A surgical abortion at 7 weeks and 4 days at Victoria Infirmary Hospital in GlasgowBy anonymous on 03/07/2010
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I had a surgical abortion 2 days ago at 7+4. I had it at the new Victoria Infirmary hospital in Glasgow. I have two children already and my husband and I didn't want anymore even though we considered it a lot when I first found out. In the end, we decided that this was best.
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I was terribly nervous in the morning and went alone and left my kids at home with my husband. There were another 7 girls getting the same procedure that day. None of them was crying or extremely upset. I was at the day surgery unit and checked in at 11 am.
They told me to put on the hospital gown and gave me a pad and some disposable pants. They gave me two tablets to place under my tongue. They took about one hour to dissolve. I sat on the chair next to my bed and read my book until 1.15 when the nurse came and got me and took me round to the theatre.
I took off my dressing gown and slippers and popped on to the bed. One nurse put monitors on my chest and the other put a canula in my hand. It stung a little but wasn't sore. She then put a painkiller and the anaesthetic through the cannula. This was a little stingy.
The next thing I remember was waking up in recovery. I was a little weepy but I know I did the right thing. They took me back to the ward and I had some tea and a sandwich.
The nurse came back checked that my bleeding was ok then said I could go home around half past 3. I had to call someone to pick me up because I had a general anaesthetic so I couldn't go home alone. I had moderate bleeding that day and haven't been bleeding yesterday or today.
I definitely think that surgical seems better compared to the medical as it's a lot less traumatic. I opted for the surgical because I didn't want to see the baby and I know that a lot of people do see it when having a medical abortion.
Thank you for reading my story. I thought I would share it and let people know that although it's not a nice thing to do that it's not as bad as some people make out. The nursing staff are lovely and everything is really private.