There truly is a higher being watching us...watching the children and babies.
Yesterday, an ordinary day, I was at work as scheduled. A relatively slow day, I'd even had time to attend an hour+long meeting. I come back, relieve my friend who's relieved me, and check my patient.
As I'm coming out of my patient's room, I hear the overhead announcement of our code for fetal distress. Remember, I'd said the unit had been slow, and I'd just looked at the central monitor in my patient's room.
"Hmmm...what's up..." I thought. So off I go down the hall to the OR to help...and be nosey.
Lo and behold, most of our floor RNs, the unit Manager and Department head are congregating in this great rush to get a patient into surgery and get this baby out. NICU team present, with two Neonatologists too! Two anesthesiologists...
So, I start doing stuff. The pre-op counts, grounding the pt, connecting suctions, getting equipment, etc. I want to write the patient's name on the board, but there's no paperwork yet. It's that much of an emergency. Imagine: not even a consent was signed. I go to the anesth. area and ask why the pt doesn't have an armband.
My fellow nurse screams at me, "WE DIDN'T HAVE TIME FOR THAT!! IT'S ********(fellow nurse)!!!"
Tears welled in my eyes. Mind you, I'd looked briefly at the pt and noticed that she wasn't our typical pt demographic...but I hadn't looked at her to recognize her. When I realized...I lost it...well almost. I did shut down...and go into overdrive; numb. I could only think, "Why?? What?? How??"
Overheard, above the questions in my head, and the din in the OR was that she was massively hemorrhaging. Baby was out within about 10 minutes of her getting on the table...from prep to general anesthesia.
She was only 34 weeks along with her first baby.
Baby came out limp and lifeless and the uterus was dusky.
BUT THROUGH INTERVENTIONS (which didn't even require intubation) BY THE 5 MINUTE APGAR BABY WAS "8" AND COMPLETELY PINK BY THE TIME WE WEIGHED HER.
Here's the rub...had my coworker not been at work, in a hospital, in L&D, it's doubtful the baby would have made it. She suffered an almost total abruption, acutely. No prenatal risk factors. And this day was to be the last day before she went off on leave.
She'd been working and complained of feeling like she wanted to poop. Went to potty and no result...but still felt cramping. Another friend goes to put her on the monitor, when "Blessed Mommy" complains of feeling wet. Thinking it's ROM, Co-worker pulls off her scrubs
and reveals blood everywhere. Off to the OR we go. From monitor to baby was about 21 minutes total.
And we have an early addition to our L&D family. Blessed Mommy and baby--and we-- were very lucky. It was a tearful morning.