I'm 23 years old, and I'm living with the effects of preeclampsia everyday. On July
Post On Tuesday, August 16, 2005 By Brandy
I'm 23 years old, and I'm living with the effects of preeclampsia everyday. On July 15, 2005, I went to the hospital with blood pressure of 210/140. My kidneys and liver had shut down. I was told that I had preeclampsia and I was sent to a medical university that specialize in emergency deliveries with a level 3 baby unit. I didn't have a clue what was going on. I was scared for my baby and all I could think about was that we were going to die. I had been to the doctor one week before because of swelling that was so bad I couldn't find shoes to wear. I was sent home with the understanding that everything was fine and that it was normal to have swelling at 30 weeks. I was 283 lbs when I first got pregnant, and at 12 weeks I was 267. I was throwing up everything! My doctors said it was all normal, and I never questioned a thing. At the 6 month mark things got better, except mild swelling started. After two weeks of just feet swelling, my face, hands, and legs got huge. I gained 30 lbs in two weeks, and I went to the doctor and they said it was the baby having a growth spurt. I walked around for four weeks with my kidneys not working. By the time I reached the hospital on July 15th I was lucky to be alive as well as my baby. Katelynn Maryann was born on July 16th at 9:43am. She is in NICU at a hospital in town fighting everyday to get ready to come home. After everything was over I was sent home and still felt awful. I went to a new doctor and I was told I had fluid in my chest around my heart and lungs. I took medication to get rid of the fluid and now after 2 weeks I'm much better. I lost 50lbs the first week after I had Katelynn. It scares me to think what would have happened if I had waited one more day. If I've learned anything from the whole experience is that you have to take care of yourself and never be scared to ask questions. I hope my story will help others to get help before its to late.