Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Elliot Joseph Baker has arrived!
IT'S A BOY!!!!
What a day it has been! We arrived at the hospital at 6:30am and much to our surprise they started prepping and had me back in the OR by about 8:00. Everything started off well as far as the spinal and such. Dr Bhat was humming his way through the beginning of surgery as was going as planned at first. Once Elliot popped his head into the world we noticed the cord wrapped around his neck and he was a lovely shade of blue. Once the cord was cut they took him over to be checked out. Right away it was found that his blood sugar was very low and he was having problems breathing. After a few minutes and a quick hold by Brian, they decided to take him to NICU.
Meanwhile....Dr Bhat has stopped whistling and began to tell me of the "ridiculous" amount of scar tissue he was finding. He said "it is a total mess in here and I am getting out". My uterus, abdominal wall, and bladder had become totally fused together. During the process my bladder was cut as well. He stated at this point it was not safe to continue with the tubal so he closed everything up and finished. As a result of the bladder injury I will come home with a lovely parting gift for the next two weeks....a catheter!! Once it is determined that my bladder is healed, I will be able to have it out.
Back to the NICU....Elliot had a chest x-ray and his lungs were found to be pretty full of fluid, which is not a big surprise for a c-section. They gave him sugar and got his levels back to normal but his breathing has continued to be labored. Fortunately he has not needed c-pap or the vent and is just working it out on his own for now. We were not able to touch him or hold him until his respirations were under control. They have steadily been improving so I don't expect it to be long. He was also started on antibiotics for possible infection. We are hoping his NICU stay is in the neighborhood of a week or less. These issues are common for c-section babies and although it is NOT what we expected, it could always be worse!
This day has been soooo long, so we are off to get some sleep, and hope tomorrow we will be able to hold our little man, feed him (and me!) and have news of a continued good recovery. Thank you all again for your thoughts and prayers! More pictures soon!!