Earthquake Emily's Birth Story :)

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AK2663's picture
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Earthquake Emily's Birth Story :)

Fairly uneventful thank goodness Smile BIG change from last time!

DH and I woke up, showered, packed the last minute things for the hospital. We dropped DD1 off at daycare around 9am (when we were supposed to be at hospital...ooops!) and headed into the L/D to check in for scheduled section. When I got in the a/c was broken on the floor and they had fans everywhere! They said the part should be in soon, but if it wasn't ready by the time I got back from the OR they would put me in a room on the pediatric unit so we had air. In the meantime they had set up this CRAZY looking portable air unit...

They prepped me with my IV, monitors, paperwork and OR gear. Told us not to unpack just in case we had to move rooms. We waited a little over an hour and just tried to relax before the excitement started Smile

After a bit my nurse came and took us down, after a brief talk with my doc. He told me that I had actually entered pre-eclampsia now that they got my 24hr protein results back. They were already high the week before, but doubled in this last week of my pregnancy and it was no wonder I was feeling so awful. My bp had also still been high and so my c-sec would have been done right away even if I wasn't on the schedule. He apologized it all happened while he was on vacation but we were dealing with it now and everything should be fine. DH got dressed in his wonderful OR garb and we headed down!

We got down to OR and dh waited while I got my spinal. I was scared to death of this part and bear hugged the 300lb male nurse in front of me a shook like crazy. Overall, not too bad..until I laid down and bp dropped from 157/92 to 77/44. Bring on the dry heaves, dizzyness and general feeling of dying. Only lasted a few minutes, they pushed a whole bag of fluid and gave nausea meds. It stayed low during surgery, but not as scary low as that!

The surgery took about 90 min., the first 30 just removing scar tissue, then those wonderful baby cries came Smile and then like 50 min of stitching bc doc had a few residents in he was trying to teach at the same time. Finally got out and headed to Em and DH in recovery. I had the shakes terrible so they hit me with 6 shots of demeral btwn the OR and recovery to try and stop them. In the midst of the shakes comes an EARTHQUAKE! DE's first in fact! I didnt feel it personally bc of my own shakes, but the nurses and DH were going crazY!
They chkd Em out more since I couldnt hold her w my shakes.

And finally I felt comfortable enough to hold her Smile

DH went and got big sis after we were settled in our room (got to stay, they fixed the air!)

Instant love

My bp was great initially but the second night it went up higher then ever 178/99. After two hrs laying down it was 144/87. They want me to come in early next wk for bp chk again so Ill let you know how that goes.
Thanks for reading!!

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Mustanglisa's picture
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Congratulations! What a crazy mess that ended up being for you. I can't believe that your c-section took so long. Mine was a repeat and it took less than 30 minutes start to finish including tubes being tied. I'm sorry you got so sick from it too, thats not good and makes it really hard to enjoy that moment. I got the shakes with dd too, expected it this time but luckily didn't have any problems. Congrats again and hope that new big sister is doing well with it all too.

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I got the shakes good after birth both times.... It sucks! I feel you on the general dying feeling with the low bp... I had that most of the day I went into the ER. also sucked... Lol. Glad you're doing well. Em is adorable.

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She is so cute! Congratulations!

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She's just adorable!! And congratulations momma!!

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I love all the pictures throughout your message.

You have a very cute little baby girl (and big sister too) Smile

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Congrats on another little princess!

AK2663's picture
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Thanks girls! We are battling reflux at the moment Sad Shes on zantac now and we are trying all the tricks from DD1 who also had it...however at 2 1/2 she still has to take medicine for it!