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