And So This is Christmas, and a Happy New Year

__11:00 am__ The nurses here have been really great they get Brianna
whatever she needs and they do a lot of not so pleasant things. Vomit
cleanup and urine tabulation currently top the list. Finally Brianna
is being weaned from the magnesium sulfate IV. She has also completed
her antibiotic treatment, and Hailey has received two steroid shots
via Brianna’s derriere. If the weaning goes well we may get to go home
in time for Christmas.

__2:00 pm__ The Magnesium sulfate has been stopped and the
terbutaline has been started. Now the visitors arrive. Today we have
Eric (Brianna’s brother) and Jason and the Vasquez’s (Adrian, Kim,
Cody, Jayson), Nana (my mom), Shannon (my sister), Karen (soon to be
sister-in-law), and the fabulously funny Autumn (our niece). Kris
Westlund delivered flowers, greetings, and soup (mmmm soup) from San
Antonio.

__6:00 pm__ Finally we are going home, we will get a chance to have
Christmas eve at our house. We arrive and warm up the turkey,
dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and green beans. After
dinner we open our Christmas gifts to each other and declare that this
is the best Christmas ever. We are finally relieved enough that we
think we might get some sleep in our own bed tonight.

__8:30 pm__ I was getting ready for bed and had just stepped out of
the shower when Brianna yelled from the bathroom. She had found
uterine bleeding while trying to go to the bathroom. I immediately
started putting on my clothes telling her to page either Sanna or
Brinkman but that we had to go back to the hospital as we were
instructed.

The trip to the hospital took less than 15 minutes it should take 30
minutes. I pulled into the emergency entrance, put Brianna in a wheel
chair, pulled my car around to the emergency parking, and ran back to
push Brianna back up to Labor and Delivery admissions. As we rounded
the corner to Labor and Directory, Holly the nurse leaned out of the
nurse’s station and yelled for us to go to the same little room we
were in before. The nurses rushed in and began the admission process.

The bleeding stopped at the hospital but Dr. Brinkman was rushing in
from San Marcos to examine Brianna. Once their she found that the
outside of Brianna’s cervix was bleeding and decided we would spend
the night at the hospital for observations but that we would go home
in the morning. The fetal monitor was attached and there were no
contractions.

After twenty minutes the monitor was removed, a blood test was taken,
and Brianna was given a sleeping pill to help her sleep through the
night. A little while later the nurse came in to re-start the fetal
monitoring. Dr. Brinkman wanted to monitor the baby for another
hour. Brianna and I both fell asleep on the small hospital bed.

__1:00 am__ The nurses rush into the room to take Brianna’s vital
signs and put an oxygen mask on Brianna. They also begin to start an
IV “just in case.” We ask why and are shown that the baby’s heart rate
had dropped significantly for about 6 minutes. They tell us that
Dr. Brinkman has been paged and is on the way. I begin calling Sanna
so she can get in from Thorndale. Dr. Brinkman walks in just as I
reach Sanna and Elizabeth and takes the phone to discuss the
situation.

One of the blood test indicates that there could be danger of
Brianna’s placenta separating. Dr. Brinkman tells us “we’re going to
have a baby” and an emergency C-Section is the only safe way.

The nurses begin prepping Brianna for surgery. Brianna is very
scared. They shave her stomach and take her into the surgery room to
finish prepping her. They leave me with some paper pajamas to put
on. I will join the party after Brianna is prepped. I get the cell
phone and start calling people. I call Tina, Eric, Carol, and more. I
am very worried now and about the only words I can speak are, “Brianna
is having a C-Section now.” Each person says OK. Tina arrives at the
hospital first and provides much needed encouragement. She takes our
cell phones and begins calling everyone in the phones memory informing
them of the situation. I try to call my parents twice but nobody
answers the phone so I call my sister and tell her we are having a
c-section, tell Mom. She can’t reach them by phone so she dresses her
two kids and drives down the road to beat on their windows to wake
them up. I manage to get one last call off to Fredd and Rox and go
into the delivery area to encourage Brianna.

Brianna is still very scared and in pain. She has received an
additional IV, an epidural, and the dreaded catheter. She is crying
and I’m trying to calm her when she yells to Dr. Brinkman, while
you’re down there could you do a little tummy tuck. To keep with
Brianna’s good mood she yells “whee” as the nurses mover her from the
operating table to the bed.

__2:42 am__ At 3 lbs 3 oz a 13 inch long Hailey Diane Jones is
brought into the world 9 weeks early. Brianna just gets to touch
Hailey as she is whisked up to Neonatal Intensive Care.

_In case your wondering, it’s Dr. **Diane** Brinkman_.