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Lori and Trystan
Vaginal delivery with epidural

Trystan Anthony was due Saturday, October 28, 2000. On Friday, October 27th my boyfriend Anthony hurt his back at work and had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. We got home from his hospital trip around 3 p.m.

I had my 40 week appointment that day at 5 pm. I was praying for the doctor to tell me I was dilated. I was about two cm dilated and was determined to have the baby that day. So I went home and walked the dogs (two giant German Sheps) around the block about five times. I went in the house and did the laundry, and went up and down the stairs about 20 times. (Like I said, I was extremely determined!) Finally, about 11p.m. I started having mild contractions. So mild, that I slept through most of them. About 1 a.m. they started getting stronger so I woke up Anthony (who, keep in mind, hurt his back, and is on pain medication), called the doctor and packed my bag. I was all ready to go and Anthony was still trying to put on his shoes! He could hardly bend over. I was pacing in the house, yelling, "Hurry up! This doesn't tickle, ya know!" Then he took another ten minutes just to bend over to get in the car. And, of course he had to drive, which was difficult for him.

We were back at the hospital, where we had just left a few hours before because of Anth's back. The nurses had me get undressed and they hooked up all the monitors. The contractions were getting more and more uncomfortable. I asked for an epidural around 3 or 4 a.m. They gave me so much, my legs were completely numb. Not to mention it slowed my contractions down so then they had to give me pitocin to start them up again. The doctor and nurses kept asking me if I could feel anything yet. I couldn't! I was numb for what felt like forever!

About 11 or 12 in the morning on Saturday, I was completely dilated and they asked me if I could feel any pressure. None! I was still completely numb! They turned the epidural off hours ago! They had me start pushing anyway, even though I couldn't feel anything. And because I have such great luck, I got a migraine headache! In between pushes, I was throwing up! It was horrible! I don't know if I was throwing up from the headache or from the epidural or what. Probably both! It was a nightmare. It took forever just to push his head out. They had to give me an episiotomy. Once his head was out, they told me to stop pushing because the cord was wrapped around his neck! Luckily, the doctor could unwrap it, then he told me to push. One more push and he was out! The doctor asked if I still had a headache. No! Once he was out, just like they say, all the pain was gone! Trystan Anthony Millisock finally arrived at 5:01 p.m. on his due date!

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