BIRTH STORY- Part 5
I tried to get some sleep that night- really I did! But I think the adrenaline, the drugs, the fluids, the catheter (yuk) and the messages of support from family and friends just kept me awake.
I managed to nod off for a little bit but then noticed a gush that soaked through my pyjamas. I called the midwife and she cleaned me up and changed my bed. It was just a little blood that couldn’t be contained by the mattress sized pads I was wearing! I drifted off once more and then woke up again to the sheets completely wet! This time, the urinary catheter tubing had come apart and there was urine EVERYWHERE! All I could do was laugh as the midwife cleaned me up again and changed the sheets. Again.
I was up early the next morning for a blood test to check iron levels to see if I needed a transfusion and then I had breakfast. I got one of the catheter ports in my arm removed and the urinary catheter taken out. The midwife said to me “I will just put a jug in the bathroom, we need 300ml of urine to make sure your bladder is functioning properly”. Easy, I thought. I got up for the shower and peed 100ml. I called the midwife to tell her I was 1/3 of the way there and she said that it needed to be 300ml at once! Bugger! So I started drinking! I had my shower, went for a walk to visit IP’s and to have more cuddles and photos. S was organising my discharge paperwork just in case I was able to go home that day. My blood loss was decreasing and I was feeling okay. Hubby got the kids on the phone that morning and they were upset that they couldn’t see mummy so I did have a cry about that, so was determined to get my 300ml so I could leave!
After drinking to bursting point, I started to collect my sample. I filled past 100ml, 200ml, 400ml, 600ml, 800ml, 1000ml! I reached the top of the jug and did the rest in the loo. I couldn’t believe my bladder had just released over 1000ml of urine! I was giggling so much when I told hubby (who had to see it for himself!) and the midwife couldn’t believe her eyes! It was then we were told that not only did I need 300ml once, but another 2 times as well! I had just done my entire 3 samples in one but needed to do it AGAIN and AGAIN! By this time, I wasn’t laughing. I was frustrated. Was it me who wasn’t understanding the instructions or was it the midwife who wasn’t explaining things well enough? (this wasn’t S, it was a midwife on the ward)
So I started drinking again… The good news is that a decision was made to let me do only 1 more sample, so all I needed was more than 300ml. I remember saying to hubby “If I get 250ml, you can pee the remaining 50ml so we can get out of here!”. Thankfully it didn’t get to that as 1 hour later (yep, 1 hour later!) I did another 800ml!!! We laughed again at that one!
So off home we went.