In January, I found out I was pregnant for the first time.
I knew I always wanted kids, but really had never known when it would happen.
I was terrified and excited.
As months went on, I started to get sick enough that I couldn't get off the floor. Each day if I didn't take my medication I would end up throwing up more than the amount of food I was able to get into my stomach.
Aside from being terribly sick, all my doctor visits were normal. Nothing out of the usual.
The last appointment I had right before the doctor visits were to get closer together, everything was normal just like every other time.
However, the following Saturday of that week's visit, I started to get a terrible migraine. I had JUST been to the doctor and was going the following week, so I wasn't thinking much of it. The migraine kept getting worse the next couple days.
Some days I had work from home availability, other days I had to drive nearly 2 hours just to get to my office. This was a day that I had driven down to my office, 2 hours in the car early in the morning. My migraine was terrible and I wasn't sure how to remedy it.
As the day went on, I started to have a lot of troubles trying to text. I couldn't understand how to spell anything, I was just staring at my phone and not knowing why it was so difficult all of a sudden. I thought maybe I just needed some food and to rest because of the migraine. I had no previous history of migraines so I wasn't sure how to really deal with it.
So at lunch time, I got in my car and drove to the grocery store. Had a really hard time focusing and was struggling with any communication. Managed to get back to my office, ate a small amount and then my vision started to get weird. 10 minutes after having just been driving.
I was having trouble walking and kept walking into drawers and not knowing what was happening.
I found a person in my office that I knew and told her something is not ok. I was terrified. She got me to our sick room and left to get help. I lost control of my left arm and didn't have any idea what was going on and no one around.
I had a seizure. I had never had one before.
Next thing I knew, I was surrounded by paramedics and people from my office.
I only remember small pieces of the next events.
Small snippits of my time in the ambulance.
Being in a room in the hospital with nurses panicking to get me to surgery for an emergency c-section.
Going in and out of conciousness.
I remember the nurses cutting my clothes off to be able to do the surgery.
Crying in fear and pain holding on to some of the nurses while they were trying to get me read for the surgery.
Throwing up while they were actually accomplishing everything.
Next I knew, I woke up in the ICU. They struggled to get my blood pressure down. It had been 220+/ and they went through their routine twice.
After a couple days they moved me out of the ICU. Still couldn't function. Then a vouole days later rushed back to the ICU as my blood pressure spiked again. Wasn't able to see my daughter yet who had been rushed to the NICU. She was born two months early at 2lbs 1oz.
I spent 9 days in the hospital, getting to hold my daughter once in that time and see her a total of 3 times. I was released after a week on multiple medications and could barely leave my bed the first week home due to dizziness and nausea.
It took another couple weeks to be able to drive. As my daughter was in the NICU 2 hours from my home, it was rough ever being able to actually see her. Could only see her once a week while also trying to handle my own recovery.
Three and a half months since her birth and we are both doing well.
No one ever prepared me for the fact this kind of thing could happen. I had never even heard about Eclampsia before being pregnant. I was planning a regular birth but pretty much everything I ever had planned is thrown out the window. Not even sure any possibility of ever having another child.
I have a large pile of bills and am thankful for having insurance.
It was terrifying and if anything had happened differently, it could have been fatal.
I've been open about my story to help people be aware of some possible unexpected results of pregnancy as it seems rarely talked about. Not many people I know had known of it either and what can happen.
And the incredible expense of healthcare for completely unexpected problems that there's no way to plan for.
I am incredibly thankful that my daughter is now healthy and we're both doing well.
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