I keep talking about the amazing women I’ve gotten to know online during this experience, but I can’t say enough about how supportive they’ve been. They are the only ones who really know what we’ve been going through the past four months. Aside from the miracle of our daughter, if there’s one thing I can be grateful for when it comes to my water breaking at 18 weeks, it’s my membership into the pPROM sisterhood. If you’re questioning faith in humanity, continue reading. This may change your mind.
When I was ordered to bed on June 15, my computer was my lifeline, my sanity. I spent hours researching pPROM, searching for success stories and the women behind them. One of those “angels” is Jessica. I found her on Facebook and got in contact with her right away. She offered to call me — from her home in Vancouver, BC — and she did. We talked on the phone for at least an hour-and-a-half. She gave me hope by sharing the miracle story of her son, Caleb. It was eerie how similar our stories were. Our original due dates were just a few days apart — hers in 2009, mine in 2010. And it turns out, she’s from Minnesota. Despite the health care professionals’ endless reminders of the struggles Lila would face when born, Jessica and Caleb were proof that our baby would be ok and inspired me to remain strong those 13 weeks in bed.
Jessica kept in touch with me throughout that time. She was my cheerleader. Well last week, I got to meet Jessica and Caleb in person. Back for a visit to Minnesota, Jessica made time to come to the hospital to meet us. It was so great to hug her and Caleb and thank her in person for all that she’s done for me. Caleb is 14 months old (11 months adjusted) and just days away from walking. In fact, I bet he’s already taken his first steps. Thank you, Caleb and Jessica, for continuing to instill hope that Lila, too, will take her fist steps in no time.
Here’s a few photos from Caleb and Jessica’s visit, along with a link to a video detailing Jessica’s pPROM story.