Monday, July 13, 2015

The Blood and Gore of a C-Section

No matter how a baby is delivered, there's bound to be some blood involved.

Once again, I witnessed the miracle of birth in the form of a Caesarean delivery. Once again I did not faint despite the sheer amount of blood and body fluids spurting out and covering the bodies of  the mother, the infant, and anyone else standing in the wrong place at the wrong time. This time the mother's water hadn't broken prior to labor, so when the OBGYN punctured the amniotic sac, the amniotic fluid came gushing up like Old Faithful. I was glad to have been standing far enough away that I didn't get an impromptu shower. I understand now why everyone was so heavily covered in protective clothing and gear.

I got to hold the baby for about two seconds before she was taken to the NICU.

The baby, a girl, weighed thee pounds, twelve ounces, but is a strong amost-four-pounder and is expected to be home in a couple of weeks if not sooner. Her name is Camille Catherine. I have been invited to be her Godmother. I am her brother's Godmother as well.  my brother has been asked to be her Godfather. i'm not entirely sure he's up to the task, but I will do what I need to  do to bring him up to speed.

To life!


  1. Aw, that's great, Alexis! May Camille Catherine live long and prosper!

  2. For your brother to be godfather, all that he has to learn is how to say "I'll give him an offer he can't refuse." Was the baby born on July 12? You predicted the 9th and I predicted July 11. You can tell the mother (my one weakness is remembering names) that webMD has a way for her and her baby to be healthier and live longer.

    The way is for her to start smoking and quit consuming salt. Of course smoking is not good for health but webMD's point is that quitting salt is better for health than not smoking.

    " Cutting U.S. salt intake by just half a teaspoon a day would prevent up to 92,000 deaths, 99,000 heart attacks, and 66,000 strokes -- a benefit as big as smoking cessation."

    According to LD-50 numbers arsenic is only 4 times as toxic as salt. One study showed that salt is good for health. But the study was done wrong. It was assumed that the more salt that is consumed, the more salt in the urine. But it does not work that way. For example the person that is not smoking (just quit) has more nicotine in his urine than the guy who is smoking.

  3. Healthy food is good for you but if you eat 100 pounds of food at one time, it will kill you probably bursting your stomach. A teaspoon of salt has more sodium than in than 100 pounds of unprocessed foods. Unprocessed foods have about 15 mg of sodium per serving and hundreds of mg of potassium.

    Wikipedia says "The sodium-potassium pump was discovered in the 1950s by a Danish scientist, Jens Christian Skou, who was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1997.

    In order to maintain the cell membrane potential, cells must keep a low concentration of sodium ions and high levels of potassium ions within the cell (intracellular)."

    So unprocessed food has this. In the U.S. 40% of the people over age 40 have hypertension (high blood pressure). In areas in the world where the diet has more than 5 to 1 ratio of potassium to sodium, only 1% of the people have hypertension.

  4. Salt (sodium chloride) has sodium that people need but it is not a food. Calcium carbonate has calcium in it but is not a food. It does help kids learn! Its common name is chalk. Iron oxide has iron but is not a food. Its common name is rust. So people should eat food, but not chemicals.

    Alexis here is magic that you can do with salt since it is toxic. If you put 4 ounces of salt in a couple of quarts of water and drink it, you will die (cause of death hypernatremia-- too much sodium)! So here is the magic with the SWF (not single white female but salt water flush). Put 2 level teaspoons of salt in a quart of water and drink it.

    If your body digested this much sodium, it would hurt you. So what happens to this liquid? It goes right through the stomach, small intestine and large intestine (colon) in about 30 minutes and comes out of the place that solid waste comes out. Note that since salt is not a food, it has no calories.

  5. Congrats! Babies are so fun!

    This is really tmi so feel free to ignore but when I had my first I am pretty sure I had undiagnosed high amniotic fluid. My water broke at home and gushed everywhere. I went to the hospital with a towel between my legs and was literally dripping on the floor when we got to the hospital and had to request a wheelchair after they made me wait to go in because as I told them "I'm fine to walk but I don't know if you want me to drip all over your floor". Gross I know. Then an ob came and asked the nurse if they were sure my water broke because my membranes apparently weren't ruptured yet. I liked the nurses face because she had seen the dripping on the floor and soaking wet shorts lol. I also was losing waves of fluid with every contraction during my epidural. I feel bad for the nurse who probably got wet feet. She asked if anyone had told me I had high fluid lol. But baby was super healthy, 9 and 10 APGAR scores and he lifted his head on my chest immediately after being born.

    With my second my water didn't break all through and induced labor which I highly recommend. Much less painful. I did have a dignosed high fluid level with her though. I don't know where it all went because I was a bit preoccupied with pushing a baby out but my traumatized husband mentioned a wave lol.

    Birth is just extremely messy and my experience is only with vaginal births. I had to wait on my room with baby #2 because they had to replace the privacy curtain in the delivery room. You know the one that is a good 10 ft away from the bed. I really want to know what the heck happened in there lol

  6. What a beautiful name! Congratulations to you and the family! Babies are such a wonderful blessing.

  7. prof premraj pushpakaran writes -- 2018 marks the 100th birth year of Jens Christian Skou!!!