SO. That was interesting!
Got to the hospital early (of course!), got my radioactive injections for the sentinel nodes to slurp up, and was then taken in for my paravertebral block. This procedure numbs the entire front of the chest so that less general anesthesia is required – and thus, in theory, there is less post-anesthesia nausea and vomiting.
The paravertebral block involves lying on your stomach while the docs use an ultrasound to find just the right spot to inject the anesthesia. They even give you some extra “happy juice” in your IV, so I felt great and the procedure really didn’t hurt much at all.
About ten minutes later I was about to be whisked away for surgery, and I started to feel dizzy – so I told the nurse this, and the next thing you know I wake up to someone doing chest compressions on me and an ambu bag on my face. Ummmm, WHAT JUST HAPPENED PLEASE???
Turns out I fainted (which has happened to me several times when I’m really dehydrated and/or have a stomach bug). Then, however, my heart stopped beating for roughly 20 seconds and I stopped breathing as well. Hence the chest compressions, air bag and big dose of a medication called atropine to get my pulse and heart rate back to normal. Apparently the paravertebral block somehow inhibited my body’s ability to come back from fainting, and add on to that that I was already dehydrated and had “happy juice” which lowers your blood pressure anyway.
I’m totally completely fine now though, which is all that matters. I’m up and about, eating and drinking, etc.
Surgery is postponed until Friday and can you guess what I WON’T be getting next time? No damn paravertebral block, that’s for sure!!
Thanks for all the love, well wishes and prayers. I’m gonna need ‘me again on Friday!!