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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Today's Lessons

I don't have time to write anything in depth right now, but today was my first Anatomy and Physiology of the Childbearing Year class, and it was jam-packed with good information.

The most ground-shaking thing I learned today was that when my baby brother was born, the epidural that my mother received was probably a bit risky. She's often told me that she was frozen up to her breasts, and therefore couldn't feel to breastfeed, and it always made me feel a bit uneasy. Now I have a clearer picture of why I felt uneasy about that: it's dangerous to be frozen that high up. I'm debating now whether or not to discuss this with her, because I'd rather not upset her about something in the past, but I'd also love to ask if she was aware of it being a problem or if the doctor had her laying in any particular position.

I also learned more than I ever thought I would learn about the muscles and bones of the pelvis, and about the structure of the clitoris. Boy, it sure isn't as little as I thought it was. I find it fascinating and disheartening that all the other anatomy I've been exposed to has not discussed how big the clitoris is and how everything is connected down there.

11 Comments:

  • At 10:21 AM, Anonymous Donna said…

    I remember when my mom got her epidural, they did this "ice test"... a baggie of ice was placed on her stomach, moving progressively higher. "Can you feel this? How about now?" She could feel it again just below her breasts. We were, of course, interested as to what the heck they were doing with a baggie of ice on Mom's stomach... and of course, it was just to make sure that the epidural wasn't going too strong.

    Glad to hear they knew what they were doing... heh. :)

     
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