Thobo was born on the 16th September 2010 at Bokamoso Hospital. The cesarean section was some by Dr. Eishler, the German Gaenacologists, who later, together with his doctor wife, skipped the country under the cover of the night. They remain the best doctors I’ve ever met. All rounded best.
The story started when the anesthetic procedure knocked me out. We had agreed to a bottom half of the body ‘paralysis’. I wanted to participate in the birthing process. I had done that with the previous two.
That was not to be. This time I was out. Dead. Unaware of life.
When I came to, I had moved from the theatre to the hospital room. Thobo was in ICU, under strict observation. I learnt later that he had not cried immediately after birth – and all the usual tactics doctors often engage failed to produce a cry.
They were worried for his health, especially his lungs.
I think I was discharged two days later, pushed in a wheelchair. I had a throbbing headache that wouldn’t allow me to stand on my own. And when we got home I had to be supported from the car to the house.
My health deteriorated so fast the next morning I couldn’t see clearly. The world was blurry.
One of my sisters is a medical doctor – and we normally check things with her before seeking medical attention. She was in the US. They called her. She explained what could be the problem.
To ‘paralyse’ me the anesthetist had injected me on the spine, they call it epidural.
So my sister explained, from the US, that the small opening from the injection is supposed to close immediately after. But it would seem, in my case, it had not and as such I was losing pressure needed to keep me intact.
The thumping headache and the near blindness were a result of this pressure loss.
I was losing Cerebral Spinal Fluid and if not attended to, this structure called Oesi would collapse.
So when we rushed back to Bokamoso after the call, we had all the medical jargon and explanations; to the shock of the medical team.
I was quickly wheel-chaired in and drips inserted on every visible vein.
The headache had gone violent.
I was not sure whether I was crying or it was my head’s spontaneous response to this brutality. But tears poured uninhibited.
I was to spend the next 4 days in Bokamoso. The headache, the anesthetic doctor explained, needed to be treated with caffeine containing medication. But the ministry of health had not allowed that kind of medication into the country yet.
My near addiction to caffeine started here, I think.
In the four days I was at Bokamoso, the anesthetic doctor instructed that I get a glass of coke with each meal – and he was always by my bedside, ‘for control’, I guess.