"I'm a married stay at home mom with one husband, one child and one dog. I'm originally from Southern Utah but we have lived in several states and are currently on the East Coast near DC."
It was difficult for me to separate the symptoms of HELLP from the pre-eclampsia that I also had, and the regular discomfort of pregnancy. It was my first pregnancy.
The only symptom I can really tell you was absolutely HELLP was the sensation that someone was trying to open up my ribs on my right side with a crowbar. That would be my liver, getting ready to pull some nonsense. I had morning sickness (funny name, it was more like 24/7 sickness) my whole pregnancy, so I was vomiting. Possibly slightly more than usual. More than anything else I was just exhausted. And terrified. I was not aware that I was sick until I went to the doctor to check on a pain I was having under my right ribs. It felt like someone was cracking my ribs open with a crowbar. I couldn't get in with my regular physician so I saw someone I wasn't familiar with, who was alarmed at my blood pressure. She did some blood work and sent me to the hospital. I drove myself.
We lived in the midwest and my husband was on a flight to New Mexico. That was 11:00 am. I left a voicemail for my husband letting him know that I was being admitted to the hospital. By 2:00 pm they were giving me magnesium and asking me to please stop vomiting. If I could. I couldn't. I still had no idea what was happening to me. Words were being thrown around like HELLP and pre-eclampsia and seizures and heartbeat monitors. I got a catheter and no real answers. I got ahold of my husband at some point. He was turning around and coming right back. "
By 7:10 pm I had delivered a 4 lb. boy, who I would not get to meet for another 36 hours. My husband arrived at some point. They pumped me full of morphine. They brought me polaroids of my baby, intubated and eyepatched and diapered. He was going to make it. One of my nurses casually mentioned that if I'd waited six more hours to come in I'd be dead. Everyone else was much more tactful. They finally just rolled my bed in to the NICU. I put my hand in the isolette and said hello and his little hand shot out and latched onto my finger, and suddenly Cosmo was real. I made a person, and he was alive, and I was alive. And we were very lucky."
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