I was 27 weeks pregnant with my second child and
I went to my doctor's office just because I wasn't feeling "right". My Doctor took my blood pressure and did the urine test and immediately sent me to the hospital.
I spent the next 5 days in the hospital. I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia. I was told to lay on my left side and I was given steroid shots to help my very premature baby's lungs mature. They did an ultra sound to see how the baby was developing, they predicted the baby was about 3 pounds. They ran another urine test and didn't get any results, which was odd since the stick tests where showing protien in my urine. They ran another urine test and sent me home on bed rest.....
While I was at home, I was having severe headaches, I felt like my head was going to explode! We bought an at home blood pressure monitor, we watched my blood pressure go up and up. Two days later at 8:15 a.m. my blood pressure was 163/114. I was also having a hard time seeing things as my headache was so bad. I went back into the hospital.
At this point I was 28 weeks pregnant and my doctor was hoping to get me to 32 weeks. I hadn't seen my doctor all day and didn't see the nurses too much either. I was on no medication, in fact I was still in my street clothes. That evening, the nurses moved me to a bigger room since I was going to be in the hospital several weeks. After I had settled into my new room, I looked around and all I could see was a big colorful ball floating around in my vision. I laid back on my pillow, looked up at one nurse, looked at the other nurse and I couldn't see their faces! It was then that I went into a siezure. I was told that my blood pressure was 275/175! I had just eaten so I aspirated, they couldn't get a breathing tube down my throat so I had a tracheotomy. My daughter was born 28 weeks premature by C-Section. She was 1 pound 12 ounces...she was my miracle baby!
My daughter just turned 3! She spent 4.5 months in the NICU....she had a G-tube inserted into her stomach so we can feed her, and she has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. She cannot sit-up, crawl or walk although we work with her daily. She still has her feeding tube, but she is starting to really experiment with eating. Mentally she is catching up.
I write this because I don't think the medical professionals really have a handle on this disease. I have read many of the other stories and so many cases could have been prevented. In my case, I really believe that I could have carried my daughter longer and given her more time to develop had I been given Magnesium Sulfate. It was not given to me until AFTER my siezure! Oh, and the results of my second urine test....+5.
I am thankful that I am still here and I have my beautiful daughter. But I am still angry and hurt that we went through this ordeal. At the time, my son had just turned 1. Recently, I just finished his baby album and I realized that while my daughter was in the NICU, I had missed out on 4.5 months of his life!
Hopefully all of these stories will make a difference, I will support the Preeclampsia foundation always! Thanks for letting me share my story.
My daughter Nicole turned 13 in June! She uses a wheelchair, but other than that she is a "normal" teenage girl! We participated our city's Promise Walk and will continue to support the foundation.