I just take orders. I think it is probably a good idea for me to introduce myself and share why I am here (still...) though you can read my story on the main website. I'm Anne, one of the founders for the Preeclampsia Foundation and former Executive Director. I am currently the Executive Director of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation (www.lwsf.org). In my "free time" I still volunteer for and serve on the board of the Preeclampsia Foundation. I live in Snohomish, Washington with my partner in crime--Steve Addison (www.cosaint.net); three of my four sons: Sebastian (15), Kieran (9) and Gabriel (6).(Jonathan (21) works in Seattle and is putting himself through college) and our evil cat Cinder.
In 1985, I had preeclampsia with my first boy. It was pretty textbook--six weeks of bedrest, induced at 40 weeks, delivered "naturally" three days later... After a miscarriage (March of 86), I had a normal second pregnancy (August 90). In 1996, I had a near-death experience during an emergency c-section due to preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome at 38 weeks. I was originally discharged with high blood pressure and readmitted a week postpartum with a BP of 180/120.
I founded the Foundation after my fourth pregnancy. This pregnancy was managed by a high-risk doctor (who became one of the PF's other co-founders) and was placed on medication to prevent hypertension. I delivered by a planned c-section at 36 weeks but still, a week postpartum, was readmitted for soaring blood pressures and was put on MgSO4, lasix and more antihypertensives.
Why am I still here? Because I will always, always, always remember coming home after my near-death experience, going to the internet and wanting to type into Google, "What the * happened to me?" Instead, I typed "Shoulder pain" + "preeclampsia" and the word HELLP HELLP HELLP filled the page. The rest, really is a natural progression to this point. Someone had to do something and no one was.
Here are some ways you can help, too:
Donate to the Preeclampsia Foundation:
Sign up with the Preeclampsia Registry:
(The registry is for survivors of preeclampsia, please do not register unless you have personally had preeclampsia. The exception to this is for people who are registering a woman who has died.)http://www.preeclampsia.org/adopt.cfm
Shop for t-shirts, mousepads, and mugs to support the Preeclampsia Foundation:
Now, the crib sheet:
Do you wanna know if it's going to happen again? Read this link:
Do you wanna avatar? Here's how ya do it:
Do you wanna know what the rules are? Here they are:
Do you wanna know what all those crazy abbreviations mean? Look here: