Panic attack!!!

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Registered: 01-20-2004
Panic attack!!!
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Thu, 02-19-2004 - 5:17pm
Hi Ladies.

I am 37 weeks pregnant, and due to have my C-section sometime between the 1st and the 5th of March.. just have to decide on a date. I never wanted to have a section again, because I had a horrible experiance with my son ( I know this is NOT the norm, and most woman have wonderful experiances) my epidural failed to work properly with DS and I had a horrible time.... I wont go into graphic details. Anyway, the doctors im seeing have said no to me having a VBAC because my medical records are no where to be found (I moved to the USA from another country)..

My problem is this, ever since I found out I would not be allowed a trial of labor I have been having painc attacks at the thought of being cut open again.. I honestly get so nervous I throw up and break out into a cold sweat.. not to mention the nightmares Ive been having.

Have any of you ladies found a way to cope with this?? Is it bad for the baby to request some kind of tranqualizer or sedative prior to surgery? I would opt to have a general anasthetic, but I know that is NOT good for baby and somehow I have to overcome my fears.

Any advice would be wonderful

Thanks in advance

Bronwyn

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Registered: 11-17-2003
In reply to: amanzi101
Thu, 02-19-2004 - 7:53pm
I am so sorry you are feeling bad. Had you thought about asking for a Spinal this time which will numb you from the chest down. I think if you tell them how anxious you are maybe they can give you something to help with that. I had some soft relaxing music during my surgery and my Ob doing the surgery was so good. They really helped me to calm down since it was my first surgery ever. They can also give you something to keep you from throwing up before the surgery. I think I would let your doctor know how scared you are and your concerns so they can help you feel better. Remember every pregnancy and delivery is different. I hope you can find some peace of mind. Congrats and good luck. Start thinking good thoughts!!
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In reply to: amanzi101
Thu, 02-19-2004 - 8:12pm
I think the best thing you can do is get reassurance from your doctor that it won't happen again. Wasn't your first c-section unplanned? How hurried was it? Did you tell them when the anesthetic failed? The most common story about anesthetic failures (from the negative experience board) is "I felt it, so they put me entirely out, and I didn't wake & know what happened for hours". That's a disappointment to many, but I agree it's preferable to the alternative.

It is preferred not to do general anesthetic for a c-section, but if the baby is known to be healthy and nothing else is working they will do it, and expect the baby to be well. They probably would want to try a spinal or epidural first, but they usually ask "Do you feel this" before they do anything extreme.

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 07-23-2003
In reply to: amanzi101
Fri, 02-20-2004 - 12:33pm

ITA :)

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In reply to: amanzi101
Mon, 02-23-2004 - 9:25pm
Hi! the best i can tell you is ask your doctor-they gave me a shot of morphine while i was in labor-right before i went in and had the c section because the contractions were making me hyperventilate. and then when i actually had the section, they could have knocked me out cold-they gave me that option-but then my hubby wouldnt have been able to be in the room with me and i would have had to have one of those tube things in my throat-didnt want that...so i had the spinal. and the spinal totally numbed me. i had the epidural when i had my first dd and while that helped numb me-i cant imagine it numbimg me enough to get a c section. so ask your doctor-you may be able to be totally out and then you wake up and viola-you have the baby...good luck either way!!
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In reply to: amanzi101
Tue, 02-24-2004 - 9:54am

Just had to share my experieinces with you.

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In reply to: amanzi101
Tue, 02-24-2004 - 1:11pm
Thanks for all the encouragement, I really do appreciate it.

I go for my 38 week check tomorrow, and we will decide on a date. I just pray everything goes well. I will speak to my doc about all my options for anesthetic.

Thanks again

:)