On June 14, 2008 my 25-27 depending on which ultrasound you go by week
Posted On Saturday, October 24, 2009 by Lorri
On June 14, 2008 my 25-27 (depending on which ultrasound you go by) week pregnant daughter called me and said mom I haven't felt Cadence move today, I'm having some pain in my right upper quadrant, and these are not normal for me. We went to the hospital, they checked her for contractions and sent her home. Looking back she had protein in her urine that night, and Cadence's heart rate would decel with the "pains" my daughter was experiencing. The next day she called again and said she felt really bad, but was too embarrassed due to how she had been treated the night before to return to the hospital.
The next morning she called me and said "mom I think I'm dying"! We rushed to the hospital as my daughter was in severe pain in her right upper quadrant. It was too late, my beautiful granddaughter had passed away, but little did I know my plight was just beginning. The doctor would tell me later the same day that not only had I lost my granddaughter, but there was a strong possibility I would also lose my daughter. I couldn't believe what I was hearing "what is going on?" I asked. "Your daughter's body is viewing her fetus as a foreign body since it's demise and she is in grave danger" he answered.
That week is still "blurry" with all the talk of lab values, blood pressure, seizures, etc.
We live in a smaller town, and I now know that ob care is not "top notch" in our area.
I called a good friend who is a pediatrician (his wife is also an ob) to ask if he had any thoughts/suggestions on our situation. Without missing a beat he said "it sounds like HELLP Syndrome to me, you need to get him to check ....."!
Three days later my daughter delivered her daughter, and began getting better. I don't think any of us will ever be the same after this experience, and 16 months later my daughter is pregnant again.
We are all excited, but scared to death what may happen this time. I am writing about this to inquire about information on the recurrence of HELLP Syndrome, and advise on how we should handle this pregnancy.
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 ...