Henry's Birth Story
That being said- WOW, what a nightmare Henry's birth was. The pregnancy was horrible. My entire body was swollen from the 4th month onward. I was on a special no-preservative diet. I had every single pregnancy symptom you can possibly get from bacne to nose bleeds to hemorrhoids! It was just awful. Not to mention the 80 lbs. I gained!!!
Anyway, my blood pressure was normal up until the week before I gave birth. Suddenly it sky-rocketed. I was actually excited because I wasn't due for another 3 weeks and I was so miserable that I begged my doctor to induce! He was more than inclined given my blood pressure status and put me on bed rest for 5 days. I had an appointment all set up for the following Sunday night to check into the hospital at 8pm. I got there bearing donut gifts for all the night nurses, who were very appreciative.
I was attached to like 5 machines, given a sleeping pill, and was told they were going to insert the "Cervidil" inside of me to get me a bit dilated since I was not dilated at all. Cervidil melts the cervix somehow. The nurse inserted this shoestring thing inside me and I screamed in pain. Holy crap! What the hell was she doing to me?! For the entire rest of the night I was in utter pain. The sleeping pill did not work so I was up all night with all sorts of things attached to me. I couldn't get in any comfortable position. The Cervidil was supposed to be removed 12 hours later and then when I was dilated more, they would start the pitocin drip to induce.
Well, the next day came and they removed the Cervidil. Again, I screamed in pain. The nurse didn't understand why I was in so much pain until she checked me again for dilation. I wasn't dilated at all. Maybe 1cm. Why? Cause the frickin nurse inserted it wrong the night before! Instead of being dilated, I was skinned raw inside!!
Please keep in mind, that I have not eaten anything since the day before this.
So, now what are the going to do? It's 11am Monday and they decide to insert ANOTHER Cervidil!! It was horrible. When they tried to go inside me again, I screamed so loud that 5 nurses came rushing in to see what the matter was. They ended up having to give me a horse tranquilizer to relax me enough to insert this wretched thing.
Well, after the tranq kicked in, I was pretty cool for a few hours. I actually thought I was a smurf for a short while. It was the best part of the hospital stay, I must say.
So, then removal time again. It's now 6pm. I haven't eaten in 24 hours and I'm still raw inside. How the hell am I going to push this kid out of "there?" I'm already in excruciating pain! It was something that resembled some third-world country torture ritual. I'm 2.5 cm dilated. Seriously? They decide to hook me up to the pitocin and pray for a miracle.
Well, the miracle arrives- the doctor! He checks me again. Pain pain pain pain, more pain.
Finally, he announces- "You aren't pushing a baby out of there! Forget it! You are getting a c-section. Eat something now and we'll do it in a few hours" Hallelujah! I never thought I would be so excited to go into surgery!
Well, we are not done yet. Here comes the spinal! Wow, no one really tells you ahead of time how much that hurts going in and how you have to be on your side and not move as this big ass needle is inserted in your back and you just want to puke at the thought...
Anyway, that was probably the 2nd best part of the hospital stay. No, not the needle- just the drugs!
Anyway, Henry Lucas was born at about 12:06am Tuesday morning via c-section and he was SO worth it.
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