November Siggy Challenge: Selfie Fails
Hidden for the sake of your eyes!
Sorry this is long and I am super late with this post but
Eleanor (Ellie) Laura was born on 8/16/16 at 4:25 pm at 36w3d gestational age.
It was a whirlwind of events leading up to her arrival. Around 31 or 32 weeks,
my blood pressure started to elevate. I had repeated blood pressure checks as
the weeks went on and my blood pressure hovered around being borderline high. I
had a prenatal appointment at 35w6d where my doctor told me that I officially
had gestational hypertension. I was sent home with a blood pressure kit to
monitor my blood pressure and told to call if my blood pressure was above their
parameters and I experienced major swelling, pain, and/or vision problems.
The next night, I took my blood pressure and it was above
their parameters. I already had extreme swelling in my feet but I had been told
that it was normal even though I didn’t think it was. I called in to Labor
& Delivery as instructed and they had me come in to be checked. My husband,
who works for the same hospital, was certain we would only be there a few hours
and be sent home. Instead they admitted me to monitor my blood pressure and
determine if I had mild or severe pre-eclampsia and I ended up staying for the
weekend. We were freaking out at first because the nurse and doctor started
talking about inducing me and delivering that weekend but my labs came back
okay so I was sent home that Sunday.
The next day, Monday, I went into work (I am a teacher and I
had planned to work until my due date, 9/9/16) for our first staff day and I
was feeling uncomfortable. I kept having this tightening feeling, which I
assumed were contractions and had some difficulty breathing but I thought and
was told it was normal as I approached my due date. Later that night, in
addition to the tightening feeling and difficulty breathing, I started to feel
pain under my breastbone and on top of that, my blood pressure was off the
charts. I called in to the hospital at 2am and was told that it was difficult
for them to evaluate over the phone whether it was heartburn or something else
based on what I told them so the advice nurse suggested that I try and take
some Tums and sleep propped up but if the pain didn’t stop or got worse, then I
could call back and they would have me come in. I was barely able to sleep for
about 3 hours before I couldn’t take the pain anymore and called back.
When we got to the hospital, I was admitted immediately. I
had my blood drawn and I was given fentanyl for the pain (only lasted about an
hour). The doctor came back about 20 minutes later to go over the results of my
blood work and she told us that my liver enzyme numbers were really high and
that I had pre-eclampsia/HELLP syndrome and the only way I would feel better
was to deliver the baby. She said that they were definitely going to induce but
a c-section was also possible. I had to repeat the blood work just so they
could confirm. At that point, I was still in pain and when she mentioned the possibility
of a c-section, I thought, “there’s no way I want to do otherwise.” I was so
relieved when she said that they were going to do a c-section because I was already
in pain and discomfort and I was not about to sit there and go through the
induction process just to be in more pain.
We did not imagine it going like this but we’re just happy
that she was born healthy at 5lbs, 9oz even though she was 3 and a half weeks