"'For I know the plans I have for you', declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future' ''. (Jeremiah 29:11).
My name is Laina. I live in Albertville, AL with my husband Cody and our two 'boys', Petey and Walter. I am a massage therapist in town and my husband is a funeral director/embalmer. We've been married just over 2 years."
"I had HELLP with my first child in January 2013 at 20 weeks gestation.
Since this was my first child, I wasn't sure what to expect. I started experiencing pain under my right ribs that I thought was gas pain. That started Sunday night. I went to bed hoping I could sleep it off. When I woke up Monday morning, it wasn't better. I called my doctor office to see if I could take something for gas. She said yes, but she also suggested it might be my gallbladder and if it didn't get any better to come to the office. I took several gas pills that day, but it never eased up. By that night, I was miserable. I couldn't get comfortable and I had started throwing up.
Finally I decided that I needed some help. So my husband, mom and I headed to the ER at the hospital I would be delivering. They took me back to triage where my blood pressure was 206/100 something. Of course, since I was only 20 weeks, they needed me to stay in the ER to be diagnosed. The triage nurse knew it wasn't safe for me to have to sit in the waiting room indefinitely, so she somehow got me up to the labor and delivery floor.
I had really not felt good my whole pregnancy and I had started swelling very early. I was in the doctor office the week before and my blood pressure was a little elevated, but the dr said there was no protein in my urine so he didn't show much concern.
Fast forward back to the hospital. On Tuesday, they did an ultrasound of my gallbladder and the baby. Both were fine. They then started collecting 24 hours of urine. They kept a check on the baby's heart rate and it was fine. I was getting lots of meds for my bp but they couldn't keep it regulated. By Wednesday at lunch, they did an ultrasound to find we had lost the baby. The drastic rise and fall in my blood pressure had basically caused my placenta to have a heart attack. My kidneys and liver were in danger also.
My doctor was afraid if he did a C-section that I wouldn't stop bleeding. So about 5pm, they started my labor. I developed a placental infection and a spiking fever.
After 13 hours of labor, I delivered a 7oz, 9 in sleeping angel. Within 24 hours, my liver enzymes and platelets were starting to regulate. It took about 8 weeks for my blood pressure to regulate without drugs. But thank God I didn't develop chronic hypertension.
I had never heard of HELLP Syndrome until I was in the hospital. It just came on so fast, it took everyone by surprise. No one in my family had experienced anything similar, so there no genetic link, just a freak thing that happened.
Being a Christian, that played a huge role in my recovery. I was sad, but also glad because I was still alive. And I knew I would see her again one day. My husband and I believe everything happens for a reason and God had and has a plan and He will continue to take care of us, according to that plan.
Thanks for reading my story!"