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“I Lost Over Half of My Blood Volume…Normally, That’s Fatal!”

Last night on an episode of “Shark Week” (NetFlix), I heard the following quote:

“I lost over half of my blood volume…normally, that’s fatal! I shouldn’t be alive!” The slightly insane man that said this, was attacked by a bull shark while trying to show the world that bull sharks “normally” won’t bite you. This statement has also been quoted by myself. Twelve years ago, I hemorrhaged after delivering my third child…Grace. The shark’s jaws did not fail to clamp down on this man’s leg–starting a pool of blood; however, my uterus did fail to “clamp down” to stop the internal pool of blood inside of my body.

Looking back…that delivery went so well. I was in a hospital, but they let me have my wishes to deliver my baby as naturally as possible. I had no meds. and no I.V. I even remember saying…right after she was born…that I felt like I could deliver another baby. The nurse told me she’d never heard that one before! I just honestly did not have unbearable pain issues at all. But then…severe pain came.

I told the nurses that I was having really bad contractions…worse than when I had been in labor. They told me that after pains usually get worse with each baby. They offered me meds, but I said I’d wait (nursing baby and all). Then…the worst headache came my way. At this point, I took the Tylenol. I could hardly think. When I was being wheeled down to maternity, a nurse asked me how big my baby was, and I mistakenly said, “22 pounds!” What I meant to say was 22 inches long (8 pounds 10 ounces). (I think I was just impressed with her length.)

I remember calling the nurse to get her assistance (not even two hours after the delivery)…so I could go to the bathroom. When I moved to get up…the whole room moved with me. I saw BC with our two young kids, my folks, and aunts. They were waiting by the door to come visit. Well, BC said my face was sooo white…like I was “giving up the ghost”-white. I told the nurse that the room was spinning, I could barely hear, and I thought I was going somewhere. I was going somewhere—into shock! The nurse screamed out for additional help, as she saw the amount of blood that flooded out of me. Meanwhile, my husband, family, and friends were also screaming out (quietly though, as they were escorted out) for additional help…by praying to God.

I remember the nurses drawing the curtain, and that I now had an even worse feeling in my stomach…a “something is terribly wrong-feeling”. They promptly had four nurses in there. Several were desperately trying to get an I.V. (with Pitocin ) in my arm (which was hard because my blood wanted to go to my vital organs), and one nurse was trying to take my vitals (blood pressure), and I was in awful pain. There were two nurses standingpressing on my uterus to get it to contract in order to stop the bleeding.

Then the doctor came in and manually removed the clots. I felt like I was getting beat up by every one of the gang. I was screaming out in pain, and verbally begging God for mercy that I might live. They were getting ready to do an emergency hysterectomy, when they thought they got the bleeding under control. Praise the LORD! Thank you Doctor V. and nurses!

I had lost over half of my blood volume, and I was so weak, but I was alive. I remember being so wimpy that I couldn’t even lift the heavy fork to feed myself, or move my hand to wipe away my tears. Thankfully, Grace was such an easy baby. Family members fed me, and prayed for me, and helped me get back on my feet…literally. Not to mention they helped care for my hubby and three kids while I recovered (…it took all my strength just to nurse Hannah). I was weak for weeks, and I am so thankful for each one of them!

I received several units of blood during a long blood transfusion on July 4th, 1997. All the while, I was reminded of the importance of blood. I reflected on the blood that was shed to make America free. But more importantly, I was especially thinking about the power of the blood of Jesus Christ…His blood gives each one the opportunity for true freedom and eternal life with Him forever. It’s been 12 years now, but those are days you never forget.

The doctor said my uterus just failed to contract like it should—kind of a “freak thing”. I guess my internal organs struggled with a touch of A.D.D. there. They got distracted, and forgot what they were supposed to be doing. Well, I forgave it, and went on to have three more blessings…and with the doctor’s blessings. She just asked that I get an I.V. and have Pitocin after the birth to help my forgetful uterus. Again, I share these stories because I am thankful, and I want my children to know that God is always in control…of all things…including life and death, and He is full of Grace.

We had decided to name our third, Hannah Grace, before she was born. “Hannah” after Hannah in the Bible, who prayed for a child. I was told weeks before I conceived Hannah Grace, that I was infertile. So, we prayed about that, and God heard our prayers! Her middle name was “Grace” because God had graciously given us another blessing. I’ll never forget when BC told me, “Well, Hannah means “Grace”, and so does Grace. It looks like we have been doubly blessed by God’s Grace. First, with the safe delivery of a new life…Hannah, and second..with the blessing of your life…preserved–double Grace!” BC and I cried the day we got home, as the enormity of what could have been, sank in. We knew God was strengthening our faith—drawing us closer to Him, and He was strengthening our marriage through some tough times.

In the hospital, I received a name card with Hannah’s name, “Graceful”, and it had this very special verse on it:

“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7

Another verse that revealed such truth to me was:

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” Lev. 17:11

3 Responses to ““I Lost Over Half of My Blood Volume…Normally, That’s Fatal!””

  1. bc Says:

    I’m so thankful you are still here with me!

  2. Organizing Mommy Says:

    Wow! That must have been scary!! Can you imagine a homebirth like that? Glad you are OK.

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