June 11, 2012

Stuck in the Hospital

Hmmm... Where to begin... :) I started this post on Wednesday Morning, June 6.
Monday (6/4) morning I woke up and when I got to the bathroom I had a scare. Blood. Gregg was standing in there and I said, "oh my" and he turned around and says, "don't freak out, I'll go call Dr. Bowen. Everything is fine!" He tells us to get to labor and delivery and let them check things out and see what is going on.. I called my boss, he calls his. We call his aunt over to come and get the kids to daycare and all for us and as soon as Gina got to the house we headed to Andalusia. They hooked me up to the fetal monitors and Atlas was moving like crazy, had just a few contractions and they took me to get an ultrasound and he met 8 of 8 on the biophysical so he was good. They monitored me a little longer and sent me home on bedrest. He told me to take it easy and not pick up the kids. I followed his advice and lazied myself at home. My mom came over Tuesday morning and helped with the kids so Gregg could go to work. I cramped all day and had small clots everytime i went to the bathroom. Overall, I just didn't feel right but assumed I was probably just uncomfortable. I talked to Gregg and he wanted me to call the dr and just let him know what was going on to see if that was normal. My mom had left for about and hour and a  half for her radiation treatment, and my 11 yr old niece, Ashton, had come over to help me until Mom could get back. Kaidi and Asher were napping and I went ahead and called the dr and they told me again, get to labor and delivery. I called Gregg at work and he headed home to get me. I called his granny to come and sit with Ashton until my mom could get back and I packed a suitcase for us to go because I had yet to do that! :) Got to the hospital and they hooked me up to the monitors and Dr. Bowen came in and explained that my ultrasound from Monday had showed a change in the position of my placenta. Backtrack: When I first found out I was pregnant with Atlas, Dr. Bowen told me there was a risk of some placental issues that we would be watching for along the way because of the many cesarean sections I had had. I had an ultrasound around 28 weeks and everything looked good. Placenta was high and there weren't any concerns. A lot changed in 6 weeks! He decided to send me to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. We still weren't real sure if the placenta was going to be the issue, but I was before 35 weeks so he wanted to get me to a hospital with lots of doctors and nurses and a nicu if I delivered early. Once I found out I was heading to Pensacola and didn't know how long I would be down there, I had a mini-melt down. Because I was in such a rush to get to the hospital I didn't run in and kiss Kaidi or tell Asher bye so I was pretty upset about that. Gregg called and my mom rushed over with them and I was able to seem them briefly, which was just what I needed. 
The nurse worked on getting an IV started. I am a WUSS when it comes to an IV. I hate it more than ANYTHING! The first 2 attempts blew in my left hand so she went and got a different nurse and she got one started in my right hand and then the transport team arrived so they loaded me up on the stretcher and I got to experience my first ambulance ride as a patient. It was not a very good ride! I am not a fan of riding in bad weather and it rained the whole way, the driver was going fast and every bump shook my full bladder (from the iv fluids) and pregnant belly. It took us about an hour and they got me in to a room and shortly after I got situated Gregg arrived. It was about 6. Then the wait game started. They ran tests and did a small ultrasound in the room, they checked me and after the hour of being poked, prodded and completely violated, they were done and I was able to relax although all the aggravation caused me to contract pretty heavily for a little while until my uterus settled down. My mom and Gregg were here through the night with me and everything was pretty uneventful. I had more blood work done around 5:30 am and then we waited and waited all morning for the more high-tech ultrasound that finally happened around 11. We then had to wait for someone to come tell us the results so we were pretty much in the dark all day yesterday until 4:30. My diagnosis is Placenta Accreta, which is where the placenta buries itself deeply into my uterus and means that 98% sure that I will be having a hysterectomy as soon as they get Atlas out. I've been semi-prepared for this the entire pregnancy since Dr. Bowen told me on day one that it was a risk so I wasn't floored by this news, however, it is pretty hard to accept the fact that I am only 27 years old and having a hysterectomy! The Maternal Fetal Medicine OB came in and explained to me a little about the accreta and told me we would probably set up delivery for Thurs or Friday the following week (6/14). Well that seems to be the plan Wednesday afternoon so Gregg decides he will head home and get the kids from his mom and keep them at home and then bring them to see me Thursday. Thursday, everything changes. I meet with another MFM OB and he wants me to have an amnicentesis in the morning (Friday) to check the maturity of Atlas' lungs to see if he would even be ready for next thurs, or the possibility that he might be ready on Friday and we would just get it all done then. That changes everything, EVERYTHING! They schedule my amnio at 10 and book an OR for 2:30 in case lungs are mature. I have a consult with Internal Radiology and they explain to me that they will be going in the OR during my surgery and placing sheathes in my femoral arteries in both of my legs that in the event I lose a lot of blood once Atlas is delivered they can blow up those sheathes like balloons and cut off blood flow to my uterus for the hysterectomy. I am just taking this all in, not really thinking much about everything that is truly gonna happen. The doctors don't know how deep my placenta has attached to my uterus and won't really know until they open me up. It's possible that it could be deeper than an accreta and could have done through my uterus and attached to my bladder or some other organ in that area. With that being said, they also have a urologist on stand by during my surgery. So I am filled with all of this information on Thursday and Gregg and the kids show up that afternoon and I fill him in on it all. My mom ended up going home with his mom and Gregg stayed with me because he wanted to be there when the amnio was done and in case I had the surgery. I was extremely anxious that night. I was scared and worried and had so many things going through my mind. I had also been stuck so many stinking times that I was honestly just ready to let everything out. They have had the most trouble with my IV's and not counting the 3 sticks in Andalusia, since being here, I have had 3 more sticks. I now have an IV in my forearm which, to me, seems weird considering I have never had one there before. I have also had my blood drawn 8 different times to keep an eye on my blood because I am anemic and for some other blood tests and then a stick from the Amnio and I've had my blood sugar tested. I have kinda lost count, but after looking at all of that, I guess it makes 17 times? We had one of the residents come in and she pretty much laid it all out there on the table. Told us all the what if's and possibilities and it really scared us. For the first time being there, we realized how much risk I truly was in. For anyone who knows me, I don't like to cry in front of people so I am like a geyser waiting to explode and once our moms and the kids get gone and this doctor comes in and tells us all this, I just let it all out for about 2-3 minutes and then I was good. Friday morning we woke up with a lot of anticipation to get more answers. The amnio took place in my room. The ultrasound tech brought the equipment in and I got to see a little bit of Atlas before the doc came in for the procedure. I just closed my eyes and tried to relax as much as I could. He quickly jabbed the needle in my belly, Gregg watched the whole thing and said it was amazing how quick it went in and how he saw it on the screen. He drew the fluid out and it was over. It wasn't too bad, but I was so worried about Atlas and whether or not he may have bumped in to the needle or just that he was ok. They sent the fluid to the lab and a little over an hour later, they came in and said that Atlas' lungs were in the middle range and that we would have to wait until next week. Gregg stays the weekend with me and it was pretty uneventful. RAIN, lots and lots of RAIN! There is flooding in Pensacola and it doesn't quite seem to be in the area we are in because Gregg has went out a time or two. It's now Monday morning and I saw one of the MFM-OB's first thing this morning and I am scheduled for Thursday at 10. I was also explained a procedure they would do on my bladder while in there to make sure it was not injured during the surgery! Crazy the things that are gonna go on Thursday!!  So if I can just hold off for the next 2 1/2 more days, we should be good! Still have to go through the same scary surgery, but I like having it planned a few days out instead of the night before. It's hard when you have all your family  1 1/2 hour or more away and getting the kids situated with someone and it is driving me crazy not being able to pack up clothes for my kids and make sure they have everything they need. I know the essentials are really all that matters, but I still like to have that control! :) I miss Kaidi and Asher so much. I've never gone more than a night without seeing Kaidi and Asher has never stayed away from home so this is killing me! Thankfully, I have been able to Skype with them a few times and it is so sweet. Asher just about breaks the computer trying to get to me. When I talked to them this morning, he seemed to be getting upset with seeing me so I know he misses me and that breaks my heart. I hope to put my hands on them Wednesday before all the excitement and craziness we will go through from Thursday through the weekend.
I know this is a really long post, but it's over the course of a couple of days and I wanted to also be able to look back and see everything we have went over the last week. Maybe it makes some sense! :) Please keep us in your prayers and I will post as soon as I can with some fresh pictures of  Mr. Atlas! :) 

17 comments:

Beth said...

Meredith

I'm praying for you, Atlas, and the rest of your precious family in the days to come! Praying all goes well and that you are filled with indescribable peace~

Mary Ann said...

Praying for everything to be okay with you and your family. Take care.

Sara said...

Keeping you in my prayers! I am sure sorry you are having to go through this but thankful you are at a great hospital that can handle everything.

Laura Coble said...

I love to keep up with your blog. I had no idea you were having another baby. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Nicole VP said...

I love how honest you write! I pray you have a safe, smooth delivery and that everything is as minor as possible!

65 Roses for Marcia said...

Praying that things will go smoothly on Thursday as you welcome your new baby to your family!

Sara said...

Oh honey! You've sure been through it! Just a head's up on the IV's from a cancer paitent. Ask, beg, DEMAND that they do a bee sting first. It's lidocaine (I think, but don't quote me on that) and it's a SUPER TINY NEEDLE that I can't even feel, and it numbs the area before they start the IV. You can't even feel them digging. Some nurses don't like to do it as it creates more paperwork, or they dont want to run and get it. BUT I've also had very sweet nurses tell me to just refuse the iv without it and they'll go get it. It's not like your suffering enough, it shouldn't have to be an unpleasant stick experience. They can also do this when drawling blood.

I'll be down on my knees on Thursday. Praying for sweet Atlas, and you. That the surgery goes well and Atlas is strong.

Brad, Robin and Emma Jones said...

Praying for you all in Indiana!

Kelly said...

Praying for you so much!!!

Toyia Colquett said...

LOVE the new design :)

Heather from Ontario Canada said...

Praying in Canada for you Meredith and little Atlas !

Laurie Sublime said...

Meredith, I am praying for you, Atlas and ALL your family all the way from SC!!! Rest in the Lord that He can take care of you! God bless.

Lisa Kirkes said...

Hi Meredith, We've never met, in fact I believe this is the first time I've commented. I found your blog about 5 months ago and read it in its entirety in about a week! I just want you to know I am praying for your day tomorrow. I live in California so I hope you take comfort knowing people all over the country are praying for your well being and recovery, for Atlas' safe delivery, for your peace, for the care of your daughter and son, for your sweet husband as he supports you and for you to rest in God's great love for you and in His peace. We can't wait to get an update and to see your new precious son! Blessings to you!

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Cassandra Robb said...

Prayers to you. Praying for Atlas's safe delivery and for your health to Placenta accreta is not an easy thing to deal with. God bless you al1.

Beverly said...

My prayers are with you and I hope all is well. Take care of yourself. I'll continue to pray for Atlas and you.