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Unread 03-14-2002, 06:32 PM
General with health issues???

Hi Sisters,

Now that my date has been set, I can feel all the questions welling up in me. I spoke to the dr the other day and found that unbeknownest to me, I already had my pre-op. I still have questions, but the nurse said that the hospital will be calling me with the time for my surgery and to answer any other ? I have.

Anyhow, they told me I will have a general. My M.D. said this would be best for me. I trust him completely, he knows my whole med history. I have both asthma and sleep apnea, high blood pressure & heart problems. I am obese as well. What happens during a general? Will they know if I have an apneaic event and be able to stop it? I am not on Cpap as I freaked out during the testing with the machine and ended up with severe panic attacks from it.

Any info and advice is soooo welcome. I love this site. I had my first stress/crying jag yesterday. I want this surgery and have had a pretty good attitude about it so far. I did not know what hit me yesterday, but I assume it is because of the surgery.
Are there any other sisters out there with April 9th as their castle date? And is having surgery in the P.M. harder than the morning? Sorry for so many questions. Please forgive me. Thank you.

God Bless to all you sisters having your castle stay tomorrow.
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Unread 03-14-2002, 06:50 PM
General with health issues???

Hi and welcome to the site. In response to your questions, I've copied yours with my response below them.

"I have both asthma and sleep apnea, high blood pressure & heart problems. I am obese as well. What happens during a general? Will they know if I have an apneaic event and be able to stop it?"

Maybe because of your history that's why the dr. wants you to have general. The respirator controls your breathing. During general they give you a medication that puts you to sleep but it is so strong that you have to be intubated (tube in throat) and a respiriator controls your breathing during the entire surgery. Once awake the tube comes out. Most people don't remember that part and you may wake up with a sore throat. You are put on a heart monitor, pulse oximiter, and the anesthesiologist is there the whole time monitoring your well being.

"I am not on Cpap as I freaked out during the testing with the machine and ended up with severe panic attacks from it."

I don't know what Cpap is so sorry I can't respond to that.

"Are there any other sisters out there with April 9th as their castle date?"

You can click on the purple calendar button at the top of the page to see who else is having surgery on your date.

"And is having surgery in the P.M. harder than the morning?"

Only from what I have read it is harder in the P.M. because you aren't supposed to eat or drink anything before surgery. Kind of hard to go all day with out any water or food. If it's in the morning they just tell you nothing after midnight so you aren't hungry all day waiting for surgery. If you have any diabetes or blood sugar problems it's important to mention this with this strict diet before surgery.
Unread 03-14-2002, 07:07 PM
General with health issues???

Thanks CM3,

Your info is invaluable! I feel much better knowing about the respirator. I don't like those tubes put down your throat, I had one at age 17 for gallbladder(they made me swallow it while awake). Yuk! But if they do it after that's fine.

Thank you for the info re: diabetes. I am diabetic so I will tell the hospital staff when they contact me. My M.D. is only available in the P.M. and I sure want him there with the gyn.

A CPAP is a machine that has a hose hooked to it that pumps air into your lungs through a mask. I tried hard to get used to it even by practicing but I just couldn't do it. I felt claustrophobic with the mask on. When they pumped the air in (pretty strong air pressure), I totally freaked. I can't stand the wind in my face.

Thanks for your response.
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Unread 03-15-2002, 01:37 AM
Some more info


I am replying to this as I also have asthma and sleep apnea. I also don't use a CPAP, but only because I perfected taking it off while I was asleep. I am also obese. I also have another medical condition called sarcoidosis, which one of the side effects is breathlessness (double whammy along with the asthma).

My doctor did not want me to have morphine after my hyst. I had a general for the operation, which did not effect me at all. BUT, the best part of the op was that dr had arranged for an epidural for me. The epidural was put in just prior to me going to OR and was left in for 48 hours post op. It was just the best. I can only suggest to you that you discuss this alternative with your dr before surgery.

I went into hosp one day pre op to meet the anaesthesist, do my pre op and just so that hosp could make sure I was ready for this surgery. I stayed in hosp 5 days post op, but really could probably have come home at 3 days post op. The reason I was kept in a bit longer was to monitor other medical conditions.

I am now 13 weeks post op and the whole thing was just a very positive experience for me. The post op pain was about 1/4 as bad as I had anticipated and I really think it was because of having the epidural that I did have such an easy time post op.

Hope all this information has been helpful to you.

Regards and best wishes for your surgery.

Unread 03-15-2002, 06:15 AM
General with health issues???

Hi Sharina,
Your post brought back a memory of a post. You should look at this one since you mentioned diabetes and you are scheduled in the evening. Please don't wait till the last minute to mention this.

As far as swallowing the tube, what I meant to say was that they put a tube in your trachea to help you breath. This is attatched to a respirator not the same thing as a tube going down the esophagus that you have to swallow. You will not feel this tube go in as you will already be asleep and probably still sleeping when they take the tube out just before you go to recovery. They keep a close eye on you. I did have a spinal and epidural for post-op pain 24 hours and it was wonderful. I did not need the usual oxygen mask in recovery used to help wake patients up because I was breathing so well. The epidural does not leave you feeling groggy. It can't hurt to ask the dr and anesthesiologist about it. You can find out more about other asthma hystersisters by typing in the search word asthma by clicking on the purple search button at the top of the page. If you feel nauseated or have a tendency to get sick from general ask about an anti-nausea drug they can give you beforehand. I had zofran and it worked very well. Good luck.
Unread 03-15-2002, 12:02 PM
General with health issues???

Hi Buckkie & CM3,

I can not thank you enough for your responses. You have set my mind at ease. I will ask the doctor about the epidural. It sounds great. I am so glad you wrote Buckkie. It's good to have someone else who has similar medical issues and has had such positive results. Thanks so much. I am sorry you have so many health issues as well, especially the sarcoidosis---thats really nasty. CM3, thanks for telling me about the trach. I'm glad it won't be the other thing. Both of you have helped me so much...thank you!!!

I am so happy to have found this site. Everyone is so wonderful. I haven't gone to the chat room yet, haven't had enough nerve to try it. Thank you to each sister for taking time to help each of us. God Bless,

Unread 03-16-2002, 03:01 AM
Just thought of something else


I was rereading this thread and remembered something. You MUST tell them over and over that you do have sleep apnea. I know I must have mentioned it to the hosp staff about 10 times pre op. I know this does have something to do with post op care.

Also, I had 2.00pm surgery. It was the pits, but the day still went pretty quick. I had to fast from midnight as they didn't have surgery list. No water, no nothing, but again, as there was so much going on, I really didn't have time to think about how hungry or thirsty I was.

Regards and best wishes again.


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