The Part You Throw Away (blackdreams) wrote in highriskcrunchy,
The Part You Throw Away

Lets Talk Epidurals

So, until last Monday, I had no idea there was a such thing as a medical "need" for an epidural. I mean, for real? Turns out I may be one of them.

After finding out (by fluke, my OB ordered an endocardiogram on a hunch pretty much) that I have an enlarged arotra and left ventricle and a low injection fraction. What does that mean? It means that the further along I get, the harder my heart works, and the harder it works, the more at risk I am for heart to go "Kablooee".

So I was told I need to go back on my BP meds, no big deal. But that I would also have to have an epidural. What? I was just getting used to the idea of the nightmare of having an induction AGAIN, now an epidural too? Apparently it's supposed to slow my heart. But the more I read and the more I think about it, I really question it. And I will, for my next Monday morning appointment.

But in the mean time. Any stories? Did you have to have an epidural that was not of your own choosing? What was it like? What happened? Why did you need one?
Tags: epidurals
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