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Unread 05-16-2005, 08:29 AM
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Well, my TVH is two weeks thursday and I am very nervous. Truthfully, I am terrified. it seems silly because this is not my first major surgery, I had my Lt knee completely done years ago. I am not afraid of the actual surgery, just really simple things. I get sick from the anesthesia, so I am worried about being sick afterward. I am worried they are going to put the cateter in while I am awake. I nearly made myself insane over the possibility of a bowel prep. Now I am obsessing over the vag packing. It is crazy. I am worried too about the pain. I am not sleeping well, and I am having nightmares. I know it is just pre op jitters but I feel like I am going mad. I don't know how I am going to last 2 weeks! Everyone keeps telling me I will be fine, and there is nothing to worry about, but I am worried, and instead of feeling reassured I feel like they don't understand. I know in my head I will be fine, but I am still afraid. Thanks for letting me vent. I think my friends and family are sick of me by now.
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Unread 05-16-2005, 09:30 AM

I know, no matter what people will say or do, will make things any easier for you. I have been there and gotten through it. I had my surgery on February 18th, 2005. I'm back to work and had resumed life as it was before surgery minus the pain and bleeding. I did have two ceasarian births 32 + 27 years before but we do forget. I'm also petrified of needles, hospitals, doctors etc etc.
Everyone that I met said it will be just fine and in my mind I would say it's easy for them to talk. Well, they were right.
If you need any support please write. Good luck to you.

Unread 05-16-2005, 09:37 AM
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I had a TVH 10 days ago, so maybe I can calm some of your fears. I know all surgeries are different, but here are some of my experiences:

My catheter was not put in while I was awake. I did not have to do a bowel prep, just no eating after midnight. I also had no vaginal packing. I felt a little nauseous after surgery, and did throw up twice, but it was not the horrible-type of vomiting that hurts when it comes up. It actually felt better after vomiting. Then the nurse gave me a shot of something that started with an "f" for the vomiting, and it stopped. I only needed real "pain meds" the night of my surgery. The next morning I only asked the nurse for tylenol, and never filled the Rx for percoset when I got home. Most of my discomfort in the hospital was before they took out the catheter--I had bladder pressure because I don't think the catheter was draining right. After that was out, the first few times I pee'd were a little painful, but it wasn't that bad.

I was also nervous before my surgery, but because I kept very, very busy trying to get so many things done before my surgery date, that it kept my mind off of all the worries. Try to keep busy with cleaning, shopping, buying yourself some magazines and DVDs, and think about the mini-vacation you are going to have. Rather than think about the surgery, I was looking forward to resting on the couch and watching tv. Also, if you read alot of the post-op posts on this website, you will see that many ladies says the waiting is the worst part.

Now 10 days out I am feeling fine and having to remind myself not to do too much, because I feel almost back to normal.

Hope this helps.
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Unread 05-16-2005, 09:47 AM
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It's normal to feel anxiety before surgery. I didn't get nervous until one week before. I had my surgery on 4/26/05 TAH/BSO; I was very nevous; I never had any type of major surgery either. I talked to other women at work and they kept telling me I would be fine. I didn't have any complications; I came through okay. For some stupid reason, I believed that I would be back to normal within a few days. My body told me basically that I would not be normal for quite awhile. Having to accept that fact was very hard for me.

I don't mean to ramble on about what it was like for me, but I do firmly believe that each woman goes through her surgery differently. We are all unique and that is what makes us special. No person can predict how you will feel before or after. I put my trust in the doctor that I have; a truly wonderful woman. I kept telling myself she had done this procedure many times; she knows what she is doing. I was going to be in a hospital that I knew had wonderful care. I wasn't alone.

These are all things you need to consider. Make sure you voice your concerns when you go in for surgery; don't remain quiet, asks questions until you receive the answers you need. I wish you the best of luck; my prayers are with you. Remember to keep a positive attitude.
Unread 05-16-2005, 09:52 AM
two and a half weeks to go...

Thank you so much for the support. I really appreciate it. I can't even put into words how grateful I am to have found this site! You have helped with some of my concerns. It helps to hear from people who have "been there, done that". I am going to be really busy over the next 18 days. I have scheduled myself 10 twelve hr night shifts over the next couple weeks. If I can't sleep on my own, I am sure bone numbing exhaustion should do the trick. I just hope I don't bleed to death in the meantime. I can't seem to stop bleeding, it's every couple of days for long stretches, I can't get out of the bathroom, and then I feel like I've been dragged behind a car. My Dr can't really do anything and I only have a few weeks to go. AAAH! Okay that's out. Thanks again for the support. I go to pre op assessment on wednesday morning. They should make me feel better too?! I guess it's official after that.
Unread 05-16-2005, 11:21 AM
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I felt the same way you did before my surgery. It's O.K. to be scared, it's normal. The cathader was not bad at all, it saves you from getting up all the time and going to the bathroom. The packing was uncomfortable when they took it out, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The whole surgery wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I had some pain right after I woke up after surgery, but the nurse was right there to take care of any pain I had. I had my surgery in the morning and was up walking around by that night. Just make sure that you let them know that you get sick from being put to sleep and I'm sure they will give you something. I gotta say I'm so glad I did it and I don't regret a thing!

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