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My name is Tara and I have one child, Grady Paul. He was born 9.5 weeks early due to my developing Preeclampsia. He weighed 3 pounds 14 ounces and was 15 inches long. He still on the short side! Ha ha!
Around 24 weeks I started developing eye issues. I was seeing a lot of floaters and spots. I was starting to get a little out of breath, but I just attributed that to my 5' 2" frame carrying my big baby! At my prenatal visits they would take my blood pressure and it would be around 120/80. It always would shock me that it was that high because my average BP up until that point had always been around 90/60. When I would mention this to my doctor or the nurses they just brushed me off.
I started having severe issues with edemia around 26 weeks. I couldn't stand for more then an hour and I would just puff out everywhere. The weight gain began as up to that point I had only gained around 6 pounds. From day one of my pregnancy I had had a racing heartbeat and it only got worse. I could be laying in bed and it would just pound and pound as fast as it could.
28 weeks came and I decided there was something wrong. It has been twenty four hour since I had felt my little soccer player kick and my stomach was in severe pain. I was nauseous and my lower back could not hurt worse. I called my OB/GYN and they told me to go to the hospital. I went and they found the baby's heart beat right away. They took my blood pressure and it was 145/95, even higher! They STILL did not find it to be a problem and just said it was because of the pain in my stomach which they said was indigestion. I'm sorry, I know what that feels like and I knew there was something more wrong.
My doctor set me up an appointment for a neuro opthamologist to see why I was having eye issues. At 30 weeks, I walked in and in my first ten minutes the nurse and eye doctor said I had preeclampsia due to my BP being 150/95 at resting. The doctor did my exam and said, "Why did they send you here? You are having eye problems because of your blood pressure...because of preeclampsia. Call your doctor NOW and tell her there is nothing wrong with your eyes."
They faxed the report over to my doctor. They told me to just keep an eye on my symptoms and keep them posted. Five days later I call them and tell them I just feel miserable. I had an uneasy feeling and I felt like I had aches of the flu over. They had me come in and monitored Grady. They also finally decided to do a urine protein test. I did that all day on a Friday. I went to the hospital to turn it on Saturday. They told me that unless the results were at level 800, my doctor would just call me next week. If they were at 800, they would call me asap and have me in the hospital for bedrest until I delivered.
By the end of the day on Saturday, my legs were so swollen I could not walk without help. I felt like my body was shutting down. The best way I could have have described it was I felt like death. My body was no longer responding.
I called the on call nurse and she told me to go to the hospital. I was so sick of them telling me to go to the hospital, or sending me to other doctors that I didn't go right away. It was like they weren't taking me seriously. But that night I didn't sleep one wink. I laid sitting up in a chase so that I could breathe. Sometimes while I was sitting there I could feel my brain just kind of do this weird snapping thing, like I was going in and out of consciousness.
8 AM Sunday morning I gently woke my husband and said Floyd, we have to go to the hospital now. I'm not going to make it if we don't go now. I knew my body was shutting down.
We went to the hospital and my BP was 160/110. I let them know I had dropped off a protein test and they got the results: 2600. They immediately secured seizure pads on all sides of my hospital bed. They got me on the first of two steroid shots, one when I first got admitted and the 2nd was supposed to be administered 24 hours after the first. Over my first night stay I started having convulsions and shaking uncontrollably.
Grady was born by emergency c-section Monday morning at 31.5 weeks. There is so much more to the story but this is my preeclampsia/HELLP story. I look forward to hearing your stories!!!