2 Weeks Later - Please read my story

Post On Thursday, June 18, 2015 By stephanie

2 Weeks Later - Please read my story

Hello Everyone, my name is Stephanie and I thought I would share my story with you. On March 8th 2015, I delivered a beautiful, healthy baby girl. My husband and I were over the moon in love and my son loved his baby sister from day one. I felt great and I couldn't wait to get  home and show her off to my family and friends. Now, if you have had a child before, you know the nurse comes in every 20 minutes to check your blood pressure, temperature and in my case my c-section wound. Everything was great and I was sent home after 3 days.  Day 1, my body went into shock when I got home from the hospital. It lasted for about an hour as my husband put 7 blankets on me and held me untill I calmed down. I thought to myself, maybe I shouldn't have left the hospital. As the hour went by I felt better. A week and a half passed by as we enjoyed our daughter and took in everything that life has to offer with a newborn. Day 9- I woke up at 3 am for my daughter's feeding and had a massive headache. I attributed it to lack of sleep, took excedrin (I wasn't breastfeeding) and went back to sleep. Day 10- I woke up with a very bad headache and shortness of breath. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest.  I normally do not get headaches, nor do I have asthma, so I booked an appointment to see my doctor, as this headache was the worst pain I had ever felt. My doctor took me in and the nurse noted that my blood pressure was a little high. She asked me to tell the doctor when he came in, but of course I forgot because doctors make you wait an hour before they actually come in to see you. When he finally did come in, he pawned off my headache to allergies and asthma, gave me an inhaler and sent me home with a follow up appointment a week later. (He never mentioned my blood pressure, nor did he take it himself). Day 11- I had a slight headache all day but around 9 pm, I was in tears because it was the worst head and chest pain I had ever experienced in my life. I called my doctor who was on call, he told me to take 2 excedrin. I did, and nothing, not even a dent in the head pain that I was experiencing. By 3 am, I was crying so bad and my husband told me to call the on-call doctor at my gyno office. He told me to go straight to the emergency room. By this time, it's 4 am and my husband and I have our son and a newborn in the house. I told my husband to stay home and I would drive myself 25 minutes to the hospital. (Not knowing that I could have a seizure at any moment). When I arrived safely at the hospital, my blood pressure was 200/95. They gave me pain meds through IV for my headache which helped a lot (thank god) and monitored my blood pressure a few more times. Each time it was climbing higher and higher. They gave me a blood pressure medication which lowered it in 20 min and rushed me back to labor and delivery and started me on magnesium sulfate IV for ten hours to prevent seizures. I was in the hospital for two days. The doctors told me that I had experienced Postpartum Preeclampsia. I was aware of preclampsia, but I had no clue you could get it a week AFTER you deliver. I want to make people aware of this, and let them know that it's a real thing and it's rare and extremely life-threatening. The doctors said if I didn't drive myself when I did, I might not have made it. My message to all of you would be, ANYTHING you notice with your body that you think is out of the norm after you have a baby, PLEASE get it checked out. Learn to be in tune with your body and understand symptoms that don't feel right. It could save your life one day. It's now three months after this ordeal and my blood pressure is normal. Everything is great. Thanks for reading my story. 

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