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Cesarean Section Grief

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January 3rd, 2012, 05:03 PM
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hi ladies! I have been a member of just mommies for awhile but rarely ever post. Howver given my recent issues i figured it was time to return. I gave birth Dec 16th, via scheduled c-section to my third child. This was my 2nd section btw well, the day of the section went fairly well in terms of pain expected and such. However, the next day I noticed huge bruising starting on my right side and going all the way down to my girly parts(sorry TMI) and the pain was terrible. I was told by docs I had a hematoma and my body would absorb it eventually. I came home on Monday but was told they could not take staples out and I would return to their office the 23rd, which was the next Thursday for removal. Well the pain was unbearable so I knew something didn't seem right. I went in to have staples removed and the doctor ended up have to open half the incision in office and remove several blood clots. I was told at that point that the incision would stay open and be packed daily by home health. Well I returned the next day and they had to open up all of the left side but one inch and remove several more blood clots. I also found out that Home Health will not come out which docs are still investigating. They are not sure if it is an insurance issue or what. Anyway, at this point, my husband had to be trained on how to pack my wound, starting once a day and may go up to twice a day. This is not something I ever wanted him to have to see or do. The doc said the wound has to heal from the inside out and at this point he said it will take a couple weeks.*This whole process had been emotional draining and painful. I can barely take care of Sophia. It has dramatically affected my milk supply to the point where we have to supplement after nearly every feeding and its just been an ordeal. I was wondering if any of you have ever had this happen or knew someone it happened to. I have read Internet stories but they are all so horrible that I am trying to not read them any longer. I guess I would just really like to hear a positive story. Thanks ladies and sorry so long..I guess I sorta needed to vent too.
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January 3rd, 2012, 06:50 PM
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(((HUGS))) Congrats on your baby.

I am very sorry you are having to go thru this. You may want to PM Delekatala,I think she may be going thru something similar
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January 3rd, 2012, 09:02 PM
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Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl!

I have dealt with an open incision, however, I have never dealt with blood clotting in my incision. When I had my daughter in 2009, I had so much scar tissue on the right side that I ripped, and when they went to take the staples out the day I was discharged, they realized that the right side of my incision was still open about 2 to 3 inches wide and 2 to 3 inches deep, so they left the remainder of my staples in and told me to return to my family doctor and have him remove them in a week, which I did. My incision was still open, had not even made a dent in closing, so my family doctor said that same thing, it is just going to have to heal from the inside out... My husband and my mom had to help keep it clean and dry and it took 9 weeks to completely close and heal.

I am stunned by all the blood clots you've had, I have never heard of that, but the open incision, I can somewhat relate! I hope your incision heals quickly for you hon, I certainly understand the difficulty in trying to take care of a newborn when you have such a gaping wound to try to be careful with.

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January 4th, 2012, 05:50 AM
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Sorry you have to go through this.

I only had an infection of my scar- not a gaping wound like you. I have no real advice just wanted to offer support. It sounds pretty rough what you have to go through.

How is your hematoma doing? And what does it mean to "pack a wound"?

I hope your incision heals fast and that you can enjoy your new baby w/o pain.
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January 4th, 2012, 05:59 AM
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And what does it mean to "pack a wound"?
Packing a wound means in order to keep her wound dry and free from infection, her husband has to put gauz (sp?) inside of her open incision.
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January 4th, 2012, 04:10 PM
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thanks so much for your support ladies!
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January 4th, 2012, 05:25 PM
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Congratulations on your daughter!

I'm so sorry you're having to go through this.

My incision re-opened after a week and a bit and it was horrid. There was pain and all the oozing and it really made me feel like I was never going to heal and get better. I've never had an issue with clotting in the incision and I would be asking your doctors for a clotting panel to make sure they're aware of the likelihood of thrombosis.

Any time there is excessive clotting it's a good idea to keep an eye on how your natural clotting panel is.

I passed quite a lot of clotting vaginally and they assume that's why I didn't heal so well the first time.

It did affect my milk supply and I think having a sick baby at the same time did as well. I know the stress with feeding the baby affected my healing and I think if you have to supplement then do so without guilt.

Your body is hugely stressed at the moment and by reducing your milk, it's redirecting energy and white blood cells to your wound and not your baby. This is one of those times in life where your healing is more essential than getting adequate milk to your baby. If you become even more ill then it's going to be worse.

Is your husband capable of packing your wound and can he tell if it's healthy tissue? The first sign something is not right he needs to get you back to the doctor. An open incision is so risky with regards to infection.

I know it felt like an insult to injury. I didn't want the stupid c-section and here I was with a gaping hole. I felt ugly and ruined.

In the end, it did heal. It was very, very itchy healing but it did heal. It was quite tender and sore for quite a few months and I have very little feeling along the stitching.

I did manage to keep my milk and it took a while to increase. I was on antibiotics as a prevention for infection.

Sending lots and lots of hugs to you. It's such a huge toll on the body in such a precious time.
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January 5th, 2012, 02:27 PM
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Sounds really rough the open wound (thanks for explaining what packing the wound means). I hope the wound heals fast for you and hope the pain is bearable.
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