My babies were only 20 weeks
and were stillborn. They were beautiful little girls and I was devestated.
I thank god that there was a doctor on call that night that knew what hellp
syndrome was or I might not be here today either.
My name is Cory and I am 25 years old. In
November of 2000 I learned I was pregnant,probably the happiest moment
of my life. I soon found out I was having twins. I think my excitement
doubled as well.
During routine blood test I had some abnormal
test results and with further testing learned I had antiphospholipid antibidies.
I was sent to a specialist and put on baby asprin daily to help prevent
clots. All seemed to be going well.
Around 19 weeks I developed severe pains in
my upper abdomin and chest. I at first thought gas.
After about 3 days the pain was still there. I went to see my specialist
and she told me it was probably just the babies pushing up on my chest.
I knew the babies were too small to be having that sort of effect on me.
I called my obstetrician and they said couldn't be babies,must be my gallbladder
and had me call my primary care physician.
I have now been in pain for a week.I can't
sleep, can't eat all i want to do is cry. I went to see a nurse practitioner
in my doctors office and in conferring with my primary doctor they decided
it was an ulcer!!! While they were giving me a rectal to check for blood I was dying. Although i
didn't know that at the time I knew they were way off base.
They scheduled me for an ultra sound to check
my gallbladder in a week and told me to call back if the pain gets unbearable.
No one seemed to understand that the pain was
already unbearable that was why I was there. I went
home that night and layed down. I was frustrated and in serious pain. I
couldn't take it anymore. I had my boyfriend drive me to the ER determined
to get someone to help me.
They ran blood tests and an hour after getting
there I was admitted and told I had HELLP syndrome. I had never heard of
this before. The doctor explained that my platelets were about half of
what they should be and upon admission my blood pressure was 164/90.
I was transported to Mass General hospital
in Boston. They monitored my blood levels and early the next morning(march
3rd 2001) they told me they couldn't wait any longer I was dying and they
needed to induce labor and deliver my babies.
My babies were only 20 weeks and were stillborn.
They were beautiful little girls and I was devestated. I thank god that
there was a doctor on call that night that knew what hellp syndrome was
or I might not be here today either.
I still don't really understand why it happened
but I read as much as I can and try get as much info as possible so that
hopefully when I am ready to try again to have a baby I will know what I am up against and can overcome
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