Mar 24
Survivor2016
Survivor2016 , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Ppcm Awareness

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November 8th 2016, My husband, I and our son😍 Welcomed a beautiful babygirl into the world on her Daddys birthday!🎁🎉🎈 We were overly excited! A day after birth I experienced over 2liters of blood loss due to hemorrhaging unknowingly. I was rushed into surgery where I needed 4 blood transfusions, BP was (60/40) it took up to 5 hours to stop the bleeding. Waking up, I was told they were about to remove my uterus, but thankful they didn't have to❤ Baby girl and I spent 5 more days in the hospital for that reason and since my blood pressure had a hard time going down (163/70)after surgery. Finally Nov. 13th we were released from the Labor & Delivery. I was able to pump milk while being in the hospital those days, so I immediately begin storing milk in our deep freezer. I made milk like crazy lol. 3 weeks after birth I started to experience a light/constant cough, I had gained weight and felt like my heart was racing. I would ask my husband to listen to it and get his opinion , and he thought it sounded fast, but we both know i just went through having a baby. A week of coughing went by, it was the night of Christmas day'16, I had a hard time sleeping, with an extream cough, gasping for air laying down, and up with babygirl. My husband would sleep in our sons room because I coughed so much through the night when he will only have a few hours before work 😔 Dec. 26th 2016 I called my dad, 6am that morning just updating him on the cough he knew I had. I told him I couldn't breath laying down, like I was suffocating, he immediately said it sounded serious (as in pneumonia or bronchitis) and that I should get to the hospital. My husband had to work, so my mother in law kept our baby girl, and our son was also at his grandmothers at the time.
My dad came an took me to the ER with the bit of energy I had in me. Arriving at Baylor Scott& White, they were quick to get us seen, my vitals showed outrageous numbers for my heart, and BP was higher then normal, I was sent for a CT scan and asked to walk with a nurse to see how long it would take to run out of breath. It took 5minutes! Once results came back they rushed in to explain they had to admit me and to get fluid they had found off lungs and heart. I was given the lasix shot to make me urinate any extra fluid from the body. Finishing the urinating process, I could breath so much better! A doctor came in an told us my heart was enlarged and they will need to run test over night. The next day Dec.27th, 16 they brought up the echo machine just to base things off the history they saw in my file that my oldest sister died of a cardiac arrest from heart failure, and also 3 months after having her 2nd baby just 3years before. Later that day , a cardiologist (M.D. Rothkoft) came in to explain my results, that my heart ef was functioning at 15 to 20% stating I was in heart failure and that it's the same illness what my sister passed away from. Giving me a 50/50% chance to beat this thing. He immediately orderd me a life vest to wear just in case of a cardiac arrest. He set up cardiac rehab and also for me to attend a heart failure clinic every few weeks. I had nurses encouraging me telling me all I have to do is eat healthy, take my medication, and exercise. I was up for the fight after hearing such an ear full! A lady from cardiac rehab thought it would be a good story to add in the Baylor Scott White health magazine. I was honored to bring awareness. A lady from their marketing team picked up the story from the hospital and wanted to share it to a news station, any station that would help to get the story out. NBC 5 news was more then welcome to help share this remarkable story. Im so very Happy/Blessed to still be here with my babies and husband! Prayers and medications worked well for me. A Year later its still working for me, with an ef of 40% today. I was able to remove life vest after I was scheduled to get ICD implant July'17. I will continue to spread awareness for The sake of my sister, other ladys who have lost their lives, the need of more organ donors, and our daughters, sisters, nieces, cousins,etc to be aware! It's time for answers to a cause!❤

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