I felt helpless because I
knew something was wrong but there wasn't anything I could do about it.
My name is Sharon. I am 22 and gave
birth to a healthy baby boy on September 16th at 41 weeks via cesarean
with HELLP syndrome.
My symptoms began at about three months.
I had upper quadrant pain on my right side. I immediately told my
doctor. He told me that It was my falciform ligament. My Mother-in
law wasn't convinced (she's a nurse). She was sure it was my gallbladder
because my side would ache most after I ate.
As the months wore on I began to notice blotches
on my hands and feet. I showed my Mother-in-law because my doctor
told me it was from the extra weight that I gained with normal pregnancy.
She asked me if I had high blood pressure. I took my blood pressure
at Rite Aid pharmacy and noticed that it was on the high end of normal. It was
one point away from the high range!
At seven months I made my husband take me to
the doctors because the baby wasn't moving that much. The baby had
a normal heart rate so I stayed at the hospital for about an hour and then
they sent me home. I think the doctor began to think I was a hypochondriac
because I came in two times after that to the ER to have the baby monitored.
At eight and a half months we took a trip with
my in-laws to northern California. I had to lay down the whole time
because my side hurt.
Saturday, September 15th, My husband and I
were on our way to a wedding (earlier, I had complained to my Mother-in-law
that my right shoulder was hurting and that I felt sick to my stomach).
There were small bumps around my eyes where I had applied my make-up.
We turned the car around so I could wash the make-up off my face back at the house.
After we left the house the hives got worse until both eyes were swollen
shut. I began coughing and couldn't breathe. Then we pulled
over to the side of the road as I vomited out the window. Around
every turn I vomited. So, we headed back home.
Back at the house I jumped in the shower to
wash my face and hands because I thought I was allergic to that make-up
and just hadn't gotten it off good enough. The hives had spread to
my entire body. I got dressed and then we left again. This
time to the ER.
In the emergency room the doctors and nurses
kept asking me what I ate. "Nothing unusual," I kept telling them.
The pain in my right shoulder became unbearable until I was yelling at
the nurse to help me. My Mother-in law came. She demanded
that I be on a fetal monitor since I was past due. They put me on
the fetal monitor and I was having contractions 2 min. apart but I couldn't
feel them because of the severe pain in my shoulder and side. They
gave me Benadryl which numbed the pain but the hives wouldn't go away.
They noticed that the baby began to stop breathing so they gave me oxygen.
After five hours of labor the doctor decided
to do an emergency c- section. Elijah Jonathan Behringer was born
at 12:12 am via cesarean. He was healthy in every way.
It was later understood that I had HELLP syndrome.
My baby and I are so very lucky. I thank God that he is here with
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