As you can tell, I'm still here and posting. Since this baby did not decide to come early, it looks like I will be having a C-Section tomorrow as scheduled. I don't know what time yet as they don't call until after 8 pm to let me know what time to show up at the hospital.
I'm still not "ok" with having surgery, but I have at least faced the facts that it is my only option, and is inevitable. The baby's stuff is ready, the play pen is ready, the living room is ready for us to hang out in until the move, and this morning we went to the notary and officially bought our new house.
By the way, it appears I won't get a chance to type up and post the house saga, part 3. I'm actually ok with this, since I'm feeling lazy. Long story short: -We made an offer, but it was so soon to the house being put on the market that they refused and wanted to wait. -A week later they called us to see if we'd want to make another offer. We said sure, but it has to be in before the open house that weekend, and it has to be within a certain range because we weren't willing to go higher. They said fine. We made the offer. -That Sunday night (AFTER the open house) they countered our offer with an offer higher than the price point we'd set. When we complained they said that they'd had over 18 visits at the open house, and that they'd be fools to accept a lower offer at that point. We got (rightfully) pissed and refused their offer without a counter-counter. -A week after THAT their agent called us again and asked if we'd be willing to make another offer. (I guess their open house wasn't as profitable as they'd thought). We said "No, we don't feel like making another offer. However, this is how much we're willing to pay. If your guy is serious, have him make us an offer at that amount". And...their guy did. So we bought the second house that we'd really wanted.
Now then, back to tomorrow. C-Section. Right. When you go to the C-Section "teaching" at the hospital they give you a little booklet you can bring home and go over. So while I go crash and knit for my last child-free day, I'll leave you with some excerpts from:
Your Guide to a Planned Cesarean Section Delivery
What should I do the day before my Cesarean Section?
-call the Family Birthing Center the night before to confirm the time of your cesarean section.
-the evening before your planned cesarean birth you may eat a normal meal. However, DO NOT EAT OR DRINK anything after midnight (the night before the surgery).
-take a shower with antibacterial soap. You must wash your entire body and hair the night before and the morning of your C-section. This is to prevent infections.
-Remove all nail-polish, make-up, jewellery and contact lenses.
-Leave any valuables at home. The hospital assumes no responsibility for any loss of personal items. Wedding rings can be taped to your finger if you are unable to remove them.
What should I expect on the day of my Cesarean Section?
When you arrive at the Family Birthing Center a nurse will prepare you for the surgery. You can expect the nurse will:
-ask you to change into a hospital gown and remove all undergarments
-give you a hospital identification band
-check the fetal heart rate, your blood pressure, pulse, respirations and temperature
-draw a blood sample for routine tests, as well as a urine sample
-use a clipper to remove the upper portion of pubic hair
-give you a medication to decrease the acid in the stomach
An anesthetist will come to speak to you. S/He will discuss the type of anesthesia and the procedure. You will then sign the consent forms.
What should I expect in the Operating Room?
-the anesthetist will give you a spinal anesthesia, which makes you feel pain-free over your abdomen and in your legs. It will allow you to remain alert/awake during the operation. You may feel pressure or movement during the surgery. This is normal.
-A small catheter will be inserted into your bladder to drain it of urine
-an intravenous catheter will be placed in your arm
-your abdomen will be cleansed with a sterile solution
-a screen will be placed over your abdomen so that you will not see the doctor perform the operation
-once your baby is born, s/he will be assesed and then wrapped warmly by the nurse. The baby will be brought to you and can be held by your significant other
What should I expect immediately after the Cesarean Section?
Your baby will be brought to the Main Nursery on X floor. Your significant other can stay with the baby at all times, or visit you in the recovery room for a short period. You will be transferred from the operating room to the recovery room on Y floor and stay approximately 2-4 hours. You will then be transferred to the Postpartum Unit. The baby will be brought to you and feeding can be initiated once you arrive in your room.
What should I expect will happen during my stay on the Postpartum Unit?
-you will have the intravenous for a minimum of 24 hours after the surgery
-the urinary catheter is usually removed 12 hours after delivery
-you will be encouraged to walk as soon as possible
When can I eat after my Cesarean Section?
-you will be able to drink fluids once the nurse has listened to your abdomen for bowel sounds. You will continue to have a fluid diet until you are passing gas rectally. Once you start passing gas, you can have a regular meal.
There's a bit more, but I figured I'd end on that note. (No pun intended).