I am 6 days post op now and am feeling more like sitting for a while so I thought I would write "my story".
I went to the castle at 10:30 a.m. (surgery at 12:30) and went for my pre-op which consisted of blood being drawn and then into the pre-op suite for paperwork, changed into the lovely hospital gown and the IV. All went well, except the nurse couldn't get my IV started. It took 2 times by her and then she gave up and had another nurse start it! I was glad, I knew she meant well and wasn't intentially trying to hurt me, but....
Next, the A man came in and we talked about which kind of anesthesia I wanted. He was hilarious and I felt very comfortable with him. He suggested the Spinal method and gave me and my hubby the goods and bads of both spinal and general. I told him that I did not want to be awake during the surgery AT ALL and he assured me that he would make sure that I was very sedated and would not remember their jokes or anything during the surgery! I opted for the spinal method and am very glad that I did. My doc was running late as he had an emergency c-section at another hospital, so we got to watch Jerry Springer!
Finally my doc came in and we talked for a while and then the surgical nurse came in to make sure I understood everything and to give me the happy injection into my IV. Once that happened, I have no memory of anything until the next morning early. I did not know when they did the spinal, I don't even remember them wheeling me into the OR!
I woke up very early the next morning to a nurse turning me over on my side and then again when she came back to turn me over again. They took the Catheter out at 6:30 a.m. (just a little pinch) and got me out of bed at 10:30 a.m. I thought I needed to go to the potty, but I was bleeding quite a bit instead. The nurse told my doc, but he was not worried with it, even that I passed a couple of clots. He said not to worry as long as it did not continue. I didn't go to the potty enough and the nurse thought she was going to have to put the cath back in, but lo and behold, another nurse came in and pushed on my tummy (ouch!) and said that all felt fine, just wasn't much in there!!!
The hospital stay was fine. Got lots of sleep. I stayed 2 nights and went home on the 3rd day. I was ready. The ride home was uneventful and I was able to manuver in and out of our pickup. The only thing I can say is thank heavens for step bars!! I have had a pretty uneventful time at home. Mostly just resting, drinking my fluids and walking when I have felt like it.
So, I had a pretty uneventful surgery, hospital stay, and 4 days recovering at home. I appreciate all the information I learned reading these posts! I think that is why I have done well!