We just talked with the anesthesiologist, and the news wasn’t terribly good. In a nutshell, Laura’s back surgery will severely limit, if not completely negate, the effectiveness of an epideral. The science behind it was pretty fascinating, but the sad reality is that Laura will likely have to be limited to IV pain medication. She will, possibly, be able to get some sort of 1 shot that will give her an hour of relief if things get desperate, but that’s the limit.
Additionally, he explained the serious risk of infection should they hit the hardware/metal when administering the shot, so he advised trying to avoid resorting to that shot if at all possible.
The IV meds and pitocin will be starting shortly.