I am 23 years old and was a student when I found out I was

Post On Sunday, May 29, 2005 By Melinda

I am 23 years old and was a student when I found out I was
I am 23 years old and was a student when I found out I was pregnant for the first time. I thought it would be easy and a piece of cake. But I was sick the entire time I was pregnant. Towards the end of my pregnancy I just got worse everyday. I started swelling in my hands, face, feet and legs. I had also been having headaches and seeing spots. My OB office had 7 partners and near the end of my pregnancy they were requesting I make appointments with some of the different doctors in case they were on call the night I delivered. The first week my blood pressure was 137/100. I asked the doctor why my blood pressure was so high and she blew me off. I also asked why I was so swollen. She blew me off with "you get fat feet when you are pregnant The following week I had an appointment with the doctor who was on call at the hospital and he ran in and out quick without giving me a chance to ask any questions (he was in the middle of deliveries). The next week I finally saw my primary doctor. He had read my chart and came in and checked my reflexes and asked me about my headaches. He was concerned because by this time my blood pressure was 160/110 and I gained 15 lbs in a week. He told me I needed to go to the hospital immediately and be induced. I was 39 weeks at the time. When I got there they put me on pitocin and a mag drip to try and bring my blood pressure down. They gave me pain medicine and an epidural and told me to go to sleep until it was time. At 3:30 am the nurse came in and told me my blood pressure kept going up and the babys heart rate was really low and they had to do an emergency c-section. I was so scared. She was born on March 17, 2005. She weighed 5 lbs and 7 oz and was 18 in long. She was perfectly healthy. Later on that day I began to have trouble breathing. A team of doctors and nurses came in and decided I was having a panic attack from the pain of the c-section. They gave me ativan to knock me out. I woke up and still couldnt breathe. I felt like I was drowning. It was scary. They had a lung specialist come in and he said I had fluid on my lungs. They thought it was because I wouldnt cough. On the 19th (which was my birthday) I went down to the cafeteria late at night to get some cake and celebrate. While we were down there I got really sick I couldnt breathe and I felt like my chest was going to explode. I went back up to my room and my nurse sedated me. The next morning my new nurse came in and ordered a cat scan. They then found that I had fluid in my lungs and around my heart. They then did an EKG and an echocardiogram and discovered I had post-pardum cardio myopothy and an atrieal septal aneurysm. The cardiologist said the congestive heart failure was brought on by the trauma of labor and the fact that my preeclampsia had gotten so bad. I am now on tons of medicine and not allowed to go to school or work. I also have to be sterilized so that I do not get pregnant again; she said if I did I would be risking my life.
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