The night before my planned c-section my husband came home feeling sick and then during the night decided that he had shingles (never a good thing to self diagnose). He booked an appointment for the doctor the next morning, which unfortunately was at the same time that I was due in hospital. I then called the overnight doctor service and we managed to get their last appointment for the night, so we sat back and waited for them to arrive. Unfortunately, the overnight doctor cancelled out appointment, so we were stuck with the original doctors appointment and I had no one to take me to hospital and be with me in the delivery room.

My parents in law were staying with us – they were there to look after my first boy. However when we got up, we discovered that my mother in law had been up all night vomiting and basically couldn’t get out of bed. My father in law is not the person who looks after the kids – my mother in law does that – so I was a bit unsure about the whole situation so I tried to book him into daycare. Unfortunately they were full so I had no option but to leave him with my father in law. I quickly gave him detailed instructions and decided that I just had to trust him and that everything would be fine.

Fortunately my parents -who live 2 hours away – had come to Melbourne the night before, so I was able to ring my mum -in tears – and ask her to speed over and get me and take me to the hospital. We arrived and I was able to calm down a bit.

My husband arrived at the hospital just in time for me to go through to surgery, after being assured that he didn’t have shingles, and then my second son arrived. My mum went back to my house and looked after my son which made me feel better but I couldn’t see him for a couple of days though as it was considered a bit risky for the new baby.

It was not an ideal situation but we got through it. Unfortunately my mum came down with the same thing that my mother in law had a few days later, but fortunately both my boys were fine.

Posted by Jmac, 14th May 2019

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