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by annegarrett
Thu May 24, 2012 00:50 am
Forum: Grief and Loss
Topic: Lost my sister. Lost without my sister.
Replies: 21
Views: 6426

Re: Lost my sister. Lost without my sister.

Norinda,

So sorry for your loss. I sent you a private message. PLEASE feel free to reach out to me directly. I am here for you.

Anne
by annegarrett
Sun Aug 22, 2010 08:20 pm
Forum: Ask the Experienced
Topic: Future "treatment" of pre-e, HELLP
Replies: 17
Views: 1122

Re : Future "treatment" of pre-e, HELLP

<t>I can't speak re: preeclampsia but as someone who lives with an autoimmune disease, I do know that my body is in hyper-defense mode--it overreacts to the slightest germ, virus, or cut. The steroids that I COULD use to "turn down" the heat of my immune system would leave me vulnerable to any oppor...
by annegarrett
Sun May 30, 2010 00:36 am
Forum: Ask the Experienced
Topic: So many questions - postpartum
Replies: 8
Views: 770

Re : So many questions - postpartum

<t>Hi there! I've been almost exactly where you are--though my last was my fourth! ANYWAY-- I think I can offer my opinion, which is really all any of us can do here, not being doctors and all -- per dietary needs of a nursing woman, if you do some web searches you will see that the standard recomme...
by annegarrett
Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:57 pm
Forum: Ask the Experienced
Topic: need help understanding my wifes passing
Replies: 26
Views: 1859

Re : need help understanding my wifes passing

<t>Echoing everyone's comments--so sorry about your loss. It strikes very close to home for me as the reason the Preeclampsia Foundation was started was because I was readmitted a week postpartum with a BP of 180/120 and no one appreciated how serious it was. As others have pointed out, we're not do...
by annegarrett
Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: Announcements and Preeclampsia in the News
Topic: Saving Grace 2010 - Date and Location announced!
Replies: 6
Views: 2604

Re : Saving Grace 2010 - Date and Location announced!

I'm here to help! So great to meet you all. Autumn--let me know how I can help!!
by annegarrett
Tue Oct 06, 2009 02:47 am
Forum: After your baby is born .....
Topic: I need some advice
Replies: 7
Views: 888

Re : I need some advice

<r>One of the most important lessons we've learned here is that everyone's loss counts--loss of a baby (miscarriage, at term, after birth), loss of a mom, loss of a relationship (this situation does test the best of them), loss of a perfect birth. <br/> <br/> What I'm saying is let it be okay to not...
by annegarrett
Wed Sep 16, 2009 01:34 am
Forum: Ask the Experienced
Topic: Diagnostic criteria for PE?
Replies: 4
Views: 630

Re : Diagnostic criteria for PE?

<t>I'm just echoing in. Maybe we're particularly firm on this with you because a)I had this with baby #1, 3 and 4--#2 was fine. #3 nearly took me out. Later, after #4 was born, we found out I have an autoimmune disorder--a serious one that I've been told increases my risk of death before 60 to 75%--...
by annegarrett
Fri Jul 24, 2009 08:08 pm
Forum: Trying Again after Preeclampsia
Topic: Anyone else not do preconception appt?
Replies: 16
Views: 1630

Re : Anyone else not do preconception appt?

<t>I think it is valuable to add that not all pre-conception appointments are equal. Even MFM we work with will vary in what tests they order and what they consider irrelevant. A pre-conception appointment won't replace your own education but can help you get a better picture.<br/> <br/> In the inte...
by annegarrett
Tue Jun 16, 2009 00:54 am
Forum: Parents of Preemies
Topic: Here I am...nowhere else to go....
Replies: 13
Views: 3229

Re : Here I am...nowhere else to go....

<t>Joining the big group hug for you. I wish I were closer to provide support. Where are you again? I assume you have a social worker from the hospital--I imagine there must be regional help. Have you got a PEPs group in your area (Program for Early Parenting Support)? They might be a good support. ...
by annegarrett
Sat Jun 13, 2009 01:39 am
Forum: Ask the Experienced
Topic: New here- long term effects of HELLP?
Replies: 5
Views: 1047

Re : New here- long term effects of HELLP?

<r>Just jumping in--I had HELLP with my third (96) and preeclampsia with my fourth (99) and in very early 2000 I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder (sarcoidosis). When I first suggested my sarcoidosis might have been why I got preeclampsia/variants in three of the four pregnancies, my very ex...

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