I finally received my medical records today from the hospital. I requested the records for both of my babies births about two months ago. I actually had forgotten that I was supposed to be getting them because it took so long. Anyway, it is interesting to read about your own hospital experience in the eyes of the medical personnel. I read a few things that were supposedly done that I wasn't aware of, and it leaves me wondering if they made a mistake in the notes or if I was just never aware that it ever happened. I would like to think it was a written mistake considering that it makes me nervous to know that things were done to me without even realizing it! Its not that I think they are trying to do something to hurt me or anything, its just that I would rather be an active participant in my medical care. I know that isn't everyones choice, but it is definitely mine. Supposedly for my son's birth I had an intrauterine pressure catheter inserted into my uterus alongside of my son's head. This is something they use to monitor contraction strength. It is used usually with induction or when pitocin is administered to make sure the contractions aren't too strong. Although I haven't read of many serious contraindications, there is an increased risk of infection and an increased risk of injury to the baby if administered wrong. I also read that Glory had tachycardia which means increased heart rate. I was never told this as far as I know, and the notes said that she was intolerant to labor, which sounds to me that I just needed to change positions.
There were also some words I didn't recognize such as, ecchymoses, which means bruising appearance under the skin. This was in the notes of my discharge papers about my incision area. I'm guessing many women who have a cesarean have this considering the procedure in general. Overall I didn't really learn a whole lot that I didn't already know except that the word failed still hurts.
Preoperative Diagnosis #1
1. Failure to progress
2. Persistant occipitoposterior presentation
Preoperative Diagnosis #2
1. Failure to progress in labor
3. Probable underlying chorioamnionitis with low grade maternal fever and fetal tachycardia
4. Failed VBAC
Sounds a little like a disease diagnosis doesn't it?