There's something I haven't told you. I've known all along it was likely to happen, but I didn't want to worry everyone, but now that it's over I can tell you all about the experience.
I had a minor surgery yesterday. The procedure is called a Cervical Cerclage. There are a few reasons why I needed this procedure, but what it comes down to is the cerclage is a series of stitches through my cervix that will keep it closed, and help to prevent premature labour. It can and will be easily removed either when I start going into labour on my own or a week or so before I'm due to have the babies so that my cervix can open and I can deliver the babies as usual.
You're all probably thinking...stitches through the cervix..OUCH that must HURT! Well, you're RIGHT. I'll go over my day yesterday, since I know you're all curious. It's a long story.
I arrived at the hospital at 12:30pm, I was a bit early as I was supposed to arrive at 12:45, but anyway, I waited to be registered, then waited in the day surgery waiting room...at about 2:00 I was brought back to the changing area to put on my gown and answer questions about my health history...etc etc. I was offered Tylenol and Celebrex (Celebrex is like Ibuprofen, but a much stronger version). I declined the Celebrex because, for those who don't know, Ibuprofen is a NO NO during pregnancy because it thins your blood. That was fine and they understood.
SO, then I waited some more in the day surgery waiting area until about 2:45, and then I waited some more until about 3:30 in the surgery waiting room. Yes, it was A LOT of waiting!!!
In a few minutes my legs were tingling and I couldn't feel my bottom at all. They figured the freezing was successful, my wonderful OB, Doctor Potts came in and got me prepped. He got ready and started the first stitch...yeah, the freezing wasn't working fully on my insides, only my outside skin...so...I felt every. single. stitch. I felt every pull and tug of the suture. Both the anaesthetist and my doc felt very bad that it wasn't working but all he could do is just finish the procedure. I breathed through it, had some tears in my eyes. Thankfully the procedure took only about 10 minutes and it was over.
Well, in the end, I survived it. Yesterday I was in quite a bit of pain, at least a 9 or 10 when I had to walk around...today it's considerably less, maybe a 3 when I move around, though my back is pretty sore from the spinal. Of course, it was worth the ordeal to help do what I could to ensure my babies survive, but it was pretty painful. So, I figure now that my cervix is all stitched up, I now have a Franken-cervix. (get it...frankenstein...franken-cervix...?) Cheese, I know lol.