All Things Micropreemie

God HELLP Me

The first signs of preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome (a life-threatening complication) appeared in late-January but I didn’t realize that I was in danger until February 12th, 2016. I woke up that morning screaming my husband’s name at the top of my lungs, convinced I was being attacked. The pain was absolutely unbearable, I couldn’t stop crying… Read More God HELLP Me

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Before Preeclampsia: The Early Days

I’d never heard of preeclampsia or HELLP Syndrome before my diagnosis. Preeclampsia is a condition that causes high blood pressure, edema and protein in the urine during pregnancy. HELLP syndrome is a life-threatening variant of preeclampsia; its acronym stands for Hemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes, and Low Platelets. These conditions are serious and usually develop later… Read More Before Preeclampsia: The Early Days

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Planet NICU

I’ve often said having a micro preemie is like landing on another planet. My emotions, physical state and surroundings were unlike anything I’d ever seen. I had absolutely nothing to compare the NICU to and without a frame of reference I felt like a stranger in a strange land. The needs of the smallest surviving… Read More Planet NICU