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My Survivor Story
My husband and I were set to meet our son in June 2020; this was our first pregnancy and the beginning of starting a family for us. Through my pregnancy all things were normal - all tests and measurements were always good.
At 32 weeks my husband and I were binge watching The Witcher and I started to feel uncomfortable. My stomach felt off and I was nursing a migraine and neck pain from earlier in the week. The discomfort continued and was soon followed by vomiting spells, the single worst headache I've ever had and being unable to shake the feeling that something was very wrong.
I thought I could sleep it off and get checked out the next day but my gut was telling me to go be seen...now. we went to L&D and I fully expected to be discharged with a case of indigestion.
The resident overseeing me on triage first got a urine sample and hooked me up to a blood pressure monitor - 170/100...my normal is 110/70. The fetal heart rate monitor kept showing my son's heart rate dropping. The protein count in my urine was 36. They started an ultrasound and told me I likely had sudden preclampsia and would be having my son that night.
I remember all the things I wanted for my birth plan and how it was all gone in an instant. They wheeled me down to the OR and prepped me for an emergency C-section. I felt like it went by fast and soon my son was born, placed in an isolet taken to the NICU where he stayed for 76 days.
I went into the high risk maternity ward and was in the hospital for a week recovering. I was told I had HELLP syndrome and was very sick.
This cause is very important to me not only because I am a survivor but because there is not really much awareness for PE/HELLP.