My cousin had her baby and now has heart problems...
My cousin had a preemie about a week ago. She was 5 weeks early. My cousin had preclampsia and right before the baby was born her blood pressure was 185/140. That is stroke level. She eventually got it down and they released her to go home but kept the baby for close watch.
My cousin was put back in the hospital. Early yesterday she had trouble breathing and they took her to the hospital, and her heart had swelled up. They thought they are going to have to replace a valve in her heart. They were going to transfer her and the baby to Centennial Medical Center.
They never ended up moving her to Centennial. She does not have to have the surgery at this time, but her heart has some pretty bad damage. They may end up having to put her on a heart transplant list, but that is not the case at this time. The doctor can not get her blood pressure down though, she is still at stroke / heart attack level. After they took her off the magnesium drip her blood pressure shot right back up really high. She is in Intensive Care right now and will be there for a while because the doctor says she is not out of the woods yet. She is going to have to take literally a handful of pills every day for a very long time, if not forever to repair her heart. The doctor also told her she would have to make a serious lifestyle change for the rest of her life.
Another thing, the baby gets to come home today. So, Michelle is stuck in the hospital and Josh has to take care of a preemie, his first baby ever, all by himself. Plus, they are in a jam, b/c he HAS to work so they can have money to make payments and stuff, and my aunt is in school and HAS to do her clinicals to graduate so she can get a job and she has been really tight on money, and Josh’s mom also works and can’t take off much time, and the baby is way too young to put in daycare, so they are in a jam as to what to do. Even when Michelle comes home, she can only feed the baby, that is it, because she could have a heart attack. Plus they had to learn baby CPR, because you have to know it if you have a preemie. Everyone should learn it anyway I guess. But that just adds to the scary factor of the situation.
If anyone has any suggestions, they would be much appreciated at this time.