|Attempting to hold it together for photos|
My sister was my "doula" and my husband was also there. When we got there we realized we had not taken any "bump" pictures, so we took some quickly.
We went in and found out they had given away my room because they expected us to arrive at 8am, while my Dr had told us to arrive at anytime.. I immediately wanted to leave. The nurse seemed a bit angry that we were "late", my sister stepped out of the room where she went to the nurses station and politely (from what I was told) and explained that we were a hospital family and I really did not want to be having the section, but was not given a choice in the matter.
We waited in the prep room, next to a woman in actual labor with the nurse and my sister telling jokes to keep my mind off of it. We kept being told "a few more minutes" "uh oh.. someone got pushed ahead" so I didn't actually go back until 3. That gave us enough time for them to eat and my sister to braid my hair since I knew it would be a little while until I would be able to shower.
We went over my birth plan (I used this one as a starting point and adjusted it for us) and they assured us that they would attempt to accommodate our wishes. I swear they thought I was the crazy natural mama up for the section, but after my sister's talk with the nurses they were all really kind to us, almost pitying.
When I finally went back I was scared and worried the entire time. I really hate getting epidurals... the cold room, the pain, the worry that if they slip up I could be paralyzed, spinal headaches... etc. Then I was staring at the same ceiling tiles as I was at Lil'K's delivery and thinking that if that Dr hadn't been an idiot then I wouldn't be forced to do this section..
|Skin-to-Skin in the OR|
She was cleaned up and hubby got to trim the cord, which was actually a first for us. He stayed with her until she was reunited with me in the room. I of course was numb and unable to move my legs for many hours. I remember them doing the final clean up and after they removed the curtian being shocked that my legs weren't straight like I thought they were. When I was back in the room my hubby was able to stay with me, and my parents brought Lil'C and Lil'K to meet their new baby sister, Baby K. They both wanted to climb on my lap and cuddle but we of course had to be careful since I couldn't move or feel if they were hurting me.
|Lil'K and Baby K|
|Lil'C and Baby K|
|Baby wearing less than 24hours after Section.|
The biggest worry I had was going home, and being home most of the day by myself with 3 little ones while healing from the surgery. Due to Lil'K's affinity for flopping, that did become a worry. She landed on me once so hard that I screamed and my sister had to pull her off. I was in tears it hurt so bad.. and I was on pain meds at the time.
|At 5Lb 15oz She was my largest baby.|
|She has gotten much bigger in 6 months|
My post-pain is worse now as well. My scar is in almost constant pain along with my upper right thigh, there is also some numbing at the upper part of it (the pain goes around the edges of the numbing). It just all feels so unnecessary and a bit unfair to my girls and myself. So now I have had one necessary and life saving c-section, and two unnecessary ones.
Baby K is growing and is a very happy little person, for that I am blessed.
It is a fairly simple thing to make. Hubby tweaked the design a few times, but now Lil'c barely uses O2 and we don't use it any more, which is why it is inside. We have used it in both a hatchback and a van.
PVC pipe (slightly smaller than the tanks so it will grip)
3/4" plywood (measure from the floor to the top of the back of the backseat x width of the back of the backseat)
Extra strip of 3/4" plywood 4"x needed length (only under small bottles)
Tie-down straps (auto supplies)
Cut large plywood to size. Notice the notches in the bottom to allow the tie-down straps to wrap around the back of the seat and hold it in place.
Cut PVC pipe to length and then make ONE additional cut down the length which will allow the pipe to expand and grip the tanks.
Screw PVC to the board making sure the vertical cut is facing out.
Screw the strip of plywood under the PVC for the smaller tanks. This will give them something to rest on, otherwise they will slide right through. The large tanks will simply sit on the floor.
Spray paint for appearance. We went with black since we had it on hand, or you could try and match your vehicle's interior.
Fairly simple process :).
This allowed us to make use of our full trunk space while easily being able to trade out tanks. You could easily tell the empty from the full by the white caps. We kept the small tank in use in the transport bag with its valve on and a valve on whichever large tank was currently in use. This allowed us to carry 8 small tanks (notice only 7 slots) and 2 large tanks wherever we needed to go, including 2 4-day trips to see family 14 hours away! On those trips we also brought along the concentrator and used it as much as possible to save our tanks.
Although I will tell you, driving around with that many tanks in the back can make you nervous of other people's driving, but it is certainly better than them rolling around if you are carrying them anyway!
How many tanks have you had in your car at one time?