by umteach (4 Posts), Tue Dec 27, 2005 08:18 am
I am in Northwest Arkansas, but was living near Texarkana when my PE developed just before 30 weeks and was airlifted to the hospital. There are a lot of moms who have PE or other related conditions there, and they give out a packet of information for moms of premies. I wonder if they would let you all give information. I was desperate to connect with other parents of premies and preeclampsia, but the doctor's office just wanted to let me know that I was fine since my bp and labs were normal again. I couldn't remember details for weeks and still feel too forgetful. I have had a lot of people contact me who have friends or family on bedrest with PE, and I am very glad to have found this board!
I loved the care that Kirsten received in the nursery, but the docs in training in L/D needed some work with bedside manners. By the time I had my c-section, I could barely talk yet the doctor repeatedly asked me if I really wanted my tubes tied and then said, "even if something happens to this baby?" I had major guilt after that and very glad that Kirsten came out fine. The doctor who had scheduled the section the previous night had said that Kirsten had a good chance of survival since I had been in the hospital for 48 hours on steroids, but a shift had changed in the meantime.
Gretchen born at 39 weeks on 8/21/00; very mild PE (it was also the heatwave of 2000, so everyone's BP was elevated). Delivered by c-section early due to a massive fibroid tumor that was preventing her from growing. The section was necessary since induction rapidly raised my BP.
Kirsten born at 30 weeks on 1/09/03; I know at one point my BP was 175/117, but the nurse kept turning my monitor away from me during my 12 hours wait for a c-section. I opted to have tubes tied based on advise from the doctor that another pregnancy could result in my death based on the severity of this PE and a mild history with my first pregnancy. We had already wanted to have that done anyway.