I finally finished the letter I am turning in to the board requesting my coworkers to donate sick leave days so that I can stay off from work...
On August 10, 2013 I had a
C-section. Initially, the surgery went smoothly and Si was born at 11:32
am. That evening around 7 o'clock I was in more pain than I have ever
experienced in my life. I had every nurse on the floor in my hospital
room at one time. They even called the doctor who had performed the
C-section back to the hospital because of the amount of pain I was in.
After four hours of crying, begging, having an anxiety attack, and my
blood pressure plummeting to 65/30, they determined that I had a
hematoma in between two of the layers of stitches.
I was told
that they were hopeful that the hematoma would resolve itself over time.
This is not, however, how things worked out. I was released from the
hospital on Wednesday, August 14th. By Friday, August 16th my incision
had started to pour blood. I went back to the doctor on Tuesday, August
20th and found out that the hematoma that formed the night that Si was
born after my C-section has burst through my incision. And that is where
the blood has been coming from. I also found out that it will take much
longer for me to heal from this surgery because instead of remaining
sewn together, the doctor had to cut through most of my stitches and
pull out as much of the old blood from the hematoma as possible and pack
the wound with gauze. And my husband has to help me by packing the
incision with gauze two to three times a day.
I went back to the
doctor on Thursday, August 22nd for her to try to scoop out the blood
from the hematoma. Very painful is an understatement. After laying there
through agony for about 5 minutes (which I promise seemed much longer
than 5 minutes) she asked me about having surgery the following morning
to get the rest of the blood out. This means I would be put to sleep and
she would really be able to get in there and clean all of it out. So I
was scheduled for out-patient surgery at 8:30 the following morning,
Friday, August 23rd.
After being home for less than 24 hours, the
home health nurse called the hospital to have me re-admitted for pain
management and to be outfitted with a wound-vac. I was also given 4
units of blood because my hemoglobin level had fallen to 5 (a normal
level is 12). I have fought off two infections through all of this. I
have been admitted to the hospital a total of 3 separate times. A home
health nurse comes to see me at my house every Monday and Wednesday to
change the gauze from my open C-section incision and re-hook up my wound
vac. Every Friday I make a trip to Mobile to the Wound Care Center to
see the doctor there and have them re-evaluate my incision and redress
I have been told by the doctor at the Wound Care
Center, that I will need a minimum of 2 more months off from work, and I
will exhaust my sick leave well before that time comes. I hope to
return to work by November 6th. I would much rather return to work
healthy than stay where I am presently, but to make that return a
reality, I would really appreciate any donated days my colleagues would
be willing to spare during this difficult time.