by specmom (239 Posts), Mon Dec 06, 2004 07:25 pm
Hello! I recently moved back to Florida in the Tampa area, after being in Massachusetts for a few years. I guess you could say IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a Ã¢â‚¬Å“native transplantÃ¢â‚¬Â Floridian. I moved to South Florida around the age of 12, attended high school in Coral Springs, and then attended the University of Florida. My parents are still in South Florida, and I married a fellow Gator, who hails from Satellite Beach. His parents are still there, and I also have relatives in the Punta Gorda area, so I travel around the state frequently.
My son Cole is 21 months old. I am currently 32 weeks pregnant with another son, Joshua, and I am hoping to avoid PE/HELLP altogether this time. I am on a very modified bedrest to help keep my blood pressure down and will likely be delivered around 36 weeks if the babyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lungs are mature.
During my first pregnancy, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes on a 1 hour glucose test and PUPPP (an itchy skin condition) during my third trimester, I had no other issues (including no high blood pressure) until the day I suddenly developed HELLP syndrome. My blood pressure, platelets and liver function rapidly changed. Within hours, I had an emergency c-section with ineffective general anesthesia (I felt the surgery). Around ColeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first birthday, while trying to decide whether to have another child, I found the Preeclampsia Foundation. I found great comfort and support in sharing my story and hearing the stories of others.
I have a degree in psychology and completed pre-medical studies, although I am an attorney by trade. I currently work from home remotely part-time. I have a passion for all things medical, especially issues of maternal-child health, and I have nearly completed my certification as a childbirth educator. As a youth, I volunteered in labor and delivery and recently have had the opportunity to attend births as part of the childbirth educator certification process.
I have fundraising and event coordinating experience, particularly for health events, through various organizations. I hope to get to know each of you and spread the message of the Preeclampsia Foundation in our state. My hope is that the Preeclampsia Foundation will lead to greater community awareness and knowledge of this disease and, eventually, a way to prevent it.
Moderator HELLP Syndrome Survivors
*Cole(2/15/03)-Gest.Diab?/PUPPP/HELLP/severe atypical PE/Emerg.C-Sect
*Joshua (sch. c/s @ 1/12/05)