J will do another post to finish up his story but while I'm at his computer working through the pain since I totally forgot to take my motrin again I figured I'd do up a post.
I'm home, alive and trying to recover but it was a long journey to get this far. I'm so glad that J has been filling all of you in on what happened because for me personally it was one big blur.
Sunday night we went in for our induction day and scheduled time. "Oh goody", I thought as they told me I was already 1 cm dilated on my own. Maybe this won't take as long as I thought to bring our baby girl into the world. Okay well yeah I should have known better from reading all the blogs over the years. Ladies you have prepared me for most of everything including the packing of depends undergarments for the after effects! Thank you!
But I wasn't prepared to wake up to pee and find that I was leaking blood with a damn tampon shoved up inside of me. I'm like "what the fuck! did I fall asleep and miss it?". Nope all was okay it was the cervidil or however it is spelled. I had no clue that a tampon was its application and my doctor didn't bother to tell me either. About twelve hours later they pulled the tampon out after a very uncomfortable readjustment by my doctor where he shoved it back up inside because my body was pushing it out. The pictocin was then started with an 18 gauge iv line needle in my left ulnar side. I have a huge lump from that needle but that is the least of the issues my body is now facing in recovery.
The pictocin didn't work, another tampon of cervidil and almost twelve hours later and I was still only about 2.5 cm dilated. Dr. C. was due to end his shift and decided to break my water with the hope that in a few hours I would be delivering the baby. Hahahaha! Jokes on him in less than 42 minutes Eilonwy was here!
I still love how the anesthetist said it was never too late for an epidural. I asked for one and they said no. Crap. I tore in three areas; urethra, labia, and perineum. I'm sure J has mentioned all this to you folks too.
Well lets see, after giving birth which wasn't all that bad I tried to sit up after the medical staff left the room. Bad idea! I remember telling Jason that everything was going black and that was it. Over the next few days I managed to some how lose most of my blood volume, third space which happens when you lose too much blood and you body decides to hold onto all the fluids it can get and lose a uterus. Yup, they had to do a hysterectomy.
I mean I knew this was going to be the last pregnancy but geez I thought I could hold off on organ removal for about a year. I still have the cervix and ovaries but we know that with endometriosis the ovaries are nothing but trouble.
The reason for the hysterectomy is the placenta accreta. One would have thought that if my high risk OB in Savannah had actually done the study he said he was going to do but then promptly forgot to put it in my chart then they would have been better prepared for the birthing. Why do what should be done when you only want to spend 5 minutes every three weeks with your patient!
So after gaining more than 16 staples in a vertical incision, 6 pints of blood (4 A+ and 2 O+), numerous bags of ancef (antibiotic), and multiple bags of saline I'm writing to you from my own bed while trying to lie on my left side and think clearly about what really matters. I'm pissed. No not because I almost died. No not because I lost a uterus. I'm pissed because my bodacious ta-tas that are producing a good quantity of milk aren't staying erect enough to allow my Eilonwy to latch properly. My nipples and aerolas are just too fricken big!
I've looked at vids on latching. I've talked to a lactation consultant that tried to help us with our latch but wasn't all that successful. But she did show me how to use the milking machine. While at home I'm using the manual pump that I have on hand as it is helping reduce the fluid build up in my hands from the third spacing. Now if only I had dexterity to use my feet to pump with as those are so swollen they look like I have had major collagen injections to remove every wrinkle and bend.
For now I'll be happy knowing that I can pump and J can feed her. I'll be happy knowing that I'm alive. If I didn't have so much to live for I probably would have kissed the pain in my life good bye as we know that I have a lot of medical issues that give me a lot of pain. I can deal with pain as long as I have love in my life.
Oh and by the way we now know with medical evidence which of the embryos took from the two we put back. Remember we did donor egg and donor embryo. The donor embryo mom and dad produced offspring that were O+. The donor egg person was A+ and J is O+ which means that any of their embryos would be A+ upon testing. Eilonwy is A+. Yup the little embryo that could and did make it is J's baby. Not like it matters a hill of beans because she is so wrapped around his heart.
This blog will continue to be written and evolve. I'm more than just my infertility and I'm more than just a parent too. I'm an Army Wife and this is my life!