Tuesday, February 26, 2008

My Public Service Annoucement

Not that ten billion, or even ten, people read this, and mind you this is simply my opinion. I do not intend to have a comments war over this. I am merely telling you my experience. You don't like it, move along. I'm being pissy today.

In this day and age we are seeing more and more C-Sections by choice rather than through necessity.

I am here to simply say that if you don't have to have one, don't get one. Why?

1. This is major abdominal surgery people. They CUT you open! It's a heck of a lot harder to bounce back from then natural delivery.

2. After you realize 1 and decide to have a second child, good luck finding a doc or hospital that will allow a VBAC.

3. Wait a few years and see just exactly what kind of havoc the scar tissue can wreck on your insides. (No I'm not blaming my scar tissue for my abnormally long appendix, just for the fact that it got STUCK TO MY ABDOMINAL WALL. along with part of my colon) And yes I meant to yell there. It hurt! A lot!

4. Find out (at least in my case) that the scar tissue and it's frakking mutating ability to continue to bridge a gap are probably what is keeping you from getting pregnant now and into the future, through the non-doctor assisted route. Since last hysteroscopy, the tissue had formed a new bridge across the opening. Sigh

So what is probably actually a rant is done. I had my post-op yesterday. I have pictures - yes Kate they are way cool if you like stuff like that. No I'm not posting them. My appendix was really trying to take over. No it had no pathology problems, normal just really really really really long.

I can probably not get pregnant the fun way. My doc has recommended trying a couple more IUI's after my cycle stabilizes. If they fail, I'm done. I just cannot do this anymore and heaven forbid they find out something else is mutating in there. I don't want to know anymore. If it doesn't hurt, it's not a problem.

And yes Egypt is a very nice place. Why do you ask?

PS - Yes my C Section was required. 26 hours of labor, no progression, complete exhaustion, baby having a fit.


Alison said...

Thank you for that. I absolutely cannot fathom people who schedule one for what they think is the convenience of making the baby arrive on command for any non-medical reason. There's just too much at stake.

My best wishes that things work out okay for you.

--AlisonH at spindyeknit.com

no-blog-rachel said...

I so agree. I'm all for the miracles of the medical world and surgery if necessary is a wonderful, often life-saving thing. But so many things can go so wrong.

I'm sorry you're going through this and ditto on Alison's best wishes!

DK said...

There are man who feel differently. I, especially from when I was performing c-sections, am not one of them. There are very few procedures in OB/Gyn that made me feel more quesily unethical than the primary elective c/s.

So excited about the pictures, though! ;-}

Romi said...


I agree, FWIW. No one would ever cut me if it weren't a matter of life and death!

Be well. Lots of good wishes to you!