On top of the sleepless nights and physical/ mental strain that motherhood brings, one new Colorado mom is warning other mothers of a rarely talked about condition that plagued her following the birth of her babe girl.
While postpartum depression( PPD) has become a more prevalent topic discussed on the Internet, few have yet to hear of what’s known as postpartum thyroid situation , a very rare yet serious condition that kills 75 percent of its victims.
“I feel an obligation to be open about a rare postpartum thyroid circumstance I have developed since giving birth in hopes that raising awareness can help and protect another fellow mama from having to endure and figure out alone what I have had to since December, ” wrote Kim Alberts to Love What Matters. “Four months after this picture was taken, my whole world was turned upside down.”
Kim has pointed out that she thought she was developing postpartum depression or anxiety when her rapid nerve palpitations started on Christmas evening. Her heart was thumping so fast it was frightening her, though she was finally able to fall asleep about 3 a.m. that morning. But when the chest pounding is coming the next nighttime, she knew something merely wasn’t right.
“The next day I couldn’t stand up, ” said Kim. “I couldn’t change Elizabeth’s diaper without lying on the ground so dizzy, gasping for air, and blacking out. Same thing when I tried to walk up my stairs or build myself food. I would have to lie on the flooring, hollering, as I kept holding my chest and feeling how hard my heart was pounding.”
Because she’s a self-acclaimed “stubborn” woman, Kim told her husband, Eric, she agreed to go to the doctor if the problem didn’t relent the next day.
Sure enough, the next day has now come went, and the symptoms persisted.
The Urgent Care doctor immediately mailed Kim off to the ER when he noticed her heart rate was in an alarming range between the 160 s and 170 s.
The Emergency Room physician initially reckoned the problem was a blood clot in her lungs, but her bloodwork aimed up coming back here positive for a rare condition known as “Thyroid Storm.”
The doctor said in all his years of medical school, residency, and professional practices, he’d never need a suit quite like hers.
“He likewise told me it kills 75% of people that get it, and admitted me immediately for further evaluation, ” Kim remembered. “The fact that he was able to correctly diagnose me in such a short quantity of time was nothing short of an absolute miracle that probably objective up saving my life. And here I am by myself hooked up to machines trying to breastfeed a 4-month-old in my lap in a different country with no family , no pals, and a husband who was at work in downtown Denver. I am frankly in tears only reliving the working day in my mind.”
The following week, Kim’s endocrinologist informed her she had in fact developed Postpartum Thyroiditis( PPT) after giving birth to her daughter.
The signs didn’t become clear until she became so intensely hyperthyroid four months from, that she developed Thyroid Storm. All of this was completely uncharted territory for the new mommy who had no notion she was even susceptible to such a perfect “storm” of deadly situations 😛 TAGEND
“A few years ago, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and was never told that if I have children I could potentially develop a condition that NO ONE TALKS ABOUT: Postpartum Thyroiditis. Even during my maternity medical doctors were aware of my thyroid circumstance, but never mentioned PPT. Most mommas( like myself) who give birth do not get their thyroid degrees checked after they have their newborn, and most new moms( like myself) reject PPT symptoms as PPD symptoms why i am strikingly similar! I cannot said here today enough- the symptoms are virtually identical! ”
Kim believed the nightmare was behind her after she left the hospital, but she couldn’t have been more wrong.
Little did she know, her PPT would make even the simplest of daily parts impossible–and that was only the beginning…
“My hair fell out in clumps every day and since I breastfeed, my baby was covered in it. I lost 15 pounds in six periods, I still couldn’t sleep, I could barely regulate my blood sugar, and I would sometimes still have to lie on the floor from being so dizzy simply getting myself dressed. I couldn’t fold laundry, construct dinner, or comprise Elizabeth for too long because my joints and muscles ached so bad and my nerve would start palpitating so hard it felt like I was about to pass out.”
Kim admits that as her child daughter Elizabeth would scream, she would weep right along with her because she couldn’t be the mother she needed to be.
The helplessness weighed on her unbelievably as she felt like a failing, day in and day out. On top of being unable to properly care for her newborn, Kim’s brain was too foggy to hold conversations, her speech was slurred, and her motions were delayed. She also struggles to exhale, experiences constant chest tighten, and can feel her heartbeat in all of her limbs.
Even today, Kim is still battling these symptoms of her thyroiditis, but she acquires purpose in her ache through the hope that her narrative going to be able to someone else 😛 TAGEND
“I know so many women who are currently pregnant or wanting to become pregnant that I seemed I had a responsibility to share my tale. If you have a family history of thyroid illnes, PLEASE get your thyroid degrees checked after you have your baby. If you have hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, or a history or autoimmune thyroid disease, PLEASE get your thyroid degrees checked after you have your newborn. And maintain checking them! Even if you do not have a history of thyroid disease, this CAN still happen to you! Had I been told I could develop PPT since I had a history of thyroid disease I would have prepared myself and gotten my levels checked routinely after Elizabeth was born, but I didn’t know. Knowledge is power, and I crave all the mama out there to be equipped with this information In cases where because you never think something can happen to you until it does! ”
Though Kim has to cope with complex physical and neurological symptoms daily, she says her daughter has been worth every second of it.
“She is my heart and soul, ” says the beaming mama, who makes a daily great efforts to smile through the struggle.
“I find hope in knowing that someday I will come across person like me who will say,’ I know and understand exactly what you’re “re going through”. I’ve been there.’”
Please SHARE Kim’s story with the women in your life today to raise awareness for this little-discussed, yet profoundly serious circumstance, and read her full story on Love What Matters.
Prayers for Kim’s speedy healing and recuperation ! strong>