My babe was born Monday January 23 at 5:11 am by emergency c-section. The short story is that I started bleeding at 1 am on Monday morning. I assumed it would stop but after an hour I was still bleeding. I called the doc and she said that I should come in and bring my stuff and we'd do the c-section in the morning. We got things settled for DD1 and got to the hospital around 3 am. I was bleeding but not super heavy. Still, since there was an OR available and no one else in Triage (!) everyone agreed to do the c-section right away. I was in the OR within an hour. The baby was born at 5:11 am and I was in recovery around 6:30.
The surgery itself was kind of awful. They had trouble getting the spinal in, the drape was sort of over my head at a 30 degree angle and they had a really hard time cutting through the existing scar tissue. But, the placenta was easily delivered, I lost a normal amount of blood and the baby was totally healthy and didn't need any interventions despite being premature.
The first hour of recovery was very painful. The spinal wore off in my abdomen long before I could feel my feet. But I stuck to my convictions and avoided the morphine. Once the Turadol kicked in and the spinal wore off, I felt ok. With the help of a great nurse, I was off the IV and walking at noon, catheter out by 6 pm and discharged Weds at 8 am!
I really feel great. Pain is manageable, the baby is nursing really well and the constant stress of waiting for an emergency has passed! My oldest is slowly adjusting and I have more help than I want in the form of my sisters who flew in to take care of DD while I was in the hospital.