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Unread 06-02-2010, 09:12 PM
Re: surgery tomorrow 7am so nervouse

Hello to you janetnurse! I don't know if you will see this before your surgery as it is already late and hopefully you are sleeping well!

I had a TAH on May 3rd of this year. I had an epidural and my experience with it was wonderful! I had no idea this was even an option until the anesthetist came in to see me prior to surgery, as I was being prepped! I have never had a single surgery before and had no idea what to do. I asked her what she would do and she told me, "It is a great way to go!" I was afraid of the morphine as I have heard a lot of people get sick from it, but there are plenty who said that was their best friend. I decided to go for the epidural. She said she would give me something to relax me. I didn't think I needed anything, I was surprisingly calm the ENTIRE time before surgery and going into the operating room. Well, she must have given me something good because all I remember is her cleaning the entry site on my back and that was it! I don't even remember the shot itself, laying down on the operating table, nor my doctor coming into the op room! My doctor laughed when I told her that! Luckily I spoke with her prior to surgery!

Anyway, the reason I am glad I elected to have the epidural is that when I woke up in the recovery room, I didn't feel dopey and when my husband, my sister and my mom came in to see me, they were all surprised at how alert I was. They didn't remove the epidural until the next day around 12:00. Life was good! Oh! I forgot, I could press the button to release the medication as needed, which of course was regulated and it would only dispense the medication every fifteen minutes, no matter how much I pressed the button.

There was something odd that happened with me. The epidural only worked on one side the first day, then shifted and the next day to the other side. I was a true puzzle to the pain management specialist! He said it could have shifted as I did in bed. I don't recall moving very much, but I would imagine it could have happened. They were also puzzled with how long it took to wear off of my left thigh area. But for me, I was glad I did it!

I would suggest you discuss this with the anesthesiologist tomorrow and anyone else prior to making your decision. You have to do what is best for you!

I'll be praying for you and look forward to hearing how well your recovery is going!!
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