As I read the stories of others, I realize that even though my experience was
Posted On Monday, July 01, 2002 by Suzanne
As I read the stories of others, I realize that even though my experience was not good, it could have been much worse.
I was not diagnosied with Preeclampsia until it was too late. Six days after the birth of my daughter I expereinced an event which has changed my life forever. My symptoms started with a severe headache in the back of my neck and vomiting. I also had extreme swelling in my legs and feet. When I called my OB doctor I was told to "elevate my feet and take it easy." I followed his orders. The next day I was feeling better. The swelling was down adn the headache was much better. I was eating lunch with my Mother when I began to have visual disturbances. I could see a prism of light before my eyes. I was very scared as when I closed my eyes, the light did not fade. My Mother asked me to look at her but I had already lost control of my muscular movement. The next thing I remember is being wheeled out of the back of the ambulance at the hospital. I learned that I had experienced two grand mal seizures. My doctor still did not make the diagnosis of Preeclampsia. They told me that they were uncertian why I had these symptoms. I was so scared that I was dying and leaving behind my newborn baby. Years later, now on my second pregnancy, my OB (a different one from the first) has researched my records and reviewed them with other OB doctors at her clinic. They all agree that I experience Toxiemia!
I just want everyone to be aware of the symptoms. If things don't feel right to you then seek medical attention. Do the research if you are at risk and praise sites like this one that provide information.
Ethan will be turning 3 at the end of this month (October). The month of October always brings up some scary memories and emotions for me... I never thought I would have a difficult pregnancy or labor. After all...