"...it was the WORST thing I ever smelled"
Surika Fourie started shaking during her c-section and thought she was going to die. In the end, she gave birth to a beautiful little boy. 

My boy was due on Friday the 2nd of March 2012, but I decided to have a c-section. I was too uncomfortable and didn't want to carry for longer than necessary. I've had an operation on my ovaries before, so I already had a cut, so thought, oh well, might as well do a c-section. Thank heavens I decided that, as my boy was way bigger than what the Dr anticipated. 

Finally the day arrived for me to give birth. I had to be at the hospital at 11am that Monday morning, I was going to go into theatre at 1pm. (I still had morning sickness on the day I gave birth. I had it throughout my whole pregnancy.) Then my Dr arrived, standing at the end of my bed, 'Surika, I'm so sorry, but you are only going in at 2pm now'. If only... I got dressed, ready for theatre, I was wheeled into the waiting area at about 1h40 or so, can't really remember, that day was such a blur.

I waited and waited, then the aneathetist came to inform me that another lady went into labour and they are just going to deliver her baby, then I can go in. I asked the nurse if I could go to the bathroom, they had to walk behind me, as my whole back was open. Then I went back and waited still. I heard the lady next to me saying that she was being operated on by my Dr, as she was going home later that day. She went into theatre. I still waited. I asked the nurse again if I can go to the bathroom, when another nurse asked, why I was still waiting. She phoned them and asked why they kept me waiting so long, well, eventually I was wheeled in. 

The emotions you feel, you are so confused, you don't know what to expect, you hear all these horror stories about other people. Everything went fine, I got my spinal block, laid ready and then they started cutting, I felt this wave of nausea come over me. I started shaking uncontrollaby, I really thought I was going to die. I couldn't even look at my husband. When they started burning the arteries, that smell, it was the WORST thing I've ever smelled. 

I saw him just after 7pm for the first time. I can't even explain the feeling. You feel so confused, overwhelmed. This bundle of joy grew inside of me for 9 months. Yes, I had morning sickness for the whole time and I picked up 32kgs, I was unfortable and huge and highly pregnant in the heat of summer, but my baby was healthy and I would do it in a heartbeat again. THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD!

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