Thursday, November 27, 2008

Delivery Story

Here is my terrible labor and delivery story:
On Tuesday, November 11th I was admitted into Vanderbilt Hospital because my blood pressure was 140 over 100. Ryan went home to get our bags and my nurse hooked me up to pitocin. Well, twenty minutes into being hooked up to the pitosin, about 10 doctors and nurses come rushing into my room. The next thing I know I am being hooked up to an oxygen mask and being given a shot in my arm. Keep in mind that Ryan is at home getting our bags so I am kind of freaking out! The doctors were talking about doing an emergency C-section but things eventually calmed down.
Come to find out, my nurse hooked my pitocin line up to my IV line. The pitocin was suppossed to be set at 2 cc's but she hooked it to the IV line which was set at 125 cc's!!!! She left me on this outrageous level for 5 minutes before she realized what she had done. Needless to say, I was not a big fan of hers the rest of her shift!
Tuesday night, I decided it was time for an epidural. To make a long story short, they poked my back 7 times before they got the epidural line in right.
I stayed on the pitocin from noon on Tuesday to 3 pm on the following Wednesday before they decided to do a C-section. I was so drugged up that I barely remember anything from the operating room.
When I woke up, I was in a dark room by myself. Come to find out, I had a seizure after the boys were born so they admitted me to the surgical intensive care unit. I had not even seen my boys and my family could only come during visiting hours. I stayed there overnight and was readmitted into the labor and delivery room where I continued to receive medication for seizures. That Thursday I had to have 3 brain scans done to make sure that there wasn't anything wrong from the seizure. I personally think it was from the overdose and being on too many drugs but who knows!!! At approximately 5 pm Thursday, I was transferred to a regular post pardom room where I stayed until Sunday November 17th. Here is the picture when I first got to meet Braden
Here is Reed before he was hooked up to a million things!
Little Braden that weighed as much as a sack of sugar!
This was taken the Sunday when we were released from the hospital About Reed:
Reed is doing well. He is hooked up to a lot of monitors to make sure that everything is functioning like it should. He has good days and bad days but here lately he has been doing really well. It is a lot of trial and error to figure out what works best to keep the least amount of work for his heart.
This picture is when Reed was in a subatmospheric box to help regulate his breathing. He is no longer in this box. The next breathing option they tried was a breathing tube. You can see that his sweet little face is swollen. This is due to all of the fluids they have him on. It looks like he got in a good fight and punched in his left eye! This is what Reed is currently on. It kind of looks the worst but is the best thing for him and the least invasive. We call this his dinosaur mask. This is the CPAP and it helps open up his lungs and make breathing easier for him. His saturation levels have been really good on this. Braden better be ready when Reed gets his new heart because Reed is weighing about 6 1/2 lbs where Braden is just over 5 lbs! Reed is a fighter and we just continue to pray for his heart to come soon. We also want to pray for the family that will be making such a difficutlt decision to give such a gift in their time of grief. God is good and we know that He is watching over our boys every day!

25 comments:

YT said...

congrats (: the baby is so tiny and cute.

andrea said...

Wow...you poor thing. I'm sure that's not the delivery you had in mind. I'm glad you are ok now, and the boys look precious...Reed is a big guy!

Missy said...

God does have a plan and I know that he will bless Reed with a heart soon! We can all thank Eve for our wonderful birth stories:) You all are in our thoughts! Happy Thanksgiving!

Josh and Lindsay Story said...

Ryan and Keeley,
Your family is just beautiful! We will continue to pray for baby Reed! As you have said before God is good! We love you guys!!!

Tad and Michelle said...

Happy Thanksgiving! That is quite a first week. You all are such a strong family. Your boys are precious. I know God is watching over you all and taking good care of Reed. We think about you guys all the time and are praying that you have both your boys home soon. You look amazing...seriously you certainly don't look like you just carried twins. Glad to hear you are doing well and Reed is such a fighter. We're praying.

Jerry and Linda Schwieger said...

Keeley and Ryan, thank you for sharing your life on this blog--we are checking it frequently so we know how you all are doing. You are in our prayers and have been for some time. Your boys are adorable! We pray that all will go well for Reed as he faces surgery in the future. Love from the Schwieger's

Emily Clev said...

hey Ryan and Keeley! What a crazy delivery story! Your family is GORGEOUS and I can't wait to hold those sweet boys! reed is constantly in my prayers!

Anonymous said...

Keeley and Ryan, We think about you guys all the time! What a delivery story! Josh and I are praying for your sweet little family. Before you blink an eye, the two of them are going to be wrestling in your living room! They are adorable! Happy Thanksgiving...Jamie and Josh Whitehead

The Parker Family said...

That is quite a story! Despite that delivery, you look amazing! Braden is precious! I loved getting to see you guys the other night and cannot wait to see Reed. We are praying for a heart for him.

Vanessa said...

Hey Keeks. I'm glad to hear the update on Reed's status and to see some more pictures. Hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Bless your heart!!! What a "delivery story"!!! You, Ryan & the boys continue to be in our prayers, especially little Reed. They both are just adorable!! Thanks for sharing with us!
Love, Marilyn Boyette

DCVol said...

Your birth story is unreal, Keeley! Your two boys are PRECIOUS and my eyes welled up with tears when I saw little Reed~ he is such a true angel and I just want to kiss that sweet face of his. We are praying for you all and thinking about you tons. Love, Kelly, Travis & Bennett

Julie said...

You are a trooper! I don't think I had ever heard such a crazy delivery story. We are praying for your precious boys and a special prayer for Reed every night. Love you!

Terry Jr and family said...

Congratulations! The boys are beautiful! Hate to hear about all the difficulties, though. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. Thanks for creating and sharing this blog. Hope to see you all soon.

The Hadfields said...

Oh, I know you must be running on pure adrenaline right now. I hope you are taking time to rest and take care of yourself. The boys are precious and I know you are so proud! I know you must hate to leave Reed, but I'm confident he is in good hands. What an awful labor experience. And a seizure?? You poor thing! We'll continue to pray for all of you, but especially for Reed. Please keep us posted. I love the updates!

Kate said...

Your sweet boys are gorgeous!! I love their little bald heads...those are the best (mine were all bald ;).
I'll pray for you guys and for precious Reed. God will provide!

Emily said...

Keeley,
I can sympathize with your delivery/labor story. I had a tough time, too. Hope you are recovering well and hope you all can feel the countless prayers that are being lifted up for all four of you!

Abigail and Ansley said...

Just wanted you all to know that you are in our constant thoughts and prayers! You are such a beautiful family!

Jeremy & Robin said...

This is Robin Bennett Ramsey, I've been keeping up with your precious babies through Reid. I wanted to tell you that my very good friend from pharmacy school is the clinical pharmacy specialist in the NICU at Vandy, she is with the NICU rounding group! She is awesome. I've told her to look for you. Her name is Paige Fuller. We are praying for your boys!!

MereSpeckClayton said...

Those boys are absolutely precious! YOu guys are in our thoughts everyday,,,I cant wait to see those two babies again!!

mkburcham said...

You are such a trooper! I had a c-section also, but mine was planned b/c Jonas was breech-so I didn't have to labor as long as you did--you are super woman!! I continue to pray for a heart for Reed daily-and for you, Ryan and Braden...what a sweet, precious little picture of him swaddled in his blanket! Love you! Keep the pics coming!

Em and C said...

Keeley and Ryan,

Oh my...you guys have been through so much! Keeley, I am so sorry sweetheart...you had a rough time!

You and your sweet, beautiful boys have been in our prayers! We will continue to pray for you all!

Love,
Emily and Charles Yingling

lyla said...

don't know if you remember meeting me, but just wanted you to know i've been keeping up with you and am praying for reed. so sorry you had such a terrible time with your delivery--that was awful! you have two beautiful boys!

Courtney said...

Bless your heart...Hang in there, and you guys are still in our prayers everyday. You're boys are beautiful!

Michael and Hannah said...

What a horrible delivery story!!! I'm so sorry, Keeley! At least you have 2 sweet beautiful boys to make up for it! Keep us posted on Reed... we're praying.