Thursday, January 25, 2007


11 Dec 2006

I had a ligation done coz I'm way past the prime age for having kids. Or so I think. Or I know.

Having babies need lots (and I mean lots and lots and lots) of energy. Ah, THAT I definitely know.

Take my word for it.

The day after my delivery I had an early shower. I had no problem (note: NO PROBLEM) walking. Then I fetched my baby from the nursery, fed him with colostrum (not much but very precious) and waited for the OT to buzz. And to the OT I went.

In the freezing theatre I was given a spinal injection. It hurt a bit but it was ok. Then I was put on an extremely narrow gurney (really, I thought I was gonna fall off it!) and my arms were spread eagle. The OT staff did work very quickly. They fixed various monitors and drips and waited for the spinal to work.

It took all of 5 minutes to numb me, waist down.

And so it began. Ligating my tubes. The procedure was explained to me as : my fallopian tubes would be clipped (not cut or cauterised like I thought) with plastic clips (which I should have asked to see) and any eggs produced so forth by my ovaries would have no way to move on to the uterus to be fertilised and would be reabsorbed into my body. (I was worried about the reabsorbtion part coz I had the freaky thought that the eggs would collect and cause my ovaries to burst). No follow up checkups would be necessary in years to come and this is 99% effective in birth control. OK. Sounded simple enough.

The whole ligation process was a keyhole surgery, meaning they wouldn't cut me open and scaring would be minimal. And it won't hurt. I mean it can't be as bad as delivering a baby. Can it? OR SO I THOUGHT. HAH!

It was all over in 15 minutes. I didnt even get to see the Dr who ligated me! I was brought into the observation room and had a 15-minute teeth-chattering freezing wait. I was practically shaking head to toe and the nurses remarked that since I just delivered yesterday, I must have had lost some blood and proceeded to put a warm air blower into my blanket. That comforted me but not much. I couldn't stop my teeth from chattering. The nurse said she would hugged me if she could! I was feeling nauseous and told her I felt like throwing up. She put a freezing kidney dish next to my mouth but nothing came up. It was a v-e-r-y longggg wait indeed.

After 30 minutes and no adversed reactions whatsoever, I was taken back to the ward. I was very hungry but its not lunch time yet so I sucked on a lollipop. My legs felt like sacks of flour - heavy and funnily I couldn't move them! It would take up to 6 hours for the anaesthesia to wear off.

To my happy surprise, my husband came and fed me my lunch. Mmmmm...

The nurses kept asking me if I was in pain. Pain?! What pain?! Naaahhh....



I even told my friend who was coming to visit not to come (she was angry at me for days) coz it was sooo painful I could hardly breathe or talk. The pain were at my tubes, my guess would be where the clips are. I asked for some painkillers and was asked to walk around. Surprisingly the pain WAS relieved for a while when I walked, if you can call it walking, with me crouching and holding my waist.

It was WORSE than the whole delivery episode!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Adventures in the Delivery Suite (Part 2)

10 Dec 2006


Finally, after 3 Prostin tablets, in the wee hours of the morning I felt something. Well, its not much pain, still bearable. After showering at 6am, I walked around the ward for an hour, trying to encourage the contractions to be stronger. Its not much pain, kinda like menstrual cramps and I was imagining my cervix opening up.

Breakfast time. They served mee hoon soto, but I was in too much pain to eat so I was sent to the delivery suite. I hope THIS IS IT.

Quick check: Dilation 2 to 3cm but cervix still high (well, i am not due in 2 weeks!). I was told its lucky I was admitted to the hospital because my bloodtest result showed my blood slowly going abnormal with high levels of uric acid and very low potassium.

Dr decided to break my waterbag but SHE CAN'T REACH my cervix, even with the amniotomy needle. Reviewed again, she decided to wait my waterbag to break on its own (that would take forever) and will review me regularly.

And hey, my contractions ARE getting stronger. Yeay!

My husband prepared his post on the lounging chair. He didnt bring the camera this time since we didnt use it the last two times.

A drip was set up on my left hand. Unfortunately since she manouvered the needle to get 4 vials of blood (me the, ehem, samaritan, gatal-gatal participated in a few researches and so my blood was needed these researches), it swelled up like an egg. The drip was changed to my right hand.

I was given pethidine injection and - whoa - for a couple of hours, the contractions were bearable though they were getting stronger.

Its been 7 hours in the delivery room. Tired. My blood pressure is normal.

AND my waterbag broke. The funny thing is, the nurse or the Dr would not admit its the waterbag until they did a dip test and YES it was the waterbag. Labour was progressing very slowly and they decided to hurry things up a bit and put up an oxytocin drip.

But then all hell broke loose! The contractions were coming fast and furious! I had no time to breathe and recuperate when one ended and another one started. The pethidine already wore off and I felt like climbing over the bed and climb up the wall with my nails!!!

My husband went out when they did a cervix check at 6cm and had not return. Where is he?

I already felt like pushing and felt hot and cold at the same time. I felt like screaming but I didnt. Or maybe I did and dont remember, hehe. The midwife said I'll deliver very soon.

My husband suddenly appeared and THANK GOD the baby was already crowning before I started to push. The midwife was very good, instructing me when to push with all my might, when to pant and when to push a bit so I didn't tear or lacerate and didn't need stitches after it was all over. His head popped out, then his body slided out and I was shown his genitals (!!) - a BOY!

Felt relief. Over-the-moon. Exhilirated. Baby didn't cry much. He was brought to the warmer and the normal procedures were done over him. 2.89kg weight, 48cm length. While I had another problem: My placenta wouldn't come out.

We waited half and hour and I was given the "laughing gas" to breathe and relax because I was too tense. The placenta was finally delivered. That was a scare.

The Dr said he had the longest and juiciest umbilical cord while the nurse said she never collected so much cord blood before (we donated cord blood).

I finally could hold my baby in my arms. And he smelled heavenly. He was awake and alert and I fed him for a while. He is finally here. My baby.

Adventures in the Delivery Suite

8 Dec 2006

YEAY! I might deliver today! I am happy and excited.

The 6am induction was pushed to 2pm. So at 2pm I was prepped and had the Prostin inserted. I was monitored for any increase in the strength of contractions. For a few minutes, the contractions reached above 100 readings on the CTG but slowly it disappeared. I mean, it DISAPPEARED. For two hours.

Then I was sent back to the ward. SENT BACK TO THE WARD! I was a tad disappointed. Dr told me I might go into labour tonight so I was hopeful.

After a full day at the hospital waiting, my husband went home, exhausted, I bet. He sms-ed to say he was doing the laundry and the kids were having hashbrowns and hotdogs for dinner.

Waiting is murder.


N-O-T-H-I-N-G happened tonight. Scheduled for another Prostin at 6m tomorrow.

Cervix high. Dilatatin: 1 cm. Duh.

9 Dec 2006

Dilatation still at 1 cm. Prostin 2 at 6.15 am. No breakfast. Hungry but have to tahan.

HAHA. Still no increase in contractions. Sent back to the ward AGAIN. My spirits went down.

At the ward I was monitored hourly. At 8pm the Dr decided to send me to the delivery suite AGAIN since there WAS an increase in uterine contractions. But I felt no pain, maybe just slight discomfort.

OK-lah. Whatever.

My husband went home to catch some football match and promised to come back again if need be BUT (you guessed it) I was sent back to the ward AGAIN after the 3rd Prostin at 8.30pm. Dilatation: 2cm.

DUH DUH DUH. This gotto be the joke of the year!