by Karla ° Friday, December 15, 2006
I’m not very good at playing the waiting game. Just like a watched pot never boils, peering at my stomach, repeatedly, will not result in a Universal fast forward time lapse to speed up the arrival day of this baby.

I’m about as comfortable as I'm going to get with the date of the c-section and I think I have watched enough episodes of scalpel happy doctors on Nip/Tuck and uncensored c-section videos on the internet to be at ease with the whole idea of going through with another surgery again as I can be.

I’ve been told how much easier the recovery is when you haven’t been given general anesthesia, but I have also been told that this time around I won’t have a new best friend called morphine intravenously attached to my hand for four days of pain free self medicated bliss. I am also trying to prepare for the fact that I will not be coming home with a week’s supply of percocets. Apparently, Tylenol is supposed to suffice, and apparently, all the drugs I had last time are the reason why I was constantly itching a non-existent tickle on my nose and why I ended up in the emergency room for constipation pain that was seriously worse than labour. I have also heard that you are allowed to eat after having a spinal block. Eat glorious and copious amounts of food. Oh joy. The thought of four days of ice chips and apple juice makes me want to cry.

Also, I have read and heard many stories of people who had their hands tied to the operating table during a c-section. When I asked my doctor about this, she assured me that will not happen. Why would someone need to have their hands bound during this type of surgery? I cannot understand the idea behind this. It seems cruel and barbaric. Can anyone enlighten me this matter?

Only seven more sleeps.

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"They are concerned about moms reaching over into the sterile field"
Posted by Blogger methatiam :  December 15, 2006

Well, I certainly did not have my hands tied, and I would have raised holy hell if they had. Listen, there is NO WAY a woman can reach into the sterile field. The way you are laying, plus the spinal block, plus the little curtain they put up, you'd have to be pretty determined.

As for me, I got morphine for the two days afterward, although they had to switch to some other IV drug because it made me itch. Just like the Pink song.

Anyhoo, the worst part of the surgery for me was the prep, actually. After they have given you the block, it's all pretty good from there, and it happens quite quickly. I didn't even know they had even made an incision and Hubba-hubba told me that they were getting ready to pull him out!
Posted by Blogger Gina :  December 15, 2006

Sorry. No advice, haven't had a c section, but I am sure it isn't bad, and they probably only tie the ones who are combative for any reason. It is probably something they used to do, and don't do very much anymore.

Hey just be happy you won't have to endure hours and hours of labor!!
Posted by Blogger Donna :  December 15, 2006

Since I circulate in the OR during C-sections, it is a sterile field thing, but, most places don't tie you up anymore. They mostly reserve that for the moms who are being put to sleep, because of confusion while the drugs are kicking in. Some people actually get a little aggresive and thrash when certain medications are given (the put you to sleep kind).

I had 2 c-sections, and I was not tied up for either--just had all the IV tubing and Blood pressure cuffs that made me FEEL like I was tied up, but I was able to move.

I had the same experience as Gina, The spinal kinda was not fun, but not terrible either. I was amazed how quick it worked, too, because my legs were numb before I laid down on the OR table. I never felt a thing after that, no tugging, no nothing. Didn't know the baby was out until I heard her crying!!

You will probably itch after the c-section anyway though. The medicine they put through your spinal makes you itch. I itched like a crazy woman. It doesn't last very long but is annoying.

If they want to put your urinary catheter in before your spinal, ask them to wait until you spinal is in. You won't feel a thing. Just thought I'd pass it on, because some places do the catheter first.
Posted by Blogger Deborah :  December 15, 2006

Oh man - I just realized I'll be in transit the day Nate arrives. You just KNOW I'll be rushing to a computer once I get to my brother's place. Will Mark have access to your blog so he can feed our need to see a picture (or at least hear word of his safe arrival) as soon as possible? Or perhaps he could add me to your email list for the birth announcement? Inquiring minds want to know!
Posted by Blogger Heather :  December 15, 2006

OMG, Karla, I had the same itchy nose syndrome after Percocets. It happened two times after some surgery, and all I wanted to do was rub my face with a wet face cloth it was so itchy. My drs were worried when I went into labour about a funny reaction to the epidural (and I knew without a doubt I'd want drugs), so mine did not have fentanyl in it. I couldn't imagine labour and birth scratching my nose for 10 hours... After the same surgeries I had a really bad time with constipation, too, because of the Tylenol 3s. You never win, really.
Posted by Anonymous Carly :  December 15, 2006

I had a csection in the US, & no hand tying was done. The spinal was great, & catheter was done post drugs. Tylenol w/codeine was fine & I didn't even finish them. It'll be ok.
Posted by Anonymous Jennifer :  December 15, 2006

I thought they tied your hands so you couldn't steal stuff from the nurses while they were busy..
If they don't tie your hands try to grab me some gloves. I have some painting to do soon..

Could you also snatch me a stethoscope? I've always wanted a real one. I can just imagine the hours of fun we could have with one of those here! Yeah, I'll take one of those. Thanks for the good idea, happy and blue 2!
Posted by Blogger Christi :  December 16, 2006

Counting the sleeps for you. Looking forward to hearing the happy news soon.

Hi Karla,

I also had a spinal block before my C-section and I had the worst itchy nose in history , I thought I was going to itch it raw :( Found out after from the nurse that it was something to do with the spinal block :(

Good Luck
Posted by Anonymous Lora :  December 16, 2006

I am so keeping you in my thoughts.
Posted by Anonymous Coll :  December 16, 2006

Two C-sections here. Strapped down for the first, not the second (two different hospitals/doctors). After the first, they sent me home with Vicodin which was useless for my pain. Oddly enough, Motrin worked fine. After the second, Percocet was the drug of choice and it was good for me. I may have had itching (mild), but it allowed me to sleep, which Vicodin did not.

Wishing you well! Can't wait to hear the good news!
Posted by Anonymous Colleen :  December 18, 2006


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