Thank you for visiting our page. Kelsey, James, Jackie, Meadow and I are participating in the KC promise walk May 27, 2017. As many of you know I was diagnosed with preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome at 39 weeks. I was very lucky to have been so far along in my pregnancy and Meadow was born healthy. Unfortunately, that's not the case for many families. Many babies and moms are lost due to HELLP Syndrome.
Kelsey, Jackie and I have been friends since kindergarten. These amazing girls were a huge part of my families support system during this scary time. Kelsey was pregnant at the same time I was and her little boy James is 4 days older than Meadow.
We are grateful for your donations and for your help in spreading the word about preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome. Our goal is to help our community raise funds and awareness and save the lives of moms and babies!
Please make a donation to support our efforts to fund education and research into this life-threatening disorder of pregnancy.
This is my story (HELLP and Preeclampsia definitions are at the bottom of the page)...
Steve and I asked our doctor during one of our appts in the 2nd trimester how long she would allow me to labor at home. Her response... I was not to labor at home. If my water broke or my contractions were less than 5 mins apart, I was to call her and head into Labor and Delivery. If I would have had a different doctor who was ok with me laboring at home, I fully believe I would not be here today typing this message.
My contractions started Halloween night. They got closer together until they were 5 mins apart. I called my dr at 1 am on November 1st and although I saw her the previous morning for our weekly appt and was only dilated to 1 & 1/2, she told me to head into L&D to get checked out. Everything happened really fast when we got there. I was first diagnosed with preeclampsia and my blood pressure kept climbing. My highest blood pressure at this time was 218/186. The on call doctor requested labs and asked they were rushed, and I was started on an iv of magnesium to prevent a seizure or stroke. The nurses and doctors kept asking if I was seeing spots or if my vision was blurry. For as sick as I was, I felt absolutely fine... minus the constant contractions :)
The plan was to induce me and try to have a vaginal delivery. Well, as soon as my labs came back that all changed. The on call doctor came into the room with what seemed like 15 other nurses and doctors. I not only had preeclampsia, but I had the nasty cousin HELLP Syndrome. My liver was shutting down and my platelet count was around 20,000 when is should be in the hundred thousands. My blood pressure was still extremely high and my red blood cells were breaking down. The only way to make me better was to deliver Meadow as soon as possible via emergency c-section. My response? What are we waiting for??
I was put under general anesthesia because it was too risky to not have me all the way under. When Meadow was born, she was taken to Steve while I went to recovery, and then I was taken to meet her. I was closely monitored and remained on oxygen and many meds via iv for the next few days.
I will never forget the on-call L&D doctor explaining how sick I was and telling Steve that if I would have labored at home, she believes I would have had a stroke or seizure and he would have found me dead. I thank God everyday for my doctor not being ok with her mamas laboring at home and know that saved my life.
Meadow and I are survivors. We had amazing doctors and nurses that we owe everything to. This organization and walk is so important to us.
It's unknown what causes preeclampsia or HELLP.
HELLP syndrome is a life-threatening pregnancy complication usually considered to be a variant of preeclampsia. HELLP stands for...
H (hemolysis, which is the breaking down of red blood cells)
EL (elevated liver enzymes)
LP (low platelet count)