Thank you for giving me the chance
to tell my story, a lot of people do not understand what it is to go through
this condition and how it affects your whole life.
Hi there, My name is Vicky, i am 27 and i
live in Kent, England. I fell pregnant in autumn 2000 after spending 2
years trying and 6 months on fertility drugs. I was naturally scared but
also so happy and felt so lucky!
I started my pregnancy with very bad morning
sickness and in the first 3 months i lost 21 pounds. In spring 2001
I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and proteinurea. I spent a lot
of time having daycare visits to the hospital and doctors. My doctor was excellent although i couldn't
always get to see her.
I was beginning to feel more poorly, i was
getting bad headaches and my body was beginning to show signs of bad edema.
I was signed off of work at 24 weeks and given
medication for my blood pressure and told to take plenty of rest. By 28
weeks i called my midwife who came out to see me after i had a particularly
bad night of pain in my back, severe headaches and nausea. She took my
blood pressure and tested my urine but said that i had a mild case of PIH
and that i would be fine.
By the end of the week i was much worse so
i went to see my doctor, she sent to the daycare centre at the hospital
were they decided to immediately admit me. By then i was 29 weeks pregnant
i had a blood pressure averaging at about 190 over 95 and 3+ protein. I
was under constant supervision and had numerous medication.
They gave me steroid injections to help the
development of my baby's lungs. As the days went on i was getting worse
and my bp raised to 200 over 150, i was so swollen i couldn't walk. i was
hooked up to Hydralazine drip, a Mag Sulphate drip, catheter, pulse monitor
and administed Niphpedepine, methyldopa and had to have daily tinzaparin
jabs to prevent clots in my legs.
They also suspected that i may have a tumor
on my kidney, but after waiting 4 days for the results they found that
After a total of 2 weeks in hospital they
decided to operate an emergency c section on me as the baby had apparently
stopped growing at 29 weeks.
I was so scared, before i went in hospital
i was phobic of needles, hospitals and certainly operations. I was administered
the epidural and at 31 weeks thought i was finally going to have my baby.
I could feel that my body was shutting down, but there was a problem, i
had to wait as another emergency c section came in with a breech baby and
there was not enough staff to cope with both births.
By 7 am 27 April 2001 i was finally on my way
down to theatre, but i was not fully aware of what was going on.
By 8.03 am my baby girl ELIZABETH MARY WOOD "LIBBY" was born weighing 2lb
9 oz, she gave a cry and i was allowed to kiss her and she was then
taken to special care.
I took me a long time to recover and i was
8.4 anemic. I was offered a transfusion, but turned it down i didn't want
any more needles. It wasn't until after the birth that i was actually diagnosed
as having HELLP!
I had had over 90 blood test, my blood pressure
was taken every 15 mins and i just wanted to rest. i eventually got to
meet Libby 2 days later and she was beautiful. She spent a total of 6 weeks
She is now 5 months old but still only weighs
7lb 12. I on the other hand still have high blood pressure and i am on
medication. I have been told that for future pregnancies i will have
a 20% chance of having HELLP again but a high risk of having PIH , placental
failure and another Prem baby.
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