Well, first I lightly patted while in the tub. With just the slightest touch, I knew it was bad.
Then today, the public health nurse checked it for me. Before she even got close, she cringed and said, ” Oh my! That’s a LOT of swelling. ”
After that, I HAD to look. I’m just that kind of person.
I got a mirror and placed it on the bathroom floor. I stood over top, took a deep breath and glanced down.
She ain’t pretty.
She’s actually more comparable to horrific right now.
My poor perenium. 😦
No one recorded what degree my tear is. The public health nurse thought maybe someone had told me. I think they just wanted to spare me the graphic details.
My bum hole seems intact even though it doesn’t seem to have much control. When I gotta go, I gotta go… And lucky me, that’s been twice since delivery.
I guess that means it must not be a 4th degree, maybe not even 3rd degree tear. The nurse couldn’t tell from all the swelling. She could barely find the stitches.
I just assumed I needed fixing up due to the episiotomy. My OB took way longer to stitch it up than I had expected though.
After looking, it’s obvious I tore to the side way beyond the small incision the doctor made to allow the forceps to enter and baby to come out.
I’ve got strict instructions from the nurse to stay off my ass (how often does someone hear that?), soak in the tub as much as possible, ice it, use perenium spray and padsicles.
I guess that’s what happens when your baby drops and engages weeks before labour begins, gets stuck in the birth canal after you push for 3 hours and then, requires a forcep delivery.
He was worth it. ❤