Thursday, June 11, 2009

Pregnancy Scare

So far we have told no one about this outside of our family but during the wee hrs of the morning on Wednesday I woke up in horrible pain that would not go away. For almost an hour I tried sitting on the toilet, changing positions, and walking around to ease the pain. The pain just got worse and and worse until I began hollering to go to the ER. Daniel loaded the kids into the van and on the way to the ER the pain got worse, finally by the time we made it in the door I was screaming in pain. I didn't see how I could be in that much pain without losing the baby but having experienced a natural childbirth I also knew that this pain was far worse than any pain associated with an unmedicated childbirth. It seemed as though everyone in the ER was going as slowly as possible. (I'm sure this was not the case but it seemed that way). The ER doc didn't have a clue what was going on and thought I was in labor. He even checked me and told me I had dilated some. I began to shake uncontrollably and hyperventilate partly from the pain and partly from being so scared of losing the baby. Finally after what seemed like forever and talking to my OB on the phone they decided to do an ultrasound to check my kidneys. Sure enough one of my kidneys was severely enlarged and strange looking. They put me on extremely high doeses of morphine to help me cope with the pain. I laid in the ER for over 10 hrs before they finally got me in a room and comfortable bed. I was soooo uncomfortable in that ER! My back began to hurt from laying on that awful stretcher type bed for so long. Once I got to my room they gave me morphine the rest of the day to help manage the pain until they could do surgery that evening and put a stint in my kidney. The procedure went very well and they were able to locate and remove two stones from my kidney. They decided to put me to sleep and do a local amesthetic instead of general anesthesia since I was pregnant.
However the local anesthetic didn't take and I woke up in excruciating pain feeling I was being chopped with knives and intense burning. There was a glitch in the computer system and the nurse was unable to pull up what my doctor said about the surgery what I could have for pain and because of that it took my nurse an hour and half to get a hold of the doctor and the pain medication I needed. The pain meds took the edge off the pain almost immediately and I got up this morning doing much better. We were discharged around lunch time today and finally we are home. I told Daniel on the way home that I would not wish this experience on the devil himself!
Wow ladies, next time you think childbirth is the worse pain there is, think about someone with kidney stones! I can attest after experiencing both that kidney stone pain is 10 times worse than the pain of natural childbirth. I wrote this post because I think every pregnant woman should be aware of kidney stones and how to recognize the symptoms (excruciating pain in one side and the feeling of having a contraction that never ends, burning "down there"). I had never heard of pregnant women having kidney stones and could have avoided a ton of emotional pain thinking I was losing the baby in that ER if I had been more educated about kidney stones in pregnancy. Don't forget to drink LOTS of water when you are pregnant. I thought I was drinking enough because I drank everytime I was thirsty but apparently I was not and was amazed when I was told in the ER that I was partially dehydrated and that can contribute to causing kidney stones. I am just so grateful that our precious Mercy is ok! Please be praying that all the pain killers and narcotics will have no affect on her health. I feel so blessed after being afraid I was losing her that we made it through everything that she is still tucked away safely inside of me:-).
That is the best thing I could have asked for and I am praising God for protecting her!

7 comments:

Mama Notes said...

that sounds so painful, I'm sorry!! i'm go glad your baby is okay though, praise God!

Amanda said...

Oh, Lindsay I can just imagine how scary that must have been for you... I'm so glad that you are doing well today and I will definitely keep you and Mercy in my prayers!!! :)

Kyle and Amy said...

Lindsay, I am praying for you right now! Thank the Lord that you are home safe and sound that Mercy is ok! Bless your sweet heart! I am so sorry that you had to endure that tremendous pain and discomfort! I pray that you feel stronger each day and that find comfort in my words! I'm thinking of you and sending all my love and prayers from Georgia to Virginia! :)

Alexis said...

Praying for you and for Mercy, which is, by the way, the sweetest name ever.

I've never had kidney stones or a miscarriage, but I'm pretty sure I know which one would hurt the most. If you had to have one of the two, I'm glad stones are what you ended up with.

Joshpb80 said...

We sure were concerned and praying for you. I'm so glad you and the baby are alright! BTW I need your current phone number to put in my new cell phone. My other one was ruined on the honeymoon :)Love you

Deborah said...

I am so thankful that you and Mercy are OK. I love the name Mercy! How beautiful...like her Mama.

Saige said...

Oh, Lindsay! I'm glad you are on the mend. How awful to have been in such pain! I've heard several men say that kidney stones are worse than childbirth--now you know they were telling the truth. I hope you never have to go through that again!