I’m really glad Aarti never got to see the needle the anasthesiologist used to administer her epidural…
My wife is a Midwife (doctors don’t deliver babies if it is a natural birth), and she told me the same thing that the husband is normally more squeamish about the procedure.
I was really glad that for both of our sons my wife didn’t need an epidural.
Which is why I left the room while they did that to my wife….In fact they were going to ask me to step outside, but I beat them to it when they said it’s time for your epidural.
I had an epidural as I got my appendix removed, because the anaesthesiologist thought general anaesthesia could be dangerous for me. However, getting the epidural was not a nice experience. It didn’t hurt, but it felt like someone poking me with his finger from within, and that felt horrible and made me sick. I guess that after months of pregnancy and babies kicking and punching from within, delivering women won’t mind the epidural… remembering it made me sick again!
The Toohey’s needle used to administer an epidural is considerably thicker in bore, and is fairly blunt as compared to the Quincke’s needle that is used for a spinal anesthetic! That is to ensure that the needle doesn’t reach the subarachnoid space and is limited by the tough dura mater!
Patients are usually never allowed to see the same before the procedure; and the same goes for their spouses! More often than naught, it is the spouses who hit the panic button before the patient!
In either case, it is a procedure requiring ultra-sterile precautions; strange that the anesthetist allowed you to stay in the room and in your regular clothes, too. 😉
On another note:
Bro! Now that you have decided to go technicolor for Uncubed; at least release a B&W strip once in a while! It rocked in B&W.
So I was looking at the UnCubed archive and saw this. Two quick comments:
1) In our hospital, I was specifically told to leave the room. In fact, my cousin and a friend of ours (both doctors) were told to leave the room.
2) The epidural needle is less scary than the amnio needle. You/Aarti are probably too young to have had an amnio, but for us old guys… well… I was there for the amnio and I was there for the birth, and the former was MUCH more scary.
What’s with anesthesiologists and fun names? Doctor Bob? Heh, we had Doctor Jolly (didn’t see it written down, spelling almost certainly wrong). I really liked him. The nurses warned us that he could be a kind of scary guy, but we made the observation that the moms that were grouchy and short with him tended to have a poor opinion of his demeanor, while the moms that were nice to him tended to get along with him (and seemed to get visited first when he was going around starting epidurals).
He also took our first family picture in the delivery room. What a nice guy.
Re the name of Jolly – it does exist, had a friend called that once, exact spelling!
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