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Unread 01-05-2006, 01:47 PM
Need support for fear

I have my hysterectomy in 6 days and I fear the anesthia and the pain that will occur afterwards. I'm a LAVH. I hate pain, I hate thinking of a catheter, I hate being waited on, I hate being out of control. Can some help me with this.
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Unread 01-05-2006, 04:18 PM
Need support for fear

Hi grimm,

Your feelings are understandable and can be very normal. I was so fearful of the unknown and didn't know what to expect. You might find the Pre-Op article, Coping with Pre-Op Anxiety and Fear helpful. Remember that we are always here for you and we understand!

Sending many s and , Deb
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Unread 01-06-2006, 07:43 AM
Need support for fear

Thank you for your advice. At times I feel better about it and then my nerve take hold.
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Unread 01-06-2006, 07:45 AM
Need support for fear

I'll keep you posted. My surgery is Tuesday the 10th @ 10:00
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Unread 01-06-2006, 07:56 AM
Need support for fear

Dear Grimm:
Let me try to comfort you a bit...I have had my surgery six months ago and I too was feeling the same way you do right now. For me it was a "piece of cake". Honest. The week before or so was the hardest for me because I worried about everything just like you.

First they gave me a little something for my nerves and to relax me and boy did it help. I can't even remember being put to sleep. And the next thing I know it, I was awake and in my bed. Now I'm not going to lie, afterwards it hurt a little (but that's what the pain medicine is for). After the nurse removed the packing it was smooth sailing. I went home th next day...walking slower but improving day by day. You will be fine. I promise.
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Unread 01-06-2006, 08:09 AM
Need support for fear

I had LAVH seven weeks ago. I can honestly say that I had no pain at all and I was expecting some. The catheter was not at all what i expecting and din't hurt when it was removed AT ALL. The only discomfort i had was from gas. Of course i felt weak etc but it wasn't painful. Good luck.
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Unread 01-06-2006, 08:20 AM
Need support for fear

Hi grimm!
I am one month post op LAVH today and I feel like a new person. 5 weeks ago I was in your shoes and I understand one minute feeling ok and the next the nerves take hold.
My biggest fears were 1. the unknown
2. pain and recovery time
3. that the Dr.'s wouldn't find anything wrong!
These are the crazy thoughts that were going through my mind pre-op.
Regarding the pain, meds will take care of that, the nurses are very good with keeping you comfortable.
I was scared to death of the catheter as well (this was my first surgery) and to my surprise it wasn't uncomfortable, the nurse removed it the day after my surg.(no pain w/that either)
I am a homemaker and I am the one who takes care of everyone, so I too have a hard time w/letting people "wait on me." I kept everything I needed w/in reach so I could do a lot for myself.
Feeling out of control is a hard one too, but I had to put myself in my Dr.'s hands and know I would be ok. That was a hard one for me though.
I wish you all the best for your surgery and recovery. I hope yours goes as good as mine!
All the Best,
Laurie

p.s. hope this helps a little!
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Unread 01-06-2006, 10:13 PM
Need support for fear

Thanks Laurie, it did help. I'm nervous but I want to get it over. Nancy
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Unread 01-07-2006, 11:38 AM
Need support for fear

Sweetie,
None of us like pain ~ I think we would be crazy if we did! I can tell you that when I left the hospital I was in less pain than when I went into the hospital with the fibroids. I was nervous too, as it was my first time to have to be in a hospital over night and that went fine for me too. I was blessed. It was also my first catheter ~ and I had no problems there either. There are times now that I actually joke that it would come in handy.
I decided to view the entire experience as an "adventure" instead of a fear of the unknown. Previously I had had a HUGE fear of hospitals and I can truthfully say that my experience did a lot to turn this fear around. I pray that you have a similar experience to mine.

Good luck Sweetie!
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Unread 01-07-2006, 12:19 PM
Need support for fear

Sweety,

Youir fears are completely normal and understandable.
I was in your shoes a couple of months ago. Im sure everything will be alright. I feared exactly what you did, as most of us do. I had an uneventful surgery, very very little pain and my recovery has been good except for some sleeplessness and being tired . I will keep you in my prayers. Best wishes,
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