Thank you for visiting my 2017 Promise Walk for Preeclampsia fundraising page.
6 years ago my life changed. After 8 months of an otherwise "normal" pregnancy I was told I had elevated blood pressure and proteinuria. I was sent home with a 24hr test. When we returned the test, the doctors decided it was best to induce me. The hopes of an all natural child birth was diminishing. After a few hours of waiting for things to take their course I woke up in pain. The doctors feared it was the gallbladder and then rushed me in for an emergency c-section. .....All but natural but what ever it takes to save me and my baby.
The theory was that delivering the baby was the only know way to avoid or mitigate risks with preeclamsia. We thought we were in the clear. I was brought back to the recovery room, but my blood pressure continued to rise and I became sicker. They administered Magnesium sulfate (MgSO4). Things got worse. I lost my vision I was deemed too sick for that hospital and moved to the Brigham. I lost my vision and my kidneys shut down. Looking back at how naive I was when reading the classic "how to have a baby book"then reading about preeclampsia and thinking "that will not happen to me my blood pressure is fine", I wanted everything to be all natural.
The Brigham saved my life. I was in the ICU For a week then in a regular hospital room for a week. I was on dialysis for 10 days and my kidneys came back. :) Within a couple months of being discharged my blood pressure returned to normal. I was and am very lucky.
With the great doctors, outstanding nursing and utterly amazing family and friends I am here today to help support the mission of the Preeclampsia Foundation. To provide patient support and education, raise public awareness, catalyze research and improve health care practices for millions of mothers and their babies every year who are impacted by preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
Thank you for your time, I hope you join us in our mission.