We had a bit of drama during the delivery. I had what is called a “concealed placental abruption,” which means my placenta tore away from the uterus wall when I was only dialated at 6 centimeters. Instead of the blood gushing out and letting the nurses know there was a problem, the blood went into the amniotic sac with her. The nurses noticed her heart rate had fallen drastically and immediately descended on me in the room. They got me into surgery in less than 15 minutes, which included my OB having to wake up in the middle of the night and drive to the hospital. Five minutes more, and we would have lost Eleanor, and I would not have been too far behind. If I had chosen to give birth at home or somewhere other than a hospital, we would both be dead.
Thanks so much to the labor nurses at Naples Community Hospital whose quick actions saved both Eleanor’s and my lives. (If anyone from The View is reading this, yes, the nurses used stethoscopes, and yes, they saved my life because they were the ones who found the problem and communicated it to the doctor in such a way that he knew he needed to come in.) Thanks also to my OB who is one of the best in town in an emergency, which is why I chose him.
Happy Belated Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas! I will rejoin the land of the living soon… (As soon as it “gets better,” which is what people keep promising me will happen…)