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Re: Lost my sister. Lost without my sister.

Postby blythe » Thu May 24, 2012 10:39 am

by blythe (3060 Posts), Thu May 24, 2012 10:39 am

I am so very, very sorry about your sister's death.

I wish I had solid answers for you, mothers do die of preeclampsia/eclampsia/HELLP today, even in the US, even when they have no risk factors like PCOS or obesity. We don't know exactly how many, but it is too many. Preeclampsia is sometimes slow-moving - the average time from diagnosis to delivery is two weeks, but that average encompasses women who stay relatively stable for weeks or months, and women on the other end of the spectrum who are delivered right away at term - or who get deathly sick in hours. We've had women on our boards who were "fine" at a noon appointment and in full organ failure at 2am that night. We've had women who didn't seem very sick until after they had their babies, and then died postpartum. I am so very sorry that your sister got sick so quickly and died so tragically.

Please let us know any other questions you have, or ask us to keep explaining. Wrapping our minds around this disease is hard in the best of circumstances.
Heather, mom to
#1 7-18-03 - 5#8oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#2 8-11-06 - 6#14oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#3 9-10-09 - 5#10oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
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Re: Lost my sister. Lost without my sister.

Postby chillman » Thu May 24, 2012 11:04 am

by chillman (2 Posts), Thu May 24, 2012 11:04 am

I am soo sorry to hear about your sister. I would love to talk to you as we lost our Daughter in December of 2008 after she delivered her first child too (girl named Abby who is very healthy..) My home phone is *** and cell ***. I know the road of grief is a terrible road and not one we ask for. I am here for you if you wish to contact me. Sending you (((HUGS)))

Cindi Hillman
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Reason: edited out phone numbers - forum is publicly searchable, please feel free to share contact info in private messaging!!
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Re: Lost my sister. Lost without my sister.

Postby blythe » Thu May 24, 2012 11:35 am

by blythe (3060 Posts), Thu May 24, 2012 11:35 am

Sorry to interject this here, but I want to make sure you can contact each other!

Thanks to everyone who has shared phone numbers and support! Because this forum is publicly searchable we do not post contact info - this protects everyone - but please do share via the forum messaging and email. Click on the username to get to the person's profile, and check the email you used when you registered for the forum for replies. Also check at the top of the page - on my screen it's the third line down in a slightly darker pink - that says "User Control Panel (0 messages) * View your posts". When you have private messages it will say the number of messages you have waiting (1 new messages)(etc), just click on the number and it will take you to the inbox for your forum account. Please feel free to email me if you need help! Heather.Curtis@preeclampsia.org
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#1 7-18-03 - 5#8oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#2 8-11-06 - 6#14oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#3 9-10-09 - 5#10oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
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Re: Lost my sister. Lost without my sister.

Postby joker » Thu May 24, 2012 11:56 am

by joker (1212 Posts), Thu May 24, 2012 11:56 am

I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. There are no simple, easy answers with preeclampsia/HELLP. Unfortunately, it can and does happen fast. I know for myself, I was fine one day and 24hrs later admitted and in organ failure. Please know that you are not alone, all of us on this board have lost someone to this terrible disease. I lost my daughter almost five years ago and I am still traumatized by how everything happened so quickly and went so terribly wrong. Big hugs to you and your brother in law and new neice. Please, come here to ask questions and grieve, we are all here for you.
Jen-type 1 diabetic
Abigail-born still June 29, 2007; PE/HELLP @ 18 weeks
Alison-4/17/2009; PE/HELLP @ 34 weeks
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Re: Lost my sister. Lost without my sister.

Postby chillman » Thu May 24, 2012 02:40 pm

by chillman (2 Posts), Thu May 24, 2012 02:40 pm

I am soooo sorry to hear this yet another sad story.. I did private message you and I am here for you any time of the day or night. I will hold your family in my arms and pray for all of you daily as do the other families that have gone through this terrible dreaded disease that should not be taking lives in 2012

Cindi Hillman
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Re: Lost my sister. Lost without my sister.

Postby jenn » Thu May 24, 2012 03:45 pm

by jenn (2038 Posts), Thu May 24, 2012 03:45 pm

Norinda,
I'm deeply saddened by your loss. Please know my thoughts are with you and your family.
My family has been effected by a sudden loss to preeclampsia as well. My stepsons lost their mother and unborn baby brother unexpectedly about 6 years ago to Preeclampsia.
Please know I understand the pain you're feeling.
I'm here if there is anything I can do to help.

sincerely, Jenn
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Re: Lost my sister. Lost without my sister.

Postby aajatwins » Thu May 24, 2012 09:40 pm

by aajatwins (476 Posts), Thu May 24, 2012 09:40 pm

I am so sorry for your loss.
Unfortunately, going straight to eclampsia is less common (at least from what I've seen here) and, possibly, more traumatic. I was in the hospital when I seized and I'm sure that's why I survived. It is so overwhelming to be blindsided with something like eclampsia.

What a wonderful aunt you are to help take care of that sweet baby girl and her daddy. I pray you all find clarity and peace and that this forum will help support you through this journey.
Anna (28) - endometriosis
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Aidan & Jordan - 7.2.09 at 36 weeks. Induction turned emergency c-section due to eclampsia. big healthy toddlers today!
Asa - 10.23.11 at 39 weeks. NO hypertensive issues!! successful VBAC :)
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Re: Lost my sister. Lost without my sister.

Postby kathyc » Thu May 24, 2012 10:48 pm

by kathyc (1114 Posts), Thu May 24, 2012 10:48 pm

I am so sorry. This disease is terrible. There are just no words for what you and your family have been through.

There are many who will listen to you and grieve with you here. You are not alone.
2001: DD, no HTN or Pre-e (Ignorance was bliss)
2003: DD, pre-e, severe placental abruption at 33 weeks, crash c-section, she and I are lucky to still be here
2007: 2nd trimester loss (13 weeks), likely due to clotting behind placenta seen on ultrasound
2008: DS, pre-e again, 7 weeks bedrest, c-section at 37 weeks.
Now: Chronic HTN, and resigned to the fact that I will never be quite the same. Find my own experience harder to talk about as time passes, but repeatedly ask pregnant friends and coworkers about their blood pressure.
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Re: Lost my sister. Lost without my sister.

Postby amanda » Fri May 25, 2012 05:12 am

by amanda (2216 Posts), Fri May 25, 2012 05:12 am

Norinda -
I wanted to write and let you know I am so sorry to read about your sister! Your post is the one that has me out of hibernation - losing women due to childbirth makes me so mad! And sad. Really really sad.

Words fail me sometimes but I wanted to let you know that I saw this and am thinking of you this morning.

Please, if you want, stay posting. You will get lots of support.
Amanda
Samantha, Sydney & Anna Grace (33/5 - 2.13 ounces - 23 days in the NICU!
DX: Chronic Kidney Disease, Lupus, Hypertension
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Re: Lost my sister. Lost without my sister.

Postby Shannonlynn » Fri May 25, 2012 07:53 am

by Shannonlynn (102 Posts), Fri May 25, 2012 07:53 am

I am so sorry your family has to go through such sadness. Words really can't describe any of it. And your little niece will grow up without her mommy. I will be thinking of your family. Again, so sorry. Shannon
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born May 6, 2011, became an angel one hour later
Severe PE at 24 weeks to the day
Gavin Walden born 8-4-12,lovenox, folgard, lda, prenatals. PE and HELLP free.
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