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Postby tracyremax@charter.net » Mon Mar 01, 2004 04:38 pm

Hi my name is Tracy I am 34 years old and attemting to get pregnant again. I suffered from severe preeclampsia including postpartum preeclampsia due to many medical errors. After suffering high blood pressure, swelling, headaches and seeing spots starting at 35 weeks and progressing onward. My OB did not deliver me to 2 days after my due date and 29 hours of labor 3 pushing. I thank God every day that my son is OK after several days in special care because of a high fever at birth. I was released from the hospital with blood pressure of 170/110 with no knowledge of preeclampsia and its dangers. I returned to the er same night looking like Michelin tire man and spent the next week in the icu fighting for my life as my kidneys and liver were affected. I feel I was totally mishandled by many doctors and nurses and I am here only by the grace of GOD. It took many months to recover physically my blood pressure was very elevated for 3 months postpartum and I was so weak it took me months to get any stamina back. I am still dealing with the psychological trauma and have panic attacks at the thought of anything medical. I am currently taking Celexa to deal with my anxiety 2.5 years after the experience. My son is the single best thing that has ever happened to me and has bought me more joy than I could ever imagine. However from 35 weeks until 3 months after his birth was the worst trauma expeience I ever had physically. I definetly want more children but I am terrified of getting pregnant again. I am actively trying any dvice from mothers who have had the guts to try again? Sorry for the long history but is hard to answer without knowing all the facts.

Thank You,
Tracy in Massachusetts
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Re : Second attempt after severe p/e terrified any sugg

Postby julie f » Mon Mar 01, 2004 08:44 pm

Tracy,

Hi and welcome to the Preeclampsia Foundation, I am so glad you have found us! You will find much encouragement and support here, as well as learn of many women who have faced the possibility of preeclampsia a second and third time and have come home with success stories.

I am sorry for your experience. It frustrates me so to read stories like yours and my hope is that one day doctors and patients will all be informed and educated about this disease. (Of course, prevention and cure would be better but, I'll take anything right now!)

My husband and I hope to be trying again later this month and we are quite the mixture of terrified and excited. None of here will ever be given the opportunity to have a blissfully ignorant pregnancy again, we know too much, we've experienced too much. However, we're armed with so much information and support that we're able to participate in our care the 2nd time around. I know this does give me some peace. (for the moment [;)])

I'm sure you will hear from many others who have already tried pregnancy after preeclampsia and I hope that you are encouraged.

Julie (27)
Zachary James, 7/22/03-7/27/03, born at 26wks - severe pe

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Re : Second attempt after severe p/e terrified any sugg

Postby mada » Tue Mar 02, 2004 07:15 am

Hi tracy,
I am so sorry for your awful experience. It's amazing how so many medical proffesionals blow these symptoms off!! I have a suggestion since youa re trying to get prego again. It might be good to go see a perinatologist(high risk OB) for a consult. Bring your chart from your last pregnancy in....Sometimes pre-e can be caused by underlying conditions and working with a peri would I fell, really help you keep everything in check. You can find a list of peri who specialize in hypertension at www.nasshp.org. Goodluck and keep us posted!!!

Mada Harpster

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Ben 11-03-01 No P.E.
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Re : Second attempt after severe p/e terrified any sugg

Postby tracyremax@charter.net » Sat Mar 06, 2004 11:40 am

Thank you for your responses. I am glad I found you to. After my experience I have educated myself with the internet your foundation and any other source I can. I will be my own advocate next time around and will not simply allow the doctors to take "calculated risks" as my OB said after my illness with my life or the life of my unborn child.
Thank you
Tracy


[quote]Originally posted by tracyremax@charter.net

Hi my name is Tracy I am 34 years old and attemting to get pregnant again. I suffered from severe preeclampsia including postpartum preeclampsia due to many medical errors. After suffering high blood pressure, swelling, headaches and seeing spots starting at 35 weeks and progressing onward. My OB did not deliver me to 2 days after my due date and 29 hours of labor 3 pushing. I thank God every day that my son is OK after several days in special care because of a high fever at birth. I was released from the hospital with blood pressure of 170/110 with no knowledge of preeclampsia and its dangers. I returned to the er same night looking like Michelin tire man and spent the next week in the icu fighting for my life as my kidneys and liver were affected. I feel I was totally mishandled by many doctors and nurses and I am here only by the grace of GOD. It took many months to recover physically my blood pressure was very elevated for 3 months postpartum and I was so weak it took me months to get any stamina back. I am still dealing with the psychological trauma and have panic attacks at the thought of anything medical. I am currently taking Celexa to deal with my anxiety 2.5 years after the experience. My son is the single best thing that has ever happened to me and has bought me more joy than I could ever imagine. However from 35 weeks until 3 months after his birth was the worst trauma expeience I ever had physically. I definetly want more children but I am terrified of getting pregnant again. I am actively trying any dvice from mothers who have had the guts to try again? Sorry for the long history but is hard to answer without knowing all the facts.

Thank You,
Tracy in Massachusetts
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Re : Second attempt after severe p/e terrified any sugg

Postby shonia » Thu Mar 11, 2004 11:32 am

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Originally posted by tracyremax@charter.net

Hi my name is Tracy I am 34 years old and attemting to get pregnant again. I suffered from severe preeclampsia including postpartum preeclampsia due to many medical errors. After suffering high blood pressure, swelling, headaches and seeing spots starting at 35 weeks and progressing onward. My OB did not deliver me to 2 days after my due date and 29 hours of labor 3 pushing. I thank God every day that my son is OK after several days in special care because of a high fever at birth. I was released from the hospital with blood pressure of 170/110 with no knowledge of preeclampsia and its dangers. I returned to the er same night looking like Michelin tire man and spent the next week in the icu fighting for my life as my kidneys and liver were affected. I feel I was totally mishandled by many doctors and nurses and I am here only by the grace of GOD. It took many months to recover physically my blood pressure was very elevated for 3 months postpartum and I was so weak it took me months to get any stamina back. I am still dealing with the psychological trauma and have panic attacks at the thought of anything medical. I am currently taking Celexa to deal with my anxiety 2.5 years after the experience. My son is the single best thing that has ever happened to me and has bought me more joy than I could ever imagine. However from 35 weeks until 3 months after his birth was the worst trauma expeience I ever had physically. I definetly want more children but I am terrified of getting pregnant again. I am actively trying any dvice from mothers who have had the guts to try again? Sorry for the long history but is hard to answer without knowing all the facts.

Thank You,
Tracy in Massachusetts



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Re : Second attempt after severe p/e terrified any sugg

Postby shonia » Thu Mar 11, 2004 11:39 am

Tracy, not sure if i am doing this right to reply seeing this is my first day on the website. Hope i'm not messing anything up. I lost my daughter after suffering severe preeclampsia and HELLP. She was stillborn at 7.5 months. i am so sorry for your ordeal with your Dr. and the hospital. I am now pregnant again and I am very happy to have another life inside me. Ofcourse, i worry but that's only natural. I suggest you definately see specialist the next time you decide to get pregnant. I am so glad your baby was okay and that you have him with you now. I only pray to one day see my little Savana in heaven. Thank God for his mercy and walk in faith. Only you know if you are ready to have another child. But, do not live in fear. The world will either move you or you can move the world, it's up to you. Your friend, Shonia
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Originally posted by tracyremax@charter.net

Hi my name is Tracy I am 34 years old and attemting to get pregnant again. I suffered from severe preeclampsia including postpartum preeclampsia due to many medical errors. After suffering high blood pressure, swelling, headaches and seeing spots starting at 35 weeks and progressing onward. My OB did not deliver me to 2 days after my due date and 29 hours of labor 3 pushing. I thank God every day that my son is OK after several days in special care because of a high fever at birth. I was released from the hospital with blood pressure of 170/110 with no knowledge of preeclampsia and its dangers. I returned to the er same night looking like Michelin tire man and spent the next week in the icu fighting for my life as my kidneys and liver were affected. I feel I was totally mishandled by many doctors and nurses and I am here only by the grace of GOD. It took many months to recover physically my blood pressure was very elevated for 3 months postpartum and I was so weak it took me months to get any stamina back. I am still dealing with the psychological trauma and have panic attacks at the thought of anything medical. I am currently taking Celexa to deal with my anxiety 2.5 years after the experience. My son is the single best thing that has ever happened to me and has bought me more joy than I could ever imagine. However from 35 weeks until 3 months after his birth was the worst trauma expeience I ever had physically. I definetly want more children but I am terrified of getting pregnant again. I am actively trying any dvice from mothers who have had the guts to try again? Sorry for the long history but is hard to answer without knowing all the facts.

Thank You,
Tracy in Massachusetts



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