Greetings! I just want to give a little update and quick story of what recently happened in our little family. Here goes…
First of all, I went in for a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, August 1, and was told that I was dilated to a 2 and thinned about 80%. So my doctor had me go I to the hospital to get a non-stress test as well as a steroid shot for the lungs of the babies. I did that, and then went in for the second steroid shot on Thursday.
On Friday, things were pretty normal, until around 11:00 AM when I started having intense pain in my chest and upper back. I had experience this a couple times the week before but just assumed it was terrible heart burn. But let me tell you…it was excruciating. I was also feeling like my stomach was contracting pretty frequent and consistently. I didn’t want to go in if it was just heart burn, but when my mom told what I was experiencing to my cousin Tawnya who is a labor and delivery nurse, she said I should go in. Her saying that helped me to get up and go.
Cameron and I were simply hoping they would figure out what the pain I was experiencing was, and then send us back home. But we were in for a surprise. After we got to the hospital I was hooked up to an IV, they started to monitor my contractions, and gave me some medicines to rule out the heartburn (if that was the case). All we could do was wait for the results and see what the Dr had to say (he was at another hospital making a delivery). The pain never subsided and I was still feeling nauseated (I threw up once). After waiting for about 5 hours and getting multiple tests to no relief of the pain. It was finally discovered that I had Preeclampsia. They hadn’t been able to detect it because a normal sign is high blood pressure, and that’s something I didn’t have. However, the of the blood work and other lab results indicated I had it. After getting there, Doctor Ollerton talked to us and said that due to my condition we needed to deliver the babies right away!!
Wow. We were not expecting that. It was after learning this that things happened very quickly. Because the babies were being born before 34 weeks, they had to transfer me to Utah Valley Hospital because they have a more equipped NICU. So I was taken in an ambulance while Cameron followed from behind. As soon as we got there, my dad showed up and he and Cameron gave me a blessing. One thing happened after another. The nurses got me all hooked up and made me aware that not only did I have preeclampsia, but also HELLP syndrome. Then, the doctor (Dr. Broberg) who was going to deliver the babies and the NICU doctor came in to talk with us. I really wanted to have a vaginal birth, but due to my conditions, the doctor was sincere in saying that a C section was the best option due to the risks I was facing. Basically, we needed to get the babies out!
After agreeing with the decision of having a C section, the doctors left and our anesthesiologist came in. He let us know what would be happening and helped briefly prepare me for the surgery that was about to happen. After he left, they started getting us ready! Cameron got to put on a very sterilized outfit, and my bed was prepared to wheel out. As they pushed me out of the room, I was overwhelmed by seeing my dad and my mom and sister who has just gotten there from quickly gotten there from driving home from Bear Lake. Tears and loving words were quickly exchanged and then I was pushed away.
The next thing I knew, I was in the operating room getting an epidural. Sheets were put up, doctors were surrounding me, and I couldn’t feel anything from about the ribs on down. Cameron stayed by me and watched the entire procedure (he was pretty excited for that). It was a very personal experience and let’s just say it was soon after that our boys came into this world.
Following the C section, there was a brief scare when I started hemorrhaging and it seemed like the entire delivery staff was working on me, but I can save that for another day. For now, I’ll let the pictures tell the other details and how the rest of our experience has been.