A near death experience
Posted by Emma from NSW on 09/01/2013
My baby boy is almost 9 months old and this is my story. I had severe morning sickness early on in my pregnancy, so bad that I was admitted to hospital when I was 13 weeks pregnant where I had a severe reaction to zoloft, an anti-nausea drug and had a cardiac arrest as a result and after being resuccitated in emergency I spent time in intensive care and the cardiac ward. Amazingly my strong little baby was fine but I suffered post traumatic stress during the pregnancy and after birth as a result. I continued to suffer severe morning sickness until my baby was born in April 2012. 10 days post caesarean birth I suffered a lymphatic fluid burst from my wound and had 2 further wound repair surgeries and a further 6 days in hospital without my baby being allowed to stay with me at night. I was just beginning to get back on my feet at 6 weeks post birth when my mother in law arrived for an extended stay (inviting herself) and turned our lives upside down, bullying me, expecting me to wait on her and openly attempting to break up our marriage. This made my post traumatic stresss from the cardiac arrest and the fallout from the wound repair surgery so much worse. Fortunately for me my husband has been 100% supportive and my son is a healthy beautiful baby that has given me light at the end of this dark tunnel. I sought help with a psychologist for the post traumatic stress and mother in law issues. My husband, son and I are slowly trying to navigate away from the chaos my mother in law has attempted to cause. For me it has not been the parenting of my son as such but the circumstances surrounding my pregnancy and son's birth which have given me challenges and made me face my own mortality and the fear of a near death experience. Each day is a new day, some better than others but I am determined to make 2013 (and each year following) a positive year. If you do feel down for any reason, please get some help!