I found out I had HELLP Syndrome on November 16, 2014. I was 29 weeks and 2 days pregnant. When the doctor told me I had HELLP, all I knew was that it was next to the Preeclampsia section in my book "What To Expect When You're Expecting" and I only read the Preeclampsia part because that was what a nurse at one of my OB/GYN visits warned me about because of my blood pressure being higher than normal. I have a fear of hospitals and she made me freak out!
At my OB/GYN visits, I my blood pressure was always on the high side, but I just blamed it on my fear of hospitals. For most of my appointments, my blood pressure was usually in the 135/80-150/90 range when the nurse would check it. They had me do a 24 hour protein test which I assume was fine because my OB never said anything again about it. We bought a blood pressure machine for me to use at home. At home, my results were always around 124/60-128/70. So of course I thought that being at the doctor made it worse. So they started to check it last, after I had time to get used to being there. My blood pressure would always start to go down so I don't think they thought it was anything serious.
On day 4 of that horrible week, I thought maybe I was starting to feel better so my husband brought me some Doritos and orange juice. I know it sounds like a gross combo, but hey sick or not, the cravings didn't stop. So we decided to watch some Sons of Anarchy because I was feeling well enough to sit up. Well, that moment of happiness was very short.
When I got to the ER parking lot, I debated going back home and just waiting it out. That was until I looked in the mirror and noticed that my eyes were turning yellow. The lady at the ER desk was going to send me home saying I had morning sickness until I told her about my eyes. I went up to the Labor & Delivery floor and the nurse put me in a room. She asked a bunch of questions and then checked my blood pressure, which was a good ole 155/90 and my heart rate was 124! I immediately started to freak out. She checked on my son who was amazingly doing great considering that I hadn't eaten anything in a week. She then told me that the doctor would be there in a little while, but that I was going to go ahead and get some blood taken. The nurse that came in to do that asked me, "So you're gonna have a baby today?" I just stared at her confused and said, "No??" Of course now we jokingly say she jinxed us.
The neonatologist came in and explained to us what to expect for a preemie and how long he would be in the NICU. The OB had explained how the C-section would go and when it would happen. After everything, at 4:56pm, my son was born. He was 2lbs. 11oz. when he was born. I had to have 2 blood transfusions and was on Magnesium for 2 days. Even after my son was born my blood pressure got as high as 170/110. So I was put on blood pressure meds, Labetalol, even though I was told it may take time for my blood pressure to go back to normal.