All anyone ever told me was “it’s a HUGE needle going into your back, and you need to stay very still otherwise you’ll get paralyzed”
No pressure, right?
I was extremely nervous about getting this ‘giant needle’
I’d like to say I was mentally prepared for it. I mean, I did have 9 months to get ready. But i was far from it.
4 hours into labor, 4cm dilated and they offered me the epidural. I was shocked. Don’t they do that towards the end when you’re screaming in pain???
I was hesitant to get it. I thought I could tough it out a little longer. Really, I was procrastinating out of fear. I acknowledged that pretty quickly, and said yes to the epidural.
They had Joe leave the room. Told him he could take a walk since it would be about a 20-30 minute process.
He decided not to walk, and sat outside my room instead. What a great fiancé 🙂
The doctor came in, and the nurse had me sit at the edge of the bed. She held my hands and told me to squeeze them if I wanted to.
I continued to sit there for about 10 minutes while he set up everything and prepared my back for the epidural.
I obviously couldn’t see exactly what was going on back there, but I know he put Iodine all over, and had put some tape to isolate the area.
The time had come.
They told me to be very still and to NOT MOVE.
I tried my very best, but he hit a nerve that made my leg jolt. I had no control over it.
I thought I had just ruined everything, but they assured me everything was okay and they would try again.
This time was a breeze.
It went smoothly and I felt a rush of cold liquid down my spine.
The nurse helped me lay back, and I waited for the numbness to arrive.
That was it! The experience of being numb is an entire blog post in itself, but the dreaded epidural wasn’t bad at all!
I would love to hear about your experience too.
What were your thoughts going into it?
How did the process differ from what you thought it was going to be?