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    Default Major Car Accident at 19 weeks pregnant

    Firstly - has it happened to anyone else
    What tests did they do at hospital - They did a CT-Angiogram to me and told me I've doubled my babies risk of cancer
    Did you take pain meds?

    On Monday lunch time I was driving home from work to pick my girls up and take them to their joint birthday party. I'd invited all our family and friends as I was going to announce my preg at the same time

    The weather was perfect, I'd put in a huge effort in the organising etc. I was so excited to be going!!!

    Anyway, about 5 minutes from work I was hit by a drug affected driver. She swerved onto my side of the road and it was a full on head on - both travelling at least 60km/h (I wasn't speeding, but cant be sure about her) . i had no where to go. My last thought before the impact was seeing her headlights at my bonnet and thinking **** we're going to crash. I had no time to swerve or even put my brakes on.

    I was out for about 10 seconds. Then I open my eyes and thought. I've stopped, then it dawned on my I'd crashed. Then I noticed my surrounds - the car was full of what I thought at the time was smoke (it was the powder off the air bags... - all 6 deployed)

    My face hurt. I tried to get out my door. I couldnt it wouldn't budge. The smoke scared the crap out of my I thought the car might explode. I crawled out the passenger door. My feet hit the pavement. I tried to run but could only hobble. My ankle was really sore, my arm was really sore and my neck, back and shoulders were sore. I was clutching my belly saying "help me, I'm pregnant" - there were passers by that came to my aid. I was beside myself. Sobbing, hyperventillating. I thought I'd lost the baby (it has been a horrible pregnancy, I cant do it again)

    They helped me to the curb. I kept saying "she came onto my side of the road" "I'm pregnant" The police arrived in minutes (there was one driving a few cars behind me) and the ambulance not long after.

    I was put in a neck collar and strapped to the bed and taken to RMH within 20mins of the accident(it felt like much longer). Which I must say I thought was fantastic for such a stretched service.

    I was assessed at hospital. My RHS of my face was tingly and drooping slightly. My right arm and leg had altered sensation, but I could feel them touching me normally.

    They were worried I may have a tear in my aorta due to the mechanism of the accident. They insisted on a CT-angio. I spoke to my friend who is an ob who strongly recommended against it and said have an MRI - they are safe.

    The hospital wouldn't give me the MRI (because it was after 5 by the time they decided to check my aorta) and kept telling me if I didn't get checked and had what they were looking for I would be here one minute and dead the next with no warning. I have two beautiful girls at home (who were at their party that I was missing). I was in pain. I was in no state to be choosing between the health of my unborn baby and the well being of my girls without a mother.

    I chose to do the CT. I feel terrible about it. I have only taken panadol for the pain because I dont like taking anything when pregnant. I stick to every little rule. I took maxalon about 3 times during my 15 weeks of morning sickness because I didn't want to take drugs.

    I've been in a lot of pain. I've been in and out of the Dr's and back to hosp but I cant bring myself to take the meds. My injuries are minor - I have severe whiplash and muscle spasm. The doctor thinks I have post traumatic stress too. (I'm crying a lot - writing this made me cry! I think it may still be a normal response and I may be ok - but will get counselling regardless)

    Has anyone else been in a similar situation. How was your recovery? How do you feel? How is your baby

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    No advice but just wanted to say I am so sorry you had to go through that How terribly scary Lots of hugs I hope somebody in here can offer you some advice xoxo

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    I don't have any experience of this but...I truly don't think you could have done anything but have the CT - angiogram...

    So, so sorry this happened to you.

    Can you see if you can get an appointment with a fetal medicine specialist to talk you through any possible follow-up actions etc?

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    oh you poor thing, huge hugs from me, wishing you all the best. hope you're ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert01 View Post
    I don't have any experience of this but...I truly don't think you could have done anything but have the CT - angiogram...

    So, so sorry this happened to you.

    Can you see if you can get an appointment with a fetal medicine specialist to talk you through any possible follow-up actions etc?

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    I agree, you really could not have done anything else.
    What a horrible incident, I hope you feel better soon.

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    Ill be seeing a specialist anyway because my preg is going to be complicated by cholestasis so will def ask

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    No experience to share but just wanted to say that I'm glad you have escaped with no major injuries and that apart from the worry about the CT bubs is OK too. You had no choice but to have it done so don't feel any guilt about it, hopefully all will be ok but as PP have said ask about follow up.

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    thankyou JIP - the one I had was about 800mGy or they said the equivalent to 300 chest X-Rays... so a little bit higher :-(

    At the time I was speaking to an obstetrician (a friend) who also spoke to a vascular surgeon (head of department) who said not to get it and to have an MRI. I was frightened into the CT. I would never have done it in my normal pre-accident state :-(

    I cant change it now and I'm so upset about it.

    I'm in and out of lots of pain but will get better in time. I really hope its quick! Was at GP today who thinks my healing time expectations are too high! You can only aim high though


 

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