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|Mon, 08-08-2011 - 10:22am|
I figure I'd better get this down before I forget!
Addison was breech since forever. Little stinker was super comfy up high under my ribcage and normally laid with her head on my right side, chest center, butt left and dangled her feet. At my 32 week visit my OBGYN brought up a cesarean section just to put it out there. The baby could still turn, but it's a possibility. At 34 weeks, she was still breech. At 36, still breech. :/ My OBGYN was also going on vacation the week I was due (6/24) so either way, the baby was coming at 39 weeks. She scheduled me for the week before my due date, 6/17. My ds came 13 days early, so it was a possibility that this baby would come early too. But she didn't, she stuck it out. ;)
We arrived at the hospital at 12:15pm for a 2:30pm surgery. They were super busy in L&D so we were pretty much left on our own for a good hour/hour and a half. At this point we didn't know if the baby had flipped (I gave up on trying to figure it out on my own, because I always looked like a fool when I told the doctor, "Oh yes, I definitely think she flipped." LOL) so it could go either way—csection or inducement. The doctor came in at 2 and did a scan and sure enough, still breech.
They got me ready for surgery with the iv fluids (two bags!) and we walked down to the OR. As I have never had surgery before, I was amazed at how small the room was, lol. Definitely not at all like on tv. ;) They sat me on the table and the nurse stood in front of me while the anesthesiologist gave me the spinal block. I was afraid of that and it really hurt (I have lower back pain as it is). I didn't have an epidural with my first, so that was all new to me. After that, they laid me on the table and set me up for the surgery. Everything went pretty normal and Addison Jayne was born at 3:14pm weighing 8lbs 12oz and 20½" long. As they started to close me up the spinal started wearing off. I must have been making faces because the new anesthesiologist (they switched in the middle) asked me if I was feeling pain or tugging. He said they were pulling really hard but I said I felt pain. So he asked me to wiggle my toes and I did. Then he asked me to move my knees and I did. :/ Luckily they were just at the end. But by that time it had pretty much completely wore off because I was able to move myself onto the hospital bed from the OR table, lol. And here I was worried about being numb for hours after. ;)
Recovery didn't go so well the first 12 hours or so. I was very sick afterwards, lots of nausea to the point of dry heaving. :( I also got super, super itchy and was scratching the daylights out of myself. :/ Incision wise I felt fine, but the motion-sickness feeling was horrible. I didn't get to really hold the baby until the next day. I had held her, but when I felt sick I'd have to pass her back because I was afraid of dropping her. At midnight they got me up to walk to the bathroom and by that point I had been given some benadryl and it had helped a lot. The next morning I felt 1000x better.
Next up was feet swelling. They were so swollen they looked like Fred Flintstone feet. That didn't get better until about 4 weeks pp. It did, however, get my OBGYN to take my bp when I went in early for her to look at possible incision issues (there weren't any). I'm currently being treated for PIH (pregnancy induced hypertension - normally brought on during pregnancy).
The delivery for Addison was perfect. She was Frank Breech so her legs were up behind her head. They weren't up there terribly long (as we had seen her feet hanging down the side of me a week or so before) but the pediatrician thought she heard some clicking at the one hip. So we had her hips checked out by a pediatric orthopedic who said he thinks she looks great but wants an ultrasound, which we did. Her scan came back perfectly normal. :) And legs hardly ever raise up in the air, so they are getting back to normal. :)