I'm so sorry that you and your girlfriend are having to deal with this but, I am glad to hear that her doctors are watching her closely.
Preeclampsia is scary and in my opinion, the best thing you can do right now is to learn about the disease, ask lots of questions to her doctors and support your girlfriend as best you can while you go through this together. To help your girlfriend, be there for her. My husband was my rock throughout our experience and I am forever grateful to him. Be on the lookout for an increase in symptoms or, in the severity of the ones she already has. If something does not seem right, trust your gut and head to L&D or the ER. Here is a link to our Signs & Symptoms page for reference: http://www.preeclampsia.org/symptoms.asp Also, if your girlfriend is in a position to be able to use the computer right now, direct her this way, she will find much support and encouragement from the women here.
What type of tests did they run? I'm guessing bloodwork and a 24 hour urine? The bloodwork will give the doctor valuable information about platelet levels, clotting times and liver enzymes. (Upper right quadrant pain can be from a swollen liver, elevated liver enzymes would indicate that.) The 24 hour urine test will help her doctor to evaluate her kidney function. A diagnosis of preeclampsia requires two separate blood pressure readings of 140/90, taken 5-6 hours apart and 300mg of protein in a 24 hour sample.
Please let us know as soon as you get your results!
Zachary James, 7/22/03-7/27/03, born at 26wks - severe pe
Miracle in progress... #2 is due February 2005!!!
Southern California Coordinator