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Unread 04-16-2004, 08:55 AM
little freaked about being"under"

Okay, here it goes my first posting...so hope i get it right! My tvh is scheduled for April 26, and i am having trouble sleeping... I am really worried about what exactly goes on when i am under anesthesia. Since this is vaginal i worry about my dignity even when I am unaware what is happening....does this sound totally weird?
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Unread 04-16-2004, 09:03 AM
little freaked about being"under"

Hi Wooky,
I had this same concern... about being under. But to tell the truth, it was the easiest part of the whole thing!
I talked to the anesthesiologiest when he came in and asked him if he was going to take care of me....? He reassured me that he would. (and I had heard he was the BEST and that my DR really preferred him )....
It's very simple and the surgical team really does care about you as a person. They are very reassuring, nice, helpful and calming. Express any concerns. The women nurses that I had were very sweet and they will be very respectful of you. They care about you a great deal... that's why they're there... and they all want to see you get well.
I admit there are some "duds" in the medical field, but for the most part they are very professional, helpful, and caring.
I had 2 surgeries the week I was in for my hyster. And both times, you just go to sleep and the next thing you know, you're in recovery waking up.
It's a snap! There are really very few complications w/ going under.
You will do GREAT.
Climb
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Unread 04-16-2004, 09:12 AM
little freaked about being"under"

Hi Wooky, and congratulations on your first posting! Regarding going to sleep under anesthesia -- it's fun, you'll like it...trust me on this! Your surgery will be performed in a very dignified and respectable atmosphere. Think of surgeries you've seen on television -- aren't the patients always modestly draped, except for the area of their body being worked on? Operating Room decorum will be present for you as well. Best wishes to you for a successful surgery and speedy recovery!
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Unread 04-16-2004, 09:46 AM
little freaked about being"under"

Wooky,

When I had gallbladder surgery many moons ago when I was 19. The thing that worried me the most then was being naked on the operating table, at 19 I looked pretty decent naked. Now at 44 it isn't so pretty LOL, but I have gotten past the modesty point after so many strangers have seen my private parts with all the female troubles. The doctors and nurses are very professional and you will NOT be laying out there in the buff for all to see. What I remember about going under was the Dr. said can you count backwards for me starting at 100, I think I got to 99 then out went the lights. Then you wake up in the recovery room and it is all over Yippie! Take care we are all here for you.
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Unread 04-16-2004, 10:05 AM
little freaked about being"under"

I was so worried about the same thing. To make it worse, my husband is the president of the hospital, so everyone in the o.r. knew who I was and I even see some of them socially. Sometimes it's hard for us to just let go and trust people, but you have no choice in this situation. When you are "under" you are completely helpless and have no say in what is going on (that's why it's so scary). There are very few, if any, other situations in life where we find ourselves that vulnerable. Going through this is a good exercise in trusting and letting go. Anyway, just remember, the last thing these people are thinking about is how you look on the table; they are focused on the job they're there to do. It's also kind of a surreal experience. If you're not aware of what's going on, somehow it just doesn't matter. If you're really concerned, ask your doctor about how you will be draped, where everyone will be, what will be visible, etc. Good luck!
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Unread 04-16-2004, 04:41 PM
Thank you all so much!

Hyster sisters you are the best I am so glad I ran across this website! Best of luck to all of you! I will be saying prayers for all my sisters. You are all right the OR staff are all professionals, I guess I am just a control freak...lol )
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