The Gift of a Guilt-Free Epidural
This was overwhelmingly the tone epidural advice was given to me with—‘Sure, it works, but do you really need it?’
What did it feel like? Stabbing or dull? How did YOU feel? Panicked, or despairing?
It won’t last a week It doesn’t feel like stabbing, it’s more like intense pressureneed
You can’t walk once it’s inYou’ll be bedboundSo many wires!
could Sure, it works, but do you really need it?
All bodies are different
Maggie Tokuda-Hall has an MFA in creative writing from USF, and a strong cake-decorating game. She is the author of the 2017 Parent's Choice Gold Medal winning picture book, Also an Octopus, illustrated by Benji Davies. The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea is her debut novel, which is due out on May 5th, 2020. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and dog. Her dog is objectively perfect, thank you for asking.
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It felt as though I had been evicted from my own body, and it had been trashed in my absence. My resentment was as precise as any recipe.
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