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19 y/o pregnant..the baby ate her brain? LONG but desperate

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 15, 2007
  • 06:18 PM

I have a 19 y/o daughter that still lives with us. She is 6 and 1/2 months pregnant. Almost 2 weeks ago she had an "episode" that looked like an anxiety attack. I took her to the hospital. Once the "anxiety" lifted she was in a state of total confusion. By that I mean that every 30 minutes or less, I'd have to remind her of where we were (ER) and why.
The attack consisted of not feeling well when she got up, dizziness, numbness in lower extermities, a general uncomfortableness, shortness of breath (she could not get enough air in, pulse ox was 99-100), some heaviness in her chest- left side.
The hospital did a blood and urine tests and listened to the babys heart. They were all just fine. No infection, virus, red/white blood cells OK, etc...
She also had a CT scan to rule out a pulomnary embolism, blood clot in the lungs. None there. they sent us home not knowing anything.
The first week she was not herself. It looked like she was in very deep thought. She seemed to not have much memory.
For almost 2 weeks we have dealt with her not filing any new memories. Any routine she had before is still there. Her personality has almost fully returned. She has the same likes and dislikes as before. She can not remember anything for more than 15 minutes on a good day. Example; she wanted cake. I took her in the kitchen told her to get a cake mix and make the cake. She did, I oiled the muffin tins and watched her. I put the tins in the oven. She cleaned up her mess,and when I checked them after 12 minutes, she looked in the oven and yelled "Oh boy, you made cupcakes".

She feels fine. Looks great. Tells us when the baby is kicking.
Back Ground...Military child, normal illnesses, Normal family events: births, deaths, reunions, etc...
Boy friend on and off in high school senior year. The relationship got more steady after highschool. They broke up and 2 weeks later she found out she was expecting. They decided to be friends but were together often. The last several months with him have been off again, on again. He has gotten very self-centered, even dissapeared for some time. The Sat before this episode she was depending on him for a ride home from work. He did not feel like getting out of bed to get her.
She worked, was starting on line classes, sister is home ill with Mono, other sisters boyfriend (they are close)was having surgery, she could no longer drive due to pregnancy complications, low blood pressure and sugar, found out the baby has only one kidney, and a favorite patient at work passed away.
If we try to get her to remember any thing she gets obviously stressed lasts a couple of hours.

I am grasping for any ideas, where I live a psychatrist is 6 weeks to an appointment, they suggest hospitalization only because they cant deal with her immediatly.
I am resistant, she is not a danger to anyone. She would not want drugs. She would be more confused in an unknown place. I would have no access to her, more confusion. If I am out of sight more than 1/2 hour she is looking for me.

Not blood clot. Not TIA. Not Vit C (craves OJ concentrate) or electrolye imbalance. Not infection.
No headaches. No unusual body aches or pain. No fever. Normal sleep.
Any ideas are greatly appreciated

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  • I wonder if if she could be having an allergic reaction to her pregancy? I've heard of that happening, but don't remember what the symptons were. Also maybe knowing that her boyfriend is not planning on being around for support like helping her raise the baby & such has been so overwhelming for her, that she's reacting to that mentally??? This is pretty weird & there has to be a reason for it medically. I'd take her to a different doctor & if they suggested putting her in the hospital, express your concerns about her asking about you every 30 minutes or so. Maybe they would work it where you could be there for her somewhat. But I would definately get her back to a doctor for further test.
    alltrouble2 7 Replies
    • October 16, 2007
    • 00:02 PM
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  • Did she have an ultrasound? Have they ruled out placental problems, like previa or abruption? What other complications is she having that she is not able to drive? Does she crave sweets and eat alot of sweets? Has she had any abnormal bleeding? Take her to a different hospital. I think there could be some serious things going on that her current docs are missing. This is not a purely psychological issue. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • October 16, 2007
    • 05:37 PM
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  • It's a particularily stressful time for you for sure.Whatever the cause, the issue at hand as I see it, is to be as calm as possible with her.I'm not saying pretend that there is no problem - but don't lay expectations on her by prompting her to remember what she can't.If she's not frustrated so much with it.Then that only makes one of you.Live as though you expect they'll get to the bottom of it eventually.And smile.
    Dioloquese 8 Replies
    • October 16, 2007
    • 08:24 PM
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  • Thanks for the thoughts. Nothing has been resolved yet. 2 weeks today of her remembering nothing. Went to different doc today. He did do some blood work, nothing unusual there, but not all tests back yet. Looking for some odd definencies B-12, etc...I think he thought we were pulling his leg, until he left the room to conference with another doc and make some phone calls. When he came back in, she introduced her self. LOL. He did "call in a favor and we have an appointment with a neuro tomorrow. We have pretty much ruled out TIA, Thyroid, folic acid or Vit C (current craving...OJ from the frozen concentrate can) deficencies. Ruled out; pulmonary embolism (with CT), stroke (no loss of motor functions), hydrocephly (no headaches), My bro does some side work for a psycartarist, I am telling you I will pull any string I can, he called his friend for me. His ideas were "first thing GET AN MRI" rule out any other medical conditions. He suggested maybe pregnancy amensia, stroke, hydrocephly.Her normal cravings seem to be sour things. Sour Skittles, sour gummy candies, etc...The weirdest craving so far has been sour cream and onion Lays chips washed down with Strong Lemonade! Ewww. My skin still crawls at that thought.We are being calm with her. And Patience boy is that fun the 7th time, in 2 hours, you tell her why we are going to or are at a doctors office.She did have an ultrasound 2 days before the "break". That is where we found the baby only has one kidney, but no other apparent birth defects. I am just hoping that she is "taking a break" from all the pressures on her. But 2 weeks now? We wonder if she will regain this two weeks and if she is at a greater risk for post partum.Baby's grow a lot between 25 and 27 weeks She looks in the mirror and can't believe how big she has gotten since yesterday. Her yesterday is 14 days ago. I HAVE to laugh other wise I'd CRY!As for me, my mom came to help, I have another teen at home with MONO, her doc says the Poster child for the illness. I am dealing with stress as best I can. I play spider solitare a lot and research for her on the computer alot!Yeah, I know I can diagonisis myself on a good VET web site.Thanks Ya'll Tinker
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 17, 2007
    • 08:38 PM
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  • I'm concerned when you mention low blood sugars and low blood pressure. I'm also wondering about these food cravings which relate basically to salt cravings. And you mentioned she can't handle stressful events. So, I'm wondering here about doing a cortisol check on her. Those sure are some signs. Especially the brain fog-memory problems. Her electrolytes may of cleared but there could be a cortisol problem or she could be adrenal fatigued. Many of these people get passed of to a physch. Then later still suffer symptoms and remain undiagnosed. I hope you get this message. a simple blood draw can find it. 7 to 9 in the morning or 3-5 pm. Any other time is a false reading. Please ask for a level done. I craved with my son and all I ate was salty things soups, salads, and lemons. I ate alot of lemons. People thought I was crazy and I also ate alot of sour candy. You can get her some gatorade and see if she perks up a bit. Then the next day or two go without it and just see how she acts. Keep us posted. The salt is good if her blood pressure is low. How low is it??? And whats her blood sugars???
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 17, 2007
    • 11:43 PM
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  • Things are improving here. It seems that it reallly was just stress. Her memory began improving last week. She still does not remember the better part of October. There are a few things that pop up now and then that happened during that time she has memories of. Nothing spectacular. She still is having trouble remembering everything that happens each day. The psycotherapist has her "visiualizing" everything that happens. Memory is stored visual and verbal. She was not putting anything away, either way. Now we have to figure out how to get the verbal memories to start up again.All blood tests were normal. Thanks for all your help. You guys have no idea how much it helped me to have somebody out there that could relate and not think I am making all this up. Yeah that happened in the Doc's office. Thanks again
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 5, 2007
    • 01:45 AM
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  • get her some of these after the delivery: check out these products: http://www.integrativepsychiatry.net/index.html she could use these now: http://www.potentialsunlimited.com/subliminal-products.cfm?id=35
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 29, 2007
    • 08:25 AM
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  • hey first of all i cant imagine what your going through just stay strong and i hope everything will turn out ok.Has she got tested for mono??i heard that mono can affect the brain and thoughts etc???i dont know if this will be helpfull or not.Good luck
    lil_ms_funky 2 Replies
    • January 10, 2008
    • 01:33 AM
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