I didn't expect to be back in hospital a month later but that’s exactly where I ended up on Wednesday at 4 am this week!
I've been making bottles of formula feed every three hours day and night for just over a month now. So as routine I got up walked downstairs boiled the kettle and was just pouring the water into the bottle when it toppled over and hit me in the abdomen.
I immediately threw off my nightie and ran to the shower where I dowsed the area in freezing cold water. I called for hubby to finish the bottle I started which he did but now baby didn't want to drink as she’d got herself into a right state. I understand that they still think they are a part of you for several months after their birth. My eldest also woke up and came running in to see if I was ok.
There’s an A & E down the road from us so I gave hubby a plan of action to get the girls cardigans on and them in the car where I’d join them. I reckoned that it would be quicker to get there than calling for an ambulance. However, I hadn't banked on the one down the road being shut! It is only open 10am till 10pm. So we returned home and I leapt back into the shower while hubby called the paramedics. As he was on the phone he was told that I shouldn't be under too long in case I was ill from the freezing cold water (tepid is actually best).
Fortunately the paramedics showed up very quickly and dressed my wound and gave me gas and air to breathe in assuming I'd gone into shock. They then decided to take me to hospital as they are limited in what they can do and couldn't give me much pain relief. There I would have morphine too if it was deemed necessary. In the ambulance they gave me paracetamol. I can’t have some drugs as they may affect my kidneys. It took about half an hour to get into hospital.
When my mind wasn't focused on the pain and worrying if I may fall off the stretcher. My thoughts were with my babies. I told the paramedics about my worries and was asked whether I thought my hubby was capable of looking after them. Of course he is but when you’re with them all day every day it’s funny to be away from them. According to hubby the eldest was so concerned about my disappearance in an ambulance that he had to hold on to her as they drove away with me or she’d have tried to run after it.
In hospital they took my details, that of my husbands and made an appointment with the plastics team for later in the day before setting me free. I phoned my mother for clothes and we attended the appointment together. Now I just have to keep redressing the wound.