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Another Feeling Surgery Post

From Counting Sheep, a Nurse Anesthetist's Blog, comes her disclosure that she awoke for part of her general anesthesia cesarean section.

She writes Awareness Under Anesthesia... and an anonymous commenter says:

"For the thousands of women who have had c/s’s and were told… you didn’t really feel that… it couldn’t have been that bad… I never had anyone wake up…. you are over reacting.
Thank you. So many thank you’s!"

I can feel post-cesarean women sobbing with relief as I write this.

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Reader Comments (7)

Thankfully this is so rare... but it does happen.

I recently met a women who insisted that she had been 'aware' under her GA (though she did not feel pain) & the consultant OB who performed the section assured her that no, she had been dreaming.

"But I heard you drop some instruments, I know that my partner said 'hello son, i'm your dad' " she said. The look on his face was painful. He 'knew' that she'd been under too 'light' a GA.

We MUST believe women. We have to.

November 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAgatha

I hated being talked down to by the C-section doc as I flinched every time I felt something touch me. Yes, I could FEEL it...it didn't hurt, but that didn't make me any less afraid. And then when I was shaking violently from the medication, both he and the medwife got really annoyed and started telling me to control myself so they could sew me back up.

That comment really hit me, because I, too, was "over-reacting."

November 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Dreaming my ass,
As an L&D nurse,
On rare occassions, I've seen it happen! I can't imagine how horrifying an experience that must be. It was difficult for me to watch what was done with women's bodies during a cesarean. I always thought their saving grace was in not knowing what was really happening to them. But to feel or even be aware of all that tugging and slicing and digging, and the smell of burning flesh from the cautery knife, how awful...

November 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLaborpayne

my aunt was not fully under when they cut into her during her last c-section and the shock- was cause for her to be resuscitated luckily successfully-and she lived to tell the story.

November 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Having been a midwife for many years I have met women to whom this has happened while having a caesarean under GA. One woman in particular several years ago had felt everything. The scalpel felt like a burning pain to her, she could do nothing about it, could not even indicate she was aware. It traumatised her and affected her ability to bond with her baby.

Being aware of the sensations of surgery, not pain, during an epidural or spinal caesarean is very common and is something women should be informed of so they know what to expect. Shaking is also a common reaction to the drugs which are used. Sensitive and supportive care is what is required when women are experiencing these things.

Thank you for raising this important topic.

November 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn McIntosh

I had a C-Section with an epidural in October. My epidural became "patchy" and I felt that my left leg was sliding off the table. I told my anesthesiologist that it was slipping (I was afraid that if it fell that might cause my body to move and create a problem with the surgery) and he informed the dr's what I had told him. They said, "oh, ok". Then I heard him say "SHE told me that her leg is falling". They realized what that truly meant...I could feel my leg...then I really started hurting and there was nothing they could do but apologize and hurry. I had a problem with preg induced hypertension so my anesthesiologist couldn't just dose me. He slowly gave me more and more meds until I couldn't feel the pain. Then I stopped breathing. At the same time I stopped breathing, our baby wasn't breathing. My poor partner...fortunately we all made it through just fine. But I can tell you, having your uterus taken out of your body and examined hurts like HELL!!!

December 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

All I can say coming upon this post is: I'm so sorry I'm not alone.

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

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