So we had ourselves a little ER adventure on Sunday night (in the middle of the Super Bowl, of course!). Here’s what happened:
During the 2nd half of the Super Bowl I was reading a book and there was this light in my eye like a camera flash that wouldn't go away. I told Jonathan about it and thought maybe I hadn't had enough water or food or something. Then I started to feel very weird, but couldn't describe what i was feeling. Then my hands went numb, and then the right side of my face went numb and I couldn't talk right. Nothing came out the way it was supposed to. It was very scary. I tried to give Jonathan the number of our doula (who is also an ob nurse here in town), but while I read the numbers in my head right, they did not come out of my mouth right. Very very strange and scary. Anyway...thankful for good friends who took the kids and we went to the ER. A few hours later and they weren't sure what it was, but the ER doc kept warning me that it could be pre-eclampsia and that I could be delivering baby in Denver this very week (yikes). Could have also been caused by other scary things. Blood work came back ok. Got to go home when symptoms went away since we live right behind the hospital. Talked to my midwife and she was positive I was experiencing a hormonal induced migraine. I had never heard of migraines that didn't have pain but caused numbness and confusion and the inability to speak. They’re called Aura’s. (Growing up, my mom had lots of migraines, but the kind that are just horrid headaches). Sure enough, the worst headache I have ever experienced hit me (The pain part of the migraine comes 1-2 hours after the Auras). Thankfully I got to sleep (with some tylenol) and woke up feeling better...just after affects of bad headache. So, I'm thankful for that headache b/c it meant nothing worse was going on.
That’s my ER story. My midwife thinks it may happen again, but we have a plan for it this time. And she thinks they will go away once the baby comes. She experienced the same thing, and she’s had patients who have experienced it as well. Learn something new every day, I guess! Click here if you’d like to read a little more about what I experienced.
Now, here are some pictures just for fun…
That’s all for now. Blessings!