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.

6 comments:

Tara said...

Excited for your pregnancy and wish the best for you. Sounds very stressful and difficult but sounds like you are looking for strength in the right place.

Miken Harding said...

Ali....oh my word....#1 CONGRATS on the baby...that's amazing! You are a super hero in my book. #2 oh my, you will be in our prayers, I'll put your name in the temple in the am. Please know everything will work out and you are so faithful and amazingly strong. I love you.

Miken Harding said...

CONGRATS on being prego...that's awesome! you look amazing BTW. I'm so sorry to hear your news. Hopefully they caught it in time and all will be well. Good luck, I will add your name to the prayer roll in the am, when I go to the temple. You are an amazing source of strength. I love you!

The McEnaney's said...

I'm sorry for this scare...lots of prayers and good thoughts for a healthy mom and baby!

The Strawn Family said...

oh my goodness, PLEASE let me know if there is anything I can do to help! You are in our prayers!

Stephanie said...

I know this is scary for you, but hang in there. My sister has Post partum cardio myopathy. She almost died when her last child was born 9 years ago. Her heart hadn't improved any over the years and she had no intention of getting pregnant again due to the dangers. However, the Lord had a different plan for her. She was very shocked to discover she is pregnant mid-last year. She's due to have her baby in 4 more weeks. Last month we discovered that for the first time in almost 9 years, her heart had miraculously improved. There are still risks that things can go wrong during the stress of delivery, but Heavenly Father will bless an watch over you. He has a plan for your family. Please keep us posted. Good luck!