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This story really stuck with me. So much in fact, I went in search for updates.
Meeting epidural victim Grace Wang. This is the woman who was mistakenly injected with antiseptic instead of anesthetic during an epidural at Sydney's St George Hospital.
If you would like to catchup as well, you can get updates on the Grace Wang - Epidural Tragedy - Updates and Help. There are some uplifting comments there as well as other tragic stories being told.
Here's one that caught my eye:
Grace, I want to let you know that once I read your story, it all rushed back to me. The day our grandson was born, seven years ago. Our daughter had an epidural and we are not sure what was is the cocktail they gave her through the needle, but by 10 pm that night, her right leg came back but her left leg never did. She has raised her son from a wheel chair. There is something so wonderful and so great about a mothers will and determination to carry on no matter what traggic turn of events get in the way. Our daughter has been a great inspiration to us and watching you Grace, has multiplied that feeling. Your strong will to get on with life and do the best you can will show your son that he can do anything. You look like you have a wonderful family and support preople around you and I wish you all the very best on this journey. God Bless you.... Holly Loewen
I had epidurals with all 3 of my children. Child #1: Took them 2 tries to get it in my back but from then on wonderous relief...slept through majority of my labor but then when it came time to push I couldn't really. After 2 hours I was having chest pains (heart condition) so they used a vaccum to help me deliver. Child #2: Had yet another epidural and it went it fine. About 15 mins later i was having trouble breathing so they shut it off. Come to find out catheter turned the worng way so meds were creeping up instead of down. Delivered with no pain meds...WAS HORRIBLE. After delivery went to sit and got a horrible headache. Suffered through 5 days of a spinal headache because the anesthesiologist didn't want to believe me that I was NOT IN FACT having a migraine but something much worse. After the 5th day at home and finally not being able to hear or walk because of the pain OB sent me to ER to have a blood patch done. Two weeks of horrible back pain followed. Child #3: Took 2 tries again to get epidural. Got one in but they stuck me to low and I wasn't numbing, pain was so intense I made them take that one out and do it again. Finally relief came and it was fine after that. Not sure if it's just me and I do not have the body for those but I take them over the pain of no meds anyday. All that matters is I have my healthy happy three children. Pros vs Cons. I suffered either way but at least with one it was for a long time or as bad...