My experience with preeclampsia was the most severe case called HELLP Syndrome. I was 32
Posted On Tuesday, August 13, 2002 by Danielle
My experience with preeclampsia was the most severe case called HELLP Syndrome. I was 32 weeks pregnant when I just started not feeling right. I hurt all over especially in my upper stomach and stayed up crying for two nights. Finally I called the labor and delivery and they insisted I come in to get checked out. Upon arrival my vital signs were checked including my blood pressure which came out as 199 over 120! They all thought the machine was broken and kept trying. One doctor came in and told me a few minutes later that my baby boy needed to be delivered immediatly, and I was transfered by ambulance to the hospital which could handle very premature babies. After 14 hours of induced labor and sickness from the magnesium sulfate(used to bring down your blood pressure) I still had no baby delivered. My body just wasn't ready yet and neither was my son. His vital signs started dropping and he was not breathing. I was rushed to the emergency c-section room, put under general anethesia and next thing I knew I woke up in so much pain and had no idea what had happened. I thought it was all a dream and that I was still pregnant until my husband handed me a poloroid of my son in the NICU.
He was blue when he was born but was quickly revitalized and was on a ventilator. He weighed 3.7lbs. I remember the first time I got to see him, he was already two days old. He was so tiny and sickly looking all I could do was cry. I didn't think he would make it, I was very scared. Leaving the hospital and going home without my child was very hard and made me very sad. I spent everyday next to his incubator with him in the NICU. One month later he was ready to come home. Today he is three years old, He has been though a lot, heart problems, RSV, and breathing problems. He is alive though and I am very grateful for that. If you have any questions write the Preelampsia Foundation at www.preeclampsia.org.
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 ...