Our triplets are here!
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|Thu, 08-02-2007 - 7:33am|
(Excuse the novel...here's our birth story!)
We welcomed our triplets (Winston, Wesley and Charlie) into the world last Wed 7/25 - at 33wks 6 days. I called the dr that Mon with upper gastric pain. I couldn't tell if it was stomach related or what, but it hurt to take a deep breathe. (I think I just ran out of room.) He told me to go to L&D thinking it could be the onset of preeclampsia. After many blood and urine tests, he said both were showing signs of it so they admitted me. I failed my 24 urine test for proteins Tues night so our c-section was set for Wed morning. (The weird thing is that I never had any typical preeclampsia signs - I had low blood pressure, no swelling, etc.)
The birth was such a beautiful thing. I am one to always cry at those TLC birth shows, yet when it was my own turn, I was just so blown away and excited and listening for their tears. All 3 weighed about 4lbs 2 oz, and all were 16 inches and they took all 3 to the NICU for respiratory distress.
Here's the fun part. Within hours after the c-section, my bp started to drop (hitting the lowest at 60/40), I had terrible pains in my shoulders (which indicated my diapragm was getting crushed which turned out by blood), my kidneys stopped working, they gave me 2 blood transfusions. It was frightening to lay there one moment enjoying the moment with my DH and the next having 12 drs constantly taking blood, asking questions, constantly monitoring me. It turned out that I had massive internal bleeding from the c-section and was rushed back to the OR. My heart broke when they wheeled my off and my DH had been shoved off to the side - knowing he had 3 newborns in the NICU and me back in emergency surgery.
The surgery went well, they removed 2.5 liters of blood from my abdomen, and I ended up in the ICU for 2 days. Thankfully I still have my uterus, though I'm frightened to death to every have to go through this experience again with another pregnancy. My dr said that in his 24 yrs and thousands and thousands of c-sections, he has never had to go back into surgery and deal with this internal bleeding. Thank you to anyone and everyone who has ever given blood. I needed 7 units and endless fluids put back into my body.
The good news is that I'm out of the hospital and Charlie is coming home tomorrow! Win and Wes are doing great and will hopefully be home in the next week or two. (They should get off their feeding tubes and IVs any day now.)
We have been so blessed with the gift of these boys, and many prayers were answered with my recovery and their health.
Feel free to check them out and read more... http://www.3bunnsintheoven.blogspot.com/