Hi, My name is Maddy. I had Preeclampsia, which led to Pulminary Edema. I had
|Hi, My name is Maddy. I had Preeclampsia, which led to Pulminary Edema. I had gotten pregnant in october of 2001. This is our first child. I am an overweight woman to begin with and before I had gotten pregnant, I had asked my obgyn if it was ok for me and my child if I was to get pregnant weighing so much as I did. she had told me it has been done before, but I would have to be under a microscope with all my testings to see the baby more clearer. Once I was pregnant, i had the typical morning sicknesses. at least for the first 4-5 months. At this point, I didnt really gain too much weight because I was getting sick all the time. i was in my regular clothes until I hit 7 months. Now the weight started to pack on. I am a hairdresser and i had to quit working in jamuary of 2002. I was working at home though. But it wasn't to long after that, that I had to stop all together. I was starting to develope Vericlose Veins in my vigina. If anyone has had this, you know how bad they were. I couldnt sit down for very long, or stand for that matter. I could only recline in a chair or lay down in bed. I had my mother coming over every night to take care of me because my husband worked nights. she helped me with my house work and cooked for me. (shes an angel) Now as the pregancy came closer to the end, my blood pressure started to rise. It kept a steady reading of 130/80 for most of the pregnancy. I was having trouble walking and breathing. once my dr saw that my pressure was rising they switched me to another team of dr's that can give me 24 hr care that I needed. my pressure was now 160/98. i was 8 months going into my ninth month. I was due,july 1st. On june 6th, this new dr, saw me for the first time. He didnt like what he saw. so He admitted me into the hospital. They wanted to take the baby now. so there I went. that night i was in the hospital and they started to put IV's in and i was only allowed ice chips. the next day the induced me and added more IV's in my arms. I couldnt handle the Internal exams because of the vein problem, so they tried to give me an epidural. it didnt take, so they tried to do it again. that one didnt take either. they must have put 20 holes in my spine trying to get th right spot. now its the next day. i didnt dilate to far. I only could get to 5 cm. now my pressure was rising even higher and they had to give me an emergency c-section. at this point I have Preeclampsia. They are pumping me with tons of pain meds because I was in alot of pain. They was to numb me from the waist own to do the c-section. they dint want me to go out completely. It was to dangerous. it took them almost 1 1/2 hrs to hit the right spot to numb me. they thought they got it and they layed me down and rushed to get my son out. my husband came in at this time to be there. once they started, they told me i would feel tugging and pulling. I felt a hell of alot more that that. I felt them cutting me open I felt the sharp knife. I had to have an insition from my belly button up about 6 inches. the baby was to high to cut lower and also because i was a big girl, i wouldnt have been able to heel properly with the bikini cut. I screemed through the whole thing. they had to give me some more drugs to make me relax. once that was over, I found out I had a healthy beautiful little boy. we named him joseph. Now in the hospital saty, i was in there for 12 days all together. i developed a bad infection. Ecoli. I needed antibiotics through IV. my veins were clapsing. the IV wouldnt stay in, so they had to put in a pick line. thats an IV thet is surgically put in by radialogy and it has a cathiter that goes directly to my heart. it can last for months. I had to have home nusing at home to continue my IV until the full 2 weeks of antibiotics were done. I was released the monday after fathers day. on that friday, i had a drs apt , so they can check the insition area. i had the worst 4 days of my life. I wasnt able to lye down to sleep. i could only recline. i hadnt slept since before i had my son. I couldnt walk at all. it took alot of help from my husband to get to to go anywhere. i almost didnt go to my apt because i was hurting so bad, plus I couldnt breath so good either. well its a good thing I went when i did. they didnt like what they saw, so they wanted me to go back to the hospital right away. i cried my eyes out. I almost didnt go. I went and they took my bloos pressure. it was 214/114. I said, no way. thats heart attack pressure. that cant be right. well sure enough it was right. I had pulminary edema. they admitted me right away and sent me for xrays of my lungs. they thought I might have blood clots in them. while i was haveing my test done, they had to lay me flat on my back for 15 minutes to take xrays. i started to cough more and more as I layed there. once the test was over, i asked the tec to quickly sit me up i couldnt breath. He sat me up and i didnt help at all. My husband thought I was having a panic attack, so hes trying to help me breath calmly. nothing is working. they rushed me back to my room and i started to screem for help. i couldnt inhale at all. i mustered up enough energy to call for help. next thing I know theres about 15 drs around my bed. they started to cut my clothes off, they put in a cathiter and i started to cough up this bloody mucus. they had kicked out my husband at this point. they had to give me lasex through the IV and i instantly began to drain out the fluid through my bladder. the dr said i changed right before his eyes. they thought I might have had a heart attack during the episode so they took a ekg of my heart and everything was fine. they said if I hadnt had that drs apt that day, it would have happend to me at home and i would have died because the ambulance wouldnt have gotten to me in time. Not a day goes by when i dont look at my son and think, Oh my God, I almost died and what would my husband and child have done. When I tell my story, i feel like Im talking about someone else. but If i sit and think about it I cry my eyes out. I think of all the what if's and it scares me to think, about it. Im doing just fine now. the babys is great. Im back to work 2 nights a week cutting hair. Ive lost 100 pounds since the whole ordeal. If Ive learned anything from this whole experiance, its dont wait til tomorrow. live for today. also, dont sweat the small stuff.|
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 ...