Clare Elizabeth's Birth - UPDATE

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Re : Clare Elizabeth's Birth - UPDATE

Postby amanda » Sun May 11, 2008 09:11 pm

That does sound totally painful! EGH! I am glad that you feel much better though. I LOVE Claire Elizabeth's name - saw the picture on other post, she is beautiful!

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Clare Elizabeth's Birth - UPDATE

Postby staceynw » Sun May 11, 2008 08:17 pm

* * * * * * * UPDATE 5/14 * * * * * * *

We were released from the hospital late Monday afternoon . . . both of us!!! It felt odd leaving the hospital with a baby! Clare had slight jaundice by the time we left. Today on recheck at our clinic, her bilirubin was up enough to warrant having a bili blanket (13.5), so home health came with that tonight. Clare is eating okay and is a pretty mellow baby. I can definately tell the difference between a 30-weeker and a 37-weeker when it comes to the development of their nervous system and their "stimulation" level.! As for me, OMG, I am so freaking SORE!!! I feel like someone steamrolled me . . . or, to put it bluntly, went fishing for my tonsils through my vagina!!!! I have really sharp pains near both ovaries (probably from the tubal) and a lot of cramping pain to the mid abdomen. I'm thankful I've found a mild narcotic that doesn't make me sick and in combination with ibuprofen it helps tremendously. . . I don't know what I'll do when I run out.

Thanks for all the well wishes and congratulations!!! We all appreciate the support.

* * * * * * * * * Previous Post * * * * * * * *

Hi everyone. Sorry for my absense. I finally got my hands on a laptop and a few minutes to post. It will probably be long. I was scheduled for my C-section on Friday, and that went off without a hitch. I got a little panicky in the OR and hyperventilated a bit, but they gave me anxiety meds after Clare was out. Like Kara said, she was 6 lb 7 oz and 18.5 inches long. She hasn't fussed or cried much at all. She is slightly jaundice today, but not bad enough for intervention. She was very healthy and fully mature.

I did not formally get diagnosed with Preeclampsia this time, even though my blood pressures were creeping up there with diastolics in the upper 90's & 100s and protein over 300. . . . I suppose because I'm chronic hypertensive they assumed it was just that.

I was hoping for a better experience this time, but unfortunately, it was as bad or worse than my experience with Kayce. All was well until a few hours after the c-section. Then they noticed I was having large clots and bleeding too heavy from the uterus, because it was not contracting and stopping the bleeding. SOOO, if you've ever heard a horror story about being manually "cleaned out" then you know what I'm about to tell you . . . It was by far the worst pain I've experienced in my whole life, and they did it twice!! I screamed bloody murder the whole time. They literally were up to their elbow in uterus pulling out clots. Unfortunately, there was one they couldn't get. So, after 8 hours of bleeding, they took me back to the OR to do a D&C. I would have prefered they had done that in the firs place.

Thankfully, I'm a fast healer. Saturday was an aweful day, but after a good night's sleep, I feel perky today. And, because my hemoglobin was 9 and my hematocrit was 27, they gave me 2 units of blood today because they know I don't absorb iron well. Tommorrow I should feel a little better and I suspect we will all go home tomorrow. I'm nervous about having the baby at home with a jealous 14-month-old.

Thanks for the support!!!

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