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Re : Visitors to hospital during pre-eclampsia

Post by issa » Thu Aug 24, 2006 12:10 am

Gee, mommy1st, your situation sounded just like mine!
It is a very difficult situation that really fires me up!
My poor husband, under way more stress than anyone should ever have to go through, had to let everybody in our families know that I couldn't have visitors. Most were understanding, but there were the few ****** that just couldn't understand why. Please! Give it up relatives!! They will get over it. They still joke with me about how mean I was and I just say "oh it was the Mag Sulfate"[:D]
They are just worried and stressed too I know. It's just hard to baby them when you & your husband are going through enough already.
Take care & I will pray for you & your wife.

Re : Visitors to hospital during pre-eclampsia

Post by mommy1st » Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:15 am

Steve,
I am so sorry to hear that your wife has preeclampsia. When I was admitted to the hospital I was 33 weeks pregnant and my blood pressure was 195/125. I was told that I could only have 2 visitors in at a time, try telling that to a control freak of a mother in law, not very fun!!!
Also after my son was delievered which was 48 hours later for his lungs to mature. They still didn't like too many people in my room because my bp just didn't seem to want to go down. They wanted me just to ly down and try to rest as much as possible. They did let me get up and see my son in the NICU because that always made my bp go down as it would to any mother or father.
You and your family our in my thoughts and prayers.

Re : Visitors to hospital during pre-eclampsia

Post by deerhart » Sun Aug 20, 2006 09:47 am

I was only allowed 2 people in my room at a time when I was admitted to the hospital each time with Alex and during his labor/delivery. Afterwards I was allowed as many as I could handle.

Re : Visitors to hospital during pre-eclampsia

Post by missgamecock » Sun Aug 20, 2006 09:44 am

Hope your wife is ok. Forgot to add that I wasn't allowed visitors after Sara was born. They allowed my dh into the l&d room but it was clear from how my dr was acting that no one else would be allowed (not that I wanted visitors for that part anyway). They came in turned off the tv and darkened the room after a while ( I was in too much pain by that point to care). Then after she was born, I was allowed some visitors that morning for about 5 minutes. Then that afternoon they told my dh that I was allowed no visitors due to being tired and sick. They took Sara from me. I went an rescued her around midnight when shift changed. I hadn't gotten much time with her, but I promised the nurse that I would rest. They also asked me if I had slept before they gave her back to me. The next day I was allowed visitors and was discharged.

Re : Visitors to hospital during pre-eclampsia

Post by cindync » Sun Aug 20, 2006 08:28 am

only husband. my other kids were not allowed either, but I ended up with emergency csection the day after being admitted for hospital bedrest, so it did not matter anyway

afterwards, only husband as well. while on the mag

Re : Visitors to hospital during pre-eclampsia

Post by darcynulph » Sat Aug 19, 2006 12:31 am

Has anybody heard how Steve's wife is doing?

Re : Visitors to hospital during pre-eclampsia

Post by annes » Fri Aug 18, 2006 08:57 am

Just chiming in here, I was allowed few visitors, dark room etc... until the staff saw that my pressures went down while my visitors were there distracting me and went up when I was alone obsessing. You don't need the added stress of being accused of being overprotective, so ask your wife's doc or nurse to speak with one of the family members to explain the situation more fully. Is anyone in your family in the medical profession? My sister is a nurse, and once she spoke to my nurses and doctors she could understand the seriousness of the situation and convey that to the rest of the family, once they knew for themselves, they were much more understanding of all the restrictions. Your wife needs you more than anyone else right now, so take care of yourself. Good Luck.

Re : Visitors to hospital during pre-eclampsia

Post by onfaith » Fri Aug 18, 2006 08:40 am

Steve - the other ladies are absolutely right. Preeclampsia is something that is handled in many different ways, by many different doctors, but one of the most familiar ways is with hospitalization and few stimuli, which includes visitors. While in the hospital with my first, the doctor opted to induce immediately, but after my pressures didn't stabilize so visitors were allowed very little time with me, until they insisted none at all. With my second, I was only allowed my husband and daughter, I was admitted prior to delivery.

I hope that it gets easier for you, while worrying about your wife, the last thing you need is to be concerned with everyone's feelings. Please keep us posted, we'll be thinking of you.

Re : Visitors to hospital during pre-eclampsia

Post by laura » Fri Aug 18, 2006 01:15 am

Steve, she must be very sick. Please post back with questions, or call the main line and they'll patch you through to my cell phone. I'll give you the number directly or call you if you email me directly: laura@preeclampsia.org

Best wishes-
Laura

Re : Visitors to hospital during pre-eclampsia

Post by gordon k » Fri Aug 18, 2006 12:31 am

Steve,

I'm sure that it is slightly different from hospital to hospital, caretaker to caretaker, but basically when my wife got her post-partum preeclamspia, the visiting nurse told my wife that visitors, excitement, and movement could cause her pressures to go up, and when she was admitted, the nurses on the floor turned down the lights, kept everything calm, no TV, no radio, no anything. A resident even told me not to make my wife laugh.

I'm not a doctor, and in answer to your question, I don't know if it is standard hospital procedure, but it was a procedure followed with my wife also.

Wishing you and your wife the best,

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