I was 27 weeks pregnant. It was a Friday, I was auditing at a local
|I was 27 weeks pregnant. It was a Friday, I was auditing at a local workplace. On my way to work, I decided to stop at Starbucks to get a coffee. When I went to read the menu, I had spots in front of my eyes. This happened to me regularly during pregnancy, so I was not concerned. I drove to my audit, not being able to see very well. I proceeded to audit the program for the entire day, with visual disturbances on and off, but no headache. When I got home, my headache started. I laid down, and it went away after I took tylenol ultra. A while later it came back with a vengence. I began to vomit and I felt extremely ill. I told my husband I needed to get to the hospital. When I got there, they sent me to labour and delivery. They gave me morphine, as I was in an excruciating amount of pain. After they administered that, they tried to find the babies heartbeat, and they couldn't. I was very out of it, but I could see the look of concern on my mother in law's face. They ran and grabbed the portable ultrasound machine and after a few minutes they found that everything was ok. They took bloodwork and started a 24 hour urine collection. They told me I would need to stay the night. I was admitted. At 6 am the next morning, my doctor came to see me. She told me that I had Preeclampsia and that the only way to cure it was to deliver my baby. I was scared, 27 weeks was too early. She said we would wait and see how long I could last and try to keep the baby in. I received shots to help the development of my baby's lungs. By 29 weeks, my platelets were at 104 and my blood pressure continued to rise and the dr. felt it was too dangerous not to deliver. I had my son at 1428 on December 3, 2007. He weighed 2 lbs 11 oz. I got to see him for a split second before he was rushed to the NICU. I had to recover and did not get to see him until the following day. He was hooked up to many things, including a CPAP and many IV's. He was ok, though, he had a couple of preemie problems, including apnea and bradycardia. My blood pressure returned to normal 24 hours after delivery and my platelet count began to rise. I lost more weight than I had gained during my pregnancy, due to fluid retention. I had gained 11 pounds in three weeks before my son was born. My son, Rowan was very lucky, he is now 8 months old and weighs 18 lbs and is developping normally. He is doing exceptionally well and I feel very fortunate that we were so lucky. Preeclampsia is very scary and terrifies me to get pregnant again.|
I hadn’t been feeling well for a few days. I decided I would go in to work super early and give directions to the staff and then go home and go to the doctor. I got home and lay on the couch un...