by laura (5139 Posts), Fri Jan 02, 2004 12:40 am
Hehe- not so big a deal, but it was the ONLY part of my saga that impressed my DH, schmuck that he is, so I dwell on it.
You know, in epidurals, they seek to insert an IV into the small canal that lies next to the spinal cord. They do it primarily by touch and intuition, and edema can really throw them off. If they miss and puncture the spinal cord, the fluid within, the fluid that 'floats' the brain seeps out of the hole, causing terrible pain. (in all truth, the worst pain I've felt, ever[xx(]) Quite literally, it comes from the pain of the brain hitting the uncushioned skull. (eeewwww, gross!!!)
To fix it, they insert fresh blood near the site of the hole so it will clot and seal it up. So the upshot was- they normally insert the big needle, and then draw blood, but after they got the needle in, I was already a pincushion, and nobody could get anything. Two anesthesiologists, all their phlebotomy staff, and all the RN's within running distance- and No blood. I think I remember four different staff members working on me at the same time- trying to get blood. So finally we're just sitting there, trying to figure out what to do.
Jack got grossed and had to leave. Finally, after a seeming eternity, they got some, and the pain was nearly instantly gone. And I was relieved [:)]
Allie 5-13-98 (35 weeks-pre-e)
Baby Camille 4-17-03 (36 weeks- htn and oligo)