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Saying 2018 feels so weird.


11:57 

I just got out of a c-section surgery. To start the day off I watched a dilation and curettage. A d&c is a procedure to remove tissue from inside the uterus. Doctors perform d&c to diagnose and treat certain uterine conditions — such as heavy bleeding — or to clear the uterine lining after a miscarriage or abortion. The patient was 55 years old and had an abnormally thick uterine lining and was experiencing bleeding despite having gone through menopause, so we took a biopsy to make sure it was not cancer. Initial appearance suggested it is likely benign but tests will take 5-10 days to come back.

I watched back to back births, one a natural and after a cesarean section. I officially never want to have children. Watching a woman literally being ripped open has permanently scared me. A c-section is the delivery of a baby through a surgical incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. It is very hard on the body of the mother as layers of skin, fat and muscle are cut open to remove the baby directly from the mothers uterus.

In Greece, similarly to the United States, once a woman has a c-section, every birth after must also be a c-section. Much of Europe allows women to have natural births after c-sections. NOTE: If you’ve had only one previous c-section, with a horizontal uterine incision, you may be a good candidate for a vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC.


12:24

Going into another c-section. This mother had spinal anesthesia as opposed to epidural anesthesia. For spinal anesthesia the medicine is injected using a much smaller needle than an epidural, directly into the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the spinal cord. The area where the needle will be inserted is first numbed with a local anesthetic. Then the needle is guided into the spinal canal, and the anesthetic is injected. She then played down and we waited a few minutes for her to be unable to move her legs. Then, the surgery could begin.


13:40

Closing her up. Final set of sutures are being done to close up the incision. They sew up the mothers uterus first.

It was a very fun day in the hospital today. I am now headed off to dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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