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Hospital Notes - Elizabeth Unexplained
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Hospital Notes
I wanted to write about a few things about our hospital stay just because I don't want to forget them

When they wheeled me over to the post-partum ward I was a trifle dismayed to find that I was being put into a double room. Apparently the hospital was very busy and everything else was full. Warren and the baby arrived in the room shortly after I did, and we didn't spend much time together because of the lack of privacy and the need for him to take Margaret home. My roommate from what I gathered from overhearing her and her husband were first time parents and she'd had an epidural and couldn't make it to the bathroom without calling a nurse. The upshot was that in spite of being blessed with a little boy who is a champion nurser and who slept in four hour chunks that first night I actually didn't get much sleep. Still, it wasn't took bad, and I was feeling physically pretty well after this delivery.

While this time around it seemed like the labor and delivery folks were a mixed bag, the nurses on the maternity ward were all pretty nice with one marginal exception. Part of that may be that this was my second baby and they figured I knew what I was doing. Even so, they were really nice especially considering the ward was full to capacity. Of course the doctors were the same. The same doctor that had sent me home on Sunday night came by to talk to us about our decision to have Duncan circumcised. (We'd done our research and considered the decreased risk of STDs to make it worth it.) She clearly did not approve of our decision though could not say so in so many words. Still, I found it ironic to have a doctor with a pierced nose telling us that the procedure was elective and cosmetic in a disapproving tone of voice.

My roommate got moved to a private room on Tuesday afternoon. This was a good thing because on the first diaper change I handed post circumsion we had a bit of an incident. I know that baby boys can get a bit of a fountain effect going on, but there is not much you can do when you are trying to put the medicated cream on the freshly done willy in question... He managed to get a spray up over the side of his basinette and soaked the side of the unoccupied bed two feet away. At least it was easy to check to make sure he could pee after the procedure.

I got my own private room at around 8pm on Tuesday which made the rest of the stay more pleasant, but I still decided to check out Wednesday evening instead of waiting until Thursday morning. Children under 18 are barred from visiting and I was missing Margaret rather badly.

The only other thing of note about the hospital stay that I can remember right now is that Duncan managed to flunk the hearing test both times, I think as much due to rushed hospital staff as anything else. We've got a screening set up for him just in case it's not nothing, but I see no cause to be alarmed right now. If he has an actual problem we'll do what we can to deal with it, but chances are good that it was just that he still had lots of mucus in there on account of his speedy delivery.
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jaedian From: jaedian Date: February 6th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)


The double rooms are really a pain. Nice that they moved you out quickly.

We got a single for Juliette, but she ended up having to stay an extra day for bilirubin phototherapy, and they have to discharge the mother now. (I guess insurance companies used to pay for an extra day for the mom) I was lucky they put me up in a double room (although I wasn't a patient anymore) with another mom in the same boat. (a third mom ended up in the lounge) But what I couldn't believe was that the mom I shared the room with was watching TV all night. I was irritated at 10pm when they still had the TV on too loud for me to sleep. But at 2am? Come on! I had to complain to the nurses because they ignored us when we complained. T

hey weren't particularly good with the baby either, when they have high bilirubin, you have a very sleepy unresponsive baby you have to force to nurse with wet wash cloths if necessary. They would try once, the baby wouldn't nurse and they would put him back in bassinette and not even tell the nurse. (the babies were only with us long enough to feed before they had to be put back on the lights) I hope it worked out for that baby in the end, I was watching the nurses get annoyed. I was very happy to be sent home, although Juliette really should have been under the lights longer, our regular pediatrician said. I think they had too many jaundiced babies and not enough lights and we seemed like competent parents ;-}

I don't blame you for leaving early though. Not being able to see Margaret at all was a super pain. We had Alex and Sara visit us two or three times while we were there. (and they were older so I wasn't as concerned for them)

Let us know if you need anything now that you are home! We can always set up another playdate for Margaret. How is she handling the transition?
psychohist From: psychohist Date: February 7th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Doubles

It was kind of funny in the shared room when the nurse would come in. She'd glance at Elizabeth comfortably nursing Duncan, say something approving, then turn her attention to the other woman and micromanage her breastfeeding for 10 minutes.

Margaret seems to be taking things well. We've tried to make sure she gets plenty of attention. So far she has not dropped below one full time adult for any significant period.

That will of course have to happen when Elizabeth goes back to work, so we'll have to figure out that transition.
jaedian From: jaedian Date: February 7th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Doubles

Well you have a little while before Elizabeth goes back to work to worry about it. I am sure by then she will at least be used to the addition to the family.
jaedian From: jaedian Date: February 6th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


I gather from my OB that they don't really like doing circumcisions. They can't really anesthetize the baby, so it is hard for them.
twe From: twe Date: February 7th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: circumcision

No, they do anesthetize the penis. We made the same decision about circumcision and it all seems to have gone off well; he healed up fine.
jaedian From: jaedian Date: February 7th, 2010 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: circumcision

I got the impression she would have liked to do more than a local. Dunno, we didn't do it.
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