December 22, 2010
Posted On Sunday, January 02, 2011 by Patricia
When December started I figured that with Christmas and the New Year approaching it would be filled with shopping, work, and dreaming about my baby due in March.
It started December 8th after a job interview when my legs and ankles swelled up out of no where. I figured I was starting to retain water or something. 25 and my first pregnancy I had no idea what was going on so on it went. A few days before my December 16th OBGYN appointment I noticed that other than my legs swelling to the point of not being able to walk, and the fact that I couldn't breath much, a cut on my left breast was leaking fluid.
To my OBGYN it was all normal. She took my blood pressure and apparently it was all good. Until December 20th when I woke up and my eyes were swollen shut. The local hospital said there was protein in my urine and high blood pressure (177/100) but sent me home with pills for the blood pressure.
By the next day I couldn't see properly but worked through it. December 21st I decided that was it and couldn't get in to see my OBGYN so went to a family physician instead. My doctor called my OBGYN and demanded assistance. Finally I was directed to the city hospital and admitted within two hours and transferred to a specialty hospital in Toronto via Ambulance ..complete with sirens and lights.
After a lot of tests, blood, etc. it was discovered I was pre-eclampsia and the baby's development was 4 weeks behind the 27 weeks she was supposed to be. That's when it was discovered (finally) that I had "sprung a leak" many days earlier and my cervix was open "a finger".
My liver, lungs, kidneys, eyes, and baby were shutting down and we were both close to death. Abigayle Sarah was born at 3:25 am on December 22, 2010.
She only weighed 1lb 2oz but today weighs 1lb 5.6oz and is 11 days old. She is a fighter but has a long way to go.
There needs to be more urgency for people with these symptoms even if it doesn't end up to be pre-eclampsia.
Posted On Wednesday, March 02, 2011 by Tricia
I'm am praying for your lilttle one. I recently lost my baby girl Rylee. I had to deliver her at 23 weeks, she was only measuring 21. i visited my doctor the friday before with swelling protien in my urine and upper stomach pain. I was sent home with heart burn medicine. By sunday my preclamsia was so severe my life was in danger. The very same day I found out I was going to have a daughter the same day I was told I would have to let her go. It is totally devastating. I wish you much luck in your future, and thanks for sharing your story! : )
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