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A HELLP Story
by Teresa
sub - 10/11/01


ON AUGUST 16, 2001 AND SHE DONE WONDERFUL.  SHE IS NOW 19 WEEKS OLD AND IS DOING WONDERFUL, JUST A LITTLE SPOILED! SHE IS OUR MIRACLE.

 

Teresa's Story

FIRST, I HAD BEEN TOLD SINCE I WAS 19 YEARS OLD, THAT I COULD NOT HAVE CHILDREN. I AM NOW 29 YEARS OLD. 

SO, IN MID-OCTOBER I BEGIN HAVING SICKNESS 
24 HOURS A DAY. I WAS A CAREGIVER FOR MY 80 YEAR OLD GRANDPA AND WORKED FULL-TIME 3RD SHIFT AS A DESK CLERK. 

I FINALLY REALIZED SOMETHING WAS BAD 
WRONG-I WAS NOT EATING-IWAS LOSING WEIGHT-THE SMELL OF FOOD, COLOGNE OR 
ANYTHING THAT HAD A SCENT MADE ME SICK.  

I WENT TO A LOCAL CLINIC ON DECEMBER 
14, 2000. I TOLD THE DR. HOW I WAS FEELING, HIS FIRST THOUGHT WAS I HAD HEPATITIS, SO HE DONE BLOOD WORK AND  SCHEDULED ME FOR TEST AT THE HOSPITAL. 

I WAS TERRIFIED..... 30 MINUTES LATER HE RETURNED TO TELL ME I WAS PREGNANT.  

WE ARGUED BACK AND FORTH AMD HE FINALLY SHOWED ME THE RESULTS. I MADE AN 
APPOINTMENT WITH A OB\GYN FOR DECEMBER 22, 2000. HE CONFIRMED I WAS PREGNANT 
BY ULTRASOUND.  HE SAID I WAS 8WEEKS\3DAYS AND EXPECTED DUE DATE WAS JULY 
29,2001. 

SO, FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS ALL MY TEST CAME BACK NORMAL, ULTRASOUNDS WERE FINE, AND EVERYTHING SEEM TO BE NORMAL EXCEPT MY BLOOD PRESSUERE WAS AROUND 140\90 AND I WAS PUT ON PROCARDIA XL.  

ON APRIL 17,2001, WHILE DOING A ULTRASOUND THE DR. INFORMED ME THE BABY MAY HAVE  IUGR DUT TO MY BLOOD PRESSURE. AND HE SET UP AN APPOINTMENT FOR A SPECIALIST ON APRIL 22, 
2001.  THAT DR CONFIRMED THE BABY DID HAVE IUGR, BECAUSE OF MY BLOOD PRESSURE 
THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH BLOOD AND OXYGEN FOR THE BABY TO GROW, HE INCREASED MY 
BLOOD PRESSURE BILL TO 2 ADAY, HE TOLD ME TO HAVE BED REST AND PREPARE FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO TAKE CARE OF MY GRANDPA, THERE WAS NO ONE ELSE SO I HAD TO PUT HIM IN THE NURSING  HOME AND COME BACK IN TWO WEEKS.  

MEANWHILE, I WAS GOING TO MY REGULAR OB\GYN 2 TIMES WEEK.  I WAS TELLING HIME I HAD PAINS IN THE UPPER PART OF MY STOMACH, HE TOLD ME IT WAS HEARTBURNS AND GAVE ME 
TAGMENT.  

ON MAY 4 2001, I WENT TO THE SPECIALST, THE ULTRASOUND SHOWED BABY WEIGHED 1LB 12 OZ AND ONLY 75% BLOOD AND OXYGEN FLOWING THROUGH THE PLACENTA, HE TOLD ME SIGNS TO WATCH FOR TOXEMIA. URINE FOR PROTEIN WAS NORMAL, STRESS TEST NORMAL. DR. PUT ME ON COMPLETE BED REST THAT DAY. 

ON MAY 9, REGULAR OB SAID BLOOD PRESSURE HIGH, STRESS TEST OK, COME BACK ON 14TH. ON MAY 14, 2001 I WENT BACK, HE SAID BLOOD PRESSURE HIGH, INCREASED MEDS TO 3 A DAY, STRESS TEST OK, I COMPLAINED OF UPPER STOMACH PAIN AGAIN, SO HE SENT ME FOR BLOOD 
WORK, EVERYTHING WAS FINE, BUT I HAD TO GO TO THE SPECIALIST THE NEXT DAY.  

ON MAY 15, 2001, I WENT TO THE SPECIALIST ULTRASOUND STATED BABY WEIGHED 2LB 
4 OZ, BABY'S FLUID A LITTLE LOW, INCREASED BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINE TO 6 A DAY 
AND COME BACK IN ONE WEEK.  MAY 17, 2001 I WENT TO REGULAR OB/ HE SAID EVERYTHING OK. 

ON TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2001, I WENT TO THE SPECIALIST, THE BABY HAD NOT GROWN ANY, BLOOD PRESSURE WAS 180\110, NO PROTEIN IN MY URINE SO THERE FORE HE SAID I DIDN'T HAVE PRE-ECLAMPSIA, SO HE PUT ME IN THE HOSPITAL, 
POSSIBLY UNTIL I DELIVER.  I WAS TERRIFIED. SO DAY AFTER DAY, DR WOULD COME IN MY ROOM, EVERYTHING WAS STILL THE SAME EXCEPT THEY DID PUT ME ON AN ADDITIONAL BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATION, WHICH BROUGHT BLOOD PRESSURE DOWN TO 140\90 MOST OF THE TIME. STRESS TEST ALWAYS NORMAL, BLOOD WORK ALWAYS NORMAL. 

ON MAY 26, 2001, DR DECIDED I HAD PRE-ECLAMPSIA, HE GAVE ME THE STEROID SHOT  
FOR THE BABY'S LUNG AND GAVE ME ANOTHER ONE ON THE 27TH. SO ON MONDAY THE 
28TH WAS LABOR DAY, DR CAME IN AND SAID EVERYTHING THE SAME.  

ON TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2001, THE NURSES TOOK ME DOWN TO GET AN ULTRASOUND, THE BABY STILL HAD NOT GROWN ANY!  DR ORDER BLOOD WORK. NOW NOT ONLY DID I HAVE PRE-ECLAMPSIA I 
ALSO HAD HELLP SYNDROME.  DR TRIED TO SOFTEN MY CERVIC'S, THEY DIDN'T WORK, 
THEN HE TRIED TO INDUCE MY LABOR, THAT DIDN'T WORK. SO ON MAY 30, 2001, AT 
6AM, DR SAID HE WAS GOING TO BREAK MY WATER, HE COULDN'T BABY WAS UP TO 
HIGH.. 

SO HE SAID WE WILL HAVE TO DO A C-SECTION, YOU ARE GETTING SICKER AND THE BABY'S HEARTBEAT  IS GETTING LOWER.WELL, BECAUSE OF THE HELLP SYNDROME, THEY HAD TO GIVE ME GENERAL ANTHEISA.  

MY HUSBAND, NOR I WAS THERE FOR THE 
BIRTH OF OUR BABY GIRL.  WHITNEY NICOLE HARRIS WAS BORN ON MAY 30, 2001, AT 11:24 AM, SHE WEIGHED 2LB 5OZ AND 14 1\2 INCHES LONG.  SHE WAS BREATHING ON HER OWN, NEVER ON OXYGEN OR REPIRATOR. I BROUGHT HER HOME 6 WEEKS LATER ON JULY 9, 2001.  SHE CAME HOME ON IRON AND HAD A HERNIA, WHICH WAS REPAIRED 
 
 


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