You'll Be Solo For a Bit
After you're done being prepped, they take you to the operating room without your partner, who instead stays back to change into a gown, hat, and mask. They don't actually bring your plus-one in until you're already being cut open! At this point, your nurse becomes your number one support person as you get set up for surgery, which means she or he is your hand to hold during the administering of a spinal and everything after that. I got real close real fast with my nurse(s) since the spinal (with my second two) made me the most nervous.