ment was scheduled for May 11. “So we went through the week,” Melissa said. “I felt so sick and drained of energy.” On May 4, Melissa recalls feeling the baby move. “I hadn’t really felt her for sure,” Melissa said. “But I know I felt her on that Wednesday night.” On May 6, Melissa felt better, and was no longer plagued with the nausea or vomiting from the previous day. Keith got off work and arrived home about 10 a.m. They ate lunch and promised to take the younger kids to the park. “The first sharp pelvic pain occurred at lunch,” Melissa said. “But the kids still wanted to go to the park and I insisted that we keep our word to them. After the park, we ran several errands. At our last stop Keith ran inside and I stayed in the car with the kids. At that point I just wanted to go home and lie down.” They had just returned home when they remembered one more errand. While they were out, Keith managed to convince Melissa that they could make a quick trip to the hospital to get checked or at least hear the baby’s heartbeat and then head home. “That was the plan,” Melissa said. “We hadn’t brought
anything with us and I hadn’t even brought my cell phone with me.” ••• ••• ••• ••• That’s not what happened, though. “Since Melissa was past 20 weeks, I knew that the OB department could check her,” Keith said. “Since she hadn’t felt the baby move since that Wednesday night and the pelvic pains were reoccurring, we just wanted to make sure everything was fine. We registered and then went up to the OB floor.” After failed attempts to find the baby’s heartbeat, Dr. Nathaniel Ratchford came in to meet with the Graysons and discuss ultrasound results. “He looked at the results and started explaining different options,” Keith said.
Melissa and Keith Grayson
Foundation In Focus │ Spring 2012
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