Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Birth Story

Here is what happened last Tuesday:
  • 7:30 AM Dr. Tadvick came in and woke me up and said "looks like we will be having some babies today!" He said that my platelet levels had dropped quite a bit over night and that my tests came back that I had severe preeclampsia. So as soon as there was an room open he was going to take the babies. He said that if we had waited even one more day it would have been very dangerous to do the surgery.
  • So I stared making calls. I let my parents know that they would need to leave to head up here as soon as they could.
  • They took me over to Labor and Delivery and hooked me up to some monitors, and we waited. We had to wait on a room to open and for an anesthesiologist to be available.
  • We were waiting on another scheduled C-section to finish, then around 1 Dr. Tadvick came in and said they found another open room and were ready to go.
  • I walked down to the room, got the spinal and was strapped onto the table. My legs were very tingly and felt like they were asleep, but I could still feel them. I was so scared that I wouldn't be completely numb and I would feel it. So the anesthesiologist did the needle test to make sure I couldn't feel anything.
  • They came in and got started. I hated the smell and all of the pressure. They were pushing so hard on my chest that it hurt. I told Eric that I didn't want to do this again cause I really didn't like being awake during surgery.
  • They pulled Mason out first and brought him over. Then came Sawyer. They took some pictures of us and then Eric and the babies left.
  • My arms were shaking so bad I though they were going to come out of the straps. I felt a bunch of tugging and pushing and pressure. It made me so nauseated. I remember laying there and just concentrating on not throwing up. They finished up and took me over to recovery. Dr. Tadvick said that they were going to put me on Magnesium Sulfate for the next 24 hours because of the preeclampsia. I don't remember a whole lot after that. Just a lot of dry heaving and nurses pushing on my stomach (which hurt a lot!).
  • Later that day they finally let me start drinking water and around 1 AM I started throwing up constantly. My nurse started to get worried, but I just kept telling her that I always throw up when I am on pain meds. She got worried enough though that she decided to have some tests done.
  • It turned out that my Mag level was way up. My kidneys had stopped functioning because of the preeclampsia. So they took me off the Mag and I gradually felt better. I got to see the babies sometime Wednesday evening (they brought them down to my room).
  • Thursday morning they finally moved me over to the Mother Ward. Dr. Tadvick said that I was severely anemic and that it would take a few weeks to get back to normal. I started feeling much better on Thursday and every day is better and better now!
Here is cute video of Mason with the hiccups:


summer said...

Sweetest thing ever! Love those babies!

ErinEC said...

My mom told me when she had the girls she was afraid she wouldn't be numb. She also told my dad to keep her talking so she wouldn't think about what was going on. Congrats on making it through and that video is adorable!

Cotton Photography said...

Hannah, I was watching the video and Jackson came over and saw it...he said "uh-oh mommy, baby has 'stick-ups'!"

I'm glad you are gradually feeling better:)

mrs. mayo said...

What a crazy story! I'm so glad you are starting to feel better. We'll hopefully see you soon!

Riley Kai said...

Congrats Hanna and Eric! The babies are absolutely beautiful! (and so big for twins!) Hope you feel better soon..every day really does get better! You are all 4 in our prayers!

Kristen said...

Congratulations! They are precious! Your story is making me a little nervous.

Leah said...

Those little guys are looking great! All that hair and bright eyes!!! They seem to be growing right along. Good Job, Babies!! I have been a nervous wreck about the c-section so now I have some specific prayers to be praying. Thanks for sharing. You always want to know the things the never tell you about. Hang in there. Wish we could come by for a visit.