Monday, May 29, 2006

the "olden" days

My mother-in-law and I were talking about delivery and pain meds. She asked me if
I was going to have a "saddle block" ? If you know what this term means or
think you know what it means, please reply. I have a good idea of what
she's talking about, but I thought it was such a funny term. I'd like to
see what the rest of the world thinks of it.

6 comments:

Suze said...

it sounds like maybe that's an epidural? they inject painkillers into your spine so the bottom half of your body has essentially gone numb. I was planning to go all natural, but i was stuck at 6cm after 20 hours of back labor, so i finally got an epidural and it was GREAT. (well, actually, it wore off of one side after a couple hours, so that sucked, but the anesthesiologist re-did the meds and then i felt better.)

hollybird said...

a saddle block is a pain block that is effective only from approximately the rear end down! It gives relief from childbirth pain without being numb all over. However, from my time in nursing school, I did not see a lot of difference in pain levels with those who had "saddle blocks" versus those who had epidurals. I am not sure that there is a lot of difference between them actually.
I highly recommend something as the pain can be pretty gruesome. But that is a choice that you ahve to make and be comfortable with. I felt the worst of it in my legs; others complain that it was their backs. All I know for sure was that I went as long as I could without anything, and I have never felt guilty for getting the epidural!! ha ha ha

Jenn Hacker said...

Am I the only one who's noticed that since we started discussing "ripping", "stitches" and things involving needles that the (very) few men who used to post on here have disappeared? LOL! I think we scared them off! :-)

annalu alulu said...

i still think you should name your baby after your blog. today the name suggestion is "Fpalchve." I would pronounce it "Palk-vay." I think that one soulnds Swedish, too. She could be "Vay" for short, or even Faye. Maybe it sounds a little Yiddish (like Oy ve.)

Lydia said...

Ann, it is time to move beyond baby name suggestions. We've got one we're sticking to unless she doesn't look like it, but I guarantee that she will not look like a Fpalchve. What is wrong with you?

annalu alulu said...

Didn't you read the posts i wrote on the "rose" one? anyway, i'm glad you guys have a name picked out. i didn't know that. i'm so excited to meet her and find out her name. why won't you tell me what it is? just curious, you don't have to.