After dialysis I went back to my room to get myself psyched up for surgery. They knew we'd need to take the epidural slowly as it sometimes drops the patent's blood pressure. They counteract this by giving copious amounts of fluid. Therein lies the problem.
So, slow and steady...I got my epidural around 2:30 and then there was an emergency 24-week baby that needed to be taken before us. We waited for about an hour in the ER. The anesthesiologist is one of my former students parents. He was great!
The surgery itself went great. As they say, I felt pressure but no pain. Jason was able to stand up and watch without getting sick or passing out. I was so impressed.
Anna Grace Shattuck was born on 8/16/2010 at 3:38 pm. She weighed exactly 3 pounds and was 16 inches long. When she came out I could not hear her cry. They assured me that she was crying a little but she needed some assistance breathing. So they put in a breathing tube right there in the OR.
Jason left with her and I remained in the OR for a while. We asked for the doctor to tie my tubes. It actually became an issue since Good Sam is a Catholic hospital, they don't schedule tubals. We had to prove that it was medically necessary...and all of the doctors agreed that I do not need to be having any more babies! The Ethics Committee came back and told us we had the go, although the surgeon took one more shot at convincing us not to do it. "You can't turn back. You know your kidneys might come back after all of this and you might change your mind." We're not changing our mind. No more babies. I stayed in the OR for a while longer while the OB completed this part of the surgery and then stapled me up.
I was overwhelmed by the number of people that were in the waiting room. I asked for Alli to come back first and she immediately started crying when she saw me. She's so emotional. But Jason said she was great when she went back to see Anna. Next my parents came to see me and then went to see Anna. Bill and Deb came next and the four grandparents went next to see Anna. Brain, Steven, Leah and Katie were my last visitors and the nlast to see Anna. I was glad they came down, but glad they left when they did.
After all of the commotion and an attempt to get some sleep, the nurse brought me to see Anna...and they let me hold her. I felt so happy, very nervous and cautious. But over night they decided that she doesn't need as much help breathing. Her breathing tube is out and she just gets some oxygen every once in a while when she needs it. I can't wait till dialysis is over and I can go see her again!
My blood pressure and pulse were amzign over night! I can even tell a difference. Having such a high heart rate made it feel like I was running a marathon. I feel alot more relaxed now. I'm wondering what this means for us. Does it mean that now that the pregnancy is over that my heart will go back to normal? I'll have another echo this week to check that out. Could you imagine if things went back to normal?
I'll continue to post and as soon as we get the camera charged again you'll get some photos. Continued prayers, please. Love!