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Cesarean Scar: Kelly

This is a picture of my caesarian scar, taken today @ 5 weeks 1 day post partum. Also a picture of my son's birth.

Kelly says:

My son was conceived via IVF, our 2nd attempt (the first resulted in miscarriage). I had a relatively normal pregnancy in the early days. No morning sickness and only a few minor issues. By the end however I began to slowly fall to pieces (as my Obstetrician put it). I was scheduled for a caesarian in week 38 due to pre-eclampsia & an oversize, breech baby. I was hospitalised week 33-34 for pre-eclampsia. By week 36 I began feeling very unwell and had a blood test and my levels were all over the place. My blood pressure was sky-high, my platelets had dropped dramatically and my liver and kidneys weren't coping. I was phoned by my obstetrician and told to pack a bag and come in immediately and I would be taken to theatre 8am the next day. My husband was working away and my parents live 2hrs away so it was a mad dash to get everyone here. Further blood tests revealled that it would be too risky for an epidural so I was placed under general anaesthetic (GA). My beautiful son "exited via the sunroof" at 8:08am Thurs 18th March 2010 at exactly 37 weeks gestation 49.5cm & 3.55kg. He wasn't breathing at first and was a lovely shade of purple. His 1min Apgar was 3. However he picked up and has gained a healthy 1.4kg since and is the light of my life. 

When I look at my scar I see my "baby tattoo" and reminds me of what I went though to hold my beautiful little man in my arms and I will treasure it forever. I see it as my "battle scar".
When I touch my scar it still burns to the touch. It still hurts when I move certain ways and when I get out of bed and at the end of a long day.

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.


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.