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We were scheduled for a c-section on May 9th at 7:30am and we were told to arrive at 5:30 am. We arrived to find my dad already there waiting on us. We had to go into admitting since I hadn’t pre registered. While I was in the back room filling out the paperwork, the woman admitting me got a phone call saying they needed me up to L&D right away. She hurried me through the paperwork and rushed me upstairs. As we were walking out, we see that my in – laws as well as my sister and her hubby and two kids and my brother had also arrived. I was surprised to see so many people there that early.
As soon as I get upstairs they take me to my room and tell me to change into the gown, and they immediately send me and hubby to the room just outside the OR. Two nurses came in to work on me. One started my IV and for some reason she put it on the side of my wrist. It hurt immediately; I said something and the other nurse noticed that the fluid wasn’t dripping at all… The IV nurse decides to flush it with a saline syringe, it hurt so bad I cussed very loudly… I’m fairly certain she didn’t have it in a vein. She decided to then take it out and put one in on the top of my hand. I literally couldn’t move that wrist for hours it hurt so bad and was still sore for 2 days after. The anesthesiologist came in to talk to us about the options. He said I could have an epidural or a spinal. I opted for the spinal since I wouldn’t have to have another thing plugged into me. The spinal is just a shot and then taken out instead of an IV like the epidural. My doctor came in as well to go over a few things and then they wheeled me into the OR. Hubby had to stay outside while they prepped me.
It was such a whirlwind once I got in the OR. It was a bit overwhelming. First thing they did was the spinal. It was a bit uncomfortable but only because of the way they made me sit with my neck bent down for what felt like forever. I didn’t feel the actual spinal. The prep was a tad overwhelming, I started going numb very quickly and it felt like so many people were pulling me in different directions. They let hubby come in which calmed me down.
They started the surgery which was so strange! I could feel everything, it didn’t hurt, but I could feel it. I just kept saying over and over again “this is so weird!” The doctor let hubby stand up and look when they had her head out. I heard the doctor say “wow, that’s a lot of hair” Then I heard her cry, and I lost it… I was so happy! After they cleaned her up a bit, hubby got to hold her… He brought her over to me and laid her head down on my shoulder. It was the sweetest moment of my life. They let them stay for a little while before he left to go with her to the nursery.
I got taken back to recovery and not long after they brought her in with a bottle so I could feed her. Her blood sugar was pretty low from my GD. She had trouble latching on to the bottle at first so that was kind of upsetting. They kept track of her sugars for the rest of the day and she was fine.
Sorry this was so long… LOL I may have gotten carried away. hehe
wow, sounds like it was a constant whirlwind of activity!! sorry about your IV. i know how annoying that is...on one of my PTL visits, the nurses had to re-insert it 6 times to get it into the vein - arrg. i hope your recovery is going smoothly.
I love that picture of her wrapped in the blanket. she is just so sweet!!!