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I woke up this morning, and realized that in exactly 1 month I will be having my 3rd C-section, and my 3rd baby. For some reason the thought of having a newborn does not bother me. The thought of having the section, and tubal does not worry me. But I am for some reason terrified of the anesthesia. I don't even know why that is the part that I am afraid of. I have done this 2 times before, and never had any problems with the anesthesia. For some reason I can't get the thought out of my head that what if they give me too much, or what if it takes in reverse and numbs my lungs where I can't breathe? I don't know what to do to get over this, and worrying won't change it. But I am really freaking out.
There's always got to be something that totally freaks us out that we have zero control over. My thing is the catheter. Completely disturbed by the idea of it. Not a big deal, have never had an issue just can't wrap my head around it without freaking out.
I know this probably doesn't help, but just in case... When they do a c-section, they always have someone on hand who could keep you breathing (either with intubation or bag-mask ventilation) just in case. It's more a precaution for if they had to give you general anesthesia during surgery than risk from the anesthesia itself. Plus, the anesthetic they use makes you numb, but isn't a paralytic, so even if you couldn't feel anything, your brain should still tell you to keep breathing (which is why people can still push out a baby with an epidural). If you think about it, breathing almost always happens subconsciously, otherwise we'd die any time we fell asleep. Third, spinal anesthesia basically stops all messages from passing whatever spot it's inserted at, so that's why as soon as you can't feel your butt, you can't feel your toes either. It's not so much that it travels down the spine in either direction as that it creates a pain signal traffic jam only at the point of insertion.
HTH - Gypsy
P.S. - I know you may already know that and still be worried... *hugs* You will do awesome.
As much as I hate that you other ladies are having your own fears I do feel a bit better that I'm not totally alone.
I did know most of theat about spinals, but not all of it. Thanks for the extra info.
I do know that the anesthesiologist stays with me and is fully trained to handle any situation that can come up. I just keep remembering feeling such a heavy weight on my chest, and it causing me to feel like I couldn't breathe last time right at the first. Once I told him how I felt he gave me something else in my IV and the feeling went away. I just really don't want to feel that again.
I ended up having my (3rd) csection on Tuesday - ahead of schedule due to some issues that cropped up. I was 38 weeks& my OB called and asked me to meet him in L&D to discuss options Tuesday morning, turns out the options were he wanted to operate.
I'm almost glad it happened so suddenly as I had less time to let the anesthesia worry me. I had a bad experience with csection #2. I told my husband in hind site I think the staff was worried about me because I wasn't excited. I tried to keep myself calm as possible so I wouldn't flip over the spinal.
I ended up having a great anesthesia team who addressed all my concerns and promised it would be nothing like last time, she stayed with me, held my hand, wiped my face, told me what my OB was doing step by step, she really made it a wonderful experience in comparison. She took one of my favorite pictures in the OR.
I sincerely hope that you have a similar experience as I did,
Now I'm battling the hormonal rampage and sadness of never feeling another baby kick me though cuddling my little one certainly helps.