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Emergency Hysterectomy: Childbirth - HeatherMLM's Story

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Hello Ladies,
This is my first time posting here. I thought I would tell you about me!!
I have a loving husband of 5 yrs. 2 Cute kids. Alexandria 4 and Matthew 2.

Here is my story:
I had two fairly normal pregnancies. During my first one I had Gestational Diabetes. And nothing major during my second one UNTIL 3/30/99. I went into the hospital to be induced! Which I was very happy about. I was ready to have the baby. I was on a pitocin drip all day. Finally around 5:30pm my midwife broke my water. Then it started!! Very Very painful contractions.

They had to turn down the pitocin because the contractions were too hard. Finally, about 11:30pm I was at a 10 and in a lot of pain. The pain meds were not working. 11:32pm I told DH that this one hurt a lot more than the first one. Finally, 11:35pm Matthew Russell made his entrance into this world. I was so happy to have him yet I felt sooooo weird. I told my dh that I couldn't hold the baby I didn't feel right I didn't know why but I just didn't!

I passed out! I awoke a few times throughout the night. I refer to it as a night of "H" "E" double hockey sticks! I was torn. They thought it was just a cervical tear and so they stitched it. I had lost so much blood I was in shock, I had an extremely low blood pressure (to low to be detected) my pulse was 3 times what it should have been.

I woke up once just to hear the head nurse Yelling I need her midwife back NOW. I woke up when she came in and all I remember is saying "you changed your clothes” Later that night I woke up to someone pressing on my stomach because my uterus wasn't contracting and it was filling with blood. It hurt sooooo soooo sooo bad the nurse kept apologizing and saying I know it hurts.

Next time I woke up my legs were in stirrups and I just remember that my legs were sore. My midwife said just a few more min then you can move your legs. I passed back out before that. Then I had an ER surgery. I had lost so much blood by that point that I almost had it with no drugs they just wanted me in the OR. I still don't know what that one was for. Then I received some blood.

I woke up to a very dark quiet room to see nobody. I called out my dh name, and he was sitting at the foot of my bed. He came up to me then the blood pressure machine started alarming. A nurse ran in, and I passed out. I was bleeding again. I was starting to loose too much blood.

Next I was being wheeled into another Emergency Surgery. This time I was told that I was going into surgery and I might have to have a hysterectomy.

Finally, my DD was asking my mom why I was sleeping. I was in that state of hearing but unable to open my eyes yet. Then I opened my eyes and just happy to see my family. (Mind you this is 7:30am and I still haven't seen my new baby)

I looked at my DH and asked him what happened. All he said was I had a Hysterectomy. All I said to him was " oh good no more periods"

In short.
My uterus ruptured during childbirth. I lost so much blood that it is scary. I am lucky to be alive. I received a total of 5 or 7 units of blood, 2 of platelets, and 2 of plasma.

10-10-2001 - 03:46 PM


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