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Post On Wednesday, August 07, 2013 By Christina
It's been about 4 years and 1 month ago, that I gave birth to my 2nd daughter, on July 10, 2009. Â The pregnancy started out normal and then about 4 months into it I started feeling sick, and having headaches. Â At about six months, my family decided to take a little vacation and visited a local zoo. Â After that I swelled up. Â At my six month appointment they did the normal testing. Â Everything came out fine, but my normal blood pressure was a little high, so they reassured me that everything was fine. Â They did want to do a blood test and a 24hr urine test so I went to the lab for that right way. Â But everything came back normal. Â The only thing the doctor could come up with is that it was due to the heat and it would go away. Â I returned for my next appointment still swollen up, still having headaches, sick to my stomach. Â Again they did all the did all of the normal test and sent me to the lab for more test, this time a 48 hr urine test. Â But still nothing.
To make this short, this goes on until I'm about 2 days away from my due date; I'm in so much pain, and cannot feel her move anymore. I called my doctor and they tell me to come up to the office to be checked. Â I get there, they check her heartbeat, and that is normal and they check my blood-pressure: still fine but not my normal. Â And they check to see if I'm dilated; I'm about a 3, so he sends me to the hospital to be induced to relieve me of my pain. Â
Once I get there, they hook me up and tell me that I'm in labor. My contracts are about 5--7 minutes apart and we will have this baby by 8 p.m. Â My doctor arrives up to the hospital between 5-6 pm. Â He checks me: everything is going really well. They order my epidural, and he leaves to take care of something and will return in 1 hour.Â My husband also leaves to get supper for himself and our 3 year old daughter while I enjoy some flavored ice and visiting with my mother. After my husband and daughter return, a nurse comes in and check the monitors and my blood-pressure. I start to feel really sick at this moment and try to tell the nurse, but I blacked out!!!!
I don't know much after this or how long it took, but I do remember being woken up, my husband was standing over top of me and the anesthesiologist, grabbed me by the shirt lifted me up and he told me that I just had a seizure and they have to do a emergency C-section, so drink this, I then blacked out again.
Meanwhile my mother and daughter were told that the baby did not make it. Â My mother started to flip out, the hospital called the rest of my family so they could get up to the hospital to support her. I don't know how long I was in recovery, but my husband returned to the room to let my family know that I and the baby were doing fine.
I was wheeled back into the room around 10-11 pm. where I was greeted by my whole family, I was a little confused by what was going on, or even what had just happened. Â They then handed me my daughter. Â (Which she is healthy and doing fine) Â My family was told they had to leave so that I could get my rest.
The next morning the doctor that delivered my daughter came into the room and told me that I gave the whole hospital staff a scare last night. She told me what had happened, told me that I had preeclampsia. Â I told her that I was tested like 3 times, and she asked me where. I told her "here in this hospital."Â And that was the end of that. Â They then proceeded to blame it on a disease that I inherited called NF1. Â They then believed that I had a tumor in my brain and then sent me in for all kinds of test MRI, CAT scans and a CTI. Â The tests revealed nothing. Â These doctors then told me that I should continue to have to scans to motor my seizures, I told them that I never had a seizures in my whole life, except when I had my daughter. Â They told me that I will continue to have seizures now and have to be put on meds, and will not be able to drive for up to at least 6 months until they know for sure. I thought what am I going to do, I'm a stay at home mom, now what, and still confused by what had happened and no one really talking...
Six months passed and I finally get back to normal and back to driving. Â I decided not to go back and continue with the scans and hope for the best. Â I finally joined a support group on my NF1 and went to some meeting and found out from a doctor there that women with NF1 have a greater chance on developing preeclampsia. Â So know I still kind of left in the dark on way they did not take to extra precaution, to prevent what happened to me on that day! Â I guess I will never know. Â So that is my story I hope it's not too hard to follow.
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