February 16, 2011
"I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."
WOW... what a troubling last couple of days it has been. A most of you know blood pressure has always been an issue for me in pregnancy... but not usually until around 34 weeks or so. With al three boys I was on bed rest and with all three I delivered early bc of this issue. Well with Summer it started A LOT sooner! At around 14 weeks it started creeping up there. At my last appointment 2 weeks ago they referred me to a high risk dr and wanted to see my back in two weeks to monitor it. It has been running steadily high but not high enough for them to really worry I guess. They did tell me if the bottom # got above 100 to call them right away. Well..... Monday all day I didn't feel right. I kept feeling flustered like all the blood was rushing to my face, I was lightheaded and just plain wore our for no apparent reason other than the child I was carrying. After an exhausting trip to the grocery store where I also felt terrible I got home to feel worse. My arms and hands were tingling which was frightening. I took my bp on an electronic machine I have at home and yup it was HIGH! I called the drs immediately and like I assumed they sent me to the hospital. It was still high when I got there-167/102. Long story short I was given blood pressure lowering medicine in an IV which helped pretty quick and they checked Summer via sonogram and she looked perfect. Now they were only worried about my heart. I have a pretty common condition called Mitral Valve Prolapse which causes palpitations which worsen during pregnancy...I also had similar problems with Sam! Well, I was was having PVC's (Premature Ventricular Contractions) of my heart every third beat which was following a pattern called Trigeminy something. It was apparently showing a pattern that concerned them. They ended up admitting me for the night to monitor my heart and my bp. By Tuesday around lunch I was headed home with a prescription for the medicine for me my heart and bp and have an echocardiogram scheduled for Friday. The meds should now make things better and more balanced... hopefully!!! I will still see the high risk drs bc the medicine I am on can cause low weight in the baby so they will monitor her more closely!!! Let me just say pregnancy doesn't agree with my body for sure! We are both doing ok now but would greatly appreciate any prayers for wellness, strength, healing and guidance that you can give! I know God will help us through this and with our AMAZING, loving and helpful family all will be OK!!!!!!!!