On top of the sleepless nighttimes and physical/ mental strain that motherhood brings, one new Colorado mom is advising other mothers of a rarely talked about condition that beset her following the birth of her baby 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 circumstance , 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 situation I have developed since giving birth in the expectation that raising awareness can help and protect another fellow mom 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 portrait was taken, my whole world was turned upside down.”
Kim explained that she imagined she was developing postpartum depression or anxiety when her rapid heart palpitations started on Christmas evening. Her heart was beating so fast it was scaring her, though she was finally able to fall asleep about 3 a.m. that morning. But when the chest pounding came back the next night, she knew something just 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 attain myself meat. I would have to lie on the flooring, hollering, as I maintained comprising 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 came and moved, 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 scope between the 160 s and 170 s.
The Emergency Room physician initially believed their own problems was a blood clot in her lungs, but her bloodwork terminated up coming back positive for a rare circumstance known as “Thyroid Storm.”
The doctor said in all his years of medical school, residency, and professional practices, he’d never necessity a lawsuit quite like hers.
“He also told me it kills 75% of people that get it, and admitted me immediately for further evaluation, ” Kim recalled. “The fact that he was able to correctly diagnose me in such a short sum of time was nothing short of an absolute miracle that probably aimed 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 nation with no family , no pals, and a husband who was at work in downtown Denver. I am honestly in tears simply 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 clearly understood until she became so intensely hyperthyroid four months after, that she developed Thyroid Storm. All of this was completely uncharted province for the new mommy who had no idea she was even susceptible to such a perfect “storm” of deadly conditions 😛 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 mommies( like myself) who give birth do not get their thyroid degrees checked after they have their child, and most new mommas( like myself) dismiss PPT symptoms as PPD symptoms why i am strikingly similar! I cannot say it enough- the symptoms are almost identical! ”
Kim imagined 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 roles 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 only get myself garmented. I couldn’t fold laundry, stimulate dinner, or hold 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 babe daughter Elizabeth would scream, she would holler 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 failure, day in and day out. On top of being unable to properly care for her newborn, Kim’s brain was too foggy to hold dialogues, her speech was slurred, and her motions were delayed. She likewise fights to breathe, experiences constant chest stiffen, and can feel her heartbeat in all of her limbs.
Even today, Kim is still battling these symptoms of her thyroiditis, but she finds purpose in her suffering through the hope that her narrative can help someone else 😛 TAGEND
“I know so many women who are currently pregnant or wanting to become pregnant that I felt 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 newborn. If you have hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, or a history or autoimmune thyroid illnes, PLEASE get your thyroid levels checked after you have your child. And maintain checking them! Even if you do not have a history of thyroid cancer, this CAN still happen to you! Had I been told I could develop PPT since I had a history of thyroid cancer I would have prepared myself and get my degrees checked routinely after Elizabeth was born, but I didn’t know. Knowledge is power, and I crave all the momma out there to be equipped with this information JUST IN CASE 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 momma, who makes a daily great efforts to smile through the struggle.
“I find hope in just 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 situation, and read her full tale on Love What Matters.
Prayers for Kim’s speedy healing and recuperation ! strong>