Yesterday, I received a call from the scheduling department of my OB and there was only one spot available this week. That happened to be today at 7:30am which meant I had to be at the hospital at 5:30am.
The regular doors were locked so I needed enter the hospital through the ER. My husband dropped me off at the entrance, I walked inside, and every ER employee jumped up from the desk asking if my water broke, ready to take action. I politely said no and that I was looking for L&D for a scheduled c-section, then received a personal security escort there.
After arriving and signing in, I was taken to pre op to begin the process. They performed one more stress test on the babies, had me change into a hospital gown, fill out paperwork, and set up an IV.
For those of you following because I have Von Willebrand’s Disease, here came the fun part. I knew beforehand that my medication had been ordered and was in the hospital pharmacy. The nurse couldn’t find it in the system so she called the pharmacy. The pharmacist on duty refused to fill the order stating we had to wait for the next pharmacist to begin their shift at 7am to fill the request. For my 7:30am operation. (This is a common occurrence unfortunately.)
During the wait, I had two anesthesia doctors stop by because they don’t understand the disease and decided to order a few more labs. After the labs were ordered, my medication finally arrived and once the head anesthesia doctor read it was human factor, something clicked and he okayed the c-section before the results from the lab came back.
By this time, it was almost 8am.
I walked to the operating room in a gown that barely closed in the back. The room was very bright with an operating table in the middle and two stations set up, one for each baby.
I sat on the table, bent forward with my neck bent to my chest, and awaited my spinal injection. At this moment, my doctor walked in and relieved the nurse that was holding my hand. He tucked me into him and explained the process as it happened. First, the area was numbed, then I felt a little stinging, followed by a strong pinching sensation.
Immediately, I felt a warm sensation in my left leg. Both doctors and two nurses helped lay me down into position on the table. The warm sensation moved into my right leg and both feet. For about three minutes, I could wiggle my toes and then I wasn’t able too any more.
I was sprawled on the table completely naked from the chest down being prepped as employees continued to enter the room. Awkward!
Finally, a sheet was thrown on my lower half and they raised the curtain near my chest, then my husband was allowed into the room.
I felt a little bit of pressure on my stomach so I knew it had began. All of the sudden, I felt a weight and pressure release from my stomach so I knew one baby had come out before it was announced. I was looking at my husband to keep him calm and all of the sudden I heard a baby cry. I immediately placed my hand on the curtain and brought it down so I could see my baby. She was blue and covered in white stuff but she was crying and I was overcome with joy.
She was immediately whisked away to the warming station to be looked at by a team of nurses and NICU members.
While my gaze followed her, I felt another weight and pressure release and knew my second baby had been born. This time, they lowered the curtain immediately and I saw another blue baby, covered in white, and crying out loud. A second team took her to the other warming station.
At this time, my husband was up and watching both babies. I could tell new drugs were being pumped into me as I began to feel a dizzy sensation. I watched as both babies were being taken care of. On one side, a team had my husband distracted as they offered to take his photo as he cut the umbilical cord of baby A. On the other side, a team was quietly performing CPR on Baby B. All I could do was watch helplessly from the table.