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Unread 07-15-2005, 05:18 PM
Surgery in 2 weeks

I am having surgery in two weeks, so far I get to keep my ovaries. I am nervous and open to any advice about pre-op, surgery or hospital stay. This is my first major surgery. I have found this website very useful.
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Unread 07-15-2005, 05:49 PM
Surgery in 2 weeks



The big advice is look around here. There are lists of things to do before you go so your house is ready. There are things to ask your doctor in advance, to help you have say in what happens to you and to know what to expect. There are even lists of what to pack to take with you, and what not to bother with!

Be sure to update your profile so that your surgery date shows. That helps people know when your date is without you having to retype it all the time. Also, it puts you on the list for the right day so that people can keep you in their thoughts on "your day".

Here are my best wishes for an uneventful surgery, a comfy recovery and continued improvement in your health!
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Unread 07-15-2005, 08:52 PM
Surgery in 2 weeks

I am finding the waiting is awful (I have just over 3 weeks before mine) but I seem to have been on this site constantly since I found it and think it is just wonderful. Just knowing that there are so many other ladies out there with a lot of the same concerns is support in itself.
Try not to stress too much, I know it is easier said than done. I have had many of my questions answered just by reading the posts on this site. We are all with you, Best Wishes
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Unread 07-16-2005, 10:54 AM
Surgery in 2 weeks

Nine weeks ago I never thought I'd hear myself say "the waiting is the hardest part," but it really is. If you look around the site, read the tips and the posts by the other ladies, most likely, you'll know what to expect and shouldn't (God willing) have many surprises.

Except for the days I was in the hospital & the first couple of days I was home, I don't think I've gone even one day without coming to this site. I think it's the best place on the Internet.

Good luck with everything!
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Unread 07-16-2005, 01:53 PM
Surgery in 2 weeks

I had 35 days between when I went to my doctor and said "it's coming out and it's coming out NOW" and when I became a princess. I knew my surgery date only 10 days in advance. In those 35 days, I spent AT LEAST 2-3 hrs on here every night after work reading hystersister posts, all day on weekends (I live alone so that wasn't a problem). I became very well informed, and as a result, I was able to make good decisions about all aspects of my journey to princessdom, and I was able to understand my doctor when he spoke "medical language" to me. This is a major endeavor you will undertake. Educate yourself beforehand and you won't regret it! Good luck to you!

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Unread 07-16-2005, 08:25 PM
Surgery in 2 weeks

Faeriegrl,
If your doctor gives you a PCA pump for post op pain control, don't be afraid to use it. Hit that button as many times as you need. Don't try to be a hero and not take advantage of it. You cannot overdose, since the system won't let you. If you let your pain get out of hand, it's much harder to control later.

In the hospital, once you are allowed to get out of bed, WALK, WALK, WALK...even if it is just a few feet at a time. You will be amazed at how much better you will feel after you've taken a few laps down the hall. However, if you are unsteady, make sure you have assistance.

The anesthesia may make you foggy in the head for a while. I was fogged for 2 weeks.

Even though you are keeping your ovaries, they may decide to take a vacation from producing hormones for a while after the surgery. You may experience your first hot flashes/crying episodes 1-2 days after surgery. Your ovs will wake back up eventually.

A hysterectomy is a major deal, and it takes a long time to get things back to normal. Just take things slowly, write down all your questions for your doctor, and try to get plenty of rest and good nutrition (both pre- and post-op.)

Good Luck!!
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Unread 07-20-2005, 04:49 AM
Surgery in 2 weeks

I had my TAH 6 weeks ago, it was my first major surgery and I was scared! It was not anywhere as bad as where my mind built it up to be! While in the hospital, do not wait until you're in pain to take meds. If you have a patient control meds button, use it! If you need something, call a nurse, DON'T think that your "bothering" them. I felt almost no pain in the hospital as a result. They say you recover more quickly when you're not in pain. Get up and walk as soon as the docs/nurses want you to (you'll internally laugh at your tiny old-lady steps)- that helps get your system functioning again as everything (including your bowel) goes to sleep.
When you get home, let people take care of you, let your body recover. Good Luck!
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Unread 07-20-2005, 07:32 AM
Surgery in 2 weeks

I will be having surg on 8/24 but the one ovary I have is gonna go. Very nervous about the menopause instantly. I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery.
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Unread 07-20-2005, 08:18 AM
Surgery in 2 weeks

Could you tell me how you are doing w/o HRT. I am most worried about the menopause symtoms not so much the surgery and pain. TAH-BSO 8/f24/05
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Unread 07-20-2005, 10:47 AM
Surgery in 2 weeks

2 more days left til surgery. I am very nervous eventhough I have been through this before because I had my uterus taken out almost 2 yrs ago. I am not sleeping well. I am ready for this to be over with so I wont be in pain. I hope that everyone has a quick and safe recovery. Take it easy, and don't try to do too much.
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