Thursday, July 12, 2012
Scariest most amazing night of my life!
So six years ago today I had a doctors appointment, as I just wasn't feeling all that well. I had some GI symptoms, and when I called Dr V's office, the nurse that was working said that I should come in as I could have pre-eclampsia starting. So I drove myself into her office. I weighed 11lbs more than I had four days prior! My blood pressure was 220/114! The doctor had me lay on my left side and called an ambulance. My blood pressure kept going up. When the ambulance came, they brought me to my local hospital, the hospital where I work. I got to see all my co-workers. They started me on magnesium and it was AWFUL! I felt like I was going to burn up. Once they started the magnesium, and had the catheter, and two IVs in they transferred me to UMass Memorial, as they were better equipped to take care of me, as well as my baby. I got to UMass around 6pm in the evening. I felt horrible. Matt and I didn't know what to expect, but it hadn't been this. As they started checking my labs, and monitoring my vital signs more closely, I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia and severe HELLP syndrome. I was given medication to help stop my liver from swelling and to stabilize my blood pressure. I was given medication to put me into labor. My memories of this time are pretty foggy. From the time I got to UMass until Idelivered Sam I don't remember much. But I know that at 12pm on the 13th I was 7cm dilated. And that he was delivered at 12:16!!! 16 minutes from 7cm to fully delivered! I also know that at noon I was in my labor room and that all of a sudden Sam's heart rate dropped into the 50s, and that his umbilical cord came down in front oh his head. So they were rushing me to the OR with someone trying to keep Sam's head from putting pressure on his cord. I deliverd him on the stretcher on the way into the operating room! He had awful apgars, and had to be agressively stimulated to get him going. He weighed 4lb 5oz, and was absolutely gorgeous. As I relive that day I am just reminded of how amazing our God is. He gave me this amazing little boy, who has had so many health struggles, but he has always come out strong. God has always carried him and strengthened him. Going through this life with Sammy, and all of his medical stuff, has strengthened my own faith so much. God truly is a miracle worker and the giver of life. The day I became a mother was the most amazing gift I have ever received. I am so thankful to God for this amazing miracle. There are so many sayings out there that seem so cliche, but truly the day I became a mom was the most amazing day of my life. I am so thankful that I have this little boy and that we can experience the world together. I see hope, strength and courage in his face, as he goes through so much.