Rough Week!! Abscess and ER...(graphic)
I feel like i've been gone forever! I've had the worst week ever this past week! I ended up with Mastitis in my left breast that turned into an abscess and on mothers day went to the ER and was admitted for surgery the following day because they could not get any fluid out of the abscess. So i wasn't able to even celebrate Mother's Day and I didn't even see Keaton because I left in the morning and was at the hospital all day. I had surgery the next day and immediately felt sooo much better!!! I wasn't able to continue pumping on that side because of all of the bandages but at that point after being in so much pain I was sort of over the whole breastfeeding thing! They made an incision and drained the abscess. The surgeon said he drained 2oz worth of infected fluid and he said it was all located pretty much behind my nipple so that's why I had such a hard time getting through the mastitis on my own. He packed the incision with 4ft worth of gauze and my husband has had to take 6 inches out every day. On Tuesday it was the first day for Jeff to start taking the packing out and we were both shocked at what my incision looked like...they leave it completely open! Jeff said he was traumatized...lol...first he saw me open during the c/s and now my boob! We joked about it!
Then Wednesday came...I had just taken a shower and it was time to take 6 more inches of packing out. I layed on the bed (only in my undies) and Jeff slowly pulled out the guaze and the minute he cut it I all of a sudden felt this weird "pulse" sensation in my incision and at that moment blood start running out of my breast. Jeff immediately put pressure on it and I screamed "this isn't supposed to happen!" I grabbed my bath towel that was on the bed next to me and tried to apply pressure myself. Jeff went and called the surgeon and the dr said to just apply pressure and it should stop. At this point the blood would not stop (later my husband said it looked like a chocolate fountain coming out of my boob...nice hun!). My husband is an athletic trainer and had his kit out so he put gloves on just to be safe and continued to apply pressure with guaze squares...this is when the blood started to pour up over my shoulder. My husband has seen alot of blood and wounds in his day and he was freaking out! He called the dr again and told him it was alot of blood and it wasn't stopping. The dr said to come in to the hospital...my husband informed him that we were at least 40 minutes away and it was close to 5'oclock traffic. The dr said if he couldn't stop it himself then i'd have to go to the ER of the closest hospital. My husband had to get more towels because I had soaked through my bath towel...he then called his mom to come take care of Keaton while we tried to get the bleeding to stop. When my MIL arrived (to me naked except for undies!) she said our room looked like a crime scene. AT this point I had blood going not only over my left shoulder but it was now pouring over my right shoulder. I was crying but trying to stay composed and my husband had fear in his eyes. He went and put the seats to my MIL's SUV down, covered her back cargo space in towels and threw me in the back of the car...we were going to the ER (still naked!). I can honestly say i've never been so frightened in my life. I don't know if I have ever prayed that hard either. Jeff just kept asking me if I was light headed and I said no...I was focused on breathing and I was trying to hold pressure on my inscision but at this point my hair was soaked in blood along with my entire upper body. We had gone through 5 beach towels at this point and we could not get the bleeding to slow down! My husband ran 3 red lights! We got to the hospital and it was shift change and the in coming nurses saw me and said that I needed a stretcher and commented on how much blood there was (I got blood all over my MIL's car!). They rushed me in and asked me how I felt, I said fine...and then I went into shock! I have to say when your body goes into shock it's probably one of the worst things ever. I was on the verge of passing out, the room was spinning, and I was throwing up. The nurses kept commenting on how I was as white as a ghost. I didn't have to get a blood transfusion and the ER dr was a jerk! They were able to look at my blood count through their computer system and he said my blood count was lower after my c-section then at that moment so he told my husband "Oh she didn't lose that much blood"...Jeff wanted to punch him! My blood pressure when I got to the hospital was 50/30! They kept me there for about 2.5 hours to get my blood pressure back up and monitor me. They were nice enough to let me leave with my hospital gown as well (sarcasm...).
When we got home my MIL had cleaned all the towels and put all of our bedding in plastic bags for us to take the the dry cleaners. My FIL was there and he was really freaked out by how I looked. It took me two days to get all of the blood out of my hair. My poor husband was freaked out for about two days. He couldn't even go to work. Thankfully things have been ok since then! All of my packing is out of my inscision and I see the surgeon this afternoon!
But my husband and I both agreed...we'd much rather these things be happening to me then something be happening to Keaton. I can handle it and I can express something being wrong, so we're just so thankful that through all of this he's been great! But it has my husband and I even more on the "one and done" track...we dont' know if we can handle anything else like this again! LOL...