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Re : Wisconsin members???

Post by mom2tori » Tue Jan 10, 2006 07:17 pm

Hi meagan and welcome to the forums. Congratulations on your pregnancy! It sounds like you are having some trouble right now. First I am not a doc. Are you seeing a high risk ob or a perinatologist? Have you had labs run recently? (like blood work, a 24hr unrine) If not I highly recommend you do that. When was your last ob appointment? I don't know your whole situation but from what you have said I would call and ask to speak to the doc-not the nurse and if you can't get your doc I would go in to L&D (labor and delivery) and let them know how you have been feeling, that you have swelling, about the pain ect. You are your best advocate and if you are the least bit concerned, worried or nervous you should do your best to get some answers. Please don't ignore any 'gut' feelings or set your concerns aside out of fear of 'over-reacting' You are bringing a child into the world and there is no 'over-reacting' about that, know what I mean? Please let us know how you are doing and please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Thinking of you and sending you {{{hugs}}}}

Re : Wisconsin members???

Post by kara » Wed Jan 04, 2006 05:45 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm brand new here, having just registered, but I've been getting lots of help and advice from the website for the past 2 months. I live in Madison and look forward to corresponding with fellow WI members. (I posted this message on the Welcome Board too).

Avery Ann was born 11/11/05 at 31 weeks, but had IUGR and stopped growing at 28 weeks due to Severe PE.

My BP had been steadily rising over the 4 weeks before Avery's birth, but was still within normal ranges. I did a 24 hour urine test the first weekend in November and the protein was 3x higher than it should have been. I was told to take it easy for the weekend and come in on Thursday the 9th for an ultrasound and additional bloodwork. On 11/8/05 I awoke with swollen eye lids, lips and hands. My hands were so swollen I couldn't hold a pen. I went to work and started having pain in my liver (turned out to be heartburn), but I called the midwives who instructed me to meet the midwife on call at the hospital. My BP was 180/120 and I was in a hospital bed within 40 minutes. I was so swollen that it took 6 tries to put in an IV. The nurse and head nurse couldn't find a vein, nor could the pic nurse, so they finally called the anestiesiologist who numbed me and dug in and found a vein. I was immediately put on mag sulfate and told that I wouldn't be leaving the hospital until I had the baby. I was given two shots of steriods and induced on 11/11. I had 5 hours of labor that I could feel, only the last 2 hours being painful. The nurses couldn't see the contractions on the monitor around 8pm and told me it was just cramping and that in 12 hours I would be given pitocin and an epidural. Fifteen minutes later my husband asked for the resident so that I could get some pain relief and she checked me and I was already at 6cm...no wonder I was in pain! Literally 5 minutes after that check Avery was born. The resident was putting a monitor on the babys scalp and I told her I needed to push. She looked at me like I was crazy and checked me again. Almost instantly about 8 people rushed into the room and they managed to catch her and have the neonatal team present. I was on mag for 4 days. It was all so surreal. I was finally able to see and hold Avery after 18 hours of mag.

Avery was 2 lbs., 12 ounces and then dropped to 2lbs, 6oz. She was 15.5 inches long. For all of that she was very healthy. She didn't need to be vented, but was on Cpap for a week (until she pulled it out) and then on nose cannula for another week. After 27 days in the NICU they sent her home with us at 3lbs, 9oz. At her last appointment she was 4lbs, 1oz, and we go again on Friday for her 8 week check-up!

My BP slowly crept back down over two weeks time. I go for my check-up on friday as well, so we will hope it is completely back to normal.

Well that is my story. I'm really happy to have others to talk to.

Kara (28yrs)
Derek (hubby,31yrs)
Avery Ann (11/11/05 8 weeks and counting.

Re : Wisconsin members???

Post by denise » Fri Nov 18, 2005 10:21 pm

Thanks Anne, it was wonderful to meet you in person! I had a wonderful evening, filled with emotion and pride at the work Jamie and everyone else had done.

Re : Wisconsin members???

Post by annegarrett » Tue Nov 15, 2005 06:42 pm

Denise! So great to meet you and Jason! I wish I could have met all of you. Maybe next year...thanks for coming all the way to the Twin Cities to see us and join us at Saving Grace.

Re : Wisconsin members???

Post by emmasmom » Thu Nov 10, 2005 03:16 pm

Hello all... and a special hello to 'mom2tori'. I live in Beaver Dam as well! I moved away after high school, but just moved back 2 months ago. I am 36 and a single mom to Emma who was born at 33 weeks due to PE. I was on bedrest just over 2 months. Emma is now 10 months old and doing wonderfully.

Re : Wisconsin members???

Post by denise » Tue Sep 13, 2005 09:22 am

Tina, we'll most likely be scheduling a meeting for winter time. We could do one sooner if everyone is on board. I know I'm up for it. Early Nov is good for me, and possibly a weekend or two in Dec. (Oct is out for me) Maybe we should start looking at some dates, etc.

Re : Wisconsin members???

Post by mom2tori » Tue Sep 13, 2005 08:32 am

I just got a chance to meet Denise about a month ago which was really nice. I also met another member from WI the same day as I met Denise, and it is really nice to put a face with a name. I am open to getting together again anytime but we would have to see when works the best for some of the others. You know how that goes, family stuff, gas prices, work ect. Hopefully within the next handful of months we can get together again.

Re : Wisconsin members???

Post by teenster3 » Tue Sep 13, 2005 02:43 am

Not too much goes on here in the WI site does it?
I've seen people get together for meetings, will there be any new ones in the future???
I would definitely be up for that!
I've been on sites in the past where people would even buy gifts for each other & I have participated in that as well. (Unfortunately, I got burned on 1 event but live & learn.) I still have fun meeting new people, it's just nice to put a face with a name.

Re : Wisconsin members???

Post by mom2tori » Fri Sep 02, 2005 11:50 pm

A boy? How exciting for you! I am glad that you are being watched so closely-that is always a good thing although it can get tiring. I have had pe twice. My son was born at 28 weeks and lived for 32 hours. Watching him die is without a doubt the hardest thing that I have ever done. My heart will always ache for him and I miss him so much. My daughter was born at 30 weeks and spent about 5 weeks in the NICU. I was on hospital bedrest with both of them before they were born. Preeclampsia is the source of so much heartache and worry and a ton of emotions all at the same time, it is overwhelming. I do have to say though that I am glad to see you here and glad to hear that your boy will be in your arms before long. Hang in there and give him a smooch for me when he finally arrives.

Re : Wisconsin members???

Post by denise » Fri Sep 02, 2005 02:11 pm

Hey Tina! Glad to see you hop in here!! And I'm happy to see you are still pregnant. [;)] You're almost done, hang in there!! Keep us posted!