Originally posted by Dayray
I always ask my patients about their plans for pain control. some patients ask whats avilable or don't have a clue and thenI tell them about all the options but if they have specific plans I just talk with them about them and try to agree on a plan. As long as they are't in sever pain or having problems I just stick to the plan. Only if they are haveing a hard time copeing do I sugest other options. So it's possible your nurse felt you were doing okay and that an epidural was'nt really needed or wanted by you. The OB shows and Baby story make epidurals look like a no brainer and don't talk about the risks or the down sides to them.
AsSmiling said pain controll is a very personal choice and as nurses we have to be carfule to provide information and guidance but not to make your decistions for you.
I am glad that you are responsive to someone in pain. My first OB nurse was not interested in my needs at all.
My water started leaking at 2345 and the contractions were coming very,very hard and strong. I got to the hospital at 0045 and was BEGGING the nurse for something to ease the 10/10 pain. I was 4+/100 when I got there and my water broke completely then.
I Begged for 2+ hours for something for the pain. The response I got was "in a minute" every time. I tried to be understanding since I know how busy and how time can just fly by. At 0300, I asked why I hadn't gotten anything yet, not even an IV started. The response:
"Because I haven't called the doctor yet to tell her you are here. I will when I get around to it."
Needless to say, I was beyond livid! The response and the treatment were totally inappropriate.
The rest of the story goes that I got some Fentanyl around 0330 and my epidural (intrathecal) at 0400. Started pushing at 0430 at C-section with delivery at 0646.
Still torn on whether or not I should follow up on the nurse's behavior or forget it.