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Unread 03-04-2002, 10:46 AM
I'm so confused

In '97 I had a lap for endometriosis, in July '01 I was back at the dr's complaining of pain - she suggested I try the Pill again (even though I had tried bcp's in '97 before the surgery without success) and never did an exam! When I called for a follow-up visit, it was going to be 3 months before I could see the dr again! Needless to say, I sought another dr. He did an exam, ran some tests, and told me I needed to have a hysterectomy, removing uterus and cervix - ovaries could stay. I came to this site and did some other research (and in the meantime, cancelled the surgery twice!) and when I went back for a follow-up, I mentioned that I wanted to discuss keeping my cervix. He told me that was an option he wasn't going to mention to me, but since I brought it up, he'd discuss with me that option - heavily leaning towards the removal because that's his preference. Then he did another exam and told the nurse he "just didn't like it" that he couldn't tell where one of the three fibroids really was - it didn't show up on the ultasound but can be felt through an exam and by touching my stomach when I lay down. My GP agreed with my uneasiness and did a CT scan, which showed a 5 cm fibroid attached to the outside of my uterus. He advised I proceed with the hysterectomy, but now I have no confidence in the doctor who would do the surgery! What should I do? Limited options in terms of hospitals and doctors, so I don't know what to do?? Is my lack of confidence just part of the pre-op process? Am I crazy to think that this doctor may take my cervix during the surgery??
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Unread 03-04-2002, 01:46 PM
I'm so confused

I've been reading some posts here for quite some time and although the info is helpful, it may have added to my anxiety. I live alone, with my 7 month old kitten, and will have no one to stay with me after my surgery. My family and friends will be at least a 1/2 drive away (this move to a cabin in the woods may not have been such a good idea) if I need any unexpected physical assistance, although they will be checking in on me. I really don't want to stay somewhere else, but want to recovery in the comfort of my own home.

Also, I have a couple of steps between one part of my house (livingroom, bedroom) and the other part (kitchen, bath) and I wonder if this will be a problem.

Now can you see why I'm confused, anxious, and so willing to keep postponing my surgery (originally scheduled for November, postponed to December, cancelled until January, and now postponed indefinitely, but most likely late spring/early summer)?
Unread 03-04-2002, 02:09 PM
I'm so confused

I could have been alone from day one and coped just fine. IF,
you have food, medicines, anything you will need layed in ahead of time, if you have pets don't forget to have everthing they will need. Take your phone to the shower with you in case you slip or something. I left the door open so hubby could hear me if I needed help for a day or 2. I never did though. Plenty of easy warm up food! Best of luck!
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Unread 03-04-2002, 05:09 PM
I'm so confused

It sounds like the gp may have better ultra sound than gyn my girl friend had the same thing happen at times they could see the tumer on her ovary other times the ultra sound did not pick it up but that is not the drs fault. I would stay with some one for a few days or have someone stay with you just until you feel better and or able to move around. I would be afraid to be alone and on pain meds the first few days. good luck and take care

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