We arrived at the hospital about 11am to prepare for surgery. The doctor came in and verified that the baby was still breech. (which she was) After this, the nurses prepared me for surgery. (Ok… now I started to get a little nervous, because I knew that it was ‘real’ at this point.
After the nurses etc got me prepared, I walked into the OR. The anethsesiologist gave me my spinal block, and we were ready to get underway. They did the pain test to make sure that I wasn’t feeling pain. I could still feel things but at that point nothing was really painful.
So the doctor made her inscision, and i could tell that she had made her cut, but it didn’t hurt. Then they started with the levers, and pulling and tugging. That hurt really bad. So they gave me Fentynal which is one of the strongest narcotics known. That didn’t seem to help so they gave me some local lidocaine and marcaine (which is like what you get at the dentist) in the spot. I was still in a LOT OF PAIN. Some of the nurses, etc compared it to intense labor pain! They had never seen anyone react painfuly to the procedure. Usually it numbs you up pretty good.
I could hear the anesthesiologist, “here comes baby”, and I did hear the baby cry, and I just cried and cried. The baby was real! I really had a baby in my belly! They brought her over to me so I could see her. She looked soo pouty at this point. But she was definitely cute!
Jason and I decided miss K!
K’s pouty look
They told me that her leg was swollen, and that they needed to take her away…After they took her away the lidocaine etc still didn’t work either, so finally they gave me nitrous oxide, and I didn’t care about much after that. After I started dozing off I sent Jason to go check on K.
Monday afternoon they told me that she ended up being in a really really tough position, and was extremely hard to deliver. When the doctor was finally able to lift her pelvis out of my abdomen she heard a pop. They did X-Rays on her, and she broke her femur 😦 Poor little thing.
K in the level 2 nursery
At first they thought she would require surgery, and that she would have to be transfered to Gillette that night, but they got a hold of some ortho-pod surgeons, and they didn’t think it was nesicary. But we would need to follow up.
She had to live in the level 2 nursery for the entire time that we were there. So it was pretty sad for me (mom). The only way I could go and see her is if I went down there. This I think was the hardest part. I went thru 39 weeks of a less than stellar feeling pregnancy, had a very difficult delivery, and then couldn’t even see my little bunny right away :(. I did manage to get down to the nursery quite a bit tho. So, after major abdominal surgery it was really tough at first, because you’re so sore, and you can’t move… and you feel so helpless… but because I got up so much it actually helped me heal faster. Jason was an absolute MILLION DOLLAR DIAMOND because he helped me SO MUCH! I couldn’t have done any of it without him! Not the pregnancy, delivery, or recovery. He has been absolutely great!
Jason, K and me in the level 2 “family” room
This morning (Thursday 11/15/07) we were all released from the hospital and we drove down to Gillette. Nobody told me the first time you have your baby in the car you’re a paranoid mess. I was SOOO scared of everyone on the road.
K all bundled up for the car ride to Gillette
The ortho-pod Dr. E saw her, and fit her for her little brace. It’s kind of like what adults wear if they break a colar bone. Exept for your hips. So… we got her home, and we’re all relaxing now… well I am off for the evening. If anyone wants to call please do so, we’ll be here!