Tuesday, July 28, 2009

We are finally home! What a long, exciting, scary and rewarding 48 hours!
We checked into Davis at 7 am on Sunday, 26th. Dr. Hurst was waiting for me, I jumped into my gown and he broke my water right at 7:30 am. Laurie got my IV started and by 8:15 I was feeling really strong contractions. I was still dilated to just a 2+, so I was hoping to wait to get my epidural until I was a bit further. Apparently, my pain tolerance isn't that high - by 8:45 I was almost in tears and asking Laurie for my epidural.
The doc came in and the procedure started out the same it did with Jayden. She inserted the 'bee sting' needle and then started to feed the epidural line. I was having contractions every 2 minutes so my mind were on those and now the tears were streaming. She asked me to let her know if I tasted metal in my mouth or if my ears started to ring. Well all of a sudden, my ears were popping and something didn't feel right. The last thing I remember seeing is Cory's eyes asking me if I was ok and I said 'No, I feel heavy' and down I went! I passed out a total of 3 times, not responding at all. Because I didn't respond, the nurse had to do sternum compressions (Beat the crap out of my chest bone until I responded) which hurts by the way!
I was numb from my shoulders down to my toes and she didn't even give me a full dose of epidural! They still aren't sure why I had the reaction, the best they could tell is that the epidural hit the wrong pocket in my spine and ended up being a 'spinal tap' like for C-Sections instead of vaginal delivery. I was in and out for the next two hours and started to come to about 10:50 am, my hands were back to normal and now I could feel contractions again so they gave me a bit more just in case. That got me through the actual delivery, Dr. Hurst came in and pushes through three contractions later we had Casey! It was a very good delivery, his heart rate stayed strong throughout my epidural issues and he showed what great lungs he had as soon as he came out! He latched right on to nurse (Jayden took about 4 days of HELL) and has continued to be a great nursing baby.
Once we were moved into the post partum room, they explained that some side effects from my epidural could include a 'spinal headache' from the hole in my spinal cord leaking fluid (Laurie, I don't remember all the technical terms so stop laughing at my explanation!) I felt good right after and my numbness went away fast. We had family and Jayden come and meet Casey. Jayden was so excited, the first thing he said was 'Why he have no arms?' (Swaddled in blanket) 'Why he no talking to me mom?' The whole nursing thing has been interesting to say the least with Curious George by my side Ü
Once everyone left, it was just me and Casey. We had a fairly good night, he had some gas bubbles but nursed well. At about 2:30 am, my headache started, it got so bad...for those who have migraines I have a whole new respect. The headache progressed to my lower neck and felt like I was in a car accident not able to move my head at all. I was pretty tearful that morning in so much pain and had to wait for the anesthesiologist to come in. They ended up giving me a blood patch. They draw blood from my arms and inject it into my spine via epidural needle right above where the previous epidural was. It was painful to have blood drawn and there was a lot of pressure in my back. I think he injected 22 ml of blood in my back, but the result was immediate. My neck pain went away! I had to lay still on my back for an hour without moving and having to take it easy for a week. (P.S. The beautiful sleeping picture of Casey and I above is right after all of that so that is why I look like death warmed over!)
They said I could still have headaches for several months after and I might have to go back in for another patch. Needless to say it was not a fun experience and scared me and Cory pretty bad. I'm still not sure why it happened, I must just have weird anatomy. The dr said he's never seen anything quite like that with my symptoms in the 9 years he's been in medicine. Cory said he's taking me to Vegas, I have one in a million odds!

Overall, Casey is here and we're doing good. He's so cute! I can't wait for everyone to meet him. Thanks so much for all the support and we're ready for visitors just call and let us know! Also, be aware that my 3 yr old gets very excited with company so enter at your own risk! :)


The Jacobsen's said...

Congrats! I am so happy to hear that you are doing better and that everything else went well.

Taylor's mom said...

He's so cute! Congrats! I can't wait to come see you guys. Let me know when you're not having a dinner brought in. I'd love to bring you something.
I'm so glad you're doing better.

Melissa, Benton, and Roxy said...

Yay! I loved hearing your story again...scary! I'm so glad you are doing good, like I said I'm only a couple miles away and can drop by anytime, just let me know if you need anything...even if it's going to the grocery store for something. I'm excited to come visit you at your house, I'll chance it knowing Jayden will be there:)

Kallie said...

Wow, that is scary. I am glad everyone is doing well now. I will have to tell you about one of Bryce's friends wife's story that is similar to that. I will call you sometime to come see the cute boy!

Anonymous said...

Sorry things didn't go exactly as planned, but so glad that all is well now! I love that Jayden was expecting an instant brother that talks and plays with him. Hope you are all having fun with your new little man.--Jaime

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