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Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 17, 2021 Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 17, 2021

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Unread 10-17-2021, 02:01 AM
Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 17, 2021

Welcome!

This special Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread is for YOU if you are having surgery this week. This thread chat will help you meet others who are having surgery the same week as you, calm your anxiousness, and help answer your last minute questions.

To get started, please introduce yourself, sharing a few things about yourself and your upcoming hysterectomy. Tell us what concerns you have as you prepare for your surgery.

Have patience! Because this is a "COME AND GO" event, check back here during the day for replies with answers, support and hugs from new friends. Our post-op members will be stopping by, too!

As you get to know the other members having surgery this week - you will be meeting up again, after your hysterectomy, in a special thread created just for this week's surgeries in the Post Op Hysterectomy forum.

Please note this thread will close at 11:59 PM Central Time.

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Unread 10-17-2021, 07:04 AM
Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 17, 2021

My name is Jaime. Heading for my blood work and Covid test in an hour. Iím having jitters and second thoughts about this surgery. I went from hemorrhaging, low hemoglobin, bleeding thru my clothes and exhaustion a month ago to now nothing. Iím hoping Iím making the right decision by going thru with this.
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Unread 10-17-2021, 07:36 AM
Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 17, 2021

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Originally Posted by jtagamino View Post
My name is Jaime. Heading for my blood work and Covid test in an hour. Iím having jitters and second thoughts about this surgery. I went from hemorrhaging, low hemoglobin, bleeding thru my clothes and exhaustion a month ago to now nothing. Iím hoping Iím making the right decision by going thru with this.
Iím Marcia. Iím going through doubts too. My surgery is Tuesday (good luck to you and speedy healing for yours), but Iím trying to remember this decision was not made on a whim and my doctor isnít going to operate unless itís necessary.
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Unread 10-17-2021, 09:04 AM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 17, 2021

Hi all! Iím Rebecca. Was just going to do a BSO for cancer risk reduction (Iím BRCA2) but gyn-onc recommended LAVH too because 1) polyp and 2) then I wonít need progesterone. Iíve had BAD mood reactions to hormonal BC before so Iím pretty nervous about HRT but hoping the estrogen only patch will be ok for me. Iím 42 but seem to be starting perimenopause and it is NOT awesome. Terrible mood swings, cramps, hair loss etc. as if to solidify my decision to evict all these body parts, I started a heavy period 2 days ago after what I was 100% sure was my last one less than 3 weeks ago. Nervous about the surgery and recovery with 2 small kids at home but Iím not here for this perimenopause marathon. Trying to look at it as a short cut past all that! Good luck everyone!
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Unread 10-17-2021, 12:23 PM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 17, 2021

Hi all - I'm nervous as heck too, so I empathize with each of you. But I'm not doubting it because I've gotten to the point that it's become necessary. I'm not sure about the rest of you but my doctor has been recommending a hysterectomy for YEARS but was always very respectful that I wasn't ready. Now unfortunately I put it off for so long that my fibroids are too large for laparoscopic and I will receive open abdomen, vertical incision down my midsection. I should have done myself a favor and gotten the procedure earlier, and saved myself the last year of limited life.

So for anyone second guessing it or thinking maybe they will just see what happens - listen to your body and do your research so you can make a decision you're confident about. Unfortunately ignoring it didn't seem to shrink mine.

Here's to hoping there is something to that saying "Pain is temporary". Strength and healing thoughts to all of us!
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Unread 10-17-2021, 12:24 PM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 17, 2021

to your Pre Op Open House! We are so glad youíve joined us. This is your place to introduce yourself, ask your questions, and just share whatever is on your mind as you approach your surgery date.

Please check in with us after your surgery, you will find your thread in the ďHysterectomy Recovery ReportsĒ sub-forum (at the top of the Post Op forum). You should also receive an email with a link. This is your place to post updates and share your progress as you heal.

As our surgery approaches, the nerves can get out of hand! This is completely normal, but knowing that doesn't make it any easier. The waiting truly is the hardest part, so your best course of action is to keep busy. Scrub your house, cook & freeze meals, and prepare your recovery area. Stock up on books, magazines, puzzles, movies and hobbies to keep you quietly busy while you recover. Get out of the house and have fun with family and friends... go for a picnic, to the movies, or perhaps have a spa day. Finally it's important to take quiet time just for you as well. Meditate, yoga, quiet walks or a long bubble bath will soothe your nerves and help give you peace.

Here are some articles to help you prepare:

5 Ways to Prepare & First Surgery

10 Essentials to Pack for Hospital

Coping with Anxiety & Fear Before Hysterectomy

Relaxation Suggestions

Deep breaths, Ladies, you can do this! And we are here for you every step of the way.


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Unread 10-17-2021, 02:03 PM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 17, 2021

Hello, I’m your Sunshine Sister and I’ll be walking by your side during recovery on the thread for everyone who has surgery this week.

These last few days or hours before your date can be hectic and nerve wracking. Many of you will find the apprehension and waiting are the hardest part of this journey. Keeping busy with preparations is a good way to fight the pre-op jitters.

If you haven’t already, preparing a recovery nest is a big comfort to come home to, with everything you need your first days. Either your bedroom or the recliner in the living room, you may want to have pillows, maybe even a special wedge pillow if you are normally a dedicated side sleeper, a large water bottle with a straw, a notepad and pen to record taking medicine, maybe a sleep mask, it’s also a good idea to bring a small pillow in the car to to place between your tender tummy and the seatbelt on the ride home.

The day before your surgery try to relax and spend some quality time doing something you enjoy.

Bkfranke linked to some great reading material above.

Things that I found most helpful the first couple days home; an electric heating pad, a few gel ice packs in the freezer, a cup with a lid and straw, small notepad and pen to keep track of medicines, a box of peppermint tea, bland-homemade chicken soup-the broth was the most important part because appetites can be nonexistent for a while after surgery, crackers, and underwear that were either low cut below my hip bones or high above my belly button.

Looking forward to meeting everyone this coming week!


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Unread 10-17-2021, 03:11 PM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 17, 2021

Almost forgot to mention food choices:
Lots of fiber and simple carbohydrates ( it might be good to avoid comstipating/hard to pass foods like red meat, dairy, greasy or processed foods ). Later in the week bowel movements may be the most exciting part of the day Food choices that help make for easier bowel movements later are worth some thought now. The carbs the day before, if you donít have to do bowel prep, give your body readily available, easy to digest energy that some studies show help restart digestion faster.
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Unread 10-17-2021, 03:32 PM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 17, 2021

Wish I could do food prep or clean the house top to bottom or take a spa day, lol. With a 7 and 4 year old, a spouse out of the country for a canít-miss family milestone event this weekend, a job that had me working down to the wire Friday with more to do before I can fully sign off, four baskets of laundry to fold and put away, sheets and towels to wash for my pre-op hibiclens showers, hospital bag to pack, etc. etc. etc., I have no idea how Iíll do it all. Next time I schedule a surgery I will remember to take a week of sick leave *before* the operation!
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Unread 10-17-2021, 03:38 PM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 17, 2021

jtagmino, mrephd, and EskmoPrncss Ö weíre so glad to have you join us.

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Originally Posted by jtagamino View Post
My name is Jaime. Heading for my blood work and Covid test in an hour. Iím having jitters and second thoughts about this surgery. I went from hemorrhaging, low hemoglobin, bleeding thru my clothes and exhaustion a month ago to now nothing. Iím hoping Iím making the right decision by going thru with this.
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Originally Posted by mrephd View Post
Iím Marcia. Iím going through doubts too. My surgery is Tuesday (good luck to you and speedy healing for yours), but Iím trying to remember this decision was not made on a whim and my doctor isnít going to operate unless itís necessary.
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Originally Posted by EskmoPrncss View Post
Hi all - I'm nervous as heck too, so I empathize with each of you. But I'm not doubting it because I've gotten to the point that it's become necessary. I'm not sure about the rest of you but my doctor has been recommending a hysterectomy for YEARS but was always very respectful that I wasn't ready. Now unfortunately I put it off for so long that my fibroids are too large for laparoscopic and I will receive open abdomen, vertical incision down my midsection. I should have done myself a favor and gotten the procedure earlier, and saved myself the last year of limited life.

So for anyone second guessing it or thinking maybe they will just see what happens - listen to your body and do your research so you can make a decision you're confident about. Unfortunately ignoring it didn't seem to shrink mine.
Here's to hoping there is something to that saying "Pain is temporary". Strength and healing thoughts to all of us!
jtagmino and mrephd: It is so easy to second guess our decisions when the nervousness and anxiety sets in. I always try to remember what is behind that decision (in this case, why is a hysterectomy needed) and what difference will this make in my life. (in this case, your health) Take a deep breath Ö you can do this. You will be in good hands and your medical team will be doing what they do best Ö taking care of you.

EskmoPrncss: I am so sorry you are facing abdominal surgery. I totally understand what can happen when you put surgery off Ö I did that with knee replacement and ended up having to have both done at the same time because both were so bad.

on your surgeries Ö remember we are here for each of you.

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