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I have been gone for a while because we've had computer issues the last couple months, and have been meaning to come back and check in, but then our life took a little detour a couple of weeks ago.<br>
I've never had athsma in my life, then all of a sudden a couple of weeks ago I started having an attack that was so bad I went to the ER three times. To make a long story short, on my third visit, they sent me to labor and delivery (so they could monitor the baby while trying to treat me), but none of the treatments worked quickly enough and I had to be rushed to the ICU. I don't remember much until I woke up almost two days later with a breathing tube on a ventilator. It was the most frightening, surreal experience I've ever had, even though I told dh that I was lucky I was unconscious for a good part of it, where he had to watch the whole thing.<br>
I fortunately started breathing on my own and they were able to take me off the ventilator and move me out of the ICU after a few days. I stayed in the hospital about a week. Unfortunately I have to take athsma medication now but at least it is under control. I am one of those people (I guess most of us here are) who doesn't even like to take tylenol when I'm pregnant, and now I am on constant medication, but I've decided that the baby not getting oxygen is a bigger risk.<br>
I have been at home about a week and am feeling really good and the baby has made it through all of this just fine. I just feel really lucky to be able to be at home and be able to breathe, and be a mom again to my older son again. Just wanted to check in with you other mamas. I have missed posting here!
 

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Wow - what a scary experience!! I'm so glad you are ok and things are under control, and that your babe made it through with no problems!
 

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Oh wow! That is a serious detour!<br>
I'm glad you made it through. How scary that is for you and your whole family.
 

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How scary! Glad you're feeling a bit better. Get your rest, mama.
 

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Wow. They really sounds scary. I am glad that things have turned around. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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That must have been awful, glad you are okay!
 

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Wow! So glad you are okay now! Did they tell you what was wrong? So sorry you have to be on meds, but I definitely agree - the benefits WAY outweigh the risks right now! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Scary! I am so glad things are looking better now. That sucks about the meds, but you are right, that baby needs its oxygen!
 

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I had an asthma attack like that going on 3 years ago now. I nearly stopped breathing........sounds like you did. They didn't intubate me, but now if I feel something quirky going on I hit my emergency inhaler instead of "waiting it out" (I don't take daily asthma meds).<br><br>
It really sucked and it left me weak for some time.<br><br>
Upon much discussion with my pulmonologist, his reasoning was the following, as I really didn't want to take any drugs during pregnancy, "Elizabeth, either you take the meds or you're dead and you're no good to you or the baby dead."<br><br>
Glad you are out of the hospital now and hope you feel much stronger soon.<br><br><br>
Liz
 

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How terrifying! I'm so glad you're okay and that the asthma is under control now. I also hate taking anything when pregnant, but I agree that breathing more important!!!
 

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I'm so glad you're okay now! What a fright to have!
 
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