On Friday, July 20 I was at a meeting at work, I suddenly had a
|On Friday, July 20 I was at a meeting at work, I suddenly had a strange burning feeling in my upper abdomen and felt awful. I thought I was going to throw up and starting salivating. I left the meeting and went to the emergency room. Once there they sent me to OB triage where they had me give a urine sample. A doctor looked at me and gave me an antacid thinking I just had indigestion. I heard her tell the nurse to not bother to test my urine and the nurse tell her she already dipped it and I had high levels of protein in it. Thank God for that nurse! They sent my urine and took some blood and once they got my results from the lab determined I had preeclampsia and said I needed to be admitted overnight. Later that day I had an ultrasound and it was discovered that I did not have very much fluid left and the baby was not getting enough nutrients. The baby was in the 49th percentile at 22 weeks, now at 29 weeks it was in the 10th percentile. I was sent back up to my hospital room and by that time my family and husband had arrived. I made it through Friday night and Saturday okay, but on Sunday when I was on the monitor they were seeing some dips in the baby's heart rate. They kept an eye on this and eventually performed another ultrasound. I had even less fluid and at that point it was decided that it was safer for the baby to come out then stay in. I had also had two doses of the steriod for the baby's lungs so that was helpful. Our beautiful daughter was born on Sunday, July 22 at 5:56pm by an c-section. She is perfect in everyway, just very small. She was 29 3/7 weeks and was 2lb 1oz and 14 inches long. She is doing great in the NICU and the nurses and doctors there are amazing. She had some feeding issues at first, but has seemed to get over these and they have been increasing her feedings every 12 hours. She never needed any oxygen and was on room air for a little bit, but has been breathing on her own for the last three days. Her name is Allison Rose. I have not gotten over the preeclampsia. I was sent home with blood pressure medication and just had a check this week and it has not improved at all. They doubled my dosage, but I am still having symptoms so I don't think it is working. This is extremely frustrating and I just want to be healthy again so I can take care of my baby better.|
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 ...