The whole Christmas weekend I was miserably sick. I was throwing up, had terrible headaches and just didn't feel right. I was seeing my Dr. at least 2-3 times a week and calling her office to see if it was normal to feel that bad. On Dec. 26th I started having headaches so bad my vision was getting blurry. My Dr. called and asked me to check into the hospital to be observed for 24 hours so they could recheck my labs and see if they could get an idea of what was going on. I was only 36 weeks and she didn't want to deliver me too soon. Checking into the hospital was pretty routine and they drew blood right away and me and DH were planning a low key night just to pass the time. I knew something was wrong when 4 nurses came in and started putting in another IV and telling me that my Dr, was on her way. My Dr. arrived and said I had severe pre eclampsia and we needed to deliver right away. My blood pressure at that time was 190/115 and she didn't think I could handle the stress of labor and she also started a drug called magnesium? that would make laboring really difficult. They started a rush prep for a C section and the magnesium was horrible. I could hear what was going on around me but I had a very hard time talking and opening my eyes.
Baby Britta arrived on Dec 27th. She weighed in at 4 lbs. 11 oz. She is our little peanut but healthy as can be. My Dr. said as soon as I would deliver my blood pressure should come down but instead it kept getting higher. They rechecked my labs when I wasn't improving and I was diagnosed with HELLPS Syndrome, only in most cases it goes away after delivery and in my case it was getting worse after I delivered. The Dr. had to put me back on the magnesium and a few other drugs because my liver enzymes were multiplying and they didn't want me to have a stroke or seizures. There are days that I don't remember at all. I was in the hospital for a total of 8 days. I wasn't able to change Britta's diaper or feed her until she was already a week old. Needless to say it was not what I had hoped for or imagined.
I am home now on light bedrest. I am taking two different blood pressure meds and still get headaches but it beats laying in the hospital. Britta has no desire to latch on but I have started pumping and am getting a little out. Its been hard processing everything that I didn't get to experience (never made my maternity photos) but I am thankful that she is doing good and am trying not to dwell on the past.