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Welcome to all new people!
Just some comments on my epi. and recovery ...
I have to say, my epi. was great, and if I have to have a c/b again, I will have another one. I got mine while in labor, and since I was so miserable (back labor, vomiting, etc.), I could've kissed the anesthesiologist. The whole idea of one scared the heck out of me, but it was really a blessing when I got one. They added some more drugs to the epi. before the surgery, and then again after the surgery (duramorph? -- made my nose itchy). Then they removed the epi. cath. I could move my legs the whole time I had the epi., but just didn't feel pain (lots of pressure, though, but during the surgery, it was no worse than the pressure I felt while pushing). I had no mind-altering drugs given to me orally or via IV.
I had ds at 8:08pm, and was out of bed around 10:00am the next morning (after BEGGING for breakfast -- due to a long labor before the c/b, I hadn't eaten in about 40 hours). I second the recommendaetion for having a student nurse around. She rocked!!! It was like having my own private nurse for a day!
I was initially a little wobbly, but that got better each time I got up. They offered me Percocet, but I only took the heavy duty ibuprofen and that was enough for my pain (I'm either insane or have a high threshold for pain). I think that moving around really helped me heal faster and get out of pain faster. My hosp. roommate rarely got out of bed, and she was still pretty miserable when she left the hosp. I stopped taking pain meds. regularly within a few days of being home from the hosp.
Sometimes when I think about my c/b and recovery and realize how relatively uncomplicated they were, I wonder why I wouldn't
do it again. The known devil vs. the unknown devil, I guess. But a bigger part of me really wants to know what its like to give birth the "usual" way, kwim? I just hope there are still providers in my area offering VBAC as a birthing option when I'm ready for my next child. There are fewer and fewer such providers around here due to rising med. mal. ins. premiums, so I may not have a birthing choice in a few years.