Couldn’t leave this thread hanging!
My baby girl was born 3-22. She was delivered vaginally after 17.5 hours of being on Pitocin and 2 hours of pushing. She weighed just over 9lbs!
Again, my epidural only numbed one side even though it was the same anesthesiologist as when we did the ECV three days before. She was aware that it happened the first time around, and tried to adjust the second time, but the right side just wouldn’t go numb.
My water was broken for over 12 hours, so they were on the lookout for symptoms of infection = monitoring my temperature. Just before pushing I was in tons of pain, lots of times my face gets really hot when I’m in pain. They were using one of those thermometers you run across the forehead, and apparently my temperature spiked, but I never felt “feverish,” felt fine after delivery, and temp went down right after delivery. But I guess with the prolonged ruptured membranes+ temp, they were still on the lookout for infection in me & the baby. They ordered blood work on baby a few hours after birth bc of that. They had given her the vitamin k shot after birth so she was clotting really fast and they were having a hard time getting her to bleed. It was horrible to watch them try to get that blood. Little did I know it was all just beginning!
The labs came back and her white blood cell count was high so they took her to the NICU right when they came to tell me .That was about 7 hours after she was born. We were both put on antibiotics immediately after that. I did have my blood drawn but never heard anything about if my white blood cell count was normal or not. I was so sleep deprived and blindsided and scared, I never thought to ask. It was all very frustrating and confusing because we were both completely asymptomatic! They did more blood tests on her, looking at C-Reactive Protein this time (a marker for infection OR inflammation) and it was crazy high, and looking to see if the WB cell would come down after antibiotics and it did. But that CRP kept rising. She was completely fine in person, no symptoms at all, but those tests were saying otherwise! So they did a spinal tap on her to make sure it wasn’t her brain. Right before they went to do it, I was talking to the doctor and we were discussing how it was similar to an epidural. I mentioned I was familiar, having had two in one week and the doctor was surprised. So I told her about the ECV. Apparently somehow, NICU was never informed of my ECV!
The spinal tap came back good, WB cell was looking normal. We spent 4 days in the NICU. By day 4 the CRP was finally coming down and fast. So after so many tests and monitoring they determined that the high CRP was probably because she went through so much trauma (equalling INFLAMMATION) having been turned and then being delivered vaginally. I mean, it took multiple tries to turn her.. and the poor kid came out with bruised arms and ribs since it was such a tight squeeze! It was definitely a trauma.
It was surely not the experience I thought we were going to have.. And not fully the one I planned for or wanted …’the best laid plans of mice and men..’ right? But that’s life! We got through it, she is healthy and we are home.
But I had no idea having the ECV could lead to all of this!! So I definitely felt the need to come back and update everyone here!