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I have a COLD!! I have a COLD!!

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Unread 03-24-2002, 08:50 AM
I have a COLD!!

OK, my surgery is on this Friday , March 29th, and I just got a cold yesterday!! HELP!! I am sooo nervous that they will want to reschedule if I get worse!! I have some congestion in my chest and just dont feel that great! My nose is soo watery!! please give me any advice or what will happen I go to my doc on Tuesday to talk about the surgery !! any info..would be wonderful!!

Christine
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Unread 03-24-2002, 09:11 AM
Hi Christine

Sorry you've got a cold. Hopefully it will be one of those short lived one's. But I know at this juncture it can really be stressful.
Please call your doctor first thing Monday morning.
Find out what they suggest you take for your cold and most importantly perhaps they can set your mind at ease. Get some information on what their procedures are and how they determine whether or not to proceed.
I will that you are feeling healthy and good before Friday.

(P.S. I too am in OC, had my surgery at Hoag)
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Unread 03-24-2002, 09:23 AM
I have a COLD!!

I'm absolutely with Shelly. Definitely call your doctor first thing Monday - don't take any meds, etc. that haven't been approved by him/her.

Meanwhile, try breathing in steam for your congestion. You can stand over the sink and let hot water run, or fill a container with really hot water and stick your head over it. You can put a towel over your head to hold the steam in.

If you have a sore throat, stick a little salt in warm water and gargle with it. Tea with honey is also good to soothe a throat.

Drink LOTS of fluids, and rest.
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Unread 03-24-2002, 09:26 AM
I have a COLD!!

Hit send before my brain finished. I wanted to add that I hope you feel better really soon!
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Unread 03-24-2002, 12:13 PM
I have a COLD!!

Hi Christine,

I hope that you feel lots better by the time your trip to the castle comes up. Be sure to get lots of rest (think of it as practice for post-op), drink lots of fluids, and wash your hands a lot. I am hoping I don't come down with anything either. Everyone I work with either has the cold or flu even my DD.

Good luck
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Unread 03-24-2002, 03:14 PM
I have a COLD!!

On the day of my surgery I woke up with a nasty cough. I coughed all the way to the hospital ... an hour away. My family and I were just sure that they would not do the surgery due to the cough and blowing my nose every few seconds. Well they did it!!!! I had a spinal instead of general anist. so they weren't worried about my lungs. I had chosen the spinal ahead of time, but would have switched to it if I had the choice of that or postponing the surgery. I liked the spinal ALOT. I didn't have to recover from general anist. and it killed the pain well into the next morning. Good luck to you. Also, most colds don't last a whole week. You have several days left before surgery. Call the Dr. and you will feel better about the whole deal, I am sure of it. Oh yeah ... after the surgery ... all cold symptoms were gone. I have no idea why, but they were ... THANK GOD ... I did NOT want to have a nasty cough after that surgery!!!!!!!!!!
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Unread 03-24-2002, 03:46 PM
I have a COLD!!

Hi Christine -

I just had my surgery last Monday and I did not have a cold or anything but let me tell you about the lady that was in the stall next to me. We were both already in our gowns, hooked up to the IV's - 15 minutes away from going to the operating rooms. They had just come in and started her antibiotics when the anestesiologist came in and started asking her the normal questions. She was answering his questions. When he got to the question about - have you ever had any heart trouble she told him that she did not have any but when she walks at the mall her chest gets a little tight. He stopped in his tracks and told her that he thought he knew what her trouble was and that he would not touch her without talking to her Doctor. He went in and called her doctor on the phone - doc came in and told her - SORRY - you should have told us about this before now - you need to go see a heart specialists to make sure you are ok before we do any type of Elective surgery. Sent her home. Her husband ran downstairs to eat a bite before her surgery and by the time he got back upstairs she was putting her clothes on and getting ready to go home and find a heart specialist. She was an older lady (early sixties). So - it would probably be best if you call your doctor and let him know about it because you can get there and they can still refuse to do it up until the time they get started!

I hope that there is some miracle drug out there or that your cold disappears so that you may continue on as planned. I have had a relatively easy time of it but would not have wanted the added burden of cold on top of everything else I have gone through (can't imagine coughing a bunch right now with all of these staples still in)!

Take care! I'm praying for you!

Chanan
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Unread 03-24-2002, 04:08 PM
I have a COLD!!

One and one-half weeks before my surgery I started the cold symptoms and I was really worried they would put my surgery off too. I did everything everyone else suggested -- lots of water, gargling (ugh! makes me want to vomit), etc. and added zinc up until my pre-op interview 4 days before surgery. By the time of surgery, I was a lot better, except for mucho post-nasal drip. The surgery went as planned (whew). However, after surgery I had to concentrate on deep-breathing exercises (which REALLY hurt). I couldn't get that stupid ball in the breathing machine to go up to the level they said I should until a week after surgery! In addition, I had a pain just below my right shoulder in my upper front chest area while still in the castle. The nurse said it probably was gas, but it went away after 2-3 days. (I thought it might be related to the cold myself, but who am I?)

It really is important to be able to breathe well before & after so call your dr. tomorrow and see what s/he says. Trust in yourself, your instincts & your dr. GOOD LUCK!
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Unread 03-24-2002, 05:37 PM
I have a COLD!!

Christine,

I got my cold 9 days before surgery. My hyst was 1/14. I'm w/ SeeShelley. Call doc first thing tomorrow. I did, and am glad I did so. I'm an asthmatic. My first asthma episode was at the age of around 35 and was triggered by a bad cold and/or bronchitis. (Heck, I'm only 46 now!) I'm on a "rescue inhaler" as needed and steroids when I get in a real bind - as in near pneumonia. Well, as soon as I got that cold (on the weekend, of course) I went to bed and started with the water. Lots 'o water! Tylenol - because they don't want you having anything to thin your blood (aspirin/ibuprofen) the week before surgery. Monday it was off to the GP's office. He gave me Zithromax - the short course antibiotic - just in case; start the inhalers right away and continued through surgery -- and sent me back to bed. I called the gyno, told them what was going on and asked if she would do a spinal if necessary because of the cold. They told me to show up and it probably would be just fine. Well, miracle of miracles - (miracles don't happen to me -- I'm still waiting for Lotto to hit) surgery day came and we did the surgery. The cold didn't interfere one bit. You'll probably be ok. But having been exactly where you are -- I freaked. I couldn't stand delaying my surgery for one more day! One of the sisters did put it in perspective for me though. If it turns out you are postponed, it's probably because an angel is watching out for you and you're not on deck that day for surgery for a reason. Here's s to keep with you and an on your shoulder to help you through. Best of luck,
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