My husband said I suddenly woke up from a nap and screamed my heart is racing!
He then looked at the monitors and they were reading nothing but he did not think anything of it because monitors slip all the time. He then left the room to get my nurse. Kristi has told me that when she first walked into the room she didn’t notice I was slumped over. In one motion she grabbed my wrist which was posturing and the blood pressure cuff to check my vitals. Once she didn’t feel a pulse she grabbed my shoulders and shook me several times.
Next, she pressed the staff assist button and several L&D & NICU staff came running.
Typically when the Staff Assist button is called it is for a baby in distress. Unbeknownst to the staff running, it would be two lives at stake.
At this point Kristi was already on my chest trying her hardest to save my life.
After about 5 minutes the decision was made to call a Code Blue. This calls several other teams. Several more nurses and doctors rushed in and began moving my stuff from around the bed. My husband then thought “that’s something I can help with” and joined them. After another minute or so someone called out, “Family still in the room”! A nurse named Samantha ushered Eli and Brittany out of the room.
Samantha's patient had an AFE just three months Prior to mine.
Unfortunately that mom didn't survive. So it was understandable as to why she volunteered quickly to be the escort. Samantha tried to lead them to the waiting room, but about halfway there, Eli saw a bench and collapsed. Which was special because he was able to hear our daughter’s first cries and meet her on the way to the NICU. The code blue team decided to do an emergency cesarean in the L&D room which probably saved my daughter from further trauma. She did have to be resuscitated, but was in the NICU for "only" 4 days.