Hello, we are the Powell’s (Ryan and Allie…and Gus – woof). We have been so overwhelmed by all the prayers, support, and interest in Grey’s story that we wanted to start the “Pray for Grey” website to share her progress, our prayers, and our praises. We have an army of prayer warriors supporting us and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. We believe in the power of prayer and the faithfulness of our loving, all powerful God. We take comfort knowing that He is good all of the time and trust that His ways are higher than our ways even when we don’t understand. We are comforted because we know God has a plan and a purpose for all and we have hope in a glorious everlasting life through Jesus Christ.
Here is Grey’s birthday story…
On Monday, 6/16, Allie had a follow up ultrasound that gave our doctor concern regarding our baby’s size. We were 25 weeks pregnant and Grey was only measuring in the 3rd percentile for growth. We had a follow up visit with a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist the next morning who reaffirmed those concerns. After further studies they determined that our baby was receiving restricted blood flow from the placenta through the umbilical cord causing Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR). They determined that Allie needed to be admitted to the hospital for monitoring until delivery. We were told that we would have to deliver prematurely once blood flow stopped and growth was no longer feasible in utero. Our goal was to make it to week 28 where viability and complication risks are greatly reduced. Allie was given steroids to help with the baby’s lung development. Three days later Allie was placed on a 24 hour magnesium drip as a precautionary measure to assist with baby’s neuro development. This is a miserable medication to be on, often accompanied with flu like symptoms of nausea/vomiting, weakness, and acid reflux. Allie experienced all of the above. As the day progressed into night these symptoms worsened, particularly the acid reflux. There was a pain in her chest that continued to increase and eventually radiated down toward her upper abdomen. By midnight this epigastric pain was unbearable, making it very hard to breath. We had a very attentive nurse who was a great patient advocate. By this time she ran a few labs and determined that Allie’s platelets had dropped significantly since earlier that morning. Further lab results showed that her liver enzymes were through the roof. The doctor came in around 1:30am and diagnosed Allie with HELLP syndrome. She told us that Allie was going into liver failure and the only cure was to deliver the baby. Moments later nurses were rushing into our room to prepare for an emergency C-section. Needless to say this was the most intense and fearful moment of our lives, with Allie and Grey’s life in danger and the prospective risks involved with delivering a one pound 25 week old baby. The medical staff did an excellent job and continues to take great care of us. Grey Delphine Powell was born at 2:20am on Friday 6/20/14. She weighed in at a whopping 450 gm (0.9 lbs.) and measured 10 ¾ inches. She was intubated immediately and wrapped in plastic to retain body temperature. They made a quick stop at the bedside just long enough for Allie to reach out her finger and have Grey latch on. Then they were off to the NICU. Allie was placed on bed rest for the next day and a half before she was able to see her daughter again. Grey’s initial intubation went smoothly and she accepted the ventilator well – something that can be challenging for preemies of this size. Most of the medical staff we talk to say this is one of the smallest if not the smallest preemie they have ever cared for. She’s a little princess warrior and, with God’s blessing, has put up an excellent fight thus far. We know we have a long bumpy road ahead. Please keep Grey in your prayers!
Thank you and God bless!
Ryan and Allie