20 times real people were scared to the core
“The birth of my son. My wife started having contractions but wanted to keep waiting because she’s in the medical field and didn’t want to be that woman who gets sent home for fake labor pains. Comes to the point where you’re supposed to come in and she’s still arguing with me. But then the pain gets so bad that my wife, who has a high pain tolerance, almost collapses. And now the contractions start to overlap. I put my foot down and say, ‘We’re leaving NOW.’ I grab the prepared bag and my wife understands that I’m not taking no for an answer. We drive to the hospital.
The contractions have returned to a normal pattern and we are on taping. Everything is fine, but the nurse notices that the baby’s heartbeat is a little weak. We checked into the room. Once we’re all in the room and things are progressing, the door swings open and a dozen doctors and nurses fly into the room. They asked my wife to change her position, because I notice the senior doctor is worried about the baby’s heartbeat. The senior doctor says, ‘We’re going to the operating room now, where’s the father?’ I specify that I am the father. ‘Okay, come with us and KEEP YOURSELF.’ The team then grabs the bed and RUNS to the operating room, with me behind.
As we lead, one of the doctors tells me they’re going to do a caesarean, and once they’re settled in, they’ll come get me. We arrive at the operating room and make me wait outside, on the other side of the corridor. Now begins the scariest half hour of my life. They don’t come for me. Once [in] a moment, I see people running in or out. My mind is racing. What if we lose the baby? What if I lose my wife? What if I lost them ALL? ? It was only half an hour, but it was a brutal half hour.
But this story has a happy ending. Eventually they come out and tell me my son was born and he and my wife are fine. They take my son out and I hold him in my hands for the first time, and I feel a joy that I cannot describe.
A few weeks later, at the follow-up appointment, my wife’s doctor explains that we almost lost them both. If I had been 10 minutes later things could have been bad. But we are all happy and healthy now. All’s well That ends well. But that half hour was by far the scariest time of my life.”