From HELLP Came a Miracle

Post On Wednesday, February 10, 2016 By Morgan

From HELLP Came a Miracle

My HELLP Syndrome went undiagnosed for 2 weeks along with 2 misdiagnoses. When I hit 31 weeks I couldn't take the excruciating stomach (URQ) and back pain. It was like my whole body was on fire. I was first misdiagnosed with bronchitis and sent home with a demorral shot with no blood work. A week later I went in and they tried to tell me I had gallbladder disease and tried to give me a shot for it and I refused. They finally did blood work after an hour of no one coming in, a nurse from OB (no I was never sent to maternity either visits) ran in and said I needed transport to a higher-risk hospital pronto because my blood work showed I had developed HELLP Syndrome. Halfway through the 45 minute careflight ambulance ride I blacked out and didn't come to until we got to the hospital. Within a half hour I had to come to terms with having a c-section at 31 weeks or we would both be dead in a half hour. My BP was in the 200s/100s and I was turning yellow. Little did I know the 2 weeks before that I was having the excruciating pain was my liver and kidneys failing. I was rushed to surgery to have an emergency c-section under general anesthesia. My son was born 9 weeks early weighing a measly 2 pounds 15.6 ounces and 15 inches long. He was born with Respiratory Distress Syndrome, IUGR, and everything that came with being premature. He was in the NICU for 41 days battling cpaps, cannulas, feeding tubes, ivs, and multiple other things. I took blood pressure meds for over a month to keep my blood pressure from spiking, I was on a mag drip for 3 days in the hospital to keep me from having seizures. The mag drip destroyed my memory (as does a lot of women who were on it for HELLP). To this day I have a terrible time remembering anything that isn't today. My short term is fried. None of the doctors or nurses in the picu and nicu had heard of HELLP so I actually had to explain to them the little bit I knew of it because I hadn't even been told what it was. I had to research it. I had 2 babies after Archer, my daughter in 2014 and son in 2015. Both these were hellp free but i developed post partum pre e with my daughter. My doctor refused to see me til my 6 week check up with my daughter so I barely left my couch for 3 weeks after my daughter because I was so swollen, sick, and my blood pressure was in the 180s over 100s. I finally fought it off myself and don't have any lasting effects from that that I know of. 

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