Continuation of part 1
My doctor had 3 patient that day, all C section I told him that i wanted to be the first one. I had to go in 2 hours before which was 6 am, my surgery was at 8:10 am. I had to fast for 8 hours. Your stomach have to be empty for any type of surgery. Well… i was prepared to sleep by 11 pm, needless to say how can i sleep?! I was so anxious, nervous, scared and probably was excited but i was just too scared, didn’t feel the excitement. My hubby and i got to the hospital at 6 am, we were the only ones there. At the maternity ward and saw a few babies, awwww….. then the nurses called me, c’mon let’s get your prepared. I was like what?
They took my temperature, check my baby’s heartbeat, shave you (you need to be very clean, they use a disposable razor and you should shower before hand). One thing i didn’t expect, the nurse told me that she’s going to pump something into my butt and ask me wait for awhile then i need to pass motion. Your body need to be cleansed before surgery. So then, i felt so violated i had a thing that stuck up my butt and pump in some liquid and before i know it i felt stomach ache and need to shit. After that, hubby and i was at my bed and we were waiting for time to pass. 7am and the nurses came inside the room for the other patient to serve breakfast (i had a 5 person room). My heart was racing, palms was sweaty. The clock seems to be ticking so fast. At 7:30 a nurse and a dude came in, looks like they are wheeling me out, OMG!
Into the lift, 1st floor “operation theater” said goodbye to hubby. Now i really know what is the true feeling of anxiety. I had to change bed, so they just move me over from bed to bed then into the operation theater which then they move me on top of the table. It was freaking cold. A lot of nurses were there greeting each other morning and asking how was your weekend. Then the anesthesiologist came and talk to me. How are you this morning? I replied, really scared, lol. He told me nothing to be afraid of. I was so scared until i was shivering. Then the anesthesiologist ask me, why are you so scared? I replied cause i’m terrified of pain. Then he told me, there’s no pain, now you don’t have to be scared. If you are shaking i can’t give you the spinal block, he said. That shot has to be very still so he get the right place. Otherwise he told me, we have to go full anesthetic. My doctor told me it’s better not to have full anesthetic cause when you wake up it will be more painful. It is better to have half body you are well aware of what is happening, able to see the baby when it first come out and let the anesthetic to slowly wear off. Straight away i told myself, OK i have to calm down, i stop shivering immediately, lol. I didn’t even feel the injection. Maybe my body is numb cause i was too scared.
My doctor started to chit chat with me. I guess trying to calm me down so that i’m not so nervous. He will start to tap my legs and ask me if i can feel anything. Slowly within seconds, from my toes i can’t feel anything anymore. Then he told me he will insert a tube into my bladder i forgot what is it called, the thing that let the urine out while doing surgery. That is why your body needs to be clean and empty during surgery (this applies to all types of surgery)
I asked him, what happens if half way through i feel pain? He told me, no problem we have the gas straight away we will knocked you out cold. That gas mask was just right next to my face. Actually i feel very calm after knowing that. They have already prepared in case anything happen. I had a drip on my left arm and a thing that monitor my heart beat. I had to turn my face on the right. They will put up a screen in front of my face. Basically it’s a lot of cloth, you can’t see anything in front. All i can see is people walking around and the clock. There were lot’s of clock in the room, hehe.
I started to feel my body was shaking and shivering which is normal. The feeling is like you are very cold with no clothes on. The spinal block will have this effect. I felt sleepy so i ask the doctor is it normal? He told me no but you must have been so nervous that you have not slept for the past few days which was true. Then he said like that how are we going to have a conversation? I laughed. He said if you are sleepy then take a nap. But i couldn’t but i felt drowsy but kept awake the entire time and was chatting with the doctor during the whole surgery. I even asked him when i can have the second one. He told me, let’s talk about this after you have taken care of this one he joke. He even said a lot of people are not afraid of having the baby anymore, it’s about taking care of one, lol.
After a couple of minutes he told me it’s a little to hard to take the head out so he’s going to push hard on my stomach. All i can feel is like someone tapping my stomach, there is no pain at all. He said, it’s done look at your right it’s a girl, i see my baby and she looks all muddy in a cloth. After that he was sewing me up which takes longer than taking out the baby. I hear some sucking sound after that baby cries. There was a woman there just to receive the baby. She show me the baby again. Slightly cleaner but still looked muddy and her eyes were closed.
As i explained in details seems like it’s so long, but it only took 20 mins. After that i was wheeled out to the stand by room for about an hour. It’s where they monitor the heart beat and make sure everything is back to normal. I was still shivering and they cover me with a heated blanket. There were other people there that just had a surgery too. I felt much better after an hour and was wheeled back to my room and my hubby and parents were there. They had saw the baby and was so happy trying to figure out who she looks like.
2-3 Hours later my anesthetic is wearing off, and slowly can feel my toes. I was not sleepy at all. They push the baby in for me to see. After they bathed her all nice and cleaned she look different when she was all muddy, lol. Hubby saw her opened her eyes for the first time. It was so cute, they can only bathed her after 2 hours. They have to adjust to the temperature first.
After my anesthetic had wear off, the nurse gave me shot of pain killers. It was very sleepy. After that i went to sleep and had a good rest. For the first day really need to live on the pain killers once they wear out you can feel the pain. The next day is not so bad, pain killers will change to tablets. Oh i forgot to mention they put a catheter so there was no need to get up from the bed. The nurses will clean you in the morning and evening and i was on drip for 2 days. On the second day, they will encourage you to get down from the bed and walk to the nursery to see the baby. I had a hard time getting down but eventually i’ve finally made it 🙂 After exercising myself to the nursery it was not as painful. I guess you just need to move that part of the body, since it has stitches it’s just stiff and the slightest movement made it feel painful. The catheter is removed and the next day i was ready to go home. Early morning they will teach you how to bath and feed the baby etc.
All prep and ready to go home.
I think C section has not had it’s benefit of the doubt at all. A lot of people been talking all sorts of bad things about it. Had they really had the experienced? All the myth out there about C section is not true. Or just simply set back in the days when medicine is not so advance yet. I can go on and on but i think this post is too long i think i’ll have to do another post about recovery after a C section. I do have one about confinement. Finally after such a long time i finally finished this post, lol