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Nov202007

A General Anesthetic Story (for Tokophobics)

I stumbled upon this story just now - Under the Knife and Feeling It All - and while it is rare, it isn't as rare as having a baby die during a uterine rupture during a VBAC!

1 in 1000 general anesthesia cases are aware of some or all of their surgeries. It isn't always pain, but awareness has to be horrifying all on its own! Listening to the party atmosphere often found in operating rooms would be horrid if I were under anesthesia for cancer or some other equally serious reason. ("Is anyone paying attention to me? Does anyone even see I am awake?")

100 of those 1000 feel every part of the surgery, from incisions to removal of body parts to sewing the body back together, layer by layer.

I cannot even imagine.

Reader Comments (7)

Check out this one... made me cry... for all the c/s women out there who are told they over dramatic...
http://everydaynurses.com/wordpress/2007/10/28/awareness-under-anesthesia/#comments

November 20, 2007 | Unregistered Commentermm

I cannot imagine feeling pain during surgery, but it is my greatest fear. I remember being aware during a surgery when I was 19, feeling the tube in my throat, feeling like I could not breath, not able to open my eyes or move. My aenstesologist said after a minute "Can you hear me?" And then I don't remember anything until the recovery room. When I woke up and in subsequent surgeries anestisia doctors have all said "You are probably remembering taking the breathing tube out." But I don't think so, and since whenever I have needed an operation I have been terrified. Reassurances that "we could tell because your blood pressure would go up" do not help.

November 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's one thing for it to be accidental (and that's horrible). It's not any better for you to be having partial anesthetic, and screaming at your surgeon I CAN FEEL THAT when he's starting with the scalpel--and being ignored. Not until husband and midwife chimed in too did he stop and wait the 2-3 minutes I needed to numb up.

Because once you're on the slab, you're meat. Who cares what you think or feel?

November 21, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteremjaybee

I felt part of my cesarean. As traumatic and painful as it was, what hurt even worse is that I was completely brushed off by hospital staff and my experience wasn't even acknowledged. I had flashbacks for months and severe PPD.

November 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAm

Well...so much for me ever being able to have a baby...I sure as heck can't manage birth while awake...I give up.

December 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I knew a mother who felt her cesarean. The surgeon didn't believe her.

December 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDark Daughta

i know i'm going to sound like a big bitch, but i don't care. i felt every bit of my first and second c-sections and to be honest, you forget it pretty easily if aren't dwelling on it. I'm planning a VBAC with my newest baby and i was a huge tokophobe, but once you come thru 2 awful experiences, you really give ur body a second chance to do it's designed duty. And i'm not going down without one hell of a fight! i figure if i can suffer thru them pulling my uterus out and cutting out my baby, then i can definitely get thru natural birth!
i mean hey, if it was really so very awful, women wouldn't have been doing it for thousands of years. The doctors pushing c-sections on you and scaring the hell out of you as a kid is what turns women off to it. besides, it truly is a case of "it looks worse than it is".

December 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEvil Sphinx

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