by denise (5480 Posts), Wed Sep 01, 2004 02:44 pm
Welcome to the WI section of the PF![:D] Glad you found us! I'm Denise and I am co-coordinating WI with Ann Marie. She is in southern WI and I am more central, so we are planning on kinda of splitting up the state.
Here is a bit of my story: I became ill at 34 weeks with vomiting and chest pains (that I thought were from the vomiting) and thought I had the flu. I had been told about pre-e, but had never heard of HELLP before. I felt better and by Wed at my 34 week appt, no protein and my bp was normal. By Thurs night the pain had mildly returned and on Fri I started vomiting again. My DH came home from work in the afternoon and tried to get me to go in to the doc, but being stubborn, I said I could handle it. Afterall, it was just the flu. Within an hour I knew I had to go in, something was wrong.
We went into the doc and I ended up being admitted for PIH since my bp had made a significant jump. I was shocked to be told I would be giving birth that weekend. When my labs came back my diagnosis was changed to HELLP. I delivered the next day, vaginally, without an epidural. I was 34 weeks and 6 days. My daughter, Ariana, came into the world screaming after a fast 2nd and 3rd stage of labor. She weighed 4lb 0.8oz and 17 1/2 inches long. She spent 15 days in the nursery while she learned the suck/swallow/breath reflex, gained weight, and maintained her temp. She had mild oxygen problems and only needed the extra O2 for a couple days after birht. I was discharged on Mon. At this time I wasn't aware how bad things really were.
I had Class I HELLP, and at my two week checkup I learned the awful truth of this condition. I got online and started researching, and that's when it really hit me. I had been very sick. Ariana just turned two and thankfully has no major problems from the birth. We battled reflux for about 16 months, and she has an innocent heart murmur. Other than that, it's been pretty smooth sailing. We realize we are very lucky.
I found the Preeclampsia Foundation when Ariana was about 6 months old, and am so thankful for this organization. This place offers support, comfort, and knowledge that could not be recieved from people who don't understand what we've been through. I look forward to all the challenges/accomplishments that come with volunteering in this organization.
My husband Jason and I live in Wausau, WI (northcentral). We both grew up here. He works as a senior systems engineer for Liberty Mutual here in town (he's my own computer techie). We have one child, Ariana.
I just graduated (May 05) with a BS in sociology, an emphasis in deviance and social control, as well as an emphasis in social work. I am still on the fence about which direction I want to head. I would love to work with pg mom's, or teen mom's, but we just don't have a large enough population for special groups dedicated to that. I've been incredibly lucky to quit working when I came back to school FT in 2002. For now, I'm looking for work, but also enjoying my time with Ariana before the daily grind starts.
I am looking foward to working with everyone, and offering any assistance I can. Please feel free ask any questions you may have. I hope other Wisconsinites become involved as we pursue our cause!
Denise (29)- WI Group Co-coordinator
Ariana-born 5/3/03 at 35 weeks due to HELLP