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  #1  
Unread 07-14-2004, 11:43 AM
Pre-Op Jitters

My surgery is scheduled for Mon, July 19th and as the date gets closer, the more jittery I get and it's hard to concentrate!!
Thoughts of "what if" pop into my mind, ie, "what if" I don't wake up after the op? "what if" complications come up during the surgery? My primary doc found I have a heart murmur and told me antibiotic will be given thru the iv prior to surgery but when I mentioned it to my surgeon(also my ob/gyn), she said it's not necessary since sometimes anitbiotic can bring on complications. Says she'll check my echocardiogram report and let me know later.
Have any of the sisters ever needed a blood transfusion after the surgery due to loss of blood??
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  #2  
Unread 07-14-2004, 01:45 PM
Pre-Op Jitters

Hi teleok,

I remember worrying about the same things when I was pre-op. I also have a heart murmer, and had no complications during or after surgery. You might want to ask your PCP to talk with your Ob/Gyn, since they have different opinions about neeing an antibiotic. I can't remember for sure, but I don't think I was given one.

You also asked about a transfusion - are you anemic? If not, you probably won't need to have a blood transfusion since very little blood loss occurs with a hysterectomy. However, please remember that each surgery is different, since each of us is different.

I'm glad that you posted, and will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for a successful and uneventful surgery and recovery.

S
  #3  
Unread 07-14-2004, 01:54 PM
Pre-Op Jitters

Hi,
My doc gave me antibiotic IV right before surgery and throughout the 2 day hospital stay. I presumed that was his routine procedure. When I went to my pre-op visit and had to read the paper about all the possibilities and saw the part about blood transfusions I questioned my doc about that. He said he's never had to give a transfusion in his 15 plus years of practice.
I also had major jitters before. I'm soooo glad I had my surgery at 6 weeks post op. Good luck!

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  #4  
Unread 07-14-2004, 02:01 PM
Pre-Op Jitters

I'm a Type-1 insulin dependent Diabetic, so there were concerns before my surgery too. But let me reassure you, the doctors and nurses are good at what they do! If you were to have any problems, the hospital would be the best place to have them, right? I was so jittery before I went in, but it went so well!! Waiting really was the hardest part!!
Michelle
  #5  
Unread 07-14-2004, 02:42 PM
Pre-Op Jitters

Thank you, Ladies, for responding to my posting so quickly. As to the question of whether I'm anemic, my PCP and Ob/gyn seems to have a difference of opinion as well. My PCP thinks my blood count is a bit low (last test was 13) and my OB/Gyn thinks it's fine. Who should I believe/trust!!?? To top things off, my glucose is also on the high side and my ob suggests that I go in to see my pcp and get treated before surgery but he's totally booked (that includes his Nurse Practioner and other mds) for the next four day, arrrrrrrrrrrg!
The good news is: at least the concensus on the blood transfusion are the same, transfusion is very rare these days. so I'm feeling a little about that.
One last thing, I also have asthma, any suggestions and advice as to what I need/should do to prepare myself for the surgery? God, I can't wait to get this over with! I know once Monday rolls around, I'll feel a lot better. In my heart of heart I know you gals are right and I couldn't agree with you more, waiting is the HARDEST part of the process.
Thanks for allowing me to ramble on and on and on........
  #6  
Unread 07-14-2004, 07:47 PM
Pre-Op Jitters

Hi! I just wanted you to know that your feelings are not uncommon. I put my surgery off for two years because I was afraid of the unknown . . . would I be OK?. . . how would I do with anesthesia? . . . the pain? . . . how was I going to deal with the loss of control?!! My surgery was 3/18/04 and I am so thankful that I finally bit the bullet and committed to it! I was fortunate to not have not had any complications. Other than the expected gas pains and waiting for my bowel function to get back to normal (took about a week and very uncomfortable at esp. postop day 5), I have felt great. I kept waiting to feel bad, but fortunately that never happened. I didn't push myself. I was off work for six weeks and after the first two, I felt like I was on an extended vacation. I realize not everyone has been so fortunate, but it does happen for many of us. When we're feeling good, though, we tend to get back to our normal lives and we don't post as much. But like I said, I feel great! No more huge fibroids, crowding, heavy bleeding . . .yuk! I was able to keep my ovaries and I know that makes a huge difference. My life is back to normal and better than ever. Good Luck!
  #7  
Unread 07-14-2004, 07:58 PM
Pre-Op Jitters

I think we all have the jitters before surgury. This does not diminish what you feel but they are quite normal before hand. I had a few complications, but am following the advice given here. Lots of water before and after surgury, rest, walk as much as possible in the hospital, pain killers are good but constipating, stock up on prune juice and stool softeners for after- just having it in the fridge helps... and you only have once chance to heal correctly. Rest and if anyone says whata can I do? there is always some thing that they can do. This is not the time for Superwoman.

Did I mention relaxation tapes help. Relaxation is not a sin. Repeat until you believe it.
  #8  
Unread 07-14-2004, 09:36 PM
Pre-Op Jitters



Dear Teleok,

I understand your concerns. I too have asthma and I have tachacardia (heart beating disorder). I have to take inhalers for the asthma as needed. So before surgery, I had a couple of puffs off of each of the 2 inhalers I have, then they gave me a breathing treatment. Then I had a couple of more inhaler puffs and a breathing treatment after surgery. Just let them know at the hospital your situation and they will make every accomidation necessary for your health and make sure all is welll.

I didn't have a blood transfusion. Although my aunt did. We had the same surgery, a TVH, but different hospitals and different docs. Although, she was also very anemic and her blood wouldn't clot....they didn't bother to check that before surgery when they did her blood work!! But anyways, she had a complication....a blood vessel on her bladder burst when they did the bladder tack during the TVH.....But no worries she is all better now and doing a whole lot better. Also regarding the transfusion.....I donate blood all the time, so I was given the option to be able to use my own blood if it was available and if needed....

I can't remember if I was given any meds due to the tachacardia or not....i took so much dope that I don't remember a great deal. Especially afterwards, when I had the allergic reaction to the morphine and quit breathing.....but not to scare you, it doesn't happen to a great number of women out there.....

Anyways, feel free to contact me if you have any other questions. I am here for your support and well being....Take Care and good Luck to ya on Monday.. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers........

Alle
  #9  
Unread 07-14-2004, 11:00 PM
Pre-Op Jitters

  Quote:
Originally posted by Hotshot
Waiting really was the hardest part!!
So true! So true!!!!!!!

Hang in there! Many s, Trina
  #10  
Unread 07-15-2004, 09:17 AM
Pre-Op Jitters

Alle,
Thanks for the info and offer of support. Like many others positing to this site, I've found many helpful hints and advice. I feel a lot calmer these last few days after I posted and received all the loving support and hugs from everyone.

Lily,
The thought of postponing the surgery had entered my mind but since it need to be done, might as well get it over with!

All in all, I'm on pins and needle, waiting for Monday to come around. In the meantime, I'll be going out to dinner with my mom and daughter and a facial afterward. Shopping and lunch on Sat and a walk in the park with a few friends on Sunday and then wa-la, it'll be Monday! I'll write once I'm home from the castle. Until then, stay well and take care of yourself!!
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