Hi everyone! I need your advice. A very close friend of mine who lives in Thailand is 34 weeks PG. She just went to her regular checkup yesterday and while there her BP was 142/85. The doctor told her to buy a blood pressure machine at the drug store and start monitoring her pressure. He said if it reaches 140/90 or greater to call him and go to the hospital. Well last night it went to 147/92, so she went to the hospital. They confirmed her blood pressure was still high and ran tests (nothing extensive) She didn't see her regular doctor as he was at dinner, but he did talk to the attending doctor. That doctor told her that her doctor said she should go home and if the BP went to 150/100 to definitely come back in. I asked her about a urine test and she said she did one at the doctors office and they told her it was "fine". This morning when she woke up she wasn't feeling well (no headache though) and she said her face was so swollen it looked like she had been crying all night (she hadn't). And her BP was high, but not quite 140/90.
Anyway, of course she is a little freaked out, one because she lives in a foriegn country, two because I had PE and delivered at 25 weeks. So I gave her the following advice:
-Call your doctor first thing and tell him the following
1. Your BP readings
2. Not feeling well, swollen in face and other symptoms
3. Ask to have a 24 hr urine test, just to be on safe side
4. Ask if you should be on bed rest just to be safe
Is there anything else I should tell her? I did tell her if she started to experience a headache or vision changes she should get to the hospital right away. I also told her just because her BP was high didn't mean she would get PE, so I didn't want her to worry so much. I also told her not to feel like she was bugging her doctor, just tell him about me, he should understand why shw was being super cautious. What else should I tell her, did I miss anything?
DH, John (35)
Max, 1/20/03, 25 wks, 534g. (IUGR), severe PE