Thank you for visiting my 2017 Promise Walk for Preeclampsia fundraising page.
When we learned we pregnant with our first baby we were beyond excited. When we learned we were having a girl our excitement grew even more. Other than gestational diabetes, my pregnancy had been uneventful. Things began to change around 35 weeks when I started showing symptoms of Preeclampsia. I went in for a routine OB appointment on a Wednesday and my blood pressure was 150s/90s, a drastic change from my prior readings. My OB ordered blood work to check my liver enzymes and platelets, both used to help in the diagnosis of Preeclampsia. The day after my appointment I received a call from my OB instructing me to go to labor and delivery for monitoring because my platelets has dropped from the previous blood draw and my liver enzymes were slightly elevated. After spending a few hours being monitored in labor and delivery I was discharged home on bed rest. After an uneventful Friday and Saturday I woke up from a late nap on Sunday, vomited and began feeling pain on my right side under my ribs. After placing a call to my OB I headed to labor and delivery. By the time I arrived the pain on my right side was excruciating and my blood pressure was 180s/100s. I was prepped for an emergency c section and delivered Hanna that night. Although she was a good size at birth, being born four weeks early her lungs were still slightly immature and she had to go to the NICU. I continued to deteriorate after delivery. I was losing blood, but my OB couldn’t figure out from where. A few hours after delivery I was back to operating room. The trauma surgery team was brought in and found that my liver had ruptured. It was then that I was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome. HELLP syndrome severe form of preeclampsia that causes platelets to drop and liver enzymes to rise. The right sided pain I was experiencing prior to delivery was my liver swelling until it basically popped. I spent the next two days in the ICU intubated and sedated. I underwent a two phase surgery to repair my liver. Thankfully I recovered very quickly after my liver repair surgery and Hanna did really well in the NICU. We were able to be reunited once I was stabilized. Six months after Hanna was born I joined the Preeclampsia Foundation as a volunteer for the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia. My mission is to spread awareness and raise funds that will help in finding a cause and cure for Preeclampsia. I hopeful that one day we will live in a world where women and babies do not die from Preeclampsia.
Please make a donation to support our efforts to fund education and research into this life-threatening disorder of pregnancy.