Thursday, 6 September 2012
This is Spinal Tap!
Well here they are! In all of their pink squidgy newborn glory.
Twin 1 and Twin 2- as we affectionately call them as 9 months is not nearly long enough to chose one name let alone 2- arrived slightly earlier than anticipated but healthy and with all of the main expected appendages and vocal cords intact!
I attended my last scan before the scheduled c-section feeling a bit 'odd', this in turn became a night in hospital which then became a 'well you live too far away from hospital for us to let you go home, it is only a bit earlier than planned so let go for it'. Um, OK then.
Chaos and uber 'by the seat of our pants' planning ensued. We had made all sort of plans for the two youngest at home- the elder three being happily ensconced in summer camp- but this was throwing everything into disarray. Anyone who knows me knows I like a plan. I had no plan now so I, unlike my 3 'olds' was not a happy camper.
Family kicked in and all was well in the end despite me feeling out of control and a tiny bit helpless. None the less I was able to via the wonder that is Apple PLC deal with a teenage sim card crisis, freak out over same said teenage phone bill and read a few good books- no not that one, I said a few GOOD books.
T1 and T2 were safely delivered on Friday 24th of August and I was merrily on my way home- well via Swansea for a few days (complicated...) on Sunday. I still can't believe I went home after major surgery after only 1 real day of recovery, and with twins????
Well my freedom was short lived. I was back in Hospital but in Swansea this time on Monday. I had Spinal Tap. Now, I had of course heard of Spinal tap, but in the context of a film about pretty rubbish rockers. I had no idea that it was an actual ailment. Well I am here to tell you that it is an ailment, and a bloody painful one. Basically it is a complication from either an epidural or spinal block, which I had. The tiny hole where the needle was placed doesn't heal properly and spinal fluid leaks into your body. This minute leakage causes an imbalance in the fluid around brain which gives you a headache which I can only describe as being the worst pain I have ever experienced- and I have had 7 kids people! Did I mention the ringing in my ears as well? That was another little gift from the surgery fairy. I of course thought I had a blood clot so was actually relived to hear that it was only a leak 'an unfortunate and rare complication' I was totally thrilled when I was told that it would go away- usually in about 10 days. Roll on analgesia.
I am happy to say that although the annoying ringing is still there albeit ever so faint the headache is just of the mild 'one too many glasses of wine' variety.
Life with twins is pretty much as I expected. I live in a universe where I am ruled by wrinkly nano people who govern in a totally autocratic fashion. I do hope that they outgrow this....
Seriously, I am madly in love, I seem to be riding the crest of post baby hormones and even the one hourly night time feeds aren't getting me down. Yet.
We are off on our first road trip this weekend (Swansea doesn't count). We are off to London. Grandma and fashion beckon us!