Shannon - posted on 03/12/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
I was wondering if anyone out there had full-blown Eclampsia which led into Postpartum cardiomyopathy. I can't seem to find anybody who has gone through what I did.
In June of 2009, I went to my doctor for my regular checkup and got all the stardard tests done (blood, urine, and so forth) While I was there, I asked my doc about my swelling in my ankles (as they would dent like a memory foam matress when I sat on them). He said it was normal and that in fact, all my tests were normal except my hemoglobin levels were low (which at the time I thought was no big deal since he shrugged it off) So, I went home, naively, thinking everything was fine.
Eight days later, I woke up, with a severe headache (in which, I could only see 1/2 of objects) My husband was going to the same doctor that morning, so I told him to ask the doctor if it was normal to have this kind of headache. The doctor told him, it was fine and that I should lie down until it passed. My husband came back home and told me this and left the house to go to the store for something for lunch.
I decided to try and relax and take a bath to sooth my headache pain. I got my stuff together went into the bathroom and turned on the bath water, and that was it..... I woke up in the hospital 4 days later, with a breathing tube in my throat and all my loved ones standing around my bed. I found out that I was life-flighted to Omaha because I had several seizures, had an emergency c-section, and was in a coma for 4 days because I was going through heart failure. My twin girls were born 8 weeks early, and they too were on ventelators, but were doing better than I. I remained in the ICU for 2 weeks and was transferred to another hospital for my heart failure. After being released, my girls remained in the NICU for a month and a half. We are all doing well now, but the doctors have told me never to have more children because my heart was so weak that if I did, I would not live. I am still haunted after 8 months about what happened to me and my children. It would be nice to hear from someone who went through the same expierence.