Saturday, February 6, 2010

Rescue Squad Delivers Mom in Labor to Fauquier Hospital

Speaking of rescue squads (I was really, two posts ago), Christine Shellington is grateful to the Catlett Rescue Squad for delivering her to Fauquier Hospital so she could deliver her eighth child.

Christine said that she called 9-1-1 between 5 and 5:30 a.m. on Saturday from her home in Catlett. By then, her contractions were pretty strong. She said, “I saw the red flashing lights from our window, but the ambulance couldn’t make it up the driveway. They walked up to check on me, then sent a brush truck to transport me down to the end of the driveway so I could get in the ambulance. I was scared during the drive to the hospital . All I could see was the heavy snow on the trees and hear it landing on the roof of the ambulance.”

Christine arrived at Fauquier Hospital at about 7 a.m. and gave birth at 10:13 Saturday morning to Brianna Christine Raymond, 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Brianna has been a quiet baby so far. She only cries when the phone rings. For now, Christine is enjoying the quiet in the hospital. With seven children, all under 12, at home, she could use the rest.

“I call them about every hour or so. They’re playing Wii,” she said.

Dr. Thomas Myers, OB/GYN, delivered Brianna. He said of Christine, “She was worried about getting here, but once she was here, she was a great patient, very calm.”

Dr. Myers has been staying at the hospital since Friday afternoon at about 5. “We got our patients in early on Friday and closed the office by 1 p.m. I don’t think I’ll be going home for a while.”

He has several patients who could be delivering in the next few days, so he’ll stay to be sure he’s at the hospital when he’s needed. He’s philosophical about the snowstorm. “We have one like this about once a decade. I remember in 1994, I was in snow up to my waist.”

Still, he says, the accommodations at the hospital are comfortable and the food is great. He smiled, “The hardest part was that we didn’t have TV last night. Our satellite here at the hospital went out and I actually had to read a book!”

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