I was pregnant with my thrird child after being told not to have any more
Posted On Thursday, August 08, 2002 by Shana
I was pregnant with my thrird child after being told not to have any more kids. My doctor said that it might happen, my preeclampsia would come back. With my past two pregnancies I was border-line. And lucky my other two weren't born early enough to cause any problems.
I was in my 26th week of pregnancy when I discovered that my high blood pressure was back. I went to the hospital anbd the only thing that was wrong was my high blood pressure. No protein or headaches or blurred vision nothing. I was given medication and instructions to relax for three days and go back to the hospital for another check up. When I went back to the hospital I was told that I was now spilling protein in my urine and the medication did not help with the high blood pressure. I had numerous ultrasounds done to be sure my baby girl was still alive. Thank God that she was. I was admitted immediately. It was confirmed that my baby's lungs where not fully developed and the doctors where worried that she might not make it if she was born now. So, I was put on bed rest, in the hospital, for a week. I was given uncountless tests and I was put on a foley (catheter)and my urine was packed in ice to be tested every few hours. I was given lots of different medication to help lower my blood pressure. Few seemed to work very well. After 4 days of watching and waiting they decided to give my a steriod to help develope my daughters premature lungs in case I had to deliver. In a few more days my kidney function started to deteriorate. My kidneys where dying and so was I. I was so weak and out of it. I couldn't even stay awake for more than a few minutes before passing out again. On November 13, 2001, it was decided that I was to far gone to have a sudden turn around and the doctors had accomplished what they set out to do. They prepped me for an emergency c-section, and we gave our baby a name right before I was wheeled into the operating room, Kaitlyn Rose, my angel from God, and an hour later I had a 1 pound 14 ounce baby girl.
I had never been so scared in my entire life. I could even see my baby right after she was born. I was so knocked out with drugs I couln't even stay awake. Plus, she needed immediate intubation and was sent straight to the NICU where she spent her first month and a half of life. She was on the respirator on and off for about 3 weeks. She neede surgery on her heart when she was only a two weeks old. Her first helicopter ride to Fresno. She pulled through like a champ though. She came back to Bakersfield 2 days after the surgery. From there it was a big roller coaster ride of emotions the whole time. Some good days and alot of bad days. After jaundice and lung disease and poor weight gain and feeding problems she was finally ready to come home. Kaitly was alittle over 6 pounds when she came home. Boy was that all difficult!
Sometimes I wonder why it happen to me, why my baby, why my family? But sometimes you can't have control over everything. There was a reason why this had to happen. Preeclampsia is not fun and its not funny or something to take lightly. Its very serious and you can die from it. Just because you feel fine doesn't mean that everything is fine. Good prenatal care is absolute. There is nothing more sacred than the experience of giving life. Take care of yourself and you baby.
After surviving a very traumatic first pregnancy with a nightmare delivery (30 hours of magnesium-induced hell, ending in an emergency c-section) and even more debilitating recovery, one would think I was DONE having children. Let's be ...