those are tears of joy! God is definitely the light of my life. I had to walk in faith during this difficult time and it took faith to share my journey. Thank you for your love and support.

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    NappyBella
    December 15, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Such a lovely read. It is truly wonderful what tthe Lord had done.. and what a cutie she is!
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      M J
      December 15, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Thank you so much. I am blessed.

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    Bernetta
    December 15, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Pregnancy is always a wonder! You never know how it will turn out. Thank God you received a beautiful angel!! And thank you for sharing your story as well.
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      M J
      December 15, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Thank you Bernetta. Pregnancy is amazing. I am glad God blessed me with the gift of motherhood and the gift of my life. Grateful beyond measure.

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    Christine @MomsNCharge
    December 15, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Wow, MJ, you seriously had me tearing up! Thank God for your blessings and that you’re able to share them with us here. My sister just had her gall bladder removed and has been having complications, and I told her exactly that: no one knows your body better than you so get a second opinion! Thank God you had family putting the heat on the hospital and staff on your behalf.
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      M J
      December 15, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      Thank you Christine. Zoe and having life is my special miracle and blessing from God.

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    aleshea
    December 15, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Ohh,the little one is just the cutest. So cute. Man you got not one but three blessings. Amen

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      M J
      December 16, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      Thank you Aleshea and AMEN on the blessings!

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    Stephanie Alo
    December 16, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    First off, your little one is so adorable. Secondly, thank you for sharing this story. I love stories like these.
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      M J
      December 16, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Thank you Stephanie. She is a blessing.

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