An unexplained, alarming drop in her blood platelets two months after her first child was born left Mindela Trousdale in a nightmare situation: her husband was newly deployed to a war zone, her family was miles away in Texas, and she needed to be hospitalized immediately. Her 2-month-old daughter, Ella, wound up in the care of a stranger until Mindela got out of the hospital and her husband got back to North Carolina on emergency leave.
Doctors never did figure out why the major blood disorder struck the new mom, but she recovered with treatment and they figured it was related to her recent childbearing. So, when the Trousdales planned their second baby (who turned out to be James Waklin Trousdale), they were referred to high-risk pregnancy specialists – first in Germany, where they were stationed at the time, and then in Savannah at Savannah Perinatology Associates. Trousdale was closely monitored, but the blood problem did not reappear and her pregnancy was normal.
“I’ve loved being pregnant, and I’ve never resented any part of it,” said Trousdale.
But there was anxiety involved in the second pregnancy, and she credits Savannah Perinatology’s nurse practitioner, Angelyn Dekle, APRN-BC, FNP, with helping her through that. “My last visit, I hugged her and cried,” Trousdale said.
Dekle remembers the Trousdale case well. “I was able to spend a good bit of time with her, get to know her, and give her time to talk about what she was afraid of, based on her history,” she said.
Mindela’s second pregnancy was regarded as high-risk out of an abundance of caution. As it turned out, neither mother nor baby had any problems. But precautions are the order of the day when the health of a mother and her baby are on the line.