It started as a pain in her abdomen. Yet even though doctors told her it was just normal post-delivery discomfort, mother of three Ayesha Lone knew something was going on.
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Ayesha: Oh I came home from the hospital and I wasn’t feeling myself. I was experiencing pain on the lower left side of my abdomen and was just feeling very weak and dizzy. So I went to the doctor and what they had told me was, it was normal. After you deliver, you lose a little bit of your strength, and then probably a little anemic. So that’s probably adding to it, and they sent me back home. The next day I woke up with a fever of a 103 and I was even more dizzy, feeling like I just couldn’t even walk straight. So they called me back into the office, and at that point they had a suspicion that I had a bit of placenta still left inside of me. So they sent me straight for an ultrasound and confirmed that there was actually something there. And after that they pretty much sent me straight to the hospital for a D&C. Really, it was a matter of hours after I had come home. Obviously, the first couple of hours after delivery, you are feeling very weak and you're still not sure if you're going to stabilize. But dozens who have had two children before I knew that you know a couple of hours had passed, I should have been feeling a little bit more like myself. And so, it was really hours after I had come home that I started feeling like why am I not feeling better yet? I went home the next day, so typically it's two days but they did release after 24 hours. I was a little nervous; I didn’t understand what that meant for me. And I later came to find out that it was a dangerous situation, had it not been found. So that scared me a little bit and the other emotions that I was going through was guilt, because I was going to be away from my son for so many days. I was just starting to get him to breastfeed and just started to get to know him. And I had to stay in the hospital for two days and so, being away from him was hard. The D&C experience was scary, more than anything just because I have never been through it. I remember them giving me anesthesia and falling asleep and after that I don’t remember experiencing much pain. So it kind of happened and I didn’t really pay attention to it too much. Was recovery was magnificent. The pain went away. I was feeling much more energetic. I was still anemic, so I was feeling a little bit tired, but nothing compared to what I have been experiencing prior. My other two children who were five and three at the time were wondering why I had to go back to the hospital after I had already brought the baby home. And so I had to explain to them there was still something left behind in my tummy and the doctors had to remove it, so I would be gone for a few days, kept it very simple for them. It was my husband, my husband had quite a hard time with the new born and the other two kids, who were quite handful at their age. My mother did come and stayed with us for a few hours each day, but was able to spend an enormous amount of time helping. Always follow your instincts, even if the doctor tells you you're okay, I've heard that from a lot of women that they’ve experience problems, they’ve gone to the doctor and the doctor tries to console them by saying it's normal after you delivery a baby. But if you know something is wrong, follow up, follow your instincts.
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