HI, MY NAME IS SARA. I AM THE MOTHER OF A HEALTHY 9LB 13OZ BABY

Post On Monday, December 16, 2002 By Maria

HI, MY NAME IS SARA. I AM THE MOTHER OF A HEALTHY 9LB 13OZ BABY
HI, MY NAME IS SARA. I AM THE MOTHER OF A HEALTHY 9LB 13OZ BABY BOY NAMED ISAIAH. HERE IS MY STORY: I CAME VERY CLOSE TO LOSING MY LIFE IN THE HOSPITAL THAT DAY JULY 23, 2001. MY PHYSICIANS DID NOT THINK MY ILLNESS WAS SEVERE ENOUGH TO HOSPITALIZE ME EARLIER. I GAINED 25 POUNDS IN A MATTER OF 2 WEEKS. MY ENTIRE LEG, RIGHT AND LEFT HAD BALOONED TO THE SIZE OF LARGE WATERMELONS. I COULD BARELY WALK. MY SKIN WAS TIGHT AN ITCHY AND VERY PAINFULL. I COULD'NT SLEEP ON MY BACK BECAUSE I COULD FEEL THE FLUID GOING TO MY LUNGS. I WOULD AWAKEN TO COUGHING AND DISTRESSFULL BREATHING. I WAS LITERALLY CHOKING ON MY OWN FLUIDS. THIS WAS IN JUNE. I FOLLOWED MY INSTINTS. I CALLED MY DR'S CONTINUOUSLY, BEGGING THEM TO HELP ME. THEY TOLD ME IT WAS FINE. I JUST HAD A LITTLE SWELLING. THEY TOLD ME TO STAY AWAY FROM SALTY FOODS AND THEY PRESCRIBED MY A MEDICATION FOR HIGH BLOOD PREASSURE. MY BLOOD PREASSURE WAS 160/100!!!! UNTIL NOW, I DIDN'T REALIZE THE GRAVE DANGER I WAS IN. THERE WAS NO PROTEIN IN MY URINE. MY MIDWIFE SAID THAT IS WHY HE DIDN'T REEL IT WAS PREECLAMPSIA. IF YOU HAVE THE FLU BUT ARE NOT THROWING UP, DOES THAT MEAN YOU DON'T HAVE THE FLU?? I SPENT MY SUMMER ON BED REST. I WORKED UP UNTIL THE POINT WHEN I LITTERALLY BEGGED MY DR TO PLEASE TAKE ME OUT ON MEDICAL LEAVE. IT WOULD TAKE ME 20 MINUTES TO WALK FROM MY CAR TO MY OFFICE. THEN I SAT ALL DAY INFRONT OF A COMPUTER. MY CO-WORKERS WERE NOT SUPPORTIVE. THEY SAID I COMPLAINED TOO MUCH AND I ACTED LIKE NO ONE ELSE WAS EVER PREGNANT BEFORE. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW I WAS DYING. I WENT TO THE DR TWICE A WEEK FROM THE END OF JUNE UNTIL JULY 20TH. I SPENT ABOUT 45 MINUTES THERE ON A MONITOR CHECKING THE BABIES HEART RATE. ALL FINE AND GOOD. AT THE MOMENT I WAS JUST HAPPY THAT MY BABY WAS ALRIGHT. NEVER AKNOWLIGING THE FACT THAT MY OWN HEALTH WAS AT RISK. I TRUSTED MY DOCTORS! AFTER I HAD MY 2ND BIOPHYSICAL PROFILE, WHICH WAS MY 6TH ULTRASOUND, THEY DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO INDUCE LABOR. I TOLD THEM I WANTED A C-SECTION BECAUSE OF THE WAY I FELT. MISERABLE. THEY TOLD ME I SHOULD TRY TO HAVE HIM NATURALLY. THEY SCHEDULED ME FOR INDUCTION THAT SUNDAY JULY 22ND. I WENT IN AROUD 5 PM. THEY GELLED ME AND GAVE ME PITOCIN. THE BABY WOULD NOT DROP. I KEPT PUSHING AND PUSHING. I HAD AN EPIDURAL BUT IT FELT LIKE IT WAS FADING AWAY. I HAD NO STRENGTH. FINALLY MY HUSBAND SPOKE UP WITH TEARS IN HIS EYES. HE SAID "THAT'S IT, ENOUGH'S ENOUGH, CAN'T WE PLEASE HAVE A C-SECTION!" THE MIDWIFE WENT TO LOCATE THE MAIN DR IN THE PRACTICE. HE TOOK ONE LOOK AT ME AND SAID "EMERGENCY C-SECITION, WHY DIDN'T YOU CALL ME SOONER!" TO THE MIDWIFE. IN THE OPERATING ROOM, I HAD TO LAY FLAT. I STARTED TO FEEL THE FLUID GOING TO MY LUNGS. I COULDN'T BREATHE. I KEPT TELLING THEM I COULDN'T BREATHE. I TOLD THEM I FELT LIKE I WAS DROWNING. THE ANESTESIOLOGIST TOLD ME "OH THAT'S NORMAL, YOU'LL BE JUST FINE. JUST STAY CALM". FINALLY HE WAS BORN, HE LOOKED WONDERFUL! MY HUSBAND AND I WERE OVERJOYED. BUT I STARTED TO FAINT OFF AND ON, COMING IN AND OUT OF CONCIOUSNESS, THEN I HEARED THE DRS YELLING I COULDN'T HEAR WHAT THEY WERE SAYING. I WAS SEWN UP AND LATER TAKEN OUT OF THE ROOM THEY SAT ME UP AND I KEPT FEELING LIKE I WAS FAINTING. I WAS SO COLD AND I COULDN'T STAY STILL FROM THE SHAKES. I REMEMBER THEY SHOWED MY BABY TO ME, I WAS A AFRAID TO HOLD HIM BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID I WOULD FAINT AGAIN. THE LAST THING I REMEMBER IS THE RADIOLOGIST TECH TAKING A CHEST X-RAY OF ME. THE NEXT THING I KNOW IS I AWOKE IN A COLD DARK ROOM WITH A MASK OVER MY FACE AND MACHINES BEEPING BEHIND ME. I LATER FOUND OUT I WAS TAKEN TO THE SICU. I HAD CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE AND PULMANARY EDEMA. FINALLY A NURSE CAME IN TO CHECK ON ME. I ASKED WHERE I WAS. SHE TOLD ME SHE WOULD GET THE DR. THE DOCTOR CAME IN AND INTRODUCED ME TO 2 OTHER DRS. A CARDIAC DR, A PULMONARY SPECIALIST AND A KIDNEY DR. THEY TOLD ME THEY WOULD TELL ME MORE IN THE MORNING, ONCE THEY GOT SOME TEST RESULTS BACK. THEY SAID I WASN'T OUT OF THE WOODS YET. THEY ALL AGREED I WAS VERY LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. THEY ALMOST LOST ME SEVERAL TIMES. THEY TOLD MY HUSBAND TO GO HOME, THAT I WOULD BE FINE. I WAS THERE ALL NIGHT WITHOUT HIM. HE CAME THE NEXT MORNING, AND WAS TERRIFIED AT THE SIGHT OF ME AND MY CONDITION. I SPENT THE NEXT TWO DAYS THERE. WITH ONLY A PICTURE OF MY BABY. FINALLY THEY BROUGHT HIM DOWN TO SEE ME. I CRIED WITH JOY AND THANKS. I TALKED TO THE PREIST AND THE NUN AND ASKED THEM TO PRAY WITH ME AND FOR MY RECOVERY. I WAS RELEASED IN 5 DAYS. EVERYTHING WAS FINE. I HAD MIRACULOUSLY RECOVERED WITH NO SIGN OF ANY DISTRESS. THE PULMONARY EDEMA AND CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE LEFT MY BODY WITH OUT A TRACE. MY BLOOD PREASSURE WAS LOWER. 140/80. AFTER THE LASIX, I DROPPED 50 LBS. IN 5 DAYS. THAT'S HOW MUCH WATER I WAS CARRYING FROM THE PREECLAMPSIA. I AM A MOTHER OF 2, MY FIRST PREGNANCY WAS PERFECT. THIS ONE WAS NOT. I AM NOW PREGNANT WITH MY 3RD. I HAVE NEW DOCTORS BY THE WAY. THE ONES I HAD DON'T DELIVER BABIES ANYMORE. UNRELATED TO MY PROBLEMS. MY DOCTOR NOW IS AWARE OF MY PAST AND IS TAKING EVERY STEP TO MAKE SURE MY HEALTH IS UNDER CONTROL. THE MYTH THAT THIS ONLY HAPPENS TO FIRST TIME MOMS, OVER-WEIGHT MOMS, AND THAT IT IS UNLIKELY TO HAPPEN AGAIN IS A LIE. IF YOU FEEL SOMETHING IS WRONG AND YOU GAIN WEIGHT TOO QUICKLY OR YOU FEEL SWOLLEN AND HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCTS! THEY WILL NEVER LEED YOU ASTRAY. ONLY YOU KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT FOR YOUR BODY. ITS NOT NORMAL TO GAIN 50 LBS IN A MATTER OF A COUPLE OF MONTHS. ITS NOT NORMAL TO SWELL UP 3 TIMES YOUR NORMAL SIZE. GET A DIFFERENT DR FIND SOMEONE WHO WILL LISTEN TO YOU. MY NEW DR DOES! BY ALL MEANS DON'T IGNORE YOUR INNER VOICE! ISAIAH JAMES FOOSE BORN 7/23/01 9LBS 13OZ. HE IS THE JOY, PASSION, AND MEANING TO MY LIFE! THANKS FOR LISTENING! SARA FOOSE LIVERPOOL, PA
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