During one prenatal visit, my OB decided I was beginning to show symptoms of preeclampsia.
|During one prenatal visit, my OB decided I was beginning to show symptoms of preeclampsia. She prescribed bed rest. During the next month, my blood pressure remained at a decent level but I continued to gain water weight. At another visit, my blood pressure had skyrocketed to 160/110. They sent me straight to labor and delivery. I was 36 weeks at the time. My husband and I walked over to Labor and Delivery. They induced labor and my son was born just two short hours later. He did really well. He only had to spend one night in NICU. It was me who didn't fair so well. My blood pressure would not return to normal. I went into HELLP syndrome. Also, the worst complication of all. My eyesight went completely blurry. As a photographer, I was petrified. I remained in the Labor and Delivery area for 4 more days. Since my pressure was remaining high and I was still in HELLP, they wanted me where I could have more constant attention. Next, I spent 3 days in the normal maternity ward. My pressure continued to scare everyone. The doctors were attempting to regulate my pressure with medication. Finally, I was allowed to go home. I was given a blood pressure cuff to continue to monitor myself at home. My eyesight improved at an agonizingly slow pace. I was sent to an opthalmologist and a retina specialist. Both doctors told me they expected my eyesight to improve with time. It was approximately 8 weeks before I could see well enough to drive again. I felt so trapped and so afraid that my eyesight would never get better. A year and a half later, I still have some distortion in my left eye but my right eye returned to normal. All that really matters is that my son is a very healthy little boy-Thank God.|
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 ...