Archive | June, 2011

Separation Anxiety: Part 1

15 Jun

I remember laying in the bed late at night and I felt like was dreaming and I had to go to the bathroom. All of a sudden it felt like a little was seeping out and I thought “I am too old to wet the bed!” So I got up and went to the bathroom. As I finished and I was about to wash my hands there was a big (sorry so graphic) gush of fluid…my water broke! I yelled out “your son is coming!” I waddled into the bedroom, called the doctor and proceeded to pack a bag. No, my bag was not packed because I was going into labor six weeks early. On the way to the hospital my water broke AGAIN!

Once I got to the hospital things went pretty smoothly until it was time to push. The doctor came in, halfway through, and saw that there was another water pocket obstructing the path for my son to come out. Once that was broken I gave one good push and he slid out.  When my placenta did not come easily the doctor informed me that it was attached to my uterine wall. The nurses took a couple of pictures my me and my baby and I was taken up to surgery to have my placenta separated from my uterus. When I came back down my baby was not in the room and I was half delusional as I was being told that my son had complications and had to be taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and I would only be able to see him for a few minutes before they took him. They brought him in a big incubator with a lot of wires connected and not two minutes after they rolled him in alarms started ringing and they had to take him away.

Not two hours after giving birth I was left in the hospital room by myself with no baby.

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Go with your Gut

2 Jun

Pregnancy brings so many changes in body, emotions, hormones, not to mention the uncertainties about the Do’s and Dont’s during pregnancy.  To help guide me through those uncertain times I thumbed through What to Expect When You’re Expecting and a really cool book I got in my Welcome pack from my O.B.’s office.

The book I got from the Welcome package went through the different stages of development, what’s going on with the baby and what they look like. I loved it so much and tried to contain myself to only read about the stage my baby was in. What to Expect was more for me and what I was experiencing and I found it very helpful. Anytime I had questions about what I was seeing or feeling I looked to “the book”. 

I had a pretty rough pregnancy. It started with the four months of “All Day” sickness, then I got the news about the possibility of  birth defects, I started gaining weight like a baby elephant and I had the worst pain I ever experienced shooting from my right buttock straight down my leg. If you haven’t experienced the wrath of the sciatic nerve count yourself blessed because the pain is indescribable. The best was I could describe it was by saying I wanted to cut my leg off just to get rid of the pain, YES it was that bad! I’m sure the weight gain wasn’t helping. However, I didn’t understand what was going on with me because I was eating right and getting in exercise but I just kept swelling up. Eventually it got to the point where my feet where too wide to wear shoes and I couldn’t even put on my own socks. I remember one day crying because I couldn’t get them on and when I got to work I sat in the records room trying to decide what I was going to do. I was upset and embarrassed but  I had to ask one of my to put them on for me. When I went to the Doctor he told me to watch what I was eating because I could end up having gestational diabetes. He thought it was my eating habits that was causing the weight gain but I knew I was eating pretty well so things just were not adding up. I was just gaining weight I was swelling and I was severely overheated. My feet would get so hot I tried putting my socks in the freezer to help cool them off, and this was in February! So I went to “the book” and my symptoms were those described for someone with preeclampsia. I called the doctors and they blew me off and I called again and he told me, over the phone, that the swelling was hereditary.  I took it as I was being the hypochondriac that I am known for being and I trusted the doctor. I should have went with my gut!

One day while at work the sciatic nerve pain was even more excruciating than ever, which I didn’t think was possible. I left work early and two days later I went into labor, six weeks early!