I too am a medical wimp and have passed out more than once from a simple blood draw
. I knew at 32 weeks baby was breech. Panic ensued as I was worried about a csection. No flipping as weeks went on so I worried incessantly and drove my DH nuts. I had some friends who didn't get to hold/nurse babies for 5-7 hours after a c-section. I wondered how I could try to prevent it (to what extent that's possible.) I remembered MrsFRK talking about her experience and searched it (maybe I asked her too?) She had a breech baby. I was concerned as I'd read it can be harder to get off on the right foot with BFing, etc with a c-section. MrsFRK did the duramorph and that was pretty much it in addition to the block/epidural. From friends I talked with about csections, they basically gave them meds and they didn't realize they had a choice. So, as I said I had a lot of time to worry about it so I did some research and discussed with my OB. He said I'd be fine doing the epidural (not a block but not sure if having a block is a huge difference), plus duramorph, plus NSAIDs. So that's what I told anesthesiologist. They still asked me a bazillion times if I wanted this or that or they'd like to give me this or that and I simply refused. I felt confident based on my research and what my OB and I discussed. I had some referred pain in my shoulders and arms during the surgery but no real pain during the surgery other than that pain and it was tolerable. The anesthesiologist really pushed the anti anxiety meds but I didn't want to be loopy. I'd suggest you research and discuss with a medical professional you trust. You also know yourself best, if you think you'd have a panic attack then I'd say it'd be best to take the anti anxiety meds (not sure at what part of csection they give it to you just recall being asked numerous times.) I still had an issue with everything given and my temp dropped pretty dramatically so I was whisked away to be put under blankets w/ the warm air blowers. It was 2 hours before I got to hold DS1 and try to nurse. Due to my low temp they wouldn't give him to me as they didn't want me to lwoer his temp. I basically had to beg at 2 hours and they gave him to me under the blankets (believe my temp was almost 96 at that point I probably wrote about it.) The initial nursing was much harder with DS1 than any of my other three. I'm only letting you know so if it happens to you it's not a shock. It didn't hurt things long term but can be very emotional and frustrating in the moment. They took out my IV/cath at about 24 hours after csection. I was able to get up, go to the bathroom, and shower. 800mg of ibuprofen from that point forward. I hadn't planned on taking pain meds when leaving the hospital which I also factored into the decision. The duramorph didn't make me sleepy or anything else which was one thing I was trying to avoid. I know some ladies can get the baby pretty quickly after surgery so I'm not trying to suggest it will happen to you. There was just so much I didn't know about until I thought I was going to need one and started researching and asking my friends who'd had them. Good luck and hopefully you can avoid it. DH's aunt had her baby flip at the last minute in labor so I know it can/does happen.
ETA - I didn't want codeine or percocet or any of those drugs. I have never done well with any of them. I think they often try to give Tylenol 3 to go hoem with, etc. THose make me feel dizzy, vomit, and tired. Same thing after my foot surgery (tried the codeine) and they even gamve me a patch for nausea and zofran yet it didn't work.