|Our usual TV watching faces: annoyed and underwhelmed.|
Initially it made for comic relief. The grainy footage looked like it was shot with an old handheld VHS camera. There was plenty of bad hair and dated clothing. At first, my wife and I joked about how bad the actors were. Well, that's because they weren't actors.
In-depth descriptions of the procedure included words like "permanent paralysis, nerve or brain damage, cardiac arrest or death."
Aside from these extremely rare biggies, there's a long line of slightly-less rare side effects making it apparent that the epidural isn't always the pain preventer it's billed as.
Intense itching, chills and shaking that can last throughout labor, shortness of breath and nausea are just a few of the other surprises that could pop up and render your wife unrecognizable.
|More drugs? Sure, what could go wrong?|
A woman shaking with chills, continuously scratching at itches and fighting off the urge to vomit? A little talk about the Kennedy assassination and we're off to the races here.
Fortunately, the video instructs that doctors can administer more drugs to suppress each of these side effects. More narcotics to treat the side effects from the first round of narcotics? Given that your wife has been reduced to the pea soup scene from the Excorcist, this sounds less than reasonable.
For me, the big takeaway from the video is that, these scenarios are rare. In listening to women who have had epidurals, I've yet to hear one regret their choice. So, like most decisions with this pregnancy, as long as my wife's cool with it, so am I.