Monday, October 25, 2010
Birth Story Part 2
Colin had suggested we take the laptop to the hopital with us. My husband who has never been on facebook once in his life was updating my status & reading posts & comments from others to us. They set me up & decided not to give me cervadil because I was already dialated, so they set us up & told us to relax. Colin ran back home to get my meds I had forgot & brought back a chocolate frosty for me! We had a great night reminicing & anticipating what tomorrow would hold. When we got to the hospital all the nurses we knew were so excited to chat with us & visit us! I was glad to see some familiar faces. One I had known but not too well was in my room for awhile; we had a great talk; she got me registered. I start having some pain; I mean seriously back pain. I'm dying. A while goes by & another nurse comes in & looks at the monitor & says she needs to get me started with an iv & admit me. They kept losing her heartbeat. They said it was decending & give me oxygen. After 3 attempts to get an iv in we're good & they have her on the monitor again. I was having a hard time getting comfortable. We try to get some sleep. I'm in so much pain. They bring me a heating pack & show Colin how to help the pain in my back. He lays hands on me every so often to pray. The contractions are there but not unbearable. The next morning they start me on pitocin & I grit through contractions for 6 hours. They up it slowly 3 times. They really weren't bad, it was the back pain that was the killer. After a couple of hours they take me off & give me oxygen bc baby girl's heartrate is dropping again. They said she wasn't tolerating it & we would take a break for an hour. I don't know what to think or expect. An hour later they start back up & a 1/2 hour later we're off again. I am checked & only 3 cm. She isn't even in the birth canal. She is being held back by the cord around her neck. My dr decides to do a section. We're terrified but know He is in control. Colin lays hands on me & in the midst of my silent streaming tears he offers up our pleas for His Hand upon our daughter & I & we wait. We read Facebook & feel the prayers & love being poured out for us. They come, take me & Colin waits outside the door. I am wheeled into the OR & my eyes are most likely bulging out of my sockets. I'm trying to stay calm. Breathe. Everyone is attending to me by their own job. They are gentle & kind & don't touch me without explaining what is going on & what they are doing. My dr smiles & gives me a thumbs up. The anesthesiologist curls me in a ball & sticks me in the back 3 times. A student nurse named Eve holds my hands the entire time & speaks softly. I am rolled over quickly & the rest is a bit of a blur. The spinal has numbed my neck down & I know I'm breathing but I can't feel it. I am nauseous & out of it. Suddenly a cry pierces the hum of the room breaking through the quiet calmness & steady cadence of the team working on me. Helena comes out screaming & doesn't stop. She leaves me breathless (even though I was already struggling!) I cry out & she is next to my face & I am crying & saying how beautiful she is! Colin follows her & gets to cut the cord & she gets checked out. She is perfect. The whole 6 hours I was laboring the cord was around her neck & with every contraction it was choking her & she could not breathe. God protected her & saved her. Our precious miracle!