Getting a little serious.


Most of you know I don’t really talk about ME so much…not in a real sense. I’ll tell you a funny story or anecdote, but that’s about it.

But, this one is about me.

Both of my pregnancies, with #1 and this one, I have low platelets. These are the little guys that help your blood clot. During pregnancy, they should be at 100,000 or higher. It really becomes an issue around 36 weeks when you are close to delivery.

With #1, they went back up over 100,000 before 28 weeks. Nothing was done to cause this and nothing was required. Just prayers and praise.

This time, they are still low. As of less than a month ago, they were at 87,000. What does this mean?

If they don’t go up to 100,000, then I can’t get an epidural. It can cause a hematoma or bruise on spinal column which could end in paralysis. This is not good. Even in an emergency situation, I would have to be under general anesthesia for a c-section if they remain low. There is no harm to the baby if the low platelets go untreated.

Now, I realize that not getting an epidural is not the end of the world. In fact, with #1 I was totally prepared to go all natural, except, I never dilated and needed pitocin after 24 hours and I just couldn’t do it. But, I would like to have the option available to me. Especially should an emergency arise.

So, I have another appointment on Thursday, where they will draw my blood and do another count. If they are still low, the only treatment option is to take steroids (for me, not a shot). Then, after a week of treatment, they will retest and see if the steroids are working. If they are, we continue the treatment, if they don’t, then it’s no epidural.

I’m a little scared of the steroid treatment. It will make the baby bigger, it will make me retain water, irritable, and sleepless. All horrible things a month before your baby is due to arrive. And, when I asked what the success rate was, the doctor said only 1 in 3. Not that great of odds for the side effects.

So, here’s what I’m asking/begging/requesting: Please, please, please, say a prayer that they go up on their own. That I will have good news to report on Friday or Monday. That God will give me the platelets I need to have the options available. I would really appreciate it. My hubby would too, who is freaking out at the fact that I might not be able to get an epidural. He asked if he could get one for me!! Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!!

Feel free to ask questions and I’ll do my best to answer them or let me know if you had the same thing. I’ve never meet anybody with the same problem.

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  1. Praying everything will turn out fine. Don’t worry so much. Try to get plenty of rest.

  2. Hey Krystyn, I have ITP, too. So I will be praying that they go up on their own. When I was pregnant with Audrey, they were at 67,000 on my 36th week and by the time I went into deliver they went up to 96,000. PTL! I will definetely pray for you. Do you mind doing the same for me, as mine are pretty low for being only 13 weeks pregnant (120k)?

  3. Praying for you and the platlets to rise!! No epidural? OMG!! Praying praying praying for you here on the frozen tundra!

  4. I will say a little prayer for you. I didn’t have it with either pregnancy. I actually didn’t know they had to be at a certain level so I am assuming mine were ok. Good luck! I can’t believe it is a month away already!

  5. sending lots and lots of prayers friend – and a side of hugs 🙂

  6. I’m so sorry you are still having to worry about this 🙁
    I will be praying!
    Please keep us updated and hopefully they come up!
    (I still cant believe its almost time to meet “the Sequel”)

  7. You absolutely have my prayers sweetie.
    Good luck darlin’.

  8. Dear Krystyn,
    You will surely be in my prayers. Also, in our temples we have a special prayer roll for people who are sick or afflicted. During each session we take out a few minutes to pray for those whose names are on the list. Would you like me to add you to the prayer roll? I would be glad to do so.

    I am sending you love as well as best wishes. Love, Grammy Lura

  9. I love the blog! Rest plenty and we will send up some prayers your way! 🙂

  10. Ohhh prayers for you 🙂 I hope it all works out.

    I’m very pro-epidural. Is that bad? Like, I am thinking of writing down on an official contract that I want it…so that when I say I don’t you know, because I’m trying to be brave, Mr. Newlywed can wave the proof in my face.

    Really I do hope it works out!!!!

  11. You know you already have my prayers. This is what we’ve been discussing all morning. I’m anxious to hear your results come Thursday.

  12. i’m praying and sending you a little bloggy love of my own in the form of an award… come by and check it out!

  13. Oh Krystyn I will be praying for you and your platelet count to rise! I’m sure the best thing you can do is relax and take it easy, so try and do that!

    Prayers from the Falgout’s will keep coming!!

  14. hoping they go up Krystyn! will sya a prayer for ya…

    oh and by the way…people were asking about you on HMLL. Ididn’t know if you knew that or not.

  15. I’ll definitely be sending up some prayers for you that the levels go back up!!! Try not to worry too much…although I know how impossible that can be sometimes!!

  16. Give me a P, give me an L, give me an A, give me a T, give me an E, give me an L, give me an E, give me a T, give me an S!!! Give Krystyn plenty of platelets!!!!

    GO platelets GO (and I mean UP!)


  17. I’ll DEF say a prayer for you!! I hope you get good news – isnt it a good sign that they went down on their own with Izzy?? Maybe the same thing will happen again. Let us know what happens when you get tested again!!

  18. Thanks for telling us Krystyn so that we can pray for you!

    Hoping that your platlets go up on their own, and that you can relax, and try to enjoy your last couple of weeks.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers! 🙂

  19. Yes, definitely sending you prayers.

    I know people have babies without epidurals all the time. But I really have a hard time imagining that. I loved my epidurals!!!

    Hoping for very good news soon!!!

  20. says:

    OUCH! I will certainly say a prayer for you. I wish you the best of luck. Keep us updated.

  21. Hey sweetie, I just wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers and thoughts.

    I really hope that they go up for you! (((hugs)))

  22. The Gerster Family says:

    oh, friend, I will pray. Truly, truly I will. I would hurt for you, if the epedural isn’t an option for you. YIKES! Can’t wait to hear the good news later this week.

  23. OH goodness. I got behind on my blog reading, and this is what’s going on with you?? Of course I will pray!! Pregnancy is such an emotional roller coaster as it is! I wish you didn’t have to go through this during your last weeks of pregnancy, but know that your blog friends are thinking about you. Keep us posted!

  24. I can honeslty say that I have never heard of that. But prayers and good thoughts are most certainly on the way my friend!!

  25. I’ll be thinking of ya, and praying for ya!

  26. I’m praying it all works out for you! But really natural childbirth isn’t too bad 😉

  27. Krystyn. I will totally keep you in my prayers honey. It is always nice to have the epidural option open to you.

  28. Hi Krystyn,

    I had low platelets, too–they were 86,000 by the time I was in labor, but they gave me the epidural anyway! They actually dropped to 76,000 after Aiden was born, so I had to wait until the rose again before they would take the syringe out of my back. Everything ended up just fine, though. I will be praying that your platelet count goes up–hang in there!!!

  29. I definitely sending prayers your way. 🙂

  30. I will SAY many prayers for YOU! I know you are scared but NO matter WHAT things will be FINE and will work out! This TIME around also with the 2nd BABY you will be MUCH more Calm and KNOW what to expect and all the way around it is going to be Different experience! SO RELAX, BREATH (EAT) and TAKE care of YOURSELF! I will be stalking YOU HOURLY…just kidding to check on YOU!!!!!

  31. Oh man I don’t blame you for being nervous! I’m hoping and praying your platelets go up on their own so you don’t have to add this extra added stress!!

  32. I am about to have some quiet time with Him and I will remember you in my prayers…right after I get my little one down for a nap in a few minutes….prayers coming from Hawaii!!! Much aloha!!!

  33. Sorry I was so behind on reading this. Definitely praying for you and the little baby!

  34. No need to ask…You and baby are definitely in my thoughts and prayers.
    Here’s to things looking UP!!!

  35. Wow, I can’t imagine how worrisome this is for you. I will certainly keep you in my prayers as Thursday approaches.

  36. Smart A$$ Mom says:

    Oh my! Hope everything is going better for you. I can’t imagine child birth w/o the help of the epidurl.(sp?)

  37. Wow, it has to be this serious for us to hear about you?! I’m definately praying for you that the platelets go up without steroids. I also hope that if they don’t, (well, even if they do, but you KWIM) you will have a really easy non-emercency delivery without the need for a c-section or pitocin.

    Wait, does any of that make sense? So in a nutty nutshell I will be praying my little heart out for you.

  38. I don’t have any children, but I had ITP (low platelets) when I was a freshman in college. I was on high doses of steroids for six months and I think it was worth it! Of course, mine were down to 2,000 so it was a little more urgent that I get on steroids. I do know how awful the side effects from steroids are, so I’ll say a prayer that you don’t have to have them and you get your epidural! I can’t imagine having a child without pain meds… yikes.

  39. Oh honey Pie.. I’m late in reading this.. but not late in praying for you… I’ll be thinking of you!!!!

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