I had Preeclampsia while pregnant with my oldest son, who is now 18. He has
|I had Preeclampsia while pregnant with my oldest son, who is now 18. He has Autism, Tourettes syndrome, and Obsessive compulsive Disorder. I never gave much thought to the connection between the preeclampsia and the disabilities, as there is Autism in my family. Now I wonder. It doesn't look as though treatment has changed much for Preeclampsia.When I look back now, though, there are things I sure hope have changed. I never heard the word "Preeclampsia" from my Dr. till after my baby was born. I just knew I had high blood pressure, and they wanted me to stay in bed on my left side. No one explained anything to me, except for a nurse in the hospital who told me the name of what I had wrong with me. I had no idea how sick I was, or that my baby and I were at such risk. I just knew that my Mother, who is a nurse, was very concerned, but even she didn't tell me what was going on. Subsequently, I didn't really stay in bed all the time...if someone had said, "You could die; your baby could die" I would have been more cooperative to my treatment. I hope Dr.'s are more open now. One thing that was odd is this..I had never had a migraine before this illness.One night in the hospital, My vision got very distorted, I saw lines and prisms of color. When I told the nurse, about 20 people came rushing in to pad my siderails, without telling me why. I didn't have a seizure, but in all those years since then, I do get Migraines with an aura. The aura is exactly like the first one I had there in the hospital. Could there be a connection? My son is wonderful despite the bleak prognosis we got when he was two years old. He will graduate from high school with a 4.0 grade average next year. He drives, he is very social. After I had my son, my self esteem was very low...I thought, "Anybody can have a baby, I made a big deal out of even that". I did not have preeclampsia with my next pregnancy, but after I had the baby my blood pressure was so high they kept me in the hospital for a week.I sure am glad those child bearing days are over. I am also glad I am intelligent enough to have done some research after I had my first child, or I never would have known what had happened to us.|
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...