I was 34 wks preg on 10/11/02. The previous week I had been put on
Posted On Friday, November 08, 2002 by Kimberly
|I was 34 wks preg on 10/11/02. The previous week I had been put on bedrest since I was having high bp readings. I was doing ok at it, but i was difficult. I went to the dr on Tues 10/08/02 and she ordered some bloodwork and a 24 hr urine test. Blood work came back fine, but urine test showed +3 protein. I went back into her office on Friday, the 11th at 2pm for a followup, when she revealed the results of the urine test and found that I still was having hbp problems, and at that time had a bp of 123/115. She promptly diagnosed me with preeclampsia, and said that since the protein in my urine and bp had been increasing over the past week I needed to have the baby this weekend. I was 1 cm when she checked my cervix. She sent me immediately to the hospital and they put me on NST and blood pressure monitoring every 5 minutes. 6 attempts were made to place an IV line before they called the anestheologist doc. He came, set up the IV and gave me a little talked about a potential epidural and my weight. He was not offense, but tried to me abrupt with me. He wasn't going to be there the next day, but he said he would let his partner on call know about me. That evening I was sent to an LDR room. Mag Sulfate was added to the IV to prevent seizures, a catheter was placed, and the dr said we would attempt to induce, trying first for a vaginal delivery. Cervidal was placed around 9pm and the dr came back and checked at 5am to find that I was still at 1 cm but 40% effaced. The cervadil staying in place for 4 more hours.It was then removed, and I was at 1- 2 cms, and 50% effaced. The baby's station was high, though he was head down. Pitocin was started, and I was soooo out of it, I think it was 3 or so hours before I started contracting. I was given a dose of Staydol for the contractions, and was checked again a few hours later, an was at 3 cms. A different anethesologist came by to do the epidural....he asked if I understood everything the dr from the day before had said, without being insulting....and he got the epidural in in one try. Being on more and more meds, I began to feel sick. I was mainly made to lay on my left side to help lower my bp. I was getting phenagran, but it didn't really last that long, and I'd be sick again. My water was broken, a fetal monitor was placed on the baby's head. Contractions increased, I was miserable from the Mag Sulfate, (felt like I had a fever even though I didn't) and the baby's baseline heartrate was great, but as I began to contract, he experienced dips in his heartrate. A decision was made to do a c- section.The dr and another dr she called on to assist performed the c-section. My husband told me it didn't last to long....maybe a total of an hour. I do remember kissing the baby and my husband went to the NICU with the baby. I was still on the pitocin and mag sulfate after delivery. The pitocin was to help the uterus contract back down and the mag sulfate is given 24 hours after delivery to prevent seizures. On Monday morning around 4am, I was still feeling sick to my stomach. The dr on call ordered something besides phenagran for this, it was called Zofran, something which is prescribed for chemotherapy patients that experience naseau. After that dose, I had no more problems with that. She also gave me a dose of demarol to help with the pain. I was moved to the post partum room around 6am and was brought by NICU before that to see the baby. He was a sweet little thing, on bililights and at that time on an IV. Later that day, after getting some sleep, my IV and catheter were removed. I was still be monitored for bp, which flucutated, because no one seemed willing to consistently use the correct size cuff to take it. I don't want to dwell to much on that. I came home yesterday evening (Wednesday). Whoa.....I am feeling muscles I forgot I had. Baby is still on NICU, but is doing better. He was taken off the IV Monday night, and Tuesday I was able to express some milk, enough for one feeding, and when I gave it to him, his eyes opened up. It really touched me. I have tried to continue pumping on and off, and whatever I get they add to his feedings. I would say my overall experience was wonderful in hospital, but miserable for the way I was feeling for days. I am most thankful for the doctors, nurses on L&D, and the staff of the NICU.|
After surviving a very traumatic first pregnancy with a nightmare delivery (30 hours of magnesium-induced hell, ending in an emergency c-section) and even more debilitating recovery, one would think I was DONE having children. Let's be ...