Most of you know I don’t really talk about ME so much…not in a real sense. I’ll tell you a funny story or anecdote, but that’s about it.
But, this one is about me.
Both of my pregnancies, with #1 and this one, I have low platelets. These are the little guys that help your blood clot. During pregnancy, they should be at 100,000 or higher. It really becomes an issue around 36 weeks when you are close to delivery.
With #1, they went back up over 100,000 before 28 weeks. Nothing was done to cause this and nothing was required. Just prayers and praise.
This time, they are still low. As of less than a month ago, they were at 87,000. What does this mean?
If they don’t go up to 100,000, then I can’t get an epidural. It can cause a hematoma or bruise on spinal column which could end in paralysis. This is not good. Even in an emergency situation, I would have to be under general anesthesia for a c-section if they remain low. There is no harm to the baby if the low platelets go untreated.
Now, I realize that not getting an epidural is not the end of the world. In fact, with #1 I was totally prepared to go all natural, except, I never dilated and needed pitocin after 24 hours and I just couldn’t do it. But, I would like to have the option available to me. Especially should an emergency arise.
So, I have another appointment on Thursday, where they will draw my blood and do another count. If they are still low, the only treatment option is to take steroids (for me, not a shot). Then, after a week of treatment, they will retest and see if the steroids are working. If they are, we continue the treatment, if they don’t, then it’s no epidural.
I’m a little scared of the steroid treatment. It will make the baby bigger, it will make me retain water, irritable, and sleepless. All horrible things a month before your baby is due to arrive. And, when I asked what the success rate was, the doctor said only 1 in 3. Not that great of odds for the side effects.
So, here’s what I’m asking/begging/requesting: Please, please, please, say a prayer that they go up on their own. That I will have good news to report on Friday or Monday. That God will give me the platelets I need to have the options available. I would really appreciate it. My hubby would too, who is freaking out at the fact that I might not be able to get an epidural. He asked if he could get one for me!! Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!!
Feel free to ask questions and I’ll do my best to answer them or let me know if you had the same thing. I’ve never meet anybody with the same problem.