The last 72 hours have been crazy to say the least. Liz started having abdominal pains last Saturday and because the pain was not subsiding, she went to see her doctor Monday afternoon. When I got home Monday night, there was a gift bag sitting on my side of the bed. The bag was full of baby toys and Liz told me that she was pregnant.
We were both very excited, but the doctor said that Liz should go and get an ultrasound to make sure everything was OK and to see if they could find the source of the pain. So she called the hospital on Tuesday and got an appointment to get the ultrasound on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.
About an hour after I got home from work on Tuesday, Liz said that her abdominal pain was getting worse so she got in the bath. Within an hour, I was driving her to the emergency room.
I have never seen her in that kind of pain before. After four hours in the ER and two different types of ultrasound, the ER doctor informed us that Liz had an ectopic pregnancy (tubal) and that the on-call OB was coming down to perform surgery.
Not more than ten seconds after the doctor left the examination room, Liz started bleeding. The OB showed up and explained the surgery and within ten minutes, Liz was in surgery.
Almost two hours later, the main OB (Dr. W) came to the waiting room to let me know how things went. He told me that the ultrasound showed that the embryo was approximately 8 mm large; however, once they got into Liz's abdomen, he found that it had been encompassed by a blood clot that was approximately the size of a quarter. As a result, Liz's tube burst and she had lost approximately 2/3 to 3/4 of a unit of blood. In addition, she had a cyst on her ovary that also burst. We feel very blessed because Dr. W was able to remove the portion of the tube that burst and save Liz's left tube. He also said that the ovarian cyst was likely caused by the blood clot around the embryo. Despite the cyst, he said that Liz's left ovary looked healthy.
The craziest part is that he characterized this as an experience that made him feel like he was really making a difference. He told me that had we not come into the ER, Liz would have bled to death overnight. To think that she would not have even made it to her ultrasound appointment. I am so lucky to have Liz as my wife and I could not imagine going through life without her.
Liz is doing well and we have already experienced an outpouring of generosity and love. Thank you to everyone who has offered to help.
Thank you to Liz's sister, Auntie, for all of her help including taking care of the boys while Liz and I were at the hospital. I cannot imagine how we could have done this without her.
Greg and Lindsey: Thank you for the beautiful flowers.
It is probably best not to call Liz yet. The doctor said that she needs to rest quite a bit for the next few weeks. I am sure that she would welcome any comments on the blog.
Buddha, Bugga, and I are so happy to have Mommy back home.