Sunday, December 14, 2008
Don't Try This At Home (or, If You Thought Self-Experimentation Was Bad...)
Ok, I'll admit it.
I've done what might be considered minor medical procedures at home.
Minor. Very minor.
And only because I was concerned about someone's safety and didn't want to sit in Chairs (i.e., the E.R. waiting area) for hours before someone finally bothered to ask me a whole bunch of questions which would all have led to the very minor procedure I ended up doing.
But I don't think I'd be brave enough to cut off my own arm to save my life, and I certainly wouldn't be competent to take out my own appendix, even if I were stuck on Antarctica with no other physicians around (see photo, above).
Finally, here's the clincher: even with all the ferocious maternal courage and love I could muster, I think there's NO WAY on God's green EARTH that I could perform a "self-inflicted Cesarean section" even to save my own baby. Heck, I couldn't even get through normal labor without an epidural kit-wielding anesthesiologist.
Ines Ramírez Pérez did it, though, and she and her baby lived to tell the tale.
Cut her own belly open, down to the uterus, then sliced her uterus open and pulled her own baby out of it. OW. I mean, OWWWWWW.