Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Conscious Sedation


That is the numbing/relaxation treatment Seth was given before his dental work this morning (how 'bout that bling, eh?). I think this is often what Craig craves (the sedation, not the dental work), especially when he's working nights (like now). Just a little sumpin' sumpin' to knock him out just enough. I know I often wish I could have three little doses of such a sedative when 3 o'clock rolls around or, rather, comes roaring in.
But, no "conscious sedation" for me. Nope. I prefer to remain fully alert and functional. I've never enjoyed the "laughing gas" or the numbness, especailly epidural-related numbness. I like knowing when I'm being pushed and prodded. I like to sleep with the door open so I can hear my kids--just in case even if I'm that achy sort of awful tired. I like to be "always aware" never consciously sedated. Even when it seems my own seams may burst I'd rather burst than not feel it. I guess that's what keeps me going (because it's all about "keeping going" these days), the one thing I can control: the world being felt by me. Because, what happens when you stop feeling it?

15 comments:

Ingrid said...

SO...will there be an epidural this time?

Jenny Dahl said...

I'm much the same. I sleep with my door open. I like to know and be aware. However when it comes to an epidural, BRING IT ON!

Katy said...

That's what I was going to write, Ingrid!

I, too, like to be aware and "in control". If the mom isn't, who is?

I think the reason I was able to go without an epidural when I was induced with Olive was that I had prepared mentally for months. So, I need to decide what I'm going to do--stat! What are you doing?

rebecca said...

I've always thought of myself as bit of a control freak, eschewing any mind-altering drugs (you know!) of any kind, though I prefer your phrasing - AWARE sounds better than anything with "freak" in it, though I am undoubtedly that, too. However, when I finally got an epidural, I loved and enjoyed the rest of that day. Yep - you are so right, where would we be without feeling?

Good job, Seth! You made it!

Kurt Knudsen said...

Grampa empathizes with Seth. I had four root canals a front tooth chip repair and a broken back tooth repair
all done this week. And no bling to show for it, just porcelain.

Michelle said...

I agree I'd rather feel then not even if it's painful I somehow feel more in control that way- perhaps a little masochistic but I like seeing what is in front of me. And I do love the bling! It's amazing to think that some folks like the look of that on their front teeth! I think they call it a grill?

amy m said...

I understand that in so many ways. I need to feel...life without feeling is dead. Of course when it comes to having babies I'm too scared and go for the epidural every time.

Crystalyn said...

so have you delivered your babies sans epidural? i'm about feeling but i guess to a point...i'm all for the epidurals.

apart from that, i agree, the feeling is what it's all about.

Jordan said...

No epidural with Seth, but I had one with both girls. This time around, I am hoping for no induction, and no epidural. But, I keep an open mind as far as this goes. I was induced with Seth and it was a very difficult experience (I mean more so than childbirth should be). We'll see in 3 months or so!!

Tasha said...

I don't know what it says about me, but the times I have had surgery, those seconds where they tell you to count back wards while you are drifting away are a pretty great feeling. Sometimes when my nerves are so frayed, numb sounds pretty good. Not at the expense of my kids being unattended or otherwise uncared for, but just to escape that feeling you get when you bite down on tinfoil with a metal filling, just for a minute.

Maybe today was just a bad day to ask!

Amy said...

I'll have to admit to liking moments of conscious sedation. Luckily Jim is more like you.

Have you ever read books on hypnobirth? I took a course when pregnant with Aidan and loved it. You work through lots of relaxation methods. Unfortunately, my body still wasn't going into labor on its own at 2 weeks overdue, and with a 10 pound baby they had to induce me. It was the same with D. Still, I admire women who do it all without intervention.

nie nie said...

claire has one of those too.

i say it's hot

The Original Mangums said...

Great job Seth, Nana is proud of you! Jordan, just do what comes next, if you need ask for it, if not - good for you! Life is for living, enjoying, and knowing when to ask when you are in need! Love you, Paula

michelle said...

Interesting thoughts, here. I sometimes think conscious sedation would not be a bad idea, but I do like your thoughts on feeling and being aware. And my natural childbirth was definitely the best of the bunch!

ASHONTHELAWN said...

jordan,
you twirl words.