Arizona roll call

raetay
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Re : Arizona roll call

Postby raetay » Mon Aug 15, 2005 12:51 am

Hi,
I've been asked to introduce myself to our local AZ group. My name is Rachel and I live in Gilbert. I have the craziest baby stories ever! For 10 years I struggled to get pregnant and the three times I did ended in miscarriage. So, we ended up adopting two beautiful, miraculous little souls. Suddenly, after moving here from Minnesota in 2001, I became unexpectedly pregnant. We were so surprised and so thrilled. Initially, I had horrible morning sickness - requiring hospitalizations, IV therapy, and Zofran. At about 20 weeks, I was finally starting to feel better, thrilled that I'd made it through my first trimester and began to actually hope for a baby. Just before my doctors appt at 23 weeks, I woke up at midnight with a headache so severe that I could hardly lift my head to wake my husband. (I have suffered from cluster headaches for years, so to say that it is the worst headache of my life speaks volumes for the intensity of the pain). I took some Tylenol, finally fell asleep about 3 hours later, and called my doctor in the morning. Because the Tylenol had taken care of it and my history of severe headaches, my doctor decided to wait for my scheduled appointment two days later to see me. At that appointment, I was spilling protein and my blood pressure was at 140/100. He sent me immediately to the hospital, where I spent the remainder of my prengnacy - a dark and lonely time. Because we live more than an hour from the hospital, I only got to see my older two kids on the weekends. Thankfully I did get to see my husband every day over his lunch hour. Although I continued to worsen, it was gradual and I made it another five weeks before my son showed too much distress and he was born via emergency c-section. At 28 weeks, he had severe IUGR and weighed just 1.6 pounds at birth. He spent three months in the NICU and came home on his due date weighing 5 pounds and requiring O2 and a feeding tube. He was rehospitalized - and re-intubated - six weeks later because of fluid overload (common with lung disease). He stopped eating after that and we have fought weight gain/feeding issues ever since. Today, however, he is a happy and mostly healthy three y.o. boy. He just started the preschool program, which we're thrilled about.
When he was almost two, we found out that I was pregnant again - while using birth control (which had seemed so unnecessary considering my history)! My pregnancy followed much the same, but symptoms of PE came later. My blood pressure started rising at about 29 weeks, I went on bed rest and kept it stable until 34 weeks when I started spilling protein. I was again sent immediately to the hospital for the duration of the pregnancy, this time only lasting another two days before my blood pressure climbed to 180/110 and proteins doubled in a matter of hours. Our daughter was born at 34 weeks, 2 days by emergency c-section weighing 4.5 pounds. She probably could have come home with me if my milk had come in. But since it hadn't, and they needed to make sure she could eat, they gave her formula. We later discovered that she had severe allergies to formula, but at the time they suspected NEC. So she was in the NICU for another two and a half weeks. Surprisingly, her hospital stay was harder on me than my son's. I got to the NICU doors and started bawling and didn't stop until I left, even though she was nowhere as sick as he was. When she finally came home, she had no problems with breast milk and did great. But whenever we tried to supplement with formula, she had the same reaction she did in the hospital - vomiting, blood in the stool, refusal to eat. Three and a half months later, she began to breastfed solely and is still going today at 11 months. She is also small, weighing just 13 pounds (not on the charts). But because she eats well and is continuing to grow consistently, there is no concern. Whew!
It's been a rocky road for our family, but I'm so grateful for each one of my children and I consider them each miracles in their own way.


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Re : Arizona roll call

Postby little_maries_mom » Tue Jun 07, 2005 04:49 pm

lovely? LOL right now it seems like hmmmmmmm the under world? It is not that hot but I feel like I am dying:). Thanks for welcoming me, and if anyone wants to know anything (hint hint lol) I have a thred on Pregnant again. I will take as good as care as I can, be good and you take care of yourself to young lady;).

Mom to
Leslye Marie 12-16-1998
James Augusta Piper V 1-13-2004
and Jazmine Nichole due in September 2005

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Re : Arizona roll call

Postby jillmushet » Tue Jun 07, 2005 09:13 am

Hi Anne: Thank you for posting! Sorry to hear about the red flags waving their unwelcome heads. Please take care and let us know how you are doing. Hear's hoping for a long pregnancy through the lovely Flagstaff summer!

Jill
Claire, 34wks, 3lbs 3ozs
3/3/00, PE & HELLP

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Re : Arizona roll call

Postby little_maries_mom » Mon Jun 06, 2005 07:38 pm

Hi all, just wanted to say hi. I am Anne I have two kids, Leslye Marie is 6 and Little James is 17 months. With both I had PE all though with my son it was much less. My daughter was born at 36 weeks, and my son held out until 37, this little girl we are not sure how long will hold out. I am 21w 4d at the time of this post and I am already showing all signs except my bp rising. We are praying we can keep it at bay until at least 34 weeks. Oh ya and I am in Flagstaff, and chat with Jill though e-mail sometimes.

Mom to
Leslye Marie 12-16-1998
James Augusta Piper V 1-13-2004
and Jazmine Nichole due in September 2005

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Re : Arizona roll call

Postby jillmushet » Thu May 26, 2005 08:13 am

Happy birthday to Jordyn! Please, let us know how the March of Dimes walk went in beautiful Prescott.

Jill
Claire, 34wks, 3lbs 3ozs
3/3/00, PE & HELLP

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Re : Arizona roll call

Postby serena » Thu May 19, 2005 02:15 pm

hi, sorry it has been so long since my last post...i will share my stories as soon as i get a chance to! jordyn just celebrated her 1st birthday!! yay Jordyn! we are so proud of her!! i hope the walk went well, we are walking for march of dimes this weekend up here in prescott....i'll post again soon...

Serena :)
Izaiah 36 weeker, 12/21/00 6lbs 1oz
Jordyn 30 weeker, 5/13/04 2lbs 9oz

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Re : Arizona roll call

Postby jillmushet » Sat Apr 30, 2005 07:47 am

Hi Serena:

Thank you for posting. Welcome!

As you tell from my first post here in February, we are a new group. Our first event is the walk-a-thon on May 7th. It's in Tempe. It would be great if you could make it, however other events and projects are in the works. We will start rolling them out after the Walk.

I live in Chandler. Most AZ PF members live in the Phoenix area although we have a few in other parts of the state.

Please share your story on the forum. It was nice to 'meet' you!

Jill
Claire, 34wks, 3lbs 3ozs
3/3/00, PE & HELLP

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Re : Arizona roll call

Postby serena » Fri Apr 29, 2005 08:19 am

Hello, my name is Serena, and I live up in Prescott. I didn't even know that there was a pre-eclampsia group here in AZ!

Serena :)
Izaiah 36 weeker, 12/21/00 6lbs 1oz (PIH)
Jordyn 30 weeker, 5/13/04
2lbs 9oz (PE)

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Re : Arizona roll call

Postby amdmkm » Sat Mar 19, 2005 09:48 pm

Hi,

This walk is such a great idea, hopefully the weather will be nice.

Dena
Kevin 35weeks, 4lbs. 6ozs. PE
01/27/99

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Re : Arizona roll call

Postby jillmushet » Tue Mar 08, 2005 09:32 pm

Welcome! Congratulations on babies #1 and #2! Thank you for posting.

The walk will take place in your neck of the woods. We will begin and end at the South Ramada at Papago Park at Curry and College in Tempe. Estimated start is 8:30.

I will put you on the AZ member grapevine, and will keep you in the loop for walk announcements. :)

Jill
Claire, 34wks, 3lbs 3ozs
3/3/00, PE & HELLP


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