Ease my fear, please!
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|Thu, 02-26-2004 - 8:41am|
With #1, I needed a c/s after a long labor and ended up needing a general. The Spinal meds interacted with the epidural meds that were already in place (but completely ineffective) causing the lung paralysis issue. So I almost feel like I am walking blind into this next one! I have done it before--but I was not "there."
I have very positive thoughts about my c/s recovery and plan to schedule one this time for early June. I am starting to get nervous. My biggest fears are about the pain relief during the surgery. My Dr. said that the lung paralysis I experiences would be unlikely to occur again because they will be able to place the spinal in the ideal location (which was previously taken by the epi) and the meds won't interact. Lung "heaviness" may be a factor, but It would be unlikely that I would not be able to breathe. How common is this side effect and how common is the complete lung paralysis?
I am also scared about what happens if I start feeling during the surgery. I know the spinal is a one-shot deal, unlike an epi that they can continue to re-dose. (The epi is not an option for me due to my previous reaction and its total lack of effectiveness for me). How common is this? and what can they do?
I have a friend who felt pain during her first c/s and she could not talk to tell someone because of her pain. Her baby was also in danger and she did not want to put her at further risk by having them stop the procedure to control her pain. Her 2nd c/s, she was so numb that her lungs felt almost numb. She needed to talk constantly to prove to herself that she could breathe. Both of those situations sound horrible to me!
Thanks for your feedback!
DS (via c/s) 4/8/02 & dd EDD 6/16/04