Standard procedure at LPCH is to keep c-section moms and babies in the hospital for 4 nights. We went home on Friday and spent the weekend getting to know our little boy, hanging with the Parker parents and big sister Sheridan. By Monday I was getting short of breath, gasping a bit a night and wheezing. Tuesday these things got much worse, and by Wednesday morning it was time to seek some medical attention (who yelled past time???). The OB and asthma doctor worked together to rule out asthma related issues. Based on his exam and testing, the asthma doc recommended immediate hospitalization and more tests. The OB agreed, and sent us off to Stanford ER. To make a VERY long story less long, 30 hours in the ER, a huge battery of tests, and 6 days in the hospital, and I am finally on the mend. Fluid from the pregnancy and surgery, and any other fluid they could find, accumulated in my body and backed up into my heart and lungs (pulmonary edema) causing them both to fail. After ruling out even worse things like blood clots, the doctors started a course of treatment that resulted in over 30 lbs of fluid loss in 5 days. I can breathe and see my ankles. Bonus!
I was released tonight and made it home about 9pm. Happy to be in my own bed, breathing easier and able to celebrate Henry's birthday (Tuesday) in person. Although there is still healing to be done, I am on the road wellville. Henry, Sheridan, Kyle and my parents were all amazing care takers for baby Parker while I was out of commission! Thanks to Karen, Linda and Laura for coming to relieve Henry at the hospital!
We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming ;•)