Tomorrow is a big day & a little overwhelming. Sitting here, I’m more excited than nervous, but I’m sure that will change by morning. I’ve even mentioned to the staff that I wish there was a videographer in the O.R. so I can watch it all later! I’ve learned a lot these past 10 days in the hospital & totally fascinated with today’s medicine.
6:30 a.m. Dave & I will wake up. He needs to eat (I can’t after midnight) & take in the last few minutes of life before baby #2.
7:10 a.m. I head down to Interventional Radiology. This stuff is crazy cool – though it’s what I’m most nervous for, because I won’t be under any anesthesia. They will give me a local & then put balloons in a couple of the arteries in my groin. This is mainly for precaution in case of bleeding during surgery. This is also when I have to get the foley catheter. Yuck. I remember when I had Kendall, this was the most miserable thing. I begged for them to do this AFTER anesthesia, but they said no.
7:30 a.m. I will go to the O.R. on the main floor (as opposed to the regular Labor & Delivery O.R.). I will be completely knocked out with anesthesia. The Anesthesiologist was talking about additional I.V.s and a breathing tube, but I didn’t really care, because I will be asleep anywayHe said this is a better option than the spinal, because he’s afraid the spinal will wear off. And although they have done spinals & then put patients fully under before, he doesn’t want to take any chances. Urology will also be putting in a catheter by my kidneys to prevent any further urine entering my bladder. This is in case of bladder damage during surgery.
Dave is not allowed to be present during any of this (they don’t allow anyone else in the O.R. when the patient is fully under). He will be waiting in the nearest waiting room or maybe just outside the door to be able to hear little Levi cry for the first time.
8:00 a.m. The C-Section begins! and from here, what’s next is really up in the air. Once Levi is out, they will take him to the NICU for about an hour. Dave will get to meet/hold him for a few minutes as long as it is safe. At this point, my doctor will try to remove my placenta. This is what they think will be tricky & the cause for all of this extra to-do (as explained in my previous post here: http://kendallsworld.com/michigan-lifestyle-photographer-levis-birth-story-part-ii/). My doctor has read some studies that may help…. she is going to inject petocin into the umbilical cord. It’s been proven to trick the placenta into thinking I’m in labor & make it easier to pull off of the uterus. If this proves to be false, there is excessive bleeding, or it does come out, but the uterine wall is too thin, then they will continue on to the full hysterectomy. They have blood nearby in case I need it in emergency.
They are hoping once Levi is out, if all goes well, I will be done in just a couple of hours. I will then be in recovery & let’s hope I will get to meet my son sometime tomorrow afternoon!! (SON sounds so insane!).
We’ll be saying a little prayer tonight in hopes that all goes well – for both Levi & myself. I made sure to tell all of the doctors to get a good night’s sleep! And I’m going to be taking an Ambien
^^ Nikki brought me the comfort of Scentsy to my room on Saturday. This week has made me feel so blessed (and spoiled) by visitors & even the nursing staff here.