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Surprise arrival of our little miracle

This week marks my first week back to work in 10 weeks. As many saw and read in The Catholic Globe, Luke Merlin Borkowski made his entrance into the world on Aug. 7, 2018.

His arrival was much earlier than expected due to my body and high blood pressure. His original due date was Sept. 19, so Luke was born six weeks early.

The birthing process began with back labor for me on Aug. 3 followed by going to the emergency room in Carroll very early in the morning on Aug. 4. Since Carroll does not have an NICU, I was transferred by ambulance to UnityPoint St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City where I was greeted by my former doctor, Dr. Kathy LaFavor.

Rodney met me in Sioux City and stayed by my side the whole time I was in the hospital.

Dr. LaFavor wasn’t surprised to see me since I have a history of high blood pressure. The doctors were suspecting that I had preeclampsia, a condition caused by my blood pressure and swelling in my hands, feet and legs. Not fun!

Those first few days in the hospital were very uncomfortable for me, but we wanted to keep Luke “cooking” as long as possible. I was given steroid shots – one in each leg – to help with the development of Luke’s lungs. I was also on magnesium for 48 hours which caused me to be very HOT. People who visited my room had to wear jackets in August because I needed the room to be so cool. When I looked in the mirror, it looked like I had a sunburn due to the medication.

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Dr. LaFavor came to my room and the plan was to do a C-Section on Wednesday. A few hours later, after assessing my health and the baby’s health, the decision was made to schedule a C-Section at 5:30 p.m. that day. Luke’s heart beat had been decelerating the few nights before and the doctors didn’t want that to happen again and didn’t want to have to do an emergency C-Section either.

Rodney cuts Luke's umbilical cord.

Rodney cuts Luke’s umbilical cord.

The surgery was probably the weirdest experience of my life but brought my husband and me the BEST miracle we could EVER ask for. I was able to meet Luke right after he was delivered at 5:47 p.m. and held his little hand before he was taken to the NICU. Rodney followed Luke to the NICU and was by his side as much as he could be. Luke weighed 4 lbs. 11 oz. and was 17 inches long at birth.

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Katie holding Luke’s hand before he was taken to the NICU.

God is GOOD and our prayers were answered!! Luke may have come into the world early, but he was and is healthy.

The 24 hours after Luke was born were pretty miserable for me, not only because I felt awful, but because I wasn’t able to see my son. Because I couldn’t sit up and get into a wheelchair, I couldn’t go up to the NICU to see Luke.

Luckily Rodney and other family members were able to go to the NICU to visit Luke and take pictures to show to me. Once I was transferred to my postpartum room, I was able to go up and visit Luke. At that point, we weren’t able to hold him yet.

The next day, Thursday, was the first time I was able to hold Luke and I didn’t want to put him back in the warmer. We went up to visit Luke as much as possible.

I was discharged on Friday, Aug. 10. Rodney and I moved into the Ronald McDonald House, since we would be in Sioux City for a while because Luke needed to stay in the NICU. He needed to gain weight and learn to nurse. There was the possibility that he would need to be there until his original due date of Sept. 19.

I have so much more to tell you all. I will continue to blog and post pictures about Luke and his stay in the NICU, coming home, spending time with me and others and then his first day at daycare on Oct. 15.

Have a blessed day and weekend! For now, I will be praying for you and hope you say some prayers for me, especially for Luke to sleep so I can get some sleep at night.

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