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Unread 12-02-2004, 05:41 AM
What will make this "real"

I keep reading posts and I have realized that what is going to make this whole thing "real" to me is when I read the subject line that says, "Best wishes to our Tuesday, December 7th Princesses"!

I truly KNOW it's coming and I am preparing, but at that point I think I will have this overwhelming feeling of OH MY GOSH IT'S FINALLY MY TURN!!!!!
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Unread 12-02-2004, 06:02 AM
What will make this "real"

Hi Tammy -- I had that same feeling. It can be a little overwhelming, kind of a combination of excitement and panic all at the same time!

But that's normal. Just stay focused on the positve and keep telling yourself how wonderful you'll feel afterwards. I'm coming up on five months post-op and I feel great!! No more pain, no more bleeding, no more unhappy hubby! ha ha

Good luck with your surgery! You'll be in my prayers.

Unread 12-02-2004, 06:45 AM
What will make this "real"

When I had just the laparoscopy last year... it never hit me that I was going to have my first, althought minor, surgery until they walked me into the O.R.! I told the lady "I am completly terrified... omg this room looks horrible" LOL I don't think I had the ability to count to 10 after my feet crossed the O.R. threshold. As soon as I got on the table they knocked me out. I wasnt even covered up yet! It was great. Until I woke up with the shoulder/back pain from the gasses.
Hope they knock me out as quickly this time! *punch*....
TAH 12/6
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Unread 12-02-2004, 07:04 AM
What will make this "real"

I know what you mean. I think seeing that my turn is coming here along with the call the Friday before to confirm my arrival time will really confirm it for me. I just got my call from the hospital for my pre-admit registration, and I had a few minutes of OH MY GOODNESS! They Know I'm Coming. Very Strange.

I have wanted this surgery for the past 5 years now that the time is near I'm starting to "freak". Oh Well, We'll make it! I'm learning to just Let Go, and that seems to be helping.

Hang in There! Wishing you a smooth surgery and recovery!!
Unread 12-02-2004, 07:56 AM
What will make this "real"

I have also had this "unreal" feeling for the last few weeks. Tomorrow is my pre-op appt and I am tying up loose ends at work today. Guess this is making it feel real. I think I am ready, I have very supportive DH and DSs that will be there for anything. I hope to finish up my Christmas shopping after work this eve, go to a Christmas party and clean house this weekend. I'm also going to get a pedicure & manicure on Monday. So, I should be all set by the 7th. It is definately feeling "real" about now.
Unread 12-02-2004, 08:21 AM
What will make this "real"

I know EXACTLY what you mean! The whole thing was so surreal and even though I had recently watched my mom go through this surgery, it just didn't seem like I would really be doing it!

PACKING....I think finally packing my bag for the hospital brought the reality into focus for me. Also shopping for a nightgown that opened down the front for the hospital and other specific items just for the hospital stay made it real.

I think having those feelings of it all being so "unreal" is just another great way our minds work to keep us calmer. It's a coping mechanism and a good one actually.

You'll all do great. I'm a week and a half post-op and feeling really good. Believe me, I was the biggest scardy-cat of all going into this.

See you on the post-op board soon!

Unread 12-02-2004, 09:13 AM
What will make this "real"

Dido! I have remained calm even when I took my friend, a nurse, with me to get all my supplies for, pre-surgery, hospital and post surgery. It's like I'm planning for someone else to have the surgery. Really strange but believe me, it'll hit the day I see my name in lights and I'm sure I'll have a panic attack on the way to the hospital.
Unread 12-02-2004, 05:35 PM
What will make this "real"

One trick I used on the day of my surgery was to tell myself, "Just think, in less than 24 hours it will all be over!" One day in your life goes by pretty fast - you can't stop the clock, so just go with it!

I decided to schedule myself for a pedicure and a haircut the afternoon before surgery- a little gift I gave myself. Both my manicurist and hairsylist, wouldn't you know, had had major surgeries too (one hysterectomy and one surgery for stomach cancer). It was geat to hear them reassure me, and say that once it was over, I'll feel like a million bucks.

Now at 6.5 weeks post-op, I'm beginning to see what they meant!

One thing I do miss about the hospital was the "nurse" button. What a great concept! I wish someone would invent a "husband, please make dinner" button or a "kids, please clean up your rooms" button! It was great to be waited on. And the more appreciative I was to those who took care of me in the hospital, the more they seemed to bend over backwards to help!

I also shared a room with a very sweet woman who was in for a 24-hour chemo treatment. She'd been through so much - we talked a lot through the curtain, and it sort of made me thankful for my good health, and really put things in perspective.

I wish all the LIW a successful surgery and restful recovery.
Unread 12-02-2004, 07:24 PM
What will make this "real"

I've had my surgery and been home for 9 hours.
It still doesn't feel real to me yet.
It wasn't until around 5pm this afternoon that I thought to
myself Hey-- It's over...no more woes...whoo hoooo.
Now to just get passed the next 2 weeks or so.

White slacks and all year swimming here I come.......
Unread 12-03-2004, 02:10 AM
What will make this "real"

I'd forgotten what that was like.....the point where it felt "real" to me. Actually, the whole thing was surreal from the very moment my doc told me, during a routine pelvic, that I had the biggest fibroids he'd ever felt (Actually, it ended up being the highest number of really big ones, but not the BIGGEST!) and that TAH was inevitable.......to just a short time ago.

It hit home for me the very minute I was on the table after being wheeled into the OR..............everyone was wearing masks, except me. I thought, "This is IT! I'm REALLY doin' it!"........the exact way I felt the 1st time I had sex, and the moment I said ,"I do", at the altar. Time just stood still for a moment, as I soaked it all in for the memory banks. Now, here I am at the 8 month mark and cannot believe it is all over.

This fabulous journey has been so much more than just a major surgery to improve health, as you shall also discover. We are all here to help you in any way we can..................24/7!

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