My story of survival

Charla - posted on 02/16/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hello! I have 2 daughters and thanks to my doctors I'm alive to watch them grow up!



Here's my story:



First of all with my oldest, here's some background info. I had pre-eclampsia....high blood pressure, really bad swelling etc..I went in for my regular check up and knew they were going to put me on bed rest and I was ready to fight to let me at least work 1/2 days. Well I didn't end up leaving the hospital. They said my blood pressure was way too high and the only way to fix it was to take the baby. The baby was fine during everything it was me they were worried about. So they had me on magnesium to prevent seizure b/c of the high blood pressure, etc.. I had a C-Section and everything went fine. In and out in about 40 minutes.



Now on to my second. Everything was fine until close to the end. I started swelling again and everytime I went to the hospital I just knew they were going to say I had pre-eclampsia again but my blood pressure was fine so......just normal swelling they said. When they did my ultrasound around 4 months they saw that I had placenta previa where the placenta is low instead of high. They said normally by time you deliver it will move up. If it didn't move then it would be another c-Section. (didn't concern me b/c I had already one and knew what to expect) I had about 5-6 total ultrasounds to check on the placenta previa. It never moved so we scheduled my c-Section.



My DR wanted to do it on Halloween but I told l him "NO" I wanted to take my oldest out trick or treating so....he worked on Halloween but he was suppose to be off on Nov 1 but since he got off work at 7am he said he would schedule me first thing in the morning then he would leave after my surgery. We had to be there at 6 AM. I was scheduled for 8AM. He comes in that morning with his finger wrapped up. He tore something in his finger and had to have surgery after mine so the DR on call that morning was also going to be in there during my surgery. They had everything all ready by 730 so they wanted to take me back. I kind of hesitated b/c my parents weren't there yet. They finally got there, I said see ya later and off we went.



They went to take Kendall out and saw that my placenta had grown through my uterus and to my bladder. It was called Placenta Percreta. It's suppose to be VERY RARE! Of course I have it! So...they got my daughter out ok then all of a sudden I'm seeing them make my husband leave. Remember all I've had is an epidural. I'm still coherent, etc. Then all of a sudden all these doctors/nurses start showing up. My mom counted 23 total in my room. I'm hearing my main 2 doctors on the phone saying....no we need him here now, she doesn't have a lot of time, no we can't transfer her to UC b/c we're not sure if she'l'l make the ride. (meaning taking me to University Hospital over in Cincinnati) Then I hear over the intercom....BLOOD PALMER STAT....I'm like "what the....." Then this other dr looks over the curtain at me and catches my eye...he was like "HI, how are you? I didn't realize you were awake" then looks over at the other dr and says, get her out! I just kept closing my eyes once they took my husband out b/c I didn't know what was going on. I mean to hear them say all that stuff and there was nothing I could do about it but just lay there.....ugh...it was awful. Before they knocked me out my dr leaned over and said...."you guys were done having kids right?" Since they already cut me for the c-Section they then just slit me all the way up, going around my belly button and almost all the way up to my chest. It looks like I have this zipper on me!



7 hours later I wake up in ICU. They ended up giving me over 20 units of blood b/c I kept bleeding it out and I can't remember now how many bags of platelets, etc along with that. Needless to say I was SOOO puffy! I couldn't hardly even see out of my eyes. It's weird to think none of the blood I have is my own! I can't remember what a normal person has? I think they said 4 then a pregnant person has 6 ??? Well what caused all the bleeding was them trying to get the placenta off the uterus and bladder. I guess the placenta is full of blood vessels, etc and they had to end up doing an emergency partial hysterectomy to help stop the bleeding. Luckily, 2 is all we wanted so.....I was ok with that.



My vascular surgeon had to cut off certain "blood flows" in me to try and help the bleeding. When I woke up they had my arms & legs tied down to the bed and I had 2 catheters! YUCK one you know where and the other one coming out of my side. I had another drain tube coming out of my other side and I had that tube down my throat. That about made me get sick. I ended up writing notes on about 10 pieces of paper b/c I couldn't talk obviously b/c of that tube so.... I think I had it in for 2 days. I was in ICU for 4 days and then finally moved me to the birthing unit for another 6 days. Luckily as long as I was in the hospital they kept the baby in the hospital.



I woke up and my mom's 2 sisters from northern IN and my husband's sister from Florida were there and his mom from Arizona was on her way and I was like....what the.....then I started remembering everything. They told them they didn't think I would make it the first night for them to call in family. They were also letting anyone come in to ICU to see me b/c of that. I thought it was strange that they let my friend from work and her little 2 year old in there but come to find out, that was why.



So....according to my dr's, I shouldn't be here right now. For some reason, everything lined up perfectly for me that day.The other dr that was "on call" that came in to help b/c my doctor hurt his hand....well she used to work over at UC and had seen this before!! What are the odds of that? And she's only 30 years old so to be that young and now see it twice they say no one would ever believe her. They said also b/c they scheduled me so early in the morning that all the dr's they needed were already in the bldg and could walk over to the birthing center and the main thing is they said all the blood bank people were there b/c of it being so early in the morning. They said if I would've tried to go normal or if they would've scheduled for an afternoon c-Section that I would not be here today. VERY strange to hear them say all of this me. It seems like a movie or that I'm talking about someone else.



I had to bring home the catheter in my side for a month so they could watch my bladder. (they had to reconstruct it, they said it was like jello) that was AWFUL. I had awful back pain...my incision never really hurt, it was my back. Well after being home a month & a half I had to go to my urology group and they were taking out these stents they put in around my kidneys. I was thinking these short little things...oh no! they started in the front, pelvic area, wrapped around my sides and went up my back (on both sides) once those things came out my back pain was gone!Yeah! I couldn't even walk around the grocery store it was that bad.Somehow, to this day ever since those stints came out, I have been totally fine! No problems at all. You wouldn't know anything happened if I didn't have this huge scar. My dr said if she hadn't already seen this before they would've done some medical article (cant remember exact name) on me describing the situation, etc... but she had done one on her previous patient.



My daughter is now a little over 3 and we're both doing great! I got a tattoo right on top of my heart of a mom holding her baby looking down at her wtih these angel wings coming down around both of them b/c someone was definitely watching over us that day!! My doctors went back and looked at all the ultrasounds again and no sign of anything suspicious and my levels all tested normal each at my dr visit so they were totally caught off guard but I'm so lucky to have the group of the doctors that I did that day!

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Charla - posted on 08/07/2012

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Hi Lisa & Christy! I just wrote this long response then for some reason while it was posting it didn't post! ugh =/ Well my daughter is now 6, will be 7 in Nov and we're doing great. The only time I get emotional is around her birthday. No one in my family even realizes that it still sort of bugs me. I mean I'm happy it's her birthday but in the back of my head I'm thinking of how different it could've been if I wasn't here with her. You can't help but think of things like that. I hope you both are doing better with things and able to enjoy your little one. I don't get on here too often but it sent me an email telling me that someone repllied so I thought I would check it out. I am on facebook though if you ever need someone to talk to. Christy - my doctor went back and looked at my ultrsounds and didn't see any signs of something going on. Weird I know but...just be glad they were able to take control of the situation and you are here!! =)

Christy - posted on 08/07/2012

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Wow! Our stories are very similiar. I had 12 week appt where they said i may have placenta previa and referred me to OB specialists. I continued to see them bi-weekly and then weekly for ultrasounds. I was put on hospital bed rest for shortening cervix at 26 weeks.At 29 weeks, my memebranes ruputured and I delivered a 2 lb, 4 ounce baby boy. Minutes later, I passed out. I was hemorraging and had to be taken to the OR due to placenta percreta. I lost a lot of blood and had to be given a transfusion. I received 11 pints of blood( I think that's what they said, details a little foggy.) a hysterectomy was performed. i stayed in ICU for about a day then four more days in the hospital and a long recovery at home. My lttle boy stayed 7 weeks and is now 2 and doing great. i feel lucky to be alive but can't help wondering why it was missed. I feel like if they would have caught it I could have has a c-section and the delivery wouldnt have been so traumatic.

Lisa - posted on 05/28/2012

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Your story is so similar to mine, that I can't help but tear up reading it. I'm glad you survived too. I'm not sure if you post here anymore, but now you're three years on, how are things? I'm only four months out and I feel like I'll never get back to normal again..

Jill - posted on 02/16/2009

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Wow. Thank you for sharing. What a blessing that you are alive and have two wonderful children.

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