Me: Doctor, I thought I’d point this out but I want a normal delivery, as much as possible. I’ve undergone a 40 hour labor during my first delivery so I can really, I mean, I really hope for natural again.
Doctor: First delivery – with or without epidural?
Me: No epidural. All natural, all painful route.
Doctor: Ummm, okay but here’s some good news: usually, the next labor/delivery will be relatively easier. Let’s say half of the time you spent during the first.
My eyes lit up. Half time. There is hope!
Doctor: But half of 40 is still 20 hours. That is *still* a long time. Are you sure you don’t want any pain medication?
Me: I won’t go for epidural – I can’t take the big needle!
Doctor: Ok, have you thought about a scheduled C-section? You won’t have to go through labor again, you know.
Me: Noooo, I have low tolerance to pain. I don’t want to be cut up!
Doctor: No tolerance to pain!?? But you endured pain for 40 hours!
Me: No big epidural needles, no scalpel on my body please.
Doctor: Ok – whatever you like. You have a very distorted definition of tolerance!