Please note: Every hospital is different and they may do things differently and I am not a medical professional. I am just simply stating my personal experience.
On September 14th, I had a very important appointment.
An appointment so important, you’d think how could anyone possibly be late for it.
I had an appointment to give birth to my baby boy via cesarean section and I had to be there at 5:30 AM.
Before I went to bed, I almost laughed for setting an alarm.
I mean come on, I’m 9 months pregnant… I pee every hour and can never sleep.
My nerves were so bad, I didn’t even think it’d be possible to even fall asleep.
Well, I sure did fall asleep and did not wake up one time, not even when my alarm went off.
I woke up to my husband screaming “WE’RE LATE!”
I couldn’t believe it…
How could I be late?
It’s the most important/crucial day of my life…. the birth of my son.
It was 6:30 AM..
I didn’t even know what to do.. Do I call and reschedule? Just show up like I have no clue I’m late?
They told me to come in anyways, it happens more than you think… they said.
Happens more than I think? What??
By the time I got there it was already 7 AM.
They had me undress.. my IV started… shaved my lower belly… put the circulation socks on and then the worst..
I was more scared of the spinal. The spinal was nothing compared to the catheter.
I never had one so the uncomfortable.. feeling like I had to pee but couldn’t feeling was unreal.
As all this prep is going on with multiple nurses, another nurse is asking me a million questions. (By the way, she asked if I was a smoker and I proudly said, “No, I quit.” Best. Feeling. Ever. Read how I quit here!)
The anesthesiologist then comes in and asks a few questions and makes sure I don’t have any.
They then had me walk.. to the procedure room… even more uncomfortable with a tube hanging out of my… area.
The nurse told me as soon as the spinal was in, I shouldn’t feel the catheter and she was right!
I literally leaned over and hugged a nurse as the anesthesiologist inserted/injected (blah, whatever they do) the spinal and laid down and boom…
Everything belly down went numb, I couldn’t move my legs… kind of strange, but not too bad. (the nurse said this was the most complained about symptom, but didn’t bother me)
I all of a sudden felt nauseous and that’s all I was thinking about…
My hands were tied down to the sides so I didn’t try to touch anything (as if I thought I was going to play doctor and give him a hand) and a sheet was hung right below my boobs.
“Do you want to see me pull him out” says our doctor to my husband…
WAIT A MINUTE.
He told me he would ask me if I felt a pinch before he even started cutting..
Well apparently I didn’t feel it, ha.
Not even a few minutes after me going numb and a few tubes of Zofran to help with the nausea, he was out.
I couldn’t believe it.
Everything went so fast.
Might I add.. the procedure room was extremely bright and cold.
I imagined it to be like the movies, extremely dark and only bright where they were working.. kind of like so..
But it was more like…
…with only a boatload more people.
They carried him to the “clean-up” station and weighed, measured and well ya know, cleaned him up.
I was finally introduced to the most beautiful baby I have ever laid eyes on.
He didn’t cry when he came out though as I thought he would, he was pretty calm and casual.
So if you have a scheduled section and are completely freaking out like I was prior to mine, you will be okay.
The process of giving birth via cesarean is a cake walk compared to those who have to labor vaginally.
The healing process, on the other hand, is a different story..
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