So ending up with an emergency c-section was not the worst thing in the world I have to admit. I was so sedated and numb – the actual procedure was kind of a blur. (thankfully) recovery has been quite a ride.
Yes. It hurts. The first day of recovery was deceiving. In the O.R. the anesthesiologist let me know he was pumping my epidural with some morphine that should last about 24 hours to help take the edge off things. I would also be given some oral pain meds. This kept me pretty calm and pain free this first day. Sure, I felt some soreness around my incision sight and my belly was certainly sore – but it wasn’t too bad. Sometime that morning the nurses helped me get up from bed, walking to the bathroom to get cleaned up a little. All I could think is, I have totally got this! This is almost easier than delivering naturally.
Then came day 2.
Morphine is worn off. And the full effect pain started to creep in. NOW I am hurting. And now is when the nurses came in to tell me that they needed me to take a walk to keep my system running and to prevent clots. WALK. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Slightly moving from side to side is enough to make me want to die – WALK?!
Day 3. Talked to my doctor and yes, I am still in pain but its managed by my meds pretty well. I am getting up several times on my own to walk around the floor, and I have no problem feeding or holding Samara. In fact, I want out of the hospital. The doctor advised me that the stay is usually 4-5 days – but I really can not deal with the constant parade of nurses, weird people talking in the hallway and all the distractions of the hospital. So I beg my doc to let me go early and continue my recovery at home. After all, I have a medical husband who can keep an eye on me and a whole army of helpers.
He asked me to wait til the end of the day so he could take my staples out. And I went home at the end of day 3.