Theo's NICU Journey

123 Days in NICU

So after much deliberation on whether I should put my 123 day diary of our Baby Theo's journey through NICU out there for all to see, I have decided to do it in the hope of generating as much cash as possible for our two chosen charites in the lead up to his 1st birthday charity doo......

 

The charities are St Mary's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, without whom, Theo would not be here today, and Ronald McDonald House who took us in for 111 days (completely free) so that we could be close to Theo and spend every waking hour with him, whilst being able to stay together as a strong family unit.

 

We all moved out of house and home.... I left my business in the hands of my Senior Management Team and we left life as we knew it behind......

Before I start with the diary, I thought that I would give a snippet of the back story in to our journey up to the 19th June 2017.... the day life as we knew it changed forever......

 

So........ shortly after leaving the Army in early 2000, I met my wife Lisa.... It was love a first sight and she officially moved in with me in the summer. We planned to start a family after a while and got married in July 2002..... however, we were soon told that having a child naturally was not likely due to Lisa's polycystic ovaries.... so we decided to try fertility treatment in 2002 (under the old St Mary's Hospital).

 

In 2003 Lisa became pregnant, but unfortunately 9 weeks in to the pregnancy it was identified as a Molar pregnancy and had to be removed. Following this we were unable to try for the next 12 months due to the high risk of another molar.

 

We started treatment again in late 2004 and on the last attempt Lisa became pregnant for the second time........

In March 2006, we were blessed with a Son, Jack Phillip.... we had waited almost 5 years for him to arrive and had wanted a child so badly that the tears were immense..... needless to say he has been spoilt to pieces!

 

We had both always said that although we were more than grateful and privileged to have been blessed with Jack, if we could give Jack a brother or sister, it would be worth a try..... so having not caught pregnant naturally since Jack was born, we decided to start treatment again in 2009.

 

Unfortunately after many years of failed attempts, frustrations and disappointments, the doctors told us that it was unlikely we would get pregnant again, so we decided to stop IVF treatment in early 2014 and maybe look to adopt a brother or sister for Jack when he was was a bit older..... By this time Jack really wanted one, but he understood that we couldn't have one.....

 

..... so you can imagine our surprise when completely out of the blue, Lisa became pregnant 'completely naturally' in early January 2017...... 17 years together having never used contraception and never once had we caught pregnant naturally..... we were both in shock and completely in disbelief that we were were going to get our dream come true....

 

As a really tight family unit, it was hard keeping it from Jack for so long, but we had decided we would tell him on his 11th Birthday in March. He couldn't believe he was finally going to get the brother or sister he had wanted for years.....

 

We were all enjoying Lisa being pregnant.... even though we still couldn't quite believe it..... when completely out of nowhere, Lisa went in to labour on the 16th June..... at 25 weeks!.....

 

What happened next was an experience we will never forget, and I am going to share my own 123 day diary with you all over the next 123 days...... we felt emotions that we never knew existed, on a roller-coaster of ups and downs as our baby boy fought for his life, and I tried to keep everything together while Lisa (who is a nurse) was absorbed in to caring for our baby boy for 18-20 hours a day!!!

 

Thankfully, we got to take our new baby boy home in the end. He's got chronic lung disease, is severely deaf in both ears, and had a severe bleed on his brain when he was born. All in all, we are very lucky to have our miracle baby boy..... He's a fighter but has still got a long journey ahead of him, but, with a strong family behind him, his world will be his oyster!!

 

There isn't enough we can do to thank the NICU or Ronald McDonald House for what they did for Theo and us..... but I hope that by people reading my diary and sharing it to spread its reach, it will help parents that may be going through this experience themselves, increase awareness of the great work being done by the NICU and Ronald McDonald House in Manchester, and at the same time, generate cash for some much needed NICU equipment, and to help towards the cost of maintaining the 61 rooms at Ronald McDonald House Manchester, that are so fundamental to parents being able to stay so close to their sick children.....

 

Unfortunately, many parents during our time weren't as lucky as us.....

 

Please donate what you can..... every single penny received will be given to the charities. It costs £9,125 to house one family for a year in Ronald McDonald House (there is no charge to the family at all) and the NICU rely on donations from the public to buy new equipment (which costs £000's)....

I wouldn't like to think how many thousands it cost to keep Theo alive, but I'm sure it was a lot.... We have set a target of £10,000 so please share the heck out my blogs, and I hope my story over the next 123 days touches your hearts.....

If you would like to donate to these two fantastic charities, please click below:

www.gofundme.com/theosnicujourney

 

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Love from us all..... Phil, Lisa, Jack and Baby Theo x x x x

 

Theo's first year in 8 minutes....

June 20, 2018

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