I was thrilled to find out that I was pregnant and I had wanted this
Posted On Thursday, September 12, 2002 by Allison
|I was thrilled to find out that I was pregnant and I had wanted this for so long. I had just broke my back 3 months earlier and was doing fine, but needed a happiness in my life. At 20 weeks, we found out we were having a little boy! How wonderful this would be. I continued going to my monthly doctors appointments feeling great and at my 24 week appointment, my doctor told me I had protein in my urine and that my blood pressure was fine. I went home on bedrest, but thought everything would be fine. The next week 25 weeks, I went back to the hospital and still had high BP, but still felt great. This time I was admitted and stayed in the hospital for a few days. I was given doses of "Steriods" to help my "unborn child". But I thought I was going to carry this baby full term. The next two weeks I was on strick bed rest because if I even sat, my BP would go through the roof! Bed rest, was interesting, but it was the only thing I could do for my son. At 28 1/2 weeks I began to lose vision in my left eye and began seeing stars all around. I don't remember anything for the next two weeks. My husband recalls, rushing me to the hosptial where I was horribly sick. A few hours later, right as they were giving me magnesium, I had my first seizure. I was in really bad shape. They told my husband and my parents to leave and they would try to help me. To make a longer story some what short, my little boy was delivered at 28 1/2 weeks weighing only 2 1/2 pounds and 11 inches long. My elampsia didn't end there and continued for a long week. They took me down in my bed a few times to see my baby, but I don't remember it. I remember about two weeks later and still to this day have a very blurred vision of what happened. A lot of people don't understand and sometimes I don't because I had wonderful pre-natal care and I don't smoke, drink or anything. We spent the next three months at our sons bed side in the NICU at Primary Children's Medical Center. They gave us such wonderful care for our son. Our son is doing so much better today and is 16 months old. He is still on oxygen at night and has learning problems and delayed development, but in our eyes he is our "mirale" baby! I guess I am a miracle that I am alive too. I wish I would have know more about elampsia! I am very scared to have another child and my husband is too. Our lives changed so much in one instant, that I can't even describe in words how we felt. I hope that I have helped in someway for someone to know that you are NOT ALONE!! I felt so alone and wish I knew about foundations like this that help mom's and dad's! I love my son with all my heart and I am thankful for the things I have learned. I hope it has made me a better mom and a better person. I just wish I would have known more.....|
After surviving a very traumatic first pregnancy with a nightmare delivery (30 hours of magnesium-induced hell, ending in an emergency c-section) and even more debilitating recovery, one would think I was DONE having children. Let's be ...