Hi All Ladies in Waiting -
I thought I would post my stay at the castle in hopes in will alleviate some of your fears. I had a TAH on Tuesday Aug. 14th.
We left for the castle at 10:15 am. I felt OK - pretty calm. Remember, I had known about my date for a month.
My surgery was at a surgery center - where lots of people are walking in & out. I carried a small bag to put my clothes in. When the recepitonist went to put the wrist band on I started to cry. We sat down & soon the nurse came to get me. She took me into the back where she told me take off all my clothes off & put on the gown & then a matching robe. She gave me slippers & a little hat - "put that in your pocket honey, as you won't need it just yet." I told her I was on my period, she gave me this old fashioned pad & a belt. She had to help me with it as I had never used one before.
Then she took me into a small room & put me in a reclining chair & put this plastic blanket on me - she hooked this up to a hose that pumped warm air in the blanket - just like a sauna. Then she went & got my DH. He came & sat with me until I left for the surgery.
The nurse asked me lots of questions & then the ansethesiologist came in. Very nice - "can you open your mouth really wide - now bend your head back - good!" Next the nurse put on these long TED hose - like tight stockings. On top of these she put "presssure hose" plastic hose that hook up to a machine that constricts every 90 seconds to pump the blood back into your body as in surgery they give you a muscle relaxant. I am really nervoyus now - but they said I didn't need anything before surgery. My hubby said I looked like an aliean.
Next - my
came in & we all talked for a while. My Dr. said that due to the adhesions she felt the procedure could take 3-4 hours. I told hubby to come back later - as waiting for that long could be hard. The nurse took all his numbers & then said "O.K. honey lets kiss him good by & walk into surgery." WALK - YES - so I kissed him & turned & walked like a duck into the operating room. I got on the table & the nurses all introduced themselves. The anesthesiologist then put in the IV & said you're going to feel like you had a lot or margarita's. That's all I remember!! It was straight up 12 noon. . . .
I woke up at 4:30 pm in recovery to my docotor talking quietly to me. I didn't feel any pain, just uncomfortable. Soon the nurses came & took me to my suite. There was my DH with flowers. I slept most of the evening off an on. I had oxygen as I was on Morphine. I had an IV in my right hand - with a morphine pump, antibiotics and a saline solution. I had a catheter and those pressure hose. All I could do was lay there & moan. The nurses were TERRIFIC!! They came in every hour or so with cold wash clothes for my head & ice chips. I remember being awake at 12 midnight, 2 am & 3 am - then the nurse said she thought a shot would help me so she gave me a shot of demerol & I fell to sleep until 6 am. That was nice.
At 7 am the nurse came in and said lets get you up HUH
I just laid there & let the 2 of them do whatever. They took out the catherter (no pain) took off those pressure hose - YEAH! Then sat the bed up & told me to swing my legs over the edge - I said I can't do that - "yes you can sweety" & I did. They told me hold my pillow on my tummy & that really helped!! I sat on the edge of the bed for about 5 minutes. I was very shaky!! Then my DH came in - more flowers. They put me in the chair next to my bed while they changed my sheets. Then the nurse said I should take a shower!! WHAT! I haven't even been out of surgery for 24 hours yet!! You can do it!! DH helped bag the IV on my hand & put plastic wrap on my incision. The shower felt wonderful. I put on my HYSTER SISTERS COVER UP & went right back to bed. I slept most of the morning, drinking clear liquids - broth, 7-up, water, juice, etc. Later the nurse asked how my pain was & I told her I felt fine. She said they were goiing to remove the morphine pump & put me on Vicodine pills. To go home my doctor said I had to eat solid food, pass gas, be on pain pills (no shots) & pee.
Well, they took out the pump & I got up & went to the bathroom. I sat there for a while & then I peed!! Yeah!
Then back to bed. I really didn't feel much pain. I was up & walking in my room with my IV - then back to bed.
Early on Wednesday afternoon the IV started to hurt so I asked the nurse to take it out. She did I was was totally un-tethered!! Now I was up & walking - as I had not passed gas yet. I felt very gasey - but nothing came out.
I walked & walked. The doctor called me several times on Wednesday & then on Thursday morning she said as soon as I passed gas I could go home. It was like waiting for a baby!! I was the only patient left on the unit - so I had 2 nurses wating for me to fart too.
FINALLY at 12:25 on Thursday afteroon the big one came!! YEAH. They brought me a tray of solid food - which I devoured!
The doctor came at 6:00 pm & took out the staples & I got to come home!!
I hope this helps all of you waiting.
My surgery was great!!