I'm a Relationship Banker (loan officer) at Iowa State Bank in a small town in Iowa. Me and my husband have been married for 2 1/2 years and have just one beautiful baby boy, Camden.
I was got HELLP Syndrome when I was 38 Weeks Pregnant. I had never heard of HELLP syndrome until a few weeks before I was diagnosed only because I Web MD'd my symptoms and found it.
The symptoms I had when I developed HELLP were headaches, upper right quadrant pain, bad back pain, nausea. I felt like I was dying and no one was doing anything about it. I felt like I must be weak person because it was the hardest thing I had ever experienced and everyone said this was normal end of pregnancy.
When I hit 36 weeks things starting to go down hill even more. My nausea had come back in full force and was getting in a lot of pain and was having headaches all the time. Finally, at almost 39 weeks, my doctor did some blood work. The next morning I got the call to come in right away to be induced because I had severe Preclampisa. After starting magnesium, my condition got worse and it was determined I had HELLP Syndrome. I was put completely under and was prepped for an emergency C-section. When I came out of surgery they told my family that I couldn't breathe on my own and I was put on a ventilator. I woke up six days later in the SICU at the University of Iowa hospital. My platelet count was very low and because of all the infection in my body I went into septic shock. At the same time, my liver and kidneys were failing and I was unable to breathe on my own. I received several transfusions to increase my platelet count.
My doctors were able to fix my first bleed quickly, but my second internal bleed was much more serious. While I slept in my hospital bed, my husband noticed a spot of blood on my bed sheet. Pulling the sheet back, he realized a more serious bleed was underway. I was bleeding internally from a major artery and since my wound from the last surgery wasn’t yet healed, I was bleeding through the incision. Doctors needed to fix the artery, but I had already lost so much blood that I received transfusions first so I could survive the procedure. This was by far the worst day of my 87 day stay at the U of I.
A week or so after that procedure another hole was found in my colon so I was taken back in for another emergency surgery. Finally, after several weeks I was finally getting better, however I spent another 30 days in the hospital. I was released on December 14, 2012, a week and half before my son's first Christmas.