Ok. I cant find the words at the moment to fill you in fully.
I am just going to run through the details so that for those that have asked I can let you know without typing replies and messages over and over!
So. After a quite difficult pregnancy pregnant with our second set of twins I’m now nearing the end.
All the way through scans have reported that twin 1’s placenta has been high. On the last scan i had at 34 weeks i was told that in-fact the placenta was low. And not just low it was covering “the os” which means the opening of my cervix.
Chatting to different people i have been told they don’t move down so it must have been low to start with and other sonographers have reported falsely.
So at 34 weeks i got booked in for a c section for 37 weeks.
The following week i had to go for steroid injections to help improve babies lungs. I attended my appointment on the Wednesday
Wednesday evening I had a few niggles. I coped until the Thursday when i had to go back for my second injection. While there I informed the midwife who sent me for monitoring
The next day the drs came round and my consultant decided I needed an MRI
After spending another few days at a bigger hospital with more resources should I go into labour (The pains were just niggles)
While there they found my iron level was very low and id need a 4 hr infusion.
Also they did an internal ultrasound to confirm the placenta was in-fact low.
I was sent home on the Monday with an appointment for the next day at Sheffield Royal Hallamshire hospital. With the top Dr in the country that performs this kind of MRI.
The lovely Dr took us into a room after the scan and informed that it was bad news.
My placenta is deep into my uterine wall and therefore i would be having my c Section on site at The Jessop Wing of the hospital where they have an amazing team of people that perform surgery that I need.
It will be not only a c Section with major blood loss anticipated but a hysterectomy and possibility of a bladder repair as some of the vessels from the placenta also look like they have invaded the bladder.
After my MRI I went home and was told to attend my consultant appointment the following day and to pack a bag and prepare to return to Jessops the next day.
Jessops is nearly 2 hours drive from our house so both myself & hubby packed a bag.
The next morning (Wednesday) I woke from about a two hour sleep and headed to my mums where my other two had been staying overnight while I had been in hospital. I brushed M’s hair ready for holiday club and put it in plaits I cuddled my children tight and me and daddy took then to holiday club. In my head thinking if I don’t make it. At least I know that last morning at home was fairly normal for them.
We both kissed them goodbye and said we didn’t know if at my appointment they would like to keep me in to see the babies a bit longer.
To be honest the kids took it in their stride and didn’t seem bothered.
Sorry. I wasn’t going to go into emotions but I felt the need to share my fear!
So i headed to my appointment where after having to get results faxed through and numerous phone calls between my consultant and Jessops I was eventually told to head over.
Once here at Jessops I had the most intense 3 hours of my life.
Chats with surgeon and anaesthetist about what the state of the placenta is. The possible risks involved in The surgery from damage to bladder to needing lots of blood transfused. I mentioned that my fear is I don’t make it through. He reassured me they do around 6 of these a year and around 30 in the 5 years they have been performing this kind of surgery and they haven’t lost anyone. He said thats why I am here as its one of only 3 hospitals in england that perform the op.
So basically Im now at Jessops awaiting this intense surgery next week. I am to do nothing so that a) I don’t bleed and b) I don’t go into labour.
They do have an emergency plan in place should I do but by next Wednesday they will have a more advanced medical team on hand.
He said it takes that long to get everyone in the right place at the right time and all equipment in the right place.
Meanwhile i have been given an amazing room on my own where hubby can stay with me.
What I know about the op.
- It can take anywhere from 4 – 7 hours.
- I will be asleep
- I should be awake the same day but if my body is not responding they may keep me asleep until the following day
- They expect I could get out of bed the following day as getting up and about as soon as possible aids recovery
- My op will be in a different part of the hospital to where I am currently and where the babies will be taken after the op
- Hubby will go with babies who will go to special care as they may need help waking up from the anaesthetic and maybe a little help breathing
- They will move me back up to near the babies as soon as I am able
- Following on from this their main priority is getting babies out making sure myself and babies are fit and healthy. Followed by getting myself and babies back together as soon as they can.
- I wont be home for a minimum of 10 days following the op