Hi and welcome from me too! I'm Julie, the other co-moderator of the "Ask the Experienced" board.
I became pregnant in the winter of 2003 and couldn't have been happier, I was having a "textbook" pregnancy and swore up and down that I wouldn't believe there was a baby in there until he came out and screamed. Things were going so well, I just felt great. One day at 25 weeks, I got out of the shower and doubled over in pain. The pain subsided and later came back with a vengance - winning my husband and I a late night trip to L&D. Despite my extremely high bps, L&D told me to go home, that it wasn't a baby problem but, to head to the ER if the pain was that bad. Well, it was, so we headed downstairs. All the time we were so happy that it, "wasn't a baby problem." Well, in the ER my bp remained very high (149/95 and my norm was 100/60), they found protein in my urine, my platelets had begun to drop and, my liver enzymes were climbing off the charts. They gave my tylenol for the pain, some vicodin to take home and, sent us on our way. Now, had I known a thing about preeclampsia, I would have never left the hospital that night.
Fortunately we saw my Dr. the next day and she immediately diagnosed me and I was admitted. I was given steroid shots for my baby's lungs and put on mag. The next day when I woke up, I had developed large brown spots in my line of vision that steadily got worse over the next couple of days. Six days after being admitted, I woke up and could not feel the left side of my face. My doctors told me that there was no more waiting around, I would have a baby that day. I was 26 weeks and 3 days. My son was born via C-Section later that morning and entered the world with the sweetest cry I've ever heard, he was so tiny, his cry sounded like a little cat's meow. Two days later, I finally got to see my little miracle. He was beautiful, looked just like my husband, right down to the same scowl. Unfortunately, as I started to get better, he started to get worse. He developed a level 3 brain bleed that soon developed into a level 4. The NICU doctors told us that the bleeding had become so severe that Zach had sufferred "neurological devestation," meaning that he would not have any brain activity. When Zach was five days old, we had him baptized and then my husband and I held him as his spirit soared to heaven.
My son was the greatest gift I have ever been given and taught me more in his short time here than I have learned in a lifetime without him. I wanted to find out what had happened to us, I wanted to know why the L&D and ER Dr.s didn't catch it, I wanted to know how to warn other people about this, I wanted to know how to make sure no one else lost their precious babies - and that is what led me here, to the Preeclampsia Foundation. I have learned so much, cried so much and have been the recipient such of overwhelming grace and support here. My hope is that I can give some of that back.
My husband, Andy, and I live in Southern California and have been married for almost four years. We're currently expecting our 2nd little miracle and are praying for a healthy, chunky baby in February. Many success stories have given me such hope here and I pray to add another one into the mix.
I am also the Southern CA Coordinator and am looking forward to bringing our So Cal group together again soon.
Please, never hesitate to email me if you need to. Pelote77@aol.com That's for venting, support, encouragement - whatever, I'm here. And, I'll continue to be here, because in July of 2003, my life was changed forever.
Zachary James, 7/22/03-7/27/03, born at 26wks - severe pe
Miracle in progress... #2 is due February 2005!!!
Southern California Coordinator