It was my first pregnancy, so
naturally I never thought anything was really wrong with me.
I was diagnosed with hellp at 25
weeks pregnant. On June 20th, I was experiencing some chest pain
that I thought that I was gas pains or indigestion.
It was my first pregnancy, so naturally
I never thought
anything was really wrong with
After drawing blood, the doctors
told my husband and I that we would be delivering within the next 48 hours.
We were devasted by this news. We thought for sure that our baby
would not survive.
Withing 12 hours, my blood platlets
had dropped significantly (the last count they gave me was 74,000), and
my blood pressure was extremely elevated
(189/103). The nurses and
doctors rushed into my room and said that an emergency c-section was going
to have to be done immediately.
Within 20 minutes of them rushing
into the room, our daughter was delivered. She only weighed 1 lb
2 oz and was 11 inches long. I was told that she managed to take
one breath on her own when they pulled her out before
Eight days after she was admitted
to the NICU, she was off the ventilator and on cpap. Within 2 weeks,
she was on a nasal cannula. The carpet was ripped out from under
our feet 2 days after being put on the nasal cannula. Because of
the oxygen she received prior to this, she had developed BDP (bronchial
pulmonary displasia). She had to be put back on the ventilator because
Throughout the next two weeks, she
was having a difficult time breathing and experienced numerous desaturations
and heart rate drops.
Eventually, she got bigger and stronger
and was holding her own and decided to take herself off the ventilator.
She was put back on cpap, but only for 3 days.
She is currently on the nasal cannula
again. However, this time she is doing very well with it. The
doctors say that it is because she is bigger and stronger. (We are
up to 2 lbs 4 oz!!)
We are told that she will be able
to come home mid to late September. Both of us are so eager for that
to happen that we can hardly stand how slow the
time seems to be passing.
For now, we just wait and pray, a lot.
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