Saturday, February 9, 2013
Health Scare and Keeping Faithful
So at work last week, I had a slight headache, just on the left side. I had a meeting to attend and while at the meeting I was "trying" to talk to my co-worker Marge, but my words were getting jumbled and wouldn't come out right. After about 10 times of trying to to say the same thing, Marge walked me back next door to my classroom, a minute later she and my boss came to check on me and drove me home. I was feeling so frustrated because I have never experienced being unable to communicate like that before. On the drive home my right arm went numb and then my lips and gums did too. Jeremy met us out front when we got home and he drove me straight to Urgent Care, the staff at Urgent Care thought I was possibly having a stroke so they sent me to the Emergency Room. After taking blood and doing an MRI, they said it didn't look like a stroke, but more like a complex migraine, usually you can't see evidence of a migraine on an MRI, but my blood vessels on the right side were constricted and they could see several small spots from that. They offered pain meds, but I refused them because it didn't hurt bad, just uncomfortable. I have had migraines before and this was nothing compared to those. It was so odd. They thought I could possibly have a hole in my heart and they wanted to schedule me for an ultrasound of my carotid artery and my heart. The ultrasound of my neck arteries showed the blood flowed fine through the arteries, but there was some plaque building up in the left artery which they said was unusual because you don't usually see any plaque in the neck unless it has spread through the heart. That was a little concerning. The next day I had my heart ultra sound and it seemed to go fine. I just had to wait on the results. Yesterday my OB doctor called me since he had gotten the results. He said it was completely not what he expected. My neck ultrasound looked fine, but the heart one was extremely concerning. He said I had four different things going on, I had Mitral Valve Regurgitation, Tricuspid Valve Regurgitation, my left atrium was enlarged, and the part that had him very worried was I had mild Pulmonary Hypertension, I didn't know what that meant, but he said it would pose some serious problems come time for delivery...With it being a Friday at closing time, he said he would have to call the heart specialist who sent him the results next week and get more information from him, then he would meet with me soon. One word of advice, never search the internet when you are worried, Jeremy and I are so terrified now. Everything I have looked up about Pulmonary Hypertension while pregnant is very very scary. I have read at least 20 different hospital websites, research articles, etc and everyone of them says "You must avoid becoming pregnant if you have PH." They recommend terminating the pregnancy as soon as you find out. Obviously we would never do that, I can feel my baby moving now and I know she/he is meant to be a part of our family. A large percentage of mothers die within 12 days of having their babies. I will post more about what we find out after we meet with the specialist, for now it is just a matter of remaining faithful and knowing everything is in the Lord's hands.