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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I'd do it all again-Part 3

If you feel like reading...
Part 1
Part 2

If you're pregnant, I think you should skip this post. It just might be too much. If you stay and read because you can't stand me telling you not to read it, just know that what happened to me is not that common. I have never met anyone who has gone through something like this. But, I do think it's on the TMI side.

After about a week home with little improvement in my recovery, I was getting frustrated. All I had to go by was what the doctors were telling me I should be able to do, and family and friends who had gone through recovering from scheduled C-sections to use as examples. Nothing seemed to be going the way people were telling me it should be. The doctors just kept reassuring me that I had quite an ordeal in the delivery room, and perhaps my body was just recovering slower than expected.

I was able to get up with help, and walk very slowly if I stayed hunched over. There was NO way I could straighten up! It was hard to manage, but I just figured I had to deal with it. What else was I gonna do? It's not like I could "return" the broken product!

A few more days passed, and I felt like I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. I could tell recovery was actually happening. Slowly but surely. Then one night hubs and I were sitting on the couch watching TV, when I noticed my lap was soaking wet.

I immediately looked down at my incision, and sure enough. It has burst.  Before you totally freak, it wasn't like a horror flick or anything. My stitches were still in tact, but I could tell that they weren't doing their job. My incision was open even though the stitches were there, and there was enough opening to allow a clear liquid to leak everywhere. Gross, I know. I lived it.

I rushed to the phone and called my OB, who of course, wanted  me in her office first thing in the a.m. Remember, it was late, and she didn't think I needed to go the ER, as I wasn't in any pain. Just totally freaked out. She instructed me to use one of those giant maxi pads/post partum diapers (love em!) to pad the area until morning. Sigh...

When I arrived at her office the next morning, there was no wait, and I was rushed to the back, immediately placed on the table. She came in so fast it was like they were waiting for me. Which made me even more nervous.

She preceded to examine the incision. This was when I really started to panic. Instead of talking to me, and telling me something like, "Oh, this happens all the time. We're gonna get you fixed right up." She was looking at my incision as if she had never seen anything like it, and she wasn't saying much.

After taking a long look, calling in another Dr., and a nurse, they all decided that I wasn't healing. They told me to relax, and not panic. Um..ok...Then the Dr. proceeded to use some surgical tools to rupture the remainder of the incision that was healing (but not really, it just appeared to be healed on the outside). All she had to do was touch it, and the rest of my incision opened up.

Ok, now I'm freaking out! I'm going to leave visuals out, but this was not ok with me! WTH?!

As the nurse is cleaning up this giant mess that has become my new problem, the doctor is quickly explaining the process of how your body is supposed to heal. It heals form the inside out. Even though a cut may look closed from the outside of your body, it's still open on the inside. Does that make sense? When you have a C-section several layers are cut in the abdomen area, and in order to heal properly you have to have a clear path to each layer, for healing to take place at each level.

That's why we have stitches. Stitches hold the outside together while the inside heals properly. Until this day, I had never put two thoughts into why we have stitches, but at this moment I was all ears!

In my case instead of the layers being able to attach to one another for proper healing, my layers were blocked with fluid, due to swelling.

Because of the complications during my delivery, the trauma to my body, and the amount of swelling I had prior to even being cut, my body was not all. My incision looked somewhat healed on the outside, but everything was wide open on the inside. Get it?

So, the solution. The Doctors would physically have to do what my body wasn't doing on it's own. They would have to assist each layer heal properly from the inside out.

How, you ask? I would have to keep my (now open) wound packed with special surgical gauze to keep the fuid from getting in the way. Every day for seven weeks I would be stuffing this giant hole in my body with tissue! What!?

I was sent home from that office with some extra gauze, and I was assured a nurse would be at my house first thing in the morning. Of course, all of this was going to make my mobility issues even harder. Let's not forget I have a six year old and a newborn to breastfeed.
Thank you for all your help, hubs! I couldn't have made it without you.

For the next seven weeks (ALL of my maternity leave) a day nurse came to the house and tended to my wound. It required care I cannot even type. Too much to tell, even after all I have already shared. I would not wish that freak show on anyone! We even had a nurse on Christmas morning!

As much of a pain as it was, I was thankful to have the help. I could not have managed without the nurse.

It was tough and at the time, and I felt like it was never going to end. But...

Six years later, I have a tiny little scar on the outside, a ton of scar tissue on the inside, and this...

A happy, healthy, amazing little boy!
Mr. E completed our family. I cannot imagine my life without him.
So, yes, I really would do it all over again!

Happy birthday, Mr. E!

Thanks for reading.

Needless to say, I will never get a boob job! I'm terrified to go under the knife!




At December 14, 2010 at 5:12 PM , Blogger afefat4 said...

when i see .ababy i doghter.bana. god bless all baby.and

At December 14, 2010 at 7:58 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

Wow Adrienne! Wow. Thanks for sharing. I hope to have more kids (csecions are my lot) and it's good to hear what can happen so I know what to look for.

I'm glad you survived and healed when everything was said and done.

At December 14, 2010 at 10:14 PM , Blogger Impulsive Addict said...

Awww..what an awesome yet disgusting story that brought me to tears and butt-clinching. You poor thing. What an awful situation. So glad that you BOTH are doing well now. I posted "Emma's story" last week but you have me beat by miles! Wow!

At December 15, 2010 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Boobies said...

Awwww Mr. E is absolutely adorable. Happy Bday to him!

Your csection story is poor thing...I seriously cannot even imagine how scared you must have been.

Here's to the hurdles we jump to be parents! XO

At December 16, 2010 at 8:28 AM , Blogger AmyE said...

Oh, Adrienne! I'm so glad I recently happened upon your blog! This same thing happened to me with my c-section incision! I have never heard of anyone else who had the same experience. I already had my staples removed when mine burst in the middle of the night when I was up with the baby. I wish I could say the liquid was clear, but I'll spare you the details. This has been 20 years ago and I remember it like yesterday. I also had an emergency c-section. It was horrific, but I would do it all again:)
And no boob job here, either.


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