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Melissa Winters



About 20 minutes after my daughter was born, I was very dehydrated and went into shock because my blood pressure was too low (50/27). They gave me 5 liters of fluid to re-hydrate me during the code, and that saved my life. But my hemoglobin dropped from 12.1 to 7.3 in one day. I felt terrible: weak, exhausted no matter how much I slept, and like I had just worked out even after walking 10 feet. Just 4 weeks before that I was walking 3 miles a day and lifting weights. The worse part was that I couldn't care for my newborn daughter. I can't express how heartbreaking that was! Thankfully, about a week after she was born, my doctor made the decision to provide me with a transfusion. In a few hours, I felt much more like myself. The best part was that I could finally lift my daughter from her crib! Receiving the transfusion didn't necessarily save my life, but it did allow me to recover much more quickly and to be the mom I want to be.

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