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Post On Friday, April 11, 2014 By sheila
Hi my name Sheila and I am a survivor of post-eclampsia. In 2006 I gave birth to a son that weighed 6lb. 14oz. and was so happy. See, I was told I may not ever be able to conceive. I had alot of problems one of which was polycystic ovarian disease, but to my surprise I did conceive, and had a pretty good pregnancy except for all the morning sickness that lasted basically the entire 37 weeks.
I went into the hospital at 37 weeks to be induced because they were concerned about my placenta getting old. So went in and was induced and was in labor for 15 hrs. I had 3 epidurals which none worked on me. They decided to do a c-section because I wasn't dilating past 7 cm. So after I gave birth I noticed I had not lost any weight, I was concerned but the nurses and dr. didnt seem to worried so that gave me some relief.
The night before I was scheduled to take my son home and start our new life I noticed it seemed as if I was having some panic attacks, or at least that's what I thought was going on. Little did I know this was the start of something bad (Postpartum Eclampsia)! I didn't tell anyone about how I was feeling because to be honest that's really what I thought was going on. JUST A PANIC ATTACK; that's what I would tell myself. We went home the next day and still feeling a little nervous I thought I was nervous over being a new mom. When getting home I laid down cause I just wasn't feeling good
My sister is a CNA and she stayed with me and kept an eye on my BP she said something just wasnt right. I went to the local hospital a total of 3 times; the third time I was given something for all the fluid that my body was holding in and had to have a catheter. They told my family they did not know what was wrong and that it could have something to do with giving birth just days before but they did not know. They told my family to take me to the hospital where I delivered which was an hour and 30 min away. We look back now at the things that could have happened but we didn't know anything about this condition at that time.
As we were on our way to the hospital I remember the worst headache I had ever had and the pain in my stomach was unbearable. As I kept drifting I would wake myself making really odd noises. By the time I arrived my BP was thru the roof. When they put me in the ER room, the doctor came in and the first thing he wanted to do was an MRI. I was very reluctant but eventually, before they came and got me I had already started losing my eyesight. I remember them getting me in the elevator and that was it. This is what my family told me: they said I started having seizures on the MRI table. My family was ask to have a seat while they run the tests they need to to treat me. The doctor came out and told them that I was in congestive heart failure and I had swelling on my brain, and also my kidneys were starting to shut down. They put me on magnesium and I was on that for a couple days.
Now there is alot more to tell but that would be my family's place to say the rest since I don't remember a lot. I am a true survivor and I am proud of that.. I haven't had any problems and my son is perfect in everyway. I am so thankful for this site here and if there is anything I can help with I would absolutly be honored. I pray my story helps in some way... thanks so much for reading my story. Have a blessed night.
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