Age: 4 months
Weight at Birth: 11 ozs
Weeks Gestation: 22
Time spent in the NICU: still in the NICU
My Preemie Power Story:
Hi my name is Gabriella some call me GG for Gabby the great. I was born on May 31, 2013 at 22 weeks weighing in at 11 ounces. My younger sister McKenly the Magnificent was born 30 minutes later at 12 ounces. My Mom had the nerve to have her cervix stitched up thinking she was going to hold us in there for nine months but my sister and I had said the devil is a lie get us out of here we have bad guys to fight!
But my sister decided the day after we were born that she would rather be my guardian angel in Heaven. Its nice to have someone upstairs helping you and telling you when to breathe when I forget sometimes.
My mom TuffTiff is one tuff cookie. She is there by me every single day. She has been there when I had to get my ostomy bag put on on her birthday which was also Father’s day because my bowel became perforated. Then I developed NEC. I had to be put into isolation. Yeah, those other babies are jealous of me because I have a nice room to myself and my own Nurse to watch over me. LOL
Then I developed ROP and had to have this needle stuck in my eye. Whew, that hurt but I am a fighter so I beat that too!!
Then I got 2 broken bones. My femur and my arm got broken when I was fighting off those bad guys. But hey, the docs try to say because I am a preemie, it happened. They just dont know how I have been running those bad guys off. lol.
I have finally made it up to 3 pounds and I can wear my super hero costume now. I was getting a little chilly there just wearing my diaper around. Then I hurt my feet so I have to have bandages on them for awhile. I will be glad when I get some shoes. This hero thing is alot of work!
I have 2 big sisters ages 20 and 11, and 1 big brother age 14. I even have a nephew that just turned 1 year old! My Mom and Dad said its been a roller coaster ride watching me beat up these bad guys in the NICU and they will be happy when I come home with them so I can teach them my tricks. They just don’t know that they will be up all night with me telling them all about my adventures. They might think that I am crying but really I will be talking to them. Well I hope you enjoyed my story as much as I have enjoyed telling it to you. Love, Gabby the Great!
Super Hero Characteristics:
A fighter, winner, never gives up!