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Included are many of the troubles I had with the hospital in Jassie's first week of life.
As most of you already know my water broke early on Monday 9 Oct. Rodger and I went into the hospital where they monitored me and Jassie and ran a few tests to see if it was my water that had broken or if it was just urine (like I don't know the difference, I have perfect bladder control thanking you very muchly). Tests showed that my water had indeed broken (duh!) but since I wasn't contracting they sent me home with some antibiotics to take and to try and get some rest.
During that afternoon I began to lose my plug and contract albeit very irregularly. That evening when Rodger got home from work we went for a walk to see if that would help to speed things along. It didn't. At about 9pm I began to have stronger contractions but they were still very irregular.
After going to bed at about 11pm I got up at 11:30pm as I was uncomfortable in bed so I got a bit of sleep in between contractions on the couch. I had a bloody show at about 3am and by 4am the blood was quite bright so I woke Rodger and rang the hospital. "oh" says the midwife I spoke too "It is a bit of concern that its bright red but since you're coming in in a few hours anyway don't bother now" ***?? That stressed me out and due to that my contractions again petered out.
Anyways 6:30am rolls around and we leave for the hospital. I'm admitted and at about 9am they give my an IV and because I'm still not contracting begin to induce using Syntocin. Due to the Syntocin I'm attached to a fetal monitor and can't move off the bed as they only have one walking monitor and it was in use elsewhere. I sit over the head of the bed for a bit but it hurts my legs so I have to move.
At about 10:30am they upped the Syntocin and bam there was massess of pain. Each contraction is about 3 min apart and 90 seconds and up in length so resting in between is out of the question. Here I ask for the gas and it helps until they again up the Syntocin and the contractions immediatly get worse. Rodger and my Doula are applying heat packs to my back and its helping together with the gas. It's here that I would have loved to be able to get into a hot shower to ease the pain but can't due to the monitor. By 12:30pm they have again upped the Syntocin and I can't take it any more and ask (well ok beg) for the epi.
Mr. Epi man arrives 15min later and gets started. 45min later he's done. But... the rotten thing didn't work!! Anyways they give it another 30min and when its still not working they call for Mr. Epi man again and a different one arrives. A nicer one, one who seems to know a bit more about what he was doing. Or so we thought. They insert a new Epi and this time it works, but only done my left side. It did offer relief though as the pain was only half as bad since I could only feel it on one side.
Again the up the Sytocin and I go from 1.5cm to 10cm in about 4 hard hours. At 7pm on the nose I begin to push and an hour and 13min later Jassie was born. It felt like a lot shorter time than that though.
This is where the drama began. On late Wednesday we noticed that she was a bit on the yellow side. I mentioned it to the midwife but she just brushed me off. The day Midwife on Thursday also noticed it but told me that it was fine and would be gone by the following day when we went home. Well by the following day it wasn't gone but they sent us home anyways without taking blood. BTW she was yellow all the way done to her hips.
The visting midwife came on Saturday and took blood. It was Sat afternoon when they rang and asked us to bring her in for phototherapy. That turned me into a wreck. Even some of the midwifes in the special care nursery were suprised that no one had taken blood from her while we were there especially since we are of a different RH factor (I'm neg, she's pos). They finally let us come home on Monday. Now the only issues we have is the fact she needs to be woken for feeds except between 12:30 am and 5am but we feed her more often today and have just out her down a bit earlier than we did last night. I also will not be waking her overnight for feeds. If she's still asleep at 6am then I will but otherwise I won't.