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Unread 01-01-2006, 07:14 PM
Help-questions on pre-op 4 days till TAH

It is only 4 days till my TAH and getting a bit nervous. I have uterus cancer and hope it can all be gotten out with surgery. This site has been a god-sent, in helping me to prepare for the surgery. I understand you have swelling afterwards,but my stomach has been swelled out some already, how big will it get? I am a cowart when it comes to pain and I am not looking forward to being cut on. I have certainly felt the prayers of all my friends and love ones, giving me a peace I would not have had. I try to remember all my other sisters who are facing surgery also. Prayer works. May not be back on for awhile. Keep me in your prayers. I am 55 and have never been in the hosptial except for out patient. This will be my first stay in the castle. Thanks again.
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Unread 01-01-2006, 07:33 PM
Help-questions on pre-op 4 days till TAH

Hi Nifty,
I am 52, had TAH/BSO on June 27, 2005. I had never been in the hospital either and was a little nervous.
My lower abdomen is still kind of puffy and I get twinges if I lift a lot of heavy things, i.e., furniture, etc. That is normal, as it takes 6 months to a year for all the swelling to completely disappear. The incision is no longer tender nor does it feel lumpy like it did at first.
My experience at the castle was nothing but good, all the way through. I was alone, and did just fine. You will have a morphine pump attached to your I.V. line. The nurses will watch you real close the first night. You'll do fine. It was so much easier than I had expected, I found most of the things people had told me about this and that problem, never happened. Good luck and you can contact me if you would like to via Personal Message on this web site. Stick with this website right up until the time you leave for the hospital and you'll find a lot of support. Good vibes coming your way, Patty
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Unread 01-01-2006, 07:34 PM
Help-questions on pre-op 4 days till TAH

hi there...i wish you all the best of luck,and sending you good recovering wishes as well...my TAH is jan 26,so i have a bit to go,just enough time for me to sit and stew and stew and become increasingly more nervous...my grandmother has always told me there is power in prayer,and i agree with her...i will definatly say a prayer for you,and i am sure everything will go well...please post when you are able to,and let me know how you are doing...lots of hugs((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))) to you...
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Unread 01-01-2006, 07:34 PM
Help-questions on pre-op 4 days till TAH

Nifty Fifty,
I was also scared, I'm 49 with a lot of health issues. I was bloated b-4 my TAH BSO Birch Bladder repair. What I have found is I am wearing a size larger than my surgery. Also what I found is if I do too much I really get swelly Belly . Do yourself a favor get pants with the draw strings in them..the elastic only ones hurt. Keep your pain meds close & don't miss a dose, manage your pain for the first week or two. I'm a baby with pain & 3 weeks out & still using pain meds on occassion It hurts but make sure you , it relieves the gas. I was very active b-4 the surgery this is very hard to stay down when you start feeling better. I will keep you in my prayer's for an uneventful syrgery & God's Speed recovery!

God Bless
Lori
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Unread 01-01-2006, 08:54 PM
Help-questions on pre-op 4 days till TAH

Hi there!

As far as the swelly-belly goes... mine didn't really swell all that much, but it did feel very hard and warm (if that makes any sense). And it was several weeks before I felt well enough to suck in my stomach at all.

You may not experience much (or any) swelling, or you may have quite a bit for weeks. Most ladies experience some, and it tends to get worse as the day wears on.

Hoping your first inpatient experience will be a good one!
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Unread 01-02-2006, 04:37 PM
Help-questions on pre-op 4 days till TAH

Thanks for your comforting words. It nice to know they other people have good expeirences. It was a answer to prayer when you said all went well. I have read of so many people having bad times. I look forward to coming here at night and talking to some of you sisters. Thanks again for your comforting words.
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