February 2, 2012: Anatomy scan at 21 weeks gestation revealed a left sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
February 24, 2012: Fetal echocardiogram with cardiologist in Greenville. Bee's heart looks good as far as he could tell.
April 18, 2012: Went to Charleston (Medical University of South Carolina--MUSC) to see maternal-fetal medicine doctor, pediatric surgeon, and tour NICU.
April 25, 2012: Based on today's ultrasound, part of Bee's liver is up above the diaphragm. Prior to this, it had looked like only stomach and bowel.
June 4, 2012: Moved (temporarily) from Greenville to Charleston to be near a hospital (Medical University of South Carolina--MUSC) that has ECMO capabilities.
June 7, 2012: Bonnie Brown Helms arrives via C-section at 11:24 a.m. Pink, crying, beautiful.
June 8, 2012: Bonnie is started on ECMO.
June 18, 2012: Chest tube placed on right side to drain pleural effusion.
June 19, 2012: Diagnosed with pneumonia (which ironically we were thankful for since it could account for some of her pulmonary hypertension).
June 22, 2012: ECMO circuit changed.
June 28, 2012: Bonnie is successfully taken off ECMO!
July 1, 2012: Bonnie is started on dialysis, since her kidneys have not yet "woken up" after getting off ECMO.
July 5, 2012: Bonnie has her hernia repair surgery and does *great*!
July 8, 2012: Kidneys seem to kick in. May be able to get rid of dialysis catheter soon (it has stopped working anyway).
July 9, 2012: Momma gets to hold Bonnie for the first time. Great day. :)
July 12, 2012: Bonnie is extubated!
July 19, 2012: ENT evaluation reveals that Bonnie has a paralyzed right vocal cord.
July 24, 2012: Due to abnormal newborn metabolic screens with elevated IRT, Bonnie has to have a chloride sweat test to check for cystic fibrosis. It comes back negative (i.e. she doesn't have CF).