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Unread 04-03-2002, 09:38 AM
Pre-op scheduled for April 18

I just wanted to say Thank you to all the ladies that has responded to my first post. I wanted to know if you could give me advice on what is going to happen on pre-op day. I am very nervous about being put to sleep because I have severe asthma. Not only am I afraid of what I am going to feel like after the surgery, I am also afraid of will I wake up from the surgery. Are these normal feelings and should I express these feelings to the one's assisting me the day of pre-op.
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Unread 04-03-2002, 09:56 AM
Pre-op scheduled for April 18

You will meet with a nurse that will take write down just about everything there is to know about you and some stuff you wish nobody knew! LOL

But seriously, you will also meet with the anesthesia department that will explore any issues that you might have that would complicate anesthesia. Obviously, when they find out that you are asthmatic, they will talk to you about what they will do differently. But tell them of your fears. It is important that they know about them and address them one by one.

Are you having an epidural and general? Have you been asked this? I had both so that they could put some meds in my spine for a couple of days post surgery to help with pain. This would also help to calm you fear about waking up during surgery. In reality, it is EXTREMELY unlikely that you'll wake up. First they give you a sedative, then an epidural (possibly), and then the general. Most of us remember the doctor putting the sedative into our IV and then the next thing we knew we woke up in either the recovery room or our own room.

I think waking up during surgery is a common fear, but it is not a rational one. Just remember that.
Unread 04-03-2002, 10:10 AM
Pre-op scheduled for April 18

I have not been asked about an epidural. It was explained to me by my doctor that they would put me to sleep. They will be going through my abdomin. I did not know that there was an option.

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