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I had my membranes stripped on april 30th and again on may 2nd. I was dilated to a 3 both times.
The afternoon of may 2nd after my apptment I was crampy but nothing that I wanted to time. That evening around supper time I started really hurting. My DH didn't realize how bad until he walked in the kitchen and I was leaned over the counter swaying back and forth. I was having wonderful back labor right up until the end. He called both of our moms so they could come to the house and take karmen with them.
We headed to the hospital about 915. I had texted my co-workers and told them I was coming so they had my room all ready. I was seriously hurting at this point (worse than the first time when I was unruptured), but still able to joke and laugh in between. They were 2-3 minutes apart. We got in my room and all the nurses were busy as it was a busy night with lots of laboring women so I just went ahead and peed in the cup, etc. After I stood up from the toilet to put my gown on, my water broke. There was tons of fluid, and I never would've imagined that it was only bag #1!
Tina checked me and i was a good 4, 75% and somewhat high still. She drew my blood and started my IV so I could get an epidural. Last time, I went very quickly from a 5-10 after my water broke, so I was afraid I'd miss it. My back felt like it was on fire everytime I contracted so I had to stand next to the bed with the monitors on and sway back and forth. That was the only way I could tolerate it. I was very proud of my beautiful baby on the monitor and how perfectly spaced apart my contractions were.
I got an epidural about 45 minutes later and it was totally right sided. I could've drawn a line down my stomach and that was how one sided it was. My left side still was on fire, but I said I didn't want to re-do. I was hoping I'd just go fast.
WELL, that didn't happen. She would.not.come.down. Everytime she'd check me, I'd be more dilated, but her head was still about a -1 station. So when I was a 7 a couple hours later and she still wasn't coming down I said ok, ok I'm going to need to re-do this. I was tearing up and having to really concentrate to get through them. At that point, my other side wasn't feeling great either. Apparently during all my rolling around in bed I had pulled the epidural catheter out a couple cm's. So thats probably why it wasn't working on either side anymore.
We re-did it and it went great. BUT I got totally numb up past my boobs. I didn't really notice until about 30 minutes later when I was having trouble breathing and it felt like I had no impulse to breathe. I had to think about it. So I told DH to go get Tina because I could feel all the way up by my armpits and it was totally numb, like I was touching someone else's body. So she called anesthesia to come back and they sat me straight up, oxygen, wouldn't leave me alone in the room even with DH, and had to turn my epidural off which I was wanting at that point because I hated feeling like I couldn't breathe. Luckily, miss blakely tolerated it well even when my pulse went up to 160 and my bp went down to like 70/40. Otherwise, I would've scored myself a c/section with general anesthesia because they wouldn't have been able to lay me down or reposition me to fix her. I hated feeling paralyzed up to my arms, it was an awful feeling. I'll admit though it was better than going natural. LOL.
Soooo, epidural was off and she made kasey watch me and not let me sleep while she went to chart. About an hour later I was complete, but baby still was high. She kept saying it felt like there was another bag even though fluid was still coming out. I couldn't feel any pressure to push so I had to lay on my left side with right leg in stirrup (called the texas roll haha) and push from that position. Very awkward with people you work with, but they made it as fun as it could be. After laying like that a while I started to feel the back pain again so I was ready to get it over with. I pushed for a whole hour, and not much progress. Dr Crawford came and she got an amnihook and said I'll see if I can break this bag. Well, lo and behold there was another bag holding her head up that high and thats probably why she wasn't coming down. A few pushes after that, she was born at 7:39 am The burning was intense, but I was still kind of numb down there so it was much better than with karmen and no epidural. I luckily didn't need any stitches, though I was bleeding quite a bit. I got 2 fun clot sweep vag exams during my stay for the bleeding.
She was perfect, came out crying and apgar's were 9 and 9.
I'm too lazy to repost pictures
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