Sorry I have been MIA. Last week I went in for a physical therapy appointment and they noticed my blood pressure was slightly elevated. I consulted with my OB, who sent me to L&D for monitoring just to be safe. I’ve had severe swelling in my legs for a while now but we attributed that to working an RN.
L&D was almost ready to send me home or possibly induce me since I was 38 weeks exactly, but then my bloodwork came back and showed a severe form of pre-eclampsia called HELLP syndrome. There is no known cause for this but the only “cure” is to get the baby out as soon as possible, otherwise seizures may occur. I had a somewhat emergent C-section (of course, since I was preparing for a natural birth…you know what they say about birth plans!). I thank God my physical therapist was concerned and urged me to get it checked out since we had no idea. I never thought I would have my baby later that day.
Fortunately, I had a great medical team and they were very sensitive to the fact that I wanted things as natural as possible. My little man came out screaming and was placed on my chest in the OR, and was able to stay with me the rest of my stay.
We are still adjusting to our new routine and I am recovering from surgery. I will try to tie up loose ends here eventually but I’m sure you can understand that caring for my baby is my priority. Here’s my sweet angel: