Major Fear of the Spinal...Any Advice?
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|Sat, 12-13-2008 - 4:34pm|
Today is the first time I have posted and I am not sure how these message boards go. I had a c-section 2 years ago and I was SO FREAKED OUT by the whole hospital setting and OR (especially after seeing the drain on the floor) that I asked to be given general anesthesia and completely knocked out for the C/S. I just couldn't handle the whole situation and I was worried that I would panic. I didn't have the epidural or spinal because I AM TOO FREAKED OUT to do it.....
Fast forward to today and I am now 24 weeks pregnant and I had my hospital tour today. The nurse there was really kind and she was telling me to get the spinal for my scheduled c/s and that it would be ok. I am not sure that I will be able to do it and will once again ask for general anesthesia. (I am so terrified of needles and medical stuff and I know it's completely irrational). I am also worried that I will panic on the table due to knowing I am cut open,,which is so creepy and I way overthink that part.
Any suggestions on what to do at the hospital to try and not opt for the general anesthesia? I would prefer to be awake for the birth but I am so scared...and I don't mean just a little bit. I am terrified beyond words and it's not something I can just get over as even some of my close friends and family have suggested.