I posted the second picture so you could see how little he is. I’ve never had a tiny baby before, so this is all new to me. 🙂
Ok, so I’m sure you’re wondering what happened. Here it is……
On Wednesday, I had posted that they found protein in my urine. On Wednesday night, I swelled up even bigger than I had been, and I had hardly peed all day – even after drinking 80 ounces of water. I called Labor and Delivery, and they told me to come in just to get checked out.
I called Gene, he left work, picked up his mom, brought her here, and then took me to the hospital. The nurse who met us at the door said that she had been trying to call us and tell us not to come in, but since we were there, she might as well monitor me for a few minutes. She took my blood pressure and it was 169/116. It stayed in that range all night long. It was pretty apparent that I had toxemia – or pre–eclampsia. Whatever you want to call it. I’ll call it toxemia, because I can spell it better! 😉
So, all night long, my bp was really high. Doc came in on Thursday morning and said that they would be starting the induction process that night. I begged her to let me go home and get some stuff done, since we had NOTHING ready for this baby, but she told me I wasn’t leaving the hospital until after I had a baby. Great.
So, I wrote up a list about 4 pages long and gave it to Gene. I had no choice.
They put in the cervadil about 6:30 Thursday night. It made me as sick as a dog. Nauseous, and just miserable. Did nothing to start contractions or help dilate me, either. The next morning, I was still “long, thick, and closed.” I got up, took a shower, and then around 7:30, they started the pitocin. Slowly through the day, things started to loosen up, and when she checked me around 12:30, she broke my water. (Her checking me is what broke it.) We decided to go ahead and do the epidural, since it seemed like I was progressing faster.
The anesthesiologist came in and put in the epi. After an hour, only my left thigh got numb. Nothing else. So, he tried again. And then again. And then again. And then he decided to try a LONGER needle. (Poor Gene was having an awful time by this point. Imagine how I was feeling!) After sticking me 5 times, he decided to bring up the u/s machine to make sure he got it in the right place. FINALLY, I got some relief. It took, and the rest of the delivery was easy peasy.
I started pushing at 3:25pm, and Parker was born at 3:26. 2 little pushes and he was out. He was SO tiny!! He had to be on oxygen for a few minutes, but after that, he perked up and never had any more problems.
I, however, started to go downhill from there. After the delivery, they had to start me on Mag Sulfate for 24 hours. That stuff makes me miserable. I swelled up HUGE, even to the point where my eyelids were swollen. I couldn’t even open my eyes.
During the night on Friday night, my blood pressure went from REALLY high to bottoming out. I really thought that I was going to die at several points, and just prayed that God would get me through it. I couldn’t take care of my baby, I was just a complete mess. Needless to say, they didn’t allow any visitors on Saturday morning/early afternoon. There’s just no way I could have handled it.
Once they stopped the mag sulfate, things got a LOT better. I’ve still been swollen – even in my eyelids – and my bp still goes up a little higher than we’d like, but I’m on medicine, and things should be better in a few days.
She let us go home about 3:30 this afternoon, and by the time Parker was done nursing it was after 4 before we really left. But, we’re home now, and it’s SO nice to be here.
I have decided that I will never again get pregnant. Even if I wanted to before this, there is no way in heck I am going through this again. If I want another baby, I will adopt! 😉 This has been the absolute worst experience of my life. Thank GOD I got Parker out of it. He more than makes up for it! 🙂
So, I apologize for not checking in. I had my laptop at the hospital, but they filter out certain sites and blogger is one of them.
I will post a link to pictures soon. But, Parker is HERE, and we are all so thrilled that he is just fine.
Thanks for the thoughts and well wishes. They’ve all been appreciated!!
Edited to add: Here’s a link to some pictures: http://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=55006&l=e2815&id=652316746 Enjoy!