Shooting Up In Utero

My youngest daughter, Paige was exposed to high amounts of drugs in utero.

I know she was exposed to meth and prescription drugs, and perhaps other illegal ones.

Her biological mother had a prescription for Klonopin, a very strong medication used to treat anxiety and seizures.  Even when this drug is used for seizures, patients should not continue use during pregnancy unless absolutely necessary.

She abused other prescription medications, such as Vicodin and morphine.

My daughter spent three weeks in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) suffering withdrawal.  She experienced:

  • excessive stooling
  • tremors
  • weight loss
  • difficulty eating

When she moved in with us at five months, she experienced:

  • failure to thrive (inability to gain weight)
  • GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux)
  • Bouts of constipation alternating with diarrhea.  She went days without a bowel movement and when it came, she screamed because it was so rock hard.  Her bouts of diarrhea caused horrendous rashes no matter how much we kept on top of diaper changes and Buttpaste.
  • Tremors

The tremors were the worst.  If we hadn’t been told they weren’t seizures, we would have raced to the ER with that presumption.  It was heartbreaking.

you-know-that-we-are-lost-when-babies-are-addicted-to-drugs-when-they-are-born-quote-1Paige would tense up and after a moment would begin to shake uncontrollably.  The tremors themselves generally didn’t last more than a minute.  However, they were always followed by high-pitched screaming and inconsolable crying.  Her intensity often lead to hyperventilation.  NOTHING soothed her… I could only walk her up and down the hallway singing, and hope she knew I was there and I loved her.

We MUST educate society about this, especially our impressionable youth.  Schools need to show teens a video like the one above.  If we teach our children the negative consequences of using drugs, perhaps we can prevent them from making these mistakes.

What do you think?