Sunday, July 25, 2010

Colin's Birth Story

Thursday morning I went in to the hospital around 9:30 am. At 10am I received some cervidil and the doctors told me to come back at 7:30 pm and I was going to receive pitocin. So I went and got a couple magazines and walked around Boston for a little while because it was so nice out and then I just relaxed outside on a bench and read some magazines. At about 4pm me and Tony went out to grab some dinner and all through out dinner I was having the worst pains and I figured that the cervidil was starting to work and that I would get my pitocin soon. The pain started to become to painful and was becoming more frequently. So me and Tony headed over to the hospital and it was about a 5 minute walk and it felt like I had to stop every thirty seconds it hurt so bad.

We headed into labor and delivery floor and my doctor came in to do an exam and see if she was going to start the pitocin sooner than later. When she did the exam it turned out I was 4 cm's dilated and my contractions were two minutes apart. She asked if I wanted an epidural because the pain was getting pretty bad. I told her no that I wanted to wait it out. Well about an hour later I was begging for the epidural. Once I got the eipidural I felt great. By 11pm I was 10 cm's dialated and around 12 I felt like it was time to push. Each time I pushed I would hear the machines start beeping because Colin's heart rate was dropping to low. My doctor had me stop pushing and relax for a couple minutes, and then Colin's heart beat went back up. So we tried again and I pushed a little more and Colin's heart rate plummeted and even with me not pushing it was so low and then it was gone. The doctor put an internal heart rate monitor in me and we found his heart beat again but it was low. It turned out that the cord was around his neck loosely but when I pushed it tightened. So my doctor told me that they had to get him out soon and that I would need a C Section. I started crying because I was so nervous and this wasn't how I pictured things happening.

At 2am I got ready to head into the operating room. But at the last minute a girl was rushed in by ambulance and needed a c section asap. So my Doctor went and delivered her baby first. Around 4am it was my turn. They brought me into the operating room and started the c section. At first they told me that it would be pretty quick that they would have the baby out in no time. Well 30 minutes later they were still working on me. They had to put the table vertical for what felt like 10 minutes and I started getting sick. I heard Tony say that the baby was out and it felt like the longest time to hear him cry. Finally I heard a cry and the doctors saying that he needed to go to NICU. So I told Tony to follow the baby and not to leave his side.

About 2 hours later I was all stitched up and back in my recovery room, I was there for about 3 hours and then they brought Colin back to me. He ended up with fluid in his lungs but was doing good! Colin was born at 5:11am and weighed 8 pounds 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. He was the cutest thing I ever saw. Things went well for the next few days and I went home on Monday. On Wednesday I noticed that my incision was looking really swollen and big and it was bleeding a little. I made an appointment for Thursday and went into the Doctors. My Doctor told me I needed surgery immediately. I ended up with a hematoma and some internal bleeding. I stayed in the hospital for about 5 days. I was sent home with a drip line in to let the blood out of my incision and a picc line in my arm so I can give myself some medicine called Humate P which is a type of human plasma. I have been giving myself this medicine twice a day for about a week now. My incision is still really swollen and hurts and I am going back Wednesday to see what the Doctors think. I am praying I don't need surgery again and that the pain and swelling will go away soon!


  1. Oh my goodness, what a horrible experience for you!! I'm so sorry that you're having so many problems! At least you got a precious baby boy out of the deal! Hope you start feeling better soon!

  2. I hope things get better with your incision and everything, Jenny! And Colin is adorable!


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