It is so hard for me to write this post, but I need every prayer that I can get at this point.
I went to the ER last Saturday night after having abdominal pain for a few days. We had consulted with our midwife, but thought that were dealing with acid reflux. After being admitted, having ultrasounds on my abdomen and the baby, and testing my bloodwork, the doctors feared that I had HELLP syndrome, a form of preeclampsia, but on the higher end of the spectrum.
I was transferred Sunday night to a high-risk pregnancy hospital downtown where the staff was more familiar with my condition. As the only cure for HELLP is to end the pregnancy, on Sunday night they began to give me steroids and magnesium sulfate to help prepare the baby's lungs and brain for birth.
Because of the steroids that were administered, my platelet count has risen since Sunday, and my liver enzymes have lessened, which is positive, however, the positive results have been medically enduced. The doctor treating me, Dr. Baha Sibai, is one of the nation's leading experts on HELLP syndrome, and is changing his protocol (of immediate delivery) to give us as much time as my body will allow to keep this baby inside of me each day. I told him that I would fight him as long as I could.
We are taking each 12 hour period at a time as they repeat my labs and check my platelet count and liver enzymes. When the positive numbers begin to fall, they will make a decision to repeat the steroids or schedule a cesarian. All we can do is wait. Tomorrow our baby will be 25 weeks along, and I can only pray for each day that we can get so that she can grow a bit stronger.
If you are reading this, my plea is to say a prayer that I can stay well enough to give our baby a fighting chance at life. Please pray that she is as strong as we imagine her to be. Every day that we gain counts. Please also pray that Simon and I can remain strong through all of this so that we can focus on our little girl.