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Kathy McClelland

About Kathy McClelland

Kathy McClelland (TX) is mom to two beautiful boys and both spent an extended period of time in the NICU. Her first was a 34-week preemie. Early in her pregnancy she suffered two pulmonary emboli, which revealed two blood disorders. Then late pre-term she developed preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome. Baby one weighed 4 lbs, 14 oz and was a feeder/grower spending three weeks in the NICU. Baby two was a surprise on multiple levels. Hoping to not repeat the NICU experience a second time, she delivered a 5 lb, 9 oz baby at 37 weeks. However, he was soon diagnosed with a rare syndrome and spent two months in two different NICUs. She writes about faith and finding beauty and hope on her personal blog.

From NICU to PICU, Our Story with RSV

When my former NICU baby was 22 months old he landed himself in the PICU for RSV and bronchiolitis. He had hospital stays post-NICU before, but this was the first time he was admitted to the ICU. Oh we knew that he was sick. He went to the ER on Saturday night, the pediatrician on […]

Making G-Tube Feeding Friendlier + Tubesie Giveaway

Before my son was born I knew nothing about feeding tubes. I naively thought they were for elderly and severely brain injured patients. Never in a million years could I have imagined sending my six–week-old son to surgery for a G-tube. I hated it at first. I felt like a failure for not being able […]

The Life-Long Struggle of a Medically Fragile Child + {Free Hospital Packing List}

My baby did not end up in the NICU because he was premature. He ended up in the NICU because he was medically fragile. Though these terms are certainly not mutually exclusive, many preemies–like my other child who was a 34 week feeder/grower–outgrow their immaturity. Most babies born medically fragile face a life-long struggle of […]

Organizing Medical Supplies After You Leave the NICU

Babies come with a lot of gear. NICU babies sometimes come with even more. When my baby was discharged from the NICU not only did I bring him home, but also a bunch of medical equipment, medications, and breast pump parts. When we arrived from the hospital there was a big box of medical supplies waiting […]

Gaining a Better Understanding of GERD

We were at the height of dealing with my son’s acid reflux when his speech therapist said to me, “It’s a monster.” Acid reflux is a monster. That describes it perfectly. It’s constantly lurking after a meal ready and waiting to attack. Before its onset, I can see the fear of impending doom on my son’s […]