Tiny But Mighty

Post On Wednesday, July 10, 2013 By Jenette

Tiny But Mighty

My name is Jenette and I had severe Pre-e with elevated liver enzymes.  I didn't know I had symptoms until after I knew what Pre-e was. I remember 2-3 weeks before going to the hospital saying there was glitter in the sky at school. It literally looked like someone dumped glitter from the 2nd level. I'll try giving you the short story. 

On the evening Monday March 3rd 2008 (24 weeks 3 days) my mom decided to take my BP after a week of me complaining of headaches. She also said I was swelling too much for how far along I was (she's an LVN so I trust her w/ medical stuff). We found out the reading was about 160/107. We called the dr. and they told me to go to the hospital. They hooked me up and taking my BP every 15 minutes. I ended up staying the night and saw the doc the next morning. She told me I had high BP and to be on strict bed rest, t. I could only go to the bathroom and get a quick meal. Thats it. I also had to do a 24 hr urine test. Having just turned 19 the week before, it was no fun.My BP levels were going down a bit around 130-160/90-100. But it was still high. 

Thursday evening March 6 2008 (24 weeks 6 days) I wasn't feeling good. I was nauseous and had a huge headache. I took my BP and it was 180/120!! We went to the hospital again. I was monitored and did another urine sample. The doctor came in and said I have severe preeclampsia and I needed to transfer to another hospital. they did not have the equipment to treat me or my son if he was going to be born. 

Friday morning March 7th (25 weeks) I was transferred via ambulance. The first thing they did was give me a steroid shot my his lungs. I had magnesium and another drug for my headaches. By the end of that day my eyes got really blurry. 

Saturday March 8 (25 1) They gave me another steroid shot. I was told that I had a very severe case, but they will do their best to keep Anthony cooking. My protein levels were in the ten thousands! That evening my liver enzymes were also rising. So my liver and kidneys weren't functioning properly. I later found out my pancreas was not functioning, and the next to go was my heart. The docs said if they go up any more I will be delivered that night. If they stay the same the next morning. 

Sunday March 9th 2008 my son Anthony Arturo was born screaming at 25 weeks 2 days. He was 1 lb 6 oz and 12.5 inches long.His Apgars were 8/9 even for being IUGR! He had my nose, my hands, and my feet. The nurses called him "Tiny but Mighty". 

I didn't get to see him until the next day since I was still on the mag. He was definitely a fighter. He kicked my sister and the nurses had to sedate him a bit because he was moving too much for his little body. On the 4th day they even started giving him 1cc of my breast milk! He was doing great. I was discharged March 13th. My husband and I stayed at the Ronald McDonald House. 

March 15th 2008 we came back from dinner and the doctors were pumping his little chest, his heart rate was dropping and he was losing oxygen. The whole day he was fighting off an infection. He bled into his lungs and his stomach. At around 7 PM my son passed away in my arms. The first and last time I ever got to hold him. We miss him so much. We think about him every day.

We are now blessed with a 2 healthy daughters, Gabriella who was born May 12, 2009. She was born at 37 weeks 4 days with a scheduled c/s. She 6.5 lbs and 17 inches long.  Our third, Selina, born April 10,2013 at 40 weeks 3 days. I had tachycardia, gestational diabetes, and low platelets. But no Preeclampsia. :)

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